While Activision is holding back until late next month to showcase what we all expect to be Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Electronic Arts is not holding back on getting fans excited about Battlefiled 3.
With the new Frostbite 2 engine in tow, DICE has taken big strides in ensuring Battlefield 3 would contend with the other dozen or so major first person shooters of 2011. So far, the gameplay videos we've seen so far have been nothing short of impressive from a visual standpoint.
Delving into another high-intense in-game situation players will live through, the third installment in the Battlefield 3 "Fault Line" series of gameplay videos was released earlier this week. Titled "Get That Wire Cut," this trailer takes us into the vents as Sgt. Black, tasked with infiltrating a basement and diffusing a suspected IED. This is followed by an all out gun battle on the streets.
Watch and enjoy the Battlefield 3 Fault Line Gameplay Trailer Episode III: Get that Wire Cut:
The visuals, lighting and aesthetic are stunning. The detail added to immerse the player into the first person perspective of crawling then exiting the vent is spot on, and not seen in the majority of other FPS games. My only question from the first part of this trailer is how much control the player has when the enemy sneaks up behind you and you engage in a physical brawl. Is any of that controlled or is it more of an in-game cinematic with contextual buttons?
Moving on to the open street sequence, and we're again blown away by how AI units are... blown away. The bullet impacts on the street and nearby environments are arguably the most realistic we've seen in a game, and that final shot of the helicopter raining bullet casings on the player features sound effects that make you feel like you're there.
These 'Fault Line' videos are sure making us drink the Battlefield Kool-Aid and we hope Activision and their developers do something just as impressive and exciting with their next Call of Duty. Adding a full co-op campaign and bringing back the extensive multiplayer component in Battlefield tradition (especially on PC), the only issues DICE seems to be facing with their upcoming game, is how to balance the return of jet fighters and the ability of players to lay prone.
If you missed out, here are the previous episodes:
And if this isn't enough, as indicated by the end of this latest trailer, there are a full 12 minutes of in-game footage coming April 17th, hopefully with a precise release date of the game as well.
Battlefield 3 releases on the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 this fall.