A game that pretty much all of us are waiting for. All of us are new converts to the series, being impressed by the open aspect of Battlefield: Bad Company 2‘s multiplayer. Personally I’m not particularly bothered by these type of games, but BF:BC2 replaced Street Fighter IV as my online game of choice. For somebody who has never played a Call of Duty game and would rather a fire-ball over a gun, this required a superlative experience to override this. The Battlefield series provides this with its balanced gameplay and freedom of choice.
“After three years of development, the spectacular new game leaps ahead of the competition thanks to the unique power of the Frostbite TM 2 game engine. The technology advances the state of the art, and serves as the power center that allows Battlefield 3 to deliver superior performance in character animation, visual rendering, audio/sound and physical destruction. Battlefield 3 is the only FPS in the marketplace using Frostbite 2, and the only shooter capable of making the gameplay experience feel alive with all the sights, sounds, movements and action of real-world incursions. Fans eager to jump into battle can join the multi-platform beta in September 2011.“
Battlefield 3 is a return to the larger scale of the main Battlefield series, so for those of you, like us, who started with the Bad Company series, prepare for everything to get a lot more serious. The real experience is going to be on the PC, no question. With support for 64 players and huge maps the PC is the whole she-bang. Console owners should expect 24 players and cut-down versions of the PC maps.
The graphics that have been on show since the start of the year are certainly impressive. What I would like to know is how well it will perform on lesser PCs and the 2 consoles. I suspect we may have to wait a lot nearer to release for that information.
Battlefield 3 is due out October 25, 2011 on PC, Xbox 350 and Playstation 3. The beta will start in September 2011.