While it was already assumed that, given the territory Battlefield 3 is treading, that the title would be rated “M” for Mature, many didn’t know quite how mature that experience would get. As it turns out there might be a particularly polarizing sequence in the game, not unlike those seen in Call of Duty, which involves soldiers not exactly “doing the right thing.”
We, of course don’t want to get into spoiler territory for those that choose to avoid it, but DICE has come out to talk a little bit about this sequence, and how it contradicts one of their earlier statements made about Battlefield 3. So read on if you dare.
The single player sequence in question, at least at the broad strokes stage, involves killing some members of a police force in order to complete a mission. The gravity and the weight of the scenario are unclear, since it only comes by way of an ESRB clarification, but it doesn’t seem to bare any resemblance to the airport terminal sequence in Modern Warfare 2. A mission that, if you’ll remember, was skippable due to its extreme content.
Now that wouldn’t be too controversial, at least in the confines of a video game, if DICE hadn’t already said they were approaching Battlefield 3 with the idea that the player is the good guy and their actions will reflect that. Well, according to EA, in this particular situation, the action is justified since millions of lives are at stake.
“I don’t think you understand the gravity of the situation. For God’s sake, there is a nuke in Paris! Millions of lives are at stake!!”
With so much focus being placed on the multiplayer side of things, it’s hard to remember that DICE is actually trying some pretty unique things with the single player as well. Obviously partaking in controversial scenarios isn’t altogether unique, but hopefully with the game’s focus on realism injected in, some new ideas will be explored.
How do you feel about DICE forcing players to take out some police in order to complete a mission? In the context of the game is it justified?
Battlefield 3 releases October 25, 2011 for the PS3, PC, and Xbox 360.