You know how in some games you shoot and you shoot and you shoot and both AI and opposing players just run right at you as if your bullets don’t mean a thing? Well, one of the many evolutionary steps DICE is taking with improving the overall shooter genre rests with the inclusion of bipods and rewards for successful suppression fire.

Other than Brothers in Arms, most games don’t reward players for exercising tactical gun fire, it’s usually just the opposite with most stat trackers showing the bullets you wasted instead of the bullets you used to cover your own butt while planning a cowardly escape from a decent hiding spot.

Well, the days of being penalized for poor accuracy by shooting at people and not hitting them are over. As revealed on the Official Battlefield 3 Blog
Suppressive Fire is a new in-game mechanic that changes how you can play the game. When you lay down fire in close vicinity to an enemy, the incoming barrage will show up as a graphical blur effect on his screen to stress him and let him know it’s not safe to pop out from behind cover. Just as importantly, this mechanic also affects his character’s in-game firing accuracy, making him less of a threat by using real world tactics. Better yet? You get team play experience points for doing so!

DICE also explained that weapons with bipods don’t just have them equipped to make the characters look cool. Oh no, the bipods in Battlefield 3 actually serve a purpose and gamers who have guns with bipods attached can use the gun as a stationary turret of sorts if the environment allows for it, or players can go prone and use the bipod to lay down some mean suppression fire while maintaining moderate accuracy.

Of course, you can check out the complete details of how bipods work, suppression fire and the rewards system by paying a visit to the Official Battlefield 3 Blog. The game is set to release at local retailers and e-tailers come October 25th for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. And just as a side note, you’ll probably want the PC version because the console ports of this game kind of suck by comparison. Just saying.

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