It’s a double review this week from me, as I take a look at the two shooting heavyweights – Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3. I’ll be looking at both the single and multiplayer and seeing just how well they stand up, but first – the Campaign gets my attention before I go for the multiplayer. Let’s dive in.
In a recent interview with GamePro’s German cousin concerning Battlefield 3 being unmoddable, there was a little bit of info that nearly slipped through the net that Patrick Soderlund, EA’s Senior Vice President, mentioned the company is working on something to do with the franchise.
Now, if I were to ask what you look for in a game, I’d highly doubt, or would hope not, that any of you say that it would be 60 FPS. Apparently Glen Schofield, General Manager for Sledgehammer Games thinks it is.
For those of you unaware, Sledgehammer are assisting Infinity Ward with the latest in the Call of Duty series. Schofield, in an interview with AusGamers, hyped up the graphics side, naming anonymous competition – Battlefield 3 jumps to mind instantly – that they will be the only shooter released in that period to be capable of this, and confidently stated that he was “not sure any of our competitors will”
Johan Andersson of DICE made a good counter-point on Twitter, stating that:
“We think huge levels, lots of players, great effects, destruction, vehicles & varied gameplay are more important than 1080p, how is that a shame? Name a single FPS game that runs at 1080p on any of the consoles? We would have to do huge gameplay cuts.”
As it stands, I’m looking forward to both games, but the rivalry is huge now – will make the situation even more interesting when the reviews flood in for both titles.
Did the last Battlefield 3 trailer have you on the edge of your seat? What happens next!? Well, now you sort of know. You go after a sniper who has a fun time harassing you with shots that just happen to barely miss and leave your entire squad intact.
It’s a bit interesting that this is the angle that EA wants to present the title. I’m sure the multiplayer will be just fine, it’s just the fact that it is more of a Call of Duty-esque approach. It will be interesting to see if it can differentiate in the single player or if it will just be a linear campaign.
You can find the original trailer here.
We had seen some bits and pieces of gameplay in the past, but now we get our first full look at Battlefield 3, coming to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC later this year.
There’s a lot of walking and talking in this trailer, but towards the end we do get some action in the form of a small skirmish. Even being a ways out, the title definitely is pumped on the presentation side of things. While a bit more realistic looking than past titles, the title does so some impressive visuals with some excellent sound design.
You can also check out a few screens after the jump.
Earlier this month, we received rumors of several preorder bonuses available for preordering the upcoming Battlefield 3. Luckily, EA confirmed these rumors today.
The Battlefield 3 Limited Edition will release on the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC for $59.99 and will give free access to the Back to Karkand map pack. It’s unclear whether or not those who don’t preorder the game will have access to this map pack.
Included in the Back to Karkand map pack are four classic maps from Battlefield 2, although EA hasn’t confirmed which maps they’ll be. The maps have been upgraded with the new Frostbite 2 engine. The map pack also includes several other additions, like some Battlefield 2 weapons and vehicles, as well as some “unique rewards” and achievements/trophies.
EA also released a teaser trailer for the game, which you can find after the jump.
The Battlefield series started on the PC, and eventually moved to consoles. And as with many original PC series, fans have been getting concerned over the PC version’s importance to the developer. With the PC version of Battlefield 1943 canned, there definitely is some concern over the status of the series on PC.
Battlefield 3 is set to be released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Which version will be the best? Who knows, but lead designer David Goldfarb promised that they are putting in “special effort” towards the PC version.
In a market where everyone is moving to the consoles, it is nice to know that a developer is still dedicated to bringing their original audience something special.