Let me take you back a few years. In Battlefield 2 I was an Ace in an F-35. I flew as well with a mouse as most people dreamt of when using a stick; missile locks meant nothing and I would rain hot death down on anyone foolish enough not to seek immediate cover. And I’d weep when a player would jump in ahead of me and crash before even passing over land. On the ground I was considerably less talented except when in gunner position on a vehicle of course. But that feeling of speed and destructive potential you got every time you hopped in a a plane was addictive. And I’ve missed it (until Battlestar Galactica online)
Call of Duty changed everything and in many ways for the better; gone was the total dominion of PC’s in the FPS market; COD and Halo showed us that consoles not only could handle shooters but your level of skill was not diminished. And we all forgot about Battlefield. Sure there were spin-offs and Bad Company was a laugh but nothing had the same magic Battlefield 2 possessed. Multiplayer, has not been the same since. With Battlefield 3 mere weeks away from release I’ve started to feel that old flutter again. Perhaps this video can illustrate my point:
Call of Duty can not match this. Very little can. MAG should have been like this but it turned into a camp/ grindfest and few people stuck around to unlock the level required for the huge maps. Those players that did had honed their base instincts and teamwork was quickly forgotten. Every BF3 has set my heart racing; and I am stunned I have had such an emotional reaction to this game. Sure I geeked out over Dead Island and I have not stopped mentioning SWTOR but Battlefield 3 promises something no other game can offer; the thrill, triumph and terror of combat. It promises to suck you in to the environment; I can tell that when playing it I won’t feel right simply pausing in the middle of a mission to go do something else I’ll grimly stick it out until my mission is complete. Because the single player promises to be equally thrilling:
And best of all it’s beautiful. Activision has never quite managed to make a game look truly pretty but they’re no THQ. (who should really be ashamed of themselves the graphical detail they deem acceptable)
Overall BF3 will be a breath of fresh air in a market that is slowly stagnating; whether you care about vehicles or want more realistic character movement you need to take notice of this. Some will prefer a simple shooter or the more familiar feel when playing Call of Duty. I say, be bold because it will be worth it. And if it isn’t then I’ll eat Oli’s top hat. (seriously, he does have one)
We’ll be playing Battlefield 3 next week at Euroamer along with dozens of others titles. But it think it’s safe to say what I’ll be heading for straight away. Ony can go review Zumba fitness or Kinect sports while I hog BF3.