When we got our first glimpse of Battlefield 3 gameplay, it was in the form of a trailer dubbed Fault Line Episode 1: Bad Part of Town. At the end of that trailer we were given the date of March 16th as the date for the release of the next video, and sure enough we're happily gifted today with another beautiful look at what could be the FPS that will dethrone the Call of Duty franchise.
Titled Fault Line Episode 2: Good Effect On Target, this trailer brings us back to the rooftop seen briefly at the end of the original Battlefield 3 teaser trailer.
Good effect on target doesn't seem to quite cover the climactic ending to this trailer. What may not be obvious is that this trailer really showcases a good use of pacing by DICE to help increase tension before the big payoff. It's becoming rather clear that DICE's focus on the single player campaign may be as sincere as they've claimed it is.
What is obvious from the trailer is the power of the Frostbite 2 gaming engine, which allows for some incredible visuals, coupled with the freedom of destructible environments. The hotel in the trailer doesn't just blow up in a scripted explosion, but instead reacts to the blast of the explosion caused by the RPG. The hole it leaves in the building is exactly what you would expect, and the building even shudders under the impact of the blast, causing the HOTEL sign to fall.
Meanwhile, in the moments leading up to the building's demise, we have a rooftop where the environment is being picked away at by a sniper. Each shot causes chunks of the roof to blow off, giving an artificial time limit for the player to make his way over and eliminate the sniper. Not quick enough, and there may be no cover left to protect the player.
EA's been pretty vocal about their confidence that DICE's new shooter is going to be the best product released in 2011. DICE, on the other hand, has taken the trash talking another step further and called out their competitors (read: Infinity Ward & Co) for being lazy with the development of their shooters, citing a lack of change in game engine or any real innovation as a sign that their games are going to get stale.
If you haven't already, be sure to read our Battlefield 3 impressions from PAX East. The next (and presumably last) video in the Fault Line series will be released in two weeks time on March 30, 2011.
Battlefield 3 is going to make our PCs, PS3s, and Xbox 360s melt with sheer glee sometime this Fall.