There’s no doubt by now of the growing popularity of FPS games over the last 30 years or so, with a much freer playability in a 3D environment than the usual RPG titles with the bonus of combat and use of guns.
Either as a multi-player or not, new releases of FPS games are a great source of speculation and competition amongst fans and developers for the best title yet. With that in mind, let’s talk about the new hypes of this year’s last trimester and see what they have to offer.
Battlefield 2042 – the new generation?
With a slogan promising to be the new generation of FPS games, Battlefield 2042 comes as the seventeenth and latest release from the franchise by Electronic Arts. Previously named Battlefield VI, it was developed by DICE and is expected to be launched in November 2021.
Battlefield 2042 will be available for Windows, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S as an FPS game exclusively focused on multiplayer mode and the first one of the series to feature cross-platform playing, without any individual campaigns.
Set in a near future, as the name suggests, the game happens in a chaotic world where all economies are broken and devastated by natural disasters that occurred in the last few decades, clashing Russia and USA into a war preceded by a Kessler Syndrome event.
Both nations make use of a new kind of soldier, the non-patried, who don’t exactly pick a side but rather fight for a place in a better future. Acting as the Non-Pats, as these climate refugees are known, players fight during matches with 64 up to 128 people.
Such setting calls for modern gear and weaponry, including towers, implanted drones and the very vehicles driven by the characters, which can be air-dropped from anywhere. Due to its new “Plus” system, characters get to customize their weapons on the spot.
It will be released with 10 specialists who are each a Non-Pat from a different country, with their own skills and weapons, who will have to face extreme events from previous releases like tornadoes and sandstorms that reduce their visibility, counting with seven maps.
Gameplay modes in Battlefield 2042
The first and more classic one is called All-Out Warfare, featuring Breakthrough and Conquest. In Conquest, two teams fight for control posts on a giant map divided in sectors. In Breakthrough, one team has to defend the control posts from the other as they attack.
Both can be played with or against Artificial Intelligence. The other option is called Hazard Zone, which in turn focuses on squads and therefore is more cooperative. This doesn’t mean, however, that Battlefield 2042 has a Battle Royale feature.
Battlefield 2042 will also have a community-driven platform called Battlefield Portal. Inside the Portal, multiplayer modes can be customized and it will grant access to select maps from previous games, as well as allowing core gameplay elements to be modified.
Battlefield 2042 and PC requirements
To play BF 2042 on your PC after November 19th, you’ll need Windows 10 64 bits and an internet connection of 512 kbps or higher. 8Gb of memory and 4Gb of video memory are basic – double on both would be ideal. 100Gb of storage space, with SSD if you can.
Call of Duty: Vanguard
The eighteenth installment of the Call of Duty series is expected to be launched worldwide on November 5th this year, for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X and S.
Featuring both single-player and multiplayer modes, the main narrative conducted in CoD: Vanguard splits into four different points of view from characters who lead the Task Force One during the last years of WWII, trying to prevent Axis from getting back into power.
Head of the team Arthur Kingsley is a multilinguist born in Jamaica. He has served in the British Army and fights against the nazi in an attempt to correct the problems around the world.
Lieutenant Polina Petrova comes from Stalingrado, Soviet Union. She joined the war to avenge herself and her family for everything they have lost and contributes a lot with her shooting skills.
Australian soldier Lucas Riggs joined the war even before recruitment happened. He is an expert in explosives, gentle to allies and an honoured warrior to enemies.
1st Class Lieutenant Wade Jackson is from New York, USA and is a pilot. He loves a good challenge, has lots of charisma and enjoys the limelight to prove he’s the best.
Game Playing modes in CoD: Vanguard
The Task Force One characters and their personal struggles make up just the Campaign Mode, though. The traditional multiplayer modes remain, this time with a single-player mode called Champion Hill.
The progress and bettering of weaponry hasn’t changed either. New maps and modes, such as the Patrol one, with a moving target, will be released along the way.
CoD: Vanguard counts with 20 maps, 16 of them connected to the central story and 4 are remakes of previous maps. There’s a map for the zombie mode and 4 arenas in the Champion’s Hill.
CoD: Vanguard will also affect CoD: Warzone with a map of its own based on an island and further integration with Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War in terms of progress and gear. As usual, with full-on crossplaying.
The Zombie mode mentioned above is another new feature created by Activision for the game. It will serve as continuation of the story in Black Ops Cold War and the first narrative crossover of the franchise.
The files in CoD: Vanguard are promised to be 30 to 50% lighter in comparison to the previous titles. Windows 10 64 bits, 45Gb of free storage space and 8Gb of memory on the PC should do the trick.
If you want the best experience with graphics, the recommended is twice the amount of memory and 6144 Gb of video memory with the same free space.
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