DICE has been pretty vocal about its support for the PC as a platform, and has proudly shown off code for its Windows version of Battlefield 3 whenever possible. This PC centric approach has led many to question why the console version is such a secret, and just how much visual definition will be sacrificed for users without proper PC gaming hardware. If you count yourself among the curious, wonder no longer my friends. DICE has not only released footage of the Xbox 360 version of Battlefield 3, but they were kind enough to post snippets of gameplay that was revealed recently in a PC trailer.
In launching its own PC game download service, EA may have taken a headfirst dive into an extremely crowded pool, but it certainly hasn't bellyflopped. So then, you may not like it – especially given that it's aiming to be your sole supplier of EA's heaviest hitters – but EA CFO Eric Brown says that Origin isn't going anywhere any time soon.
Hey, you. Yes, you. We know your type. Oh, sure, you clap and cheer along with the rest of your PC gamer brethren any time Battlefield 3 marches its way into the spotlight, but secretly, you don't get what all the fuss is about. Army dudes shooting at each other? So what? It feels like games have been doing that since before armies were invented. Well, our dumbfounded friend, this new Battlefield 3 trailer may very well be your best shot at seeing the light. There's high-flying aerial antics, tanks, bullets whizzing every which way, guided missiles, and a brief cameo by the sun all on the same map. This is what Battlefield's all about.
You know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you just know something's about to go horribly wrong? Like when someone says “This can't possibly go wrong!” or “Let's buy iPhones”? Well, that's how we felt when EA and Valve started taking their toothbrushes back from each others' houses. Obviously, Battlefield 3 wasn't going to benefit from the divorce. And so, predictably – but no less regrettably – here we are.
Last week, I dusted off my crystal ball and took a long, hard look at the future of gaming. This week, I'm doing it again, because the remainder of Time As We Know It is sort of a lot of ground to cover. On the docket this time around? Everything from games that may actually justify forging your own Dream Machine with parts from the Heavens to the industry's continued, none-too-pretty war against the hacker menace. Read the full thing after the break!
As a PC gamer, you ache to play Battlefield 3. This series is your heritage. It's in your blood. Fortunately, there's finally a light at the end of the tunnel: September. That's when the Battlefield 3 beta's starting, according to an email sent out to owners of Medal of Honor: Limited Edition. Unfortunately, this is the part where the wait – small and easily defeated by Father Time's unfaltering tick-tocking though it may be – becomes excruciating. However, you need not concern yourself with cryogenic sleep or any other, shall we say, slightly drastic options; we have images for you. Images that move! Catch two multiplayer videos – one of which is a heaping helping of leaked alpha footage – after the break.
E3 is finally far enough behind us that I can start to make sense of it. Taken all at once – it pretty much sounded like a bunch of ungodly screaming occasionally punctuated by the word “transfarring” (which isn't even a real word). You tried to roll with the punches, I'm sure – to stand before News Godzilla without fleeing while shouting something in badly lip-synced Japanese – but it eventually broke you. So, what happens next? Now that the news/preview/interview barrage dust has finally settled, what does it all mean? Well, since I did one of these things last year and I'm nothing if not a slave to habit, here are a few thoughts on this year's show.
Is Origin trying to snuff out Steam? EA's mouth says “no,” but things keep happening. Awfully suspicious things. First, Star Wars: The Old Republic went Origin-exclusive. Next, Crysis 2 disappeared. Then EA began luring gamers over to its big white van with Origin-exclusive content for games like Mass Effect 3. And now? Battlefield 3's taking to the digital battlefield by skipping Steam altogether.
VG247 report that GameStop have listed system specifications for Battlefield 3. These aren’t an official announcement from DICE so we can’t confirm the required rig, yet, though we have contacted EA to verify the specs. Still worth a peek though, eh?
Have your heart set on transforming Battlefield 3 into a glorious reproduction of the climactic forest confrontation from Return of the Jedi – replete with frighteningly accurate Ewok destruction physics? We love you. But also, it just got a lot harder.