I’m going to put this right up front: you’re about to dive into my wholly biased opinion. I try to remain as open as I can when covering these types of news bits on a daily basis. This one, however, hits a little too close to home to slap a fair dose of discussion on and call it a day. EA has forced pre-order exclusive DLC on a franchise that’s been widely known for fantastic customer service and satisfaction, DICE’s Battlefield 3.
It’s easy for PC gamers to get disheartened at E3. As Tim mentioned to John Carmack yesterday, we don’t have our own conference to look forward to. But if we did, our conference would be about straight games. Here’s what I’d stick in our first montage. Remember, there’s still plenty of E3 we haven’t written about yet.
Battlefield 3 is the best looking game on the showfloor, I think. But the good news is that it plays well; it’s familiar enough to instantly make you fall into some of the same routines: shoot, spot, move to cover. But it has improvements to the feel of the game that make it a significant step up from Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
Gaming as a whole may be better than ever, but let's face facts: where once our rigs groaned and creaked under the strain of triple-A games, they now yawn disinterestedly and check Facebook. Battlefield creator DICE, too, isn't afraid to stare the problem in the face, but instead of whipping out the old “PC piracy too expensive kthxbye” argument and calling it a day, the developer sees PC gaming as the solution – not the problem. “It's actually helping us make a better console game,” said executive producer Patrick Bach.
Last week, GDC erupted all over the gaming world, raining molten news bits down on an unsuspecting populace. Tragically, despite a very high casualty count, most of Xbox Live managed to survive. The bottom line? A whole lot of stuff happened, and odds are, some of it managed to fly under your radar. Well, no more. Here's everything you need to know.
We're on the ground at the Game Developer's Conference, and – to put it as eloquently as possible – stuff is happening. New games, old games, release dates, bold proclamations about the state of the gaming industry – there's a little (or a lot of) something for everyone. Now imagine if there was a single place where you could find all of that information. How ecstatic would you be? Ecstatic enough to click a button? Ecstatic enough to read more? Well then, click that button to, you know, read more.
YouknowBattlefield 3 better than you knew William Shatner's music career after that ill-advised afternoon on Wikipedia. You've seen it all laid bare. Locations, classes, even lighting technology – you name it. There's just one thing missing from that equation: the, er, game. But hey, what's this nestled behind the break? Oh, DICE, you shouldn't have! No, seriously, you shouldn't have thrown all this extra garbage atop what should've been a perfectly servicable gameplay trailer. Oh well, it's still pretty impressive. Check out the full thing after the break.
We mostly loved Mirror's Edge, and – given the chance to iron out the kinks (read: tell the combat to take a long, particularly unpleasant hike) – we were certain DICE would knock a sequel right out of the park. Unfortunately, it looks like the Mirror's Edge franchise didn't look before it leaped, and now it's down and out for good.
Ok, atthis rate, you'll have enough information to construct and release your own Battlefield 3 by the end of the week. Even so, compared to everything so far, this is pretty much the BF3 Bible. Game Informer's latest issue ran a blowout on the game, you see, and the Internet immediately devoured it and gained its knowledge. That should be absolutely terrifying, but look! Battlefield 3!
You're starved for Battlefield 3 information. We get that. DICE cryptically whispered the game's name and then dove back into the shadows, so it's only natural that you'd want answers. Unfortunately, after a weekend on the streets attempting to hunt down the slippery developer, we were informed that it's based in Sweden, rendering our entire search (and unwarranted beating of a few tight-lipped citizens) futile. So then we spent a few minutes on the Internet and found this stuff.