Exclusive to the PC version of Battlefield 3 is the massive, crazy, astounding 64 combatant multiplayer mode fans love. We’re getting all jittery just thinking about the mayhem bound to unleash itself on the purest form of cooperative, competitive first person shooter action. DICE and EA have released the roughly two minutes worth of gameplay footage you see above during Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.
Take it in, friends … take it in.
Jets, tanks, RPGs, knifes, remote controlled drones, jeeps, rifles and a giant radio tower. Even the structures in Battlefield 3 have us excited. The map featured in the gameplay trailer is “Caspian Border,” and it seems to pack nearly every method of combat present in the upcoming entry in the Battlefield line.
One reason I’ve always loved the Battlefield experience stands in the way DICE designs vehicles. Planes, in particular, are some of the hardest machines to master in the game. In order to stand out as an earner during battle with a jet, you’ll need hours upon hours of practice and patience. No one hops into a plane during their first go with the game to enjoy a streak of 30 kills. It takes honest-to-goodness skill to be a great pilot, not just the dumb luck of getting to the vehicle before anyone else.
Console gamers will not be able to enjoy the 64 player madness showcased above. Games with a maximum of 12 gamers a side are what awaits Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners. Yes, 64 is gargantuan, but 24 ain’t bad either.
PC snobs might also tell you that console gamers could never string together 32 teammates willing to cooperate in taking on a massive enemy. Relax, my PC siblings, I agree with you. Getting 12 players to love each other and work together over Xbox LIVE or the PSN is tough; but, 32? Forget it. Especially when jets are dangled like carrots above each team…