Battlefield 3 Preview

Battlefield 3 is being tipped as one of the best games to be released in 2011, and with good reason too. Although the current gaming market is swamped with war games such as Call of Duty, Bad Company and Medal of Honour, EA is hoping to surpass all those before them when they let gamer’s lose on Battlefield 3 later this year. We at Console Monster are just as hyped as everyone else with EA’s latest creation and we thought we’d take a quick first look at the future blockbuster.

The biggest question is what have EA, and more importantly its developers DICE, have done to make Battlefield 3 stand out from the crowd. Not only is it’s genre littered with games both good and bad, but it’s also a competitive one at that. Treyarch worked wonders with their latest Call of Duty installment and when Black Ops hit stores it quickly became one of the greatest games, both on and offline.

The main selling point for Battlefield 3 is DICE’s new Frostbite 2 engine that has been built for Battlefield 3 and will also be used in the next Need for Speed title. Destructible environments, massive multiplayer maps, sleek looking character modelling and vastly improved player animation are all being delivered by Frostbite 2. Improvements in the audio as well as its graphical fidelity will also make Battlefield 3 not only a pleasure to play, but enjoyable to watch as well.

The plot in Battlefield 3 directly precedes that of Battlefield 2. You take the role of Sergeant Henry “Black” Blackburn and you must navigate your way through the deadly streets of Paris, New York and the Iranian capital city of Tehran. As you walk through each level you will find yourself on the edge of your seat, you’ll be able to here the crisp sound of bullets whizzing past your head and impacting into the walls you’re using for cover.

You’ll look down streets littered with rubble and watch the smoke trail of an RPG fly into a comrade’s vehicle. The vivid sight of buildings crumbling before you and grenades destroying what little cover you have available to you will have your heart pumping, blood boiling and your nerves on edge. Lets not forget your fallen allies who just got hit by an RPG, as DICE has made it possible for you to drag or carry your wounded friend out of the battle to safety.

Multiplayer wise you can look forward to huge twelve on twelve matches on a selection of maps. Although they will naturally be smaller on the console versions of the game they’ll still give you enough nooks and crannies for you to hide away and out man-oeuvre your foe with. Also the selection of vehicles on show will be as extensive as ever with fighter jets and helicopters, so get ready to sprint your way to the helipads and runways so you can get a chance of rising above the rest.

As you can see Battlefield 3 is being built into a behemoth of a game. If DICE and EA truly deliver on everything we’ve seen and heard then Call of Duty will simply be forgotten about and relegated to the trade-in bin. The online aspect of the game will undoubtedly be the sole reason many buy BF3 and with good reason. As long as the servers stay relatively lag free then it’s safe to say Battlefield 3 will be atop the most played Xbox LIVE and PSN games for a good long while.

Lookout for the full review of the game when it releases later this year and why not share your views with us at our Monster Forums HERE. For now I leave you with a juicy trailer to wet your Rambo-esque appetite, enjoy.


Lee Matthews

Lee is an avid gamer, photographer, film buff and sports fan. A scaly brat since birth it only seemed right for him to join Her Majesties Armed Forces of which he has been a proud member ever since. Despite a long absence from gaming, during which he spent many a night reminiscing about the glory days on Halo 2, Matty is now back online smashing his way through Black Ops and soon enough Gears of War 3 and Battlefield 3.

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