Anyway, this is getting too confusing for me, I couldn't think of a scenario where the Merkava is on one side, now both sides?!
The 'East', or whatever their name is, launch an attack from the...east. Allied nations get attacked an overrun. The remnants retreat to Greece and link up with NATO but get attacked by an enemy equipped with their weapons.
Or BIS could be trying to imitate BC2 and MW2 with the 'kewl' mix and match gear. If so I hope they don't go down the MW2 route further.
Some on the forums are saying it might be an 'Eastern' copy of the Merkava since some of it looks like a T95 upon closer inspection.
BTW, I found a "Campaign video" for ARMAIII with an IGN stamp on it, seemed legit (too hard to fake anyway) can't find it now, have you seen it?
Earlier this evening some people at the BIS official forums banded together and spammed Gamespot's live feed guy at E3. Colin was his name and he visits the different booths with a camera and microphone strapped to his head. Poor guy.
Anyway, the Arma 3 community spammed him with messages to go see the BIS booth and he did.
Colin landed up spending 50 minutes checking out a few of BIS games including Arma 3 much to the annoyance of other game fans.
If you click this link it will bring you to the live feed but if you scroll back to 2:11:31 you see the beginning of the entire BIS segment.
Not a Sci-Fi fan but Carrier Command looks good and TOH interesting but the main event was the Arma 3 presentation. Well worth watching.
A lot of new and great features were presented. I really don't like the MW2 style 'equip-everyone-with-cool-weapons' thing but with the new features that were shown I don't really care at the moment. That stuff can be easily modded anyway.
Plus, BIS were definitely one of the best there. Other booths looked a bit unsure as to what to do or shunned poor Colin or were overly secretive to the point of ridiculous. BIS weren't prepared for Colin's live feed but they were quite happy to take him through the games, answer questions and show off gameplay. You can tell that they are people that take pride in their work.
The storyline says that the player is the sole survivor in enemy territory; therefore, he will not have US equipment - he will have to use enemy equipment which is likely to be a mixed bag after a long period of intensive and decimating combat throughout Europe.
I have played numerous games before in which I ended up equipped with enemy gear. I don;t see this as a drawback at all - after all, anything American would have to be shipped in over a distance of three thousand miles plus land transport from there, so American equipment is unlikely to be available beyond what was initially issued for the mission, which will not last forever in terms of ammo.
Lastly, but definitely not least, it's a game.
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