Sure, Battlefield 3 has an awful lot to live up to. It’s been an awfully long time since BF2 was released in 2005, and many FPS fans haven’t quite been satisfied with the games they’ve been given since.
But – with the game’s big reveal this week at GDC, it looks like we might, finally, get what we were hoping for. The first gameplay trailer finally stops the teasing, giving us a hefty chunk of what claims to be the actual game, in a pre-alpha state. And it’s kinda amazing.
Before you ask, this is PC footage. The game’s also being developed for PS3 and Xbox 360, but the purists’ eyes are all on the humble home computer.
We’re watching a team of US Marines headed by Staff Sgt. Blackburn.It’s 2014, near the Iraq/Iran border. Iranian fighters – the PLR – are crossing into Iraq, where they fight alongside the American forces.
[img_big]center,7473,2011-03-02/bf3_school_gdc.jpg,Rays of light through dust![/img_big]
And yes, it does look kinda similar to what we’ve seen before – but this is a deliberate decision by DICE. The developers wanted to show the world that they can do “what everyone else was doing”, before blowing that out of the water with what else they can come up with.
Stay tuned for the next “Fault line” video, due March 12th. While it’ll probably be more of the same single-player scene-setting stuff, we’re crossing our fingers we’ll get a glimpse of the Battlefield we know and love. Sandbox! Multiplayer!
[img_big]center,7473,2011-03-02/bf3_sniper_gdc.jpg,Expect to see a lot of this.[/img_big]
…if Battlefield 3 keeps shaping up like this, I know a certain best-selling FPS franchise that should be getting a little nervous.
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