Admittedly, the announcement of the next instalment of EA's Battlefield didn't come as much of surprise. Peter More, COO of the goliath publisher, announced in February that “We are taking Medal of Honor out of the rotation" going on further to state "[we] have a plan to bring year-over-year continuity to our shooter offerings.”
With the lack of a cape and mask, this was Moore's way of standing atop a building and shouting, BATTLEFIELD ASSEMBLE!
So we already knew that some sort of Battlefield was approaching. Are we excited? Well, given that we've had a gazillion warfare themed shooters hit the shelves in recent years, it's difficult to muster any sort of anticipation, but in the context of a coveted list article, and in good faith for nostalgic Battlefield 1942 memories, here's why you should be currently counting down the days.
5. It's Battlefield!
Whether or not the last instalment was a tiny bit...iffy, the Battlefield series is a firm favourite to all those online shooting enthusiasts out there. Whether played in the seat of a jet fighter crashing into buildings and deserted mountains, or instead riding shotgun in a jeep and mowing down enemy troopers, above all else, DICE's game is hilariously violent.
4. Frostbite Engine 3
As we draw closer and closer to the next generation of console, those technological stalwarts the 360 and PS3 are starting to dim and twinkle with age - but the announcement of a new power house promises to breathe new life into the flagging hardware. Will it be pretty? Yes. Will it lend itself to a cacophony of explosions and vehicle-themed death? Definitely.
3. Fourth Time's a Charm
While Battlefield is an undoubtedly staple shooter for anyone that adores headshots, the single player element of every instalment has always lacked. Whether it's the slight deviation in shooting mechanics, or failure to capitalise on the enthralling multiplayer component during a solo-campaign, DICE haven't yet perfected that perfect stand-alone performance. Having just launched Battlefield 3, DICE told Eurogamer that they really hoped they could apply their collected knowledge to another sequel and really get it right; let's hope they have.
2. EA versus Activision: TURBO EDITION
While the dominance of both Call of Duty and Battlefield is slightly off-putting to the neutral, it is slightly more comforting to see that both FPS juggernaughts are pushing the envelope somewhat and not resting purely on their laurels. EA is hell bent on created their own year-on-year shooter and therefore DICE is being tested to create the most enthralling shooter is possibly can - competition drives innovation, so a fourth instalment can't be a bad thing for either game, right?
1. In Loving Memory of Wake Island
Battlefield 1942's classic map was, and is, one of the greatest online FPS achievements. While we've had a HD remake, and many, many words dripping with nostalgia, I can't help to pound that particular chest again and declare how fantastic the Pacific Island was. If DICE retain just a percent of the capability that designed that map, any Battlefield game has the potential to be a world beating force in terms of great FPSing, and sheer hilarity.