Been a while since I sank my teeth into a good war genre video game, so long in fact that I’m more used to blowing aliens apart than fellow humans, but it’s great to be back. And what a welcome from Battlefield 3, a full six years since number 2 wowed me.
This time around B3 isn’t just doing battle on screen; it’s also fighting hard for your Xmas cash as it’s come into a market almost saturated with First Person Shooters like Gears of War 3 and Call of Duty 3. But it holds its own in my opinion.
The Frostbite 2 game engine is quite something when it comes to the shooting scenes, although I have to admit that things were quite dark on the default setting. The engine pushes the boundaries of animation and lighting and you can see the results best in the cut scenes. And cut scenes there are with a pretty gripping story line that sees you taking on multiple roles, Blackburn your primary but also a jet pilot named Hawkins and later a Spetsnaz agent too.
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In the spirit of the times they’ve also found space in the storyline for a natural disaster which makes things even more true to life. Aside from this making us humans feel at home, things like earthquakes also add to the game play and your interaction with the environment and buildings which you can destroy to kill enemies or cleverly manipulate to gain cover and affect the storyline.
As with most FPS war games there are a few gripes like the unnecessary amount of guns at some points, most of which seem to do the same thing as each other or even bothering to include some guns like a shotgun which up until now I’ve yet to get close enough to an enemy to use.
Without a doubt one of the best and most realistic war games I’ve ever played, and that’s not just thanks to the graphics. The action is hot and the missions are tough. Don’t expect a walk through.
Review by Chad Hattingh