The day has come for all first person shooter fans to witness the raise of a competitor for Activision’s Call of Duty franchise.
Kicking off E3 was gameplay from the forthcoming Call of Duty game, Modern Warfare 3. Based in New York we watch a Navy Seal team invade a submarine. Almost mimicking their strategy from last year, CoD showcased new features in their single-player campaign with scuba diving. The only thing missing from this was Scuba Steve, am I right? Stylistically, MW3 was pretty, using dark tones to portray the onslaught in the heart of Americana.
As cool as it looked, MW3 looked and played much the same as every CoD to date. Gamers are becoming tired of the same old thing. Honestly, you can’t blame them, but you also can’t blame Infinity Ward. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, is clearly the mentality here and as long as it’s making record numbers the formula will stay the same. However, people want change. Battlefield 3 is exactly the change that is needed.
Stellar, graphically superior and can anyone say multiplayer? Yes, all these thing pertain to Battlefield 3. Dice’s objective during the conference is stealing the core audience of CoD players by making it clear their game is the superior of the two. The opening sequence from E3 showed a detailed campaign mode with a barrage of tanks driving through the dessert. Utilizing the Frostbite 2 engine, BF3 was one of the sexiest things I have laid my eyes on and I spend a lot of time on the web. In the age of graphical dominance, BF3 will rely on this beauty to bring in their audience.
Another key point here is their multiplayer, something we won’t see from Call of Duty until closer to launch. Things look fluid and in place for what we can only imagine will be a stellar multiplayer. One thing to keep in mind here is these two FPS play differently. At the core it’s easy to compare them, but when you look at gameplay these two are far apart. One could even use the example between an arcade and strategy game, with BF3 representing the latter. On the official Battlefield Twitter account it was announced that an open-beta will take place this September. It was also made clear that EA’s stat server would be free of charge in comparison to Cod Elite.
Strip all of this down and it becomes the perfect scenario for gamers. It’s best to have two companies push each other to new lengths and it’s about time for this to happen. I want both of these franchises to succeed, but CoD needs to be pushed by a competitor. Hopefully, they will respond with their answer in a big way this year or next.
The last jab Battlefield gave was a release date of October 25, almost a month ahead of Modern Warfare 3’s November 15 launch.