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If you didn’t know that Battlefield 3 was coming out any time soon, well now is the time to climb out from under your rock. With pre-orders flying in thick and fast and the online BETA taking everyone by complete surprise, BF3 is set to fly off the shelves as soon as it’s released.
But is EA’s sudden burst of fire enough to have Activision’s Call of Duty series running for cover?
Ever since the days of COD: World at War, the cheerful chaps at Activision have had the entire FPS market eating out of their palms. Despite various opposing titles being released, including Bad Company and Brink among others, nobody has come close to toppling Call of Duty from their vantage point at the summit of all First-Person Shooters.
But at this year’s E3 2011, the announcement of Battlefield 3, along with some amazing videos took the focus away, momentarily, from the impending Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 offering.
Boasting incredible graphics, intuitive gameplay and unparalleled realism, EA took a well-aimed shot into the heart of Call of Duty, a blow that many consider to be potentially fatal.
Following the intense media hype, with the game still in development, EA rolled out an open BETA version in late September to XBOX LIVE and PlayStation Network, achieving thousands of downloads within the first couple of hours, and steadily increasing over the following week.
For a game still in development and far from being the final product, the result was incredible. Presented to the gamers was a stable online environment, lifelike environments cleverly structured into intelligent maps and dynamic gameplay.
Cover and vantage points are such a vital part of the game, your most potent weapon is not the assault rifle you spent hours of gaming to unlock, but the weapon you were born with: your mind. Killer instinct may have been enough on Call of Duty, but tactics and a genuine understanding of basic war tactics is vital for success in this game. Woe betide the naïve soldier in this warzone. You will become human Leerdamer quicker than you could say “ceasefire”
So one can only imagine what they boys down at Treyarch and Activision are thinking, especially considering that their all-new Modern Warfare 3 game is just an updated MW2 disc.
The words “shaking” and “boots” come to mind.
Battlefield is presenting a better single-player mode, a more stable online game, intuitive game dynamics and style of play that promises to bring out your inner soldier.
Call of Duty is offering more guns. And stuff…
Don’t get us wrong, Call of Duty is a wonderful game, and it will take a lot to convert the majority of their fans, but good lord, BF3 is set to wipe the floor with MW3.
Sorry, Treyarch… better luck next time.
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