BATTLEFIELD 3 | For Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. | October 25 | Lately, it's been disheartening to watch every military-themed first-person shooter steal its ideas from every other military-themed first-person shooter. It's as though we've been approaching an FPS singularity. On the surface, Battlefield 3 doesn't seem to buck the trend. You've got your drab gray and brown environments, your faceless Middle Eastern terrorists, your self-serious intonations that war is truly hell. Then why are gamers so excited about it? Maybe it's the most lifelike character animation you've ever seen. Maybe it's the 64-person multiplayer maps on PC, and 24-person maps on console. Maybe it's the fighter jets. (Yes, you can fly fighter jets.) Maybe it's nothing more than the hope that, sooner or later, somebody's got to make another war game worth a damn.
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