E3 has once again become a showdown of sorts for the big shooters of the year. Battlefield and Call of Duty are vying for attention as usual, but they've been joined by two major competitors this year - Destiny and Titanfall. Which one's the best? Well, EA obviously thinks it's Battlefield 4 and it has mountains of gameplay footage to back it up.
First up is the single player campaign mission called "Angry Sea" that was shown at the Xbox One press conference. For those just joining us, Battlefield 4 will be the first game released this year to be powered by DICE's impressive Frostbite 3 game engine. The scripted actions of single player campaigns are excellent canvases from which to display the might of a game engine, and DICE does just that with the below demo:
All of the above is scripted and predictable. What happens when you're in the middle of an unscripted and unpredictable multiplayer match? It's business as usual for Frostbite 3 as it powers massive maps with support for up to 64 players. I'm not usually a fan of multiplayer shooters, but even I'm impressed by what we're seeing of Battlefield 4.
DICE has also brought back the Commander Mode to Battlefield 4. In its newest iteration, players will get a top-down view of the action from a tablet. From there, they can direct players on the map to certain locations to take out targets and perform other actions. Of course, nothing is preventing players from disregarding the commander, but team players will be awarded with bonus XP and presumably more victories. Having a commander ally is only a good thing, especially in 64 player maps:
On a final note, Microsoft announced that the second DLC pack for Battlefield 4 - Second Assault - will be a timed exclusive for the Xbox One. The first DLC pack is available for free to all those who pre-order the game on the platform of their choice.
Battlefield 4 will be available later this year for the Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4 and PC. As for a Wii U version - it's not happening.