If GDC only lasted 2 minutes and 50 seconds and offered only this single video, I think all gaming enthusiasts could leave happy. Okay, maybe just me; regardless, DICE’s latest video for its upcoming Battlefield 3 is certain to excite anyone who has had even the slightest bit of interest in the franchise.
The video features content from what seems to be the single-player campaign where you are assuming the role of – imagine this – a soldier that is part of an elite squad sent in against all odds to neutralize a specific target near a chemical weapons facility; we definitely have not seen this type of story anywhere before. My nagging of the overplayed story aside, the visuals and gameplay thus far seem absolutely stunning. We see debris flying everywhere as the squad engages with a group of hostiles and the new Frostbite 2.0 engine seems to be doing everything we had hoped for. Light is pouring in beautifully from the windows, environments are wonderfully rendered and the characters look as good as ever.
We also get a nice taste of the ability to drag away teammates from the fight if they are injured. While I would suppose this feature will be much more useful in multiplayer and a significant irritation in single-player, it was at least fun to see that action in use.
The next part of this trailer is scheduled for March 16, 2011. Hopefully we’ll get a tad bit of multiplayer content in that one.