America's Army 3 - The Gentleman's FPS
America's Army 3: The Most Underrated First Person Shooter
It is evident that the developers of the official game of the US Army are trying to strike a balance between realism and fun. AA3 may be free to download, but it's nevertheless a game that's not just a game. It's also a recruitment tool, complete with comics and links to joining the US Army.
Sure, the game play could at times be slow, unlike popular commercial first person shooters, but that in itself is its main appeal. There can be no John Rambos in this game unlike other games, because it's a game of patience and strategy.
Communication plays a vital role here, as the sniper is tasked with pointing out enemy positions for the grenadiers who hold the M320s and the quick riflemen who are armed with M4A1 or M16 assault rifles.
Here, the number of kills or frags takes a secondary role for the good of the team.
Protecting a fallen comrade and bringing him to safety garners more points than killing someone. I would know, because I usually play the role of a combat medic.
|A pile of dead bodies after a grenade|
|The battle planner|