Battlefield 3, The First Person Shooter world in gaming has always been filled with game titles and series that have become considered legendary such as Counter-Strike, Halo, Call of Duty, Left 4 Dead, and Battlefield to name a few. Among these military shooter series, DICE’s Battlefield has long been considered the grand daddy of explosive gaming warfare. The first title in the series, Battlefield 1942, introduced not only infantry action, but also the ability to use vehicles in game as well as the introduction of 64 player servers. In 2005, its successor, Battlefield 2, shifted its setting to modern warfare instead of the heavily-used world war 2 setting which had become all too common in shooter games. Battlefield 2, more commonly called BF2, was well received because of its realism and its focus on teamwork in order to achieve mission objectives in game. Although spinoffs such as Battlefield 2142, the Battlefield Bad Company series, and Battlefield 1942 were introduced by DICE, real battlefield fans had to wait 6 more years to finally receive the news that Battlefield 3 was in the works.
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Battlefield 3 unlike Battlefield: Bad Company, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 1943, is the real successor to Battlefield 2. As such, it is being developed with much of the core characteristics of Battlefield 2. These include 64 player servers for PC, modern weapons and vehicles, soldier classes, and the squad system. What makes it even more exciting is the introduction of a single player campaign as well as new game mechanics such as destructible environments, new weapons and attachments, as well as new game modes.
With PC as its lead platform, Battlefield 3 makes use of new PC hardware and technologies to polish the game visually. The Frostbite 2.0 engine is visually optimized with photo-realistic graphics and lighting that make use of the new Direct X 11 technology which can only be found in newer PC graphics cards. In fact, its extremely realistic graphics has helped it win more than 40 awards in all the major gaming conferences it has participated this year including Gamescom, E3, and the Tokyo Game Show just to name a few. These awards further strengthen its hold as one of the most anticipated games for 2011.
Console players can also enjoy Battlefield 3 but with smaller maps and player counts per game. As much as DICE would love to have console players experience true Battlefield 3 gaming as gamers would when playing on PC, there is only so much they can do with the PS3 and XBOX 360′s 5 year old hardware. However, the console versions of BF3 have been confirmed to also be visually appealing and more realistic than other console games. It has also generated a huge following on consoles after the BF3 beta was released to all gaming platforms.
Battlefield 3 will feature the famed Conquest game mode,
made popular in the earlier BF games as well as the Rush game mode made famous in the Battlefield: Bad Company Series. In addition, new game modes such as team deathmatch, squad deathmatch, and squad rush have been introduced to give multiplayer players more options in how to enjoy online gaming.
Conquest mode pits the US and Russian forces into a large map with each side having a goal of capturing several points along the map. Both sides will have the same number of tickets but the side with lesser captured points will suffer having a constantly decreasing ticket number. Deaths will also result to loss of tickets. The conquest mode is the only mode that will feature jets. The PC conquest mode will allow a maximum of 64 players while the console versions allow a maximum of 24.
In the Rush mode, gamers can play as defenders or attackers. Attackers have to destroy two M-COM stations in order to unlock the next pair of M-COM stations to destroy in the map. Defenders have unlimited tickets while attackers only replenish their tickets when they have successfully destroyed two M-COM stations. Defenders win by depleting the attackers tickets to zero. Attackers win by destroying all M-COM stations. The rush mode for PC allows up to 32 players while the console version allows up to 24.
Battlefield 3 is certainly a game to look out for this holiday season. The game will be shipped on October 25, 2011 but game retailers are already accepting pre-orders for gamers who wish to receive their copies immediately when the game is released. Gamers around the world are going to be awake many nights playing Battlefield 3
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