I’m sure by now you’ve all watched that really rather impressive 17-minute long Battlefield 4 trailer; punctuated as it is by fancy new graphical features, realistic and life-like motion capture, physics and overabundance of particle effects. It’s really quite graphically mind-blowing – but as far as military shooters go, I could take or leave it. The thing that piqued my interest was the new, next-generation Frostbite 3.0 engine, and made me recall earlier comment from EA about Frostbite 2.0 being developed for next gen.
Dragon Age 2 wasn’t a terrible experience, but it wasn’t a particularly good one either – its plot, and indeed setting were essentially confined to just one area, making it feel as if it didn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things. And it was built on Bioware’s worn eclipse engine – so it wasn’t the prettiest game either. Bioware says that Dragon Age 3: Inquisition is “stunningly beautiful.”
Last week, Nick begrudgingly told you about the Michael Bay directed trailer for the latest Need for Speed, The Run, and how you could get access to that trailer by doing EA’s marketing for them, by liking a Facebook page. It seems that’s worked - and more than 250 000 clicked the necessary “thumbs-up” icon to get the trailer released.
And here it is, in all its explosion-filled glory. It contains everything you’d expect from Michael Bay; cinematic melodrama, heart-racing chase scenes, exciting cut-aways and yes, explosions.
Another year, another Need for Speed game, right? Love or hate the franchise, it’s always nice to know that we can expect a new racing game from EA and their development studios at the same time every year.
Last year, we had the return of Hot Pursuit, while earlier this year, we went back to the tracks. Now, NFS: The Run looks set to carve a new direction for the franchise, as a storyline is once again introduced to the genre, while the action heats up in a manner with enough explosives and natural disasters that would make Michael Bay himself proud.
In fact, that's the exact reason why developer Black Box Studios is using the Battlefield engine.