Ten days ago we posted the 12-minute Battlefield 3 gameplay trailer which stitched together and fleshed out what we had see from the Fault Line series of singleplayer trailers.
The goal for DICE and EA was to have their Facebook page hit a million likes so they can release the version with commentary and while they still have yet to hit the mark, the new version is available now, narrated by Battlefield 3 Executive Producer Patrick Bach.
The footage is the same as before, so there’s nothing new revealed in terms of visuals or gameplay. Bach walks through what he’s doing in the mission, pointing out the improvements and unique features Battlefield 3 will offer thanks to the new Frostbite 2 engine. He references the industry-leading rendering and the dynamic environments players will experience.
There are a few neat tidbits like when Bach explains that the map we see in-mission is just an asset placeholder, but it hasn’t stopped some fans from using said map to try and figure out where this mission is taking place in the real world. He also outlines some of the features that differentiate the game from competitor Call of Duty, like how guns have multiple firing modes and you can switch from full auto to semi-automatic on rifles.
For the most part, the commentary just explains what you can already see by watching the trailer. Unfortunately, there are no hints or spoilers of what’s to come from the rest of the game or the Battlefield 3 multiplayer.
DICE and EA have been unable to capitalize on their Facebook marketing ploy and I don’t think they expected to still have less than a million ‘Likes’ at the end of April. It’s a little disappointing when you compare to the Modern Warfare 1 & 2 pages which have over 2.3 and 3.3 fans respectively, despite their age and it’s a far cry from the Black Ops page which holds an astounding 9.5 million fans. As more cool trailers and information on multiplayer release, this will hopefully see a significant climb.
With possible exception to Mass Effect 3, Battlefield 3 is easily the best looking game of the year.
Battlefield 3 releases on the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 this fall, possibly on November 2nd.
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