Though I do want to make some comments on the new Battlefield 3 trailer. If you have not yet seen it here it is. Watch it now. Anyways it's due out on the PC, PS3, and 360 this fall and while the game going multiplatform may scare away PC gamers, I'm sure this trailer has put all of their worries to rest. I know mine are now gone. The trailer maybe showed 15 full seconds of gameplay but from what we can tell, it looks awesome.
However, a few weeks later DICE announced that BF3 would be a DX10 native game and would not support DX9. While many PC fans still loyal to Windows XP cried, the rest of us sighed relief, or at least the non-paranoid ones which seem to be less and less these days. What did DX10 native tell us? Well DX10 has been around for awhile but no game has really taken advantage of DX10. Crysis was supposed to be the flagship title for DX10 but most of the "DX10 features" were nothing more than disabled DX9. DX10 seemed to do nothing more than kill our FPS while not improving graphical quality of our video games. However no native DX10 games had been made.
|Nice try there Crytek...|
To put the rest of the non-believers worries to rest, a few weeks ago Game Informer was able to play a level of BF3 on the PC and was more than happy to report that all of the features that PC gamers miss from the series make a major return as well as some new ones. The ability to lay down (prone) is back, 64 player servers are back, and jets are back. While I hated jets in BF2 I guess a proper sequel would still need them. Some new features were also announced like the ability to drag fallen comrades out of the firefight (which if you've done it in ArmA 2 mods it is an excellent addition), fully destructible environments to a level we have never seen before, and a full single player which isn't just a bot match.
With the improvements in place BF3 is shaping up to be this years true killer app. There isn't a game announced that I am more excited for. I can only hope over the past few years of console games they have figured out the formula to complete the Battlefield experience. On March 1st they will be showing us more at GDC and I'll be glued to my PC all day (probably more-so because I have a big program due for my CS class)
|I want this game...|