In a nice twist from the typical corporate marketing machine, EA and DICE has done something different to allow gamers to promote and share their experiences from E3: They gave the go ahead to post alpha gameplay footage of Battlefield 4. One of the videos uploaded is a cool little clip featuring an AC-130 attack plane and a player who bails out to get in on the ground action.
So the video above, courtesy of Pixel Enemy, isn't really all that long but it's a nice quick glimpse of how the AC-130 performs on the battlefield; an automated plane that flies around the city for players to bomb the living daylights out of their opposition from preset positions.
Interestingly enough, the video spawned an argument over whether or not players should be allowed to fly the AC-130 – as if all the other vehicles weren't enough, some players felt compelled to make an argument why flying around and basically spam-bombing a map would be a gloriously fun thing to do.
The suggestion of flying the AC-130 was met with members of the community were digitally appalled at the mere thought of piloting such a beastly craft. They rebutted with fierce indignation at what they called a “spam-fest” and a “troll vehicle”. They then acutely made the connection that the same people vying to fly the 130 would likely be the same people on forums, YouTube videos and social chat services decrying the spam-fests from the AC-130 and asking DICE to remove the vehicle.
While both arguments are compelling and even-sided, I think they both miss the biggest problem with piloting the AC-130: How would you take off and land?
Given the large but not-large-enough maps in Battlefield 4, we're looking at a problem that doesn't really need to exist. Being able to get carried around in the AC-130 on a set path of destruction like a baby with a bad case of diarrhea in a stork's mouth is good enough.
However, I imagine with the advent of newer, bigger, better and more advanced Frostbite technology, perhaps we'll finally have off-site carriers and airstrips in Battlefield 5 where players will have to fly to the actual war zone. Now that is the moment I can't wait for...oh wait, nevermind there's Arma 3 for that. Still, it would be nice to see an AC-130 that players can pilot in the next Battlefield outing.
Battlefield 4 is set for release this fall for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and the other pleb consoles. I'm just curious how fail this game will look on the old grandad consoles? I mean, Battlefield 3 was hilariously gimped so it will be fun to see how DICE can squeeze this mammoth game onto current gen consoles.
You can learn more about the game or cautiously pre-order the game only if you know what you're getting into by paying a visit to the official website.