America's Army 3 Steam Preloads

Steam News announces that America's Army 3 will make use of Steamworks features, and that the upcoming version of the freeware U.S. Army-developed military shooter sequel is now ready for preload:
America's Army 3 (AA3), the only action game that delivers an authentic and entertaining Army experience by reflecting the training, technology, actions, and career advancement of a Soldier within an exciting free game experience, is now available for pre-load via Steam. AA3 is free and will be released on June 17, 2009. Those playing AA3 through Steam will also get the benefit of Steamworks features such as auto-updating, Steam Achievements, and Steam Cloud.

For more information, please visit www.steamgames.com and www.steamgames.com/steamworks and aa3.americasarmy.com.
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads
Jun 9, 2009, 18:12
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads Jun 9, 2009, 18:12
Jun 9, 2009, 18:12
 
Your free propaganda is available to practice your killing! Wave flag and then download. Ring bell and salivate little doggy.
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads
Jun 9, 2009, 18:19
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads Jun 9, 2009, 18:19
Jun 9, 2009, 18:19
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuVnmXkTd_w&fmt=22

I am a Presidential toy

And I am Government employed

In their game of death I never lose



And when I'm told to do a task

No questions I will ask

Just show me his file and rid that commie dead



KILL ON COMMAND

KILL ON COMMAND

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Perpetual debt is slavery.
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads
Jun 9, 2009, 18:41
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads Jun 9, 2009, 18:41
Jun 9, 2009, 18:41
 
Sweet! My tax dollars at work.. /S

I thought this game was still months from completion?

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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads
Jun 9, 2009, 18:49
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads Jun 9, 2009, 18:49
Jun 9, 2009, 18:49
 
screens look pretty good, and its free

im down with this
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads
Jun 9, 2009, 18:50
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads Jun 9, 2009, 18:50
Jun 9, 2009, 18:50
 
Damn, this game actually looks totally awesome! I really wish more developers would add this kind of realism to a shooter. But I realize people like me are a minority when it comes to realism in games.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM9_0EetArc
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads
Jun 9, 2009, 18:54
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads Jun 9, 2009, 18:54
Jun 9, 2009, 18:54
 
lol, rage against the machine, Slippery Jim. Truth to power!
Don't start anything you can't finish. Preferably to component atoms.
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads
Jun 9, 2009, 19:26
PHJF
 
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads Jun 9, 2009, 19:26
Jun 9, 2009, 19:26
 PHJF
 
Haven't played in a long time, but AA and SF were damn fine games. AA was always the best "realistic" competitive shooter, and SF improved it in every way.
Steam + PSN: PHJF
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads
Jun 9, 2009, 19:30
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads Jun 9, 2009, 19:30
Jun 9, 2009, 19:30
 
Damn I hope there are a few Taliban to put a bullet or two in!
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads
Jun 9, 2009, 19:32
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads Jun 9, 2009, 19:32
Jun 9, 2009, 19:32
 
lol, rage against the machine, Slippery Jim. Truth to power!

Eh, he's just pissed that they probably won't be able to download it in germany. I was amazed how many BN trolls come from there.
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads
Jun 9, 2009, 19:47
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads Jun 9, 2009, 19:47
Jun 9, 2009, 19:47
 
Your free propaganda is available to practice your killing! Wave flag and then download. Ring bell and salivate little doggy.

Aww, cry more, emo kid.

First off, how's killing in America's Army 3 any different than killing in another game? I know this might burst your touchy-feely bubble, but America isn't the first country to have a military that has killed people before.

Second, there's a new spiffy-but-pain-in-the-ass honor system in the game tailored off of the U.S. Army's core values (LDRSHIP - Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage). If you incapacitate an enemy, he lays on the ground in the fetal position until he either gets help from one of his friends, or you zip-tie him. If you shoot him, you get a Rules of Engagement penalty and you lose Integrity. You also lose Integrity if you throw a grenade into a room and kill an enemy without first calling out the target.

And third - America's Army has been pretty whitewashed in this version. Along with the ROE penalties I described, the opposing forces in the game are pale Russians, as opposed to the Arabs from the first two. There's a tiny bit of back story to the game involving the Army being deployed in some old Warsaw Pact country... Whatever. It was too hokey not to tune out.

In short - sure, it's a game about the Army, and you kill people. But does that honestly make it any different from all the other games you play?
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads
Jun 9, 2009, 19:58
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads Jun 9, 2009, 19:58
Jun 9, 2009, 19:58
 
i think the Bundeswehr edition will feature water guns and vicious flowers.

#2, we would have also accepted:

All across the world
The holy armies on a tear
Ripping through the planet's faiths
Population's running scared
Christianity's all around
Zealots they abound
I wanna blow them to pieces
Cause I...I'm

KILLING FOR JESUS.


^m^
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads
Jun 9, 2009, 20:00
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads Jun 9, 2009, 20:00
Jun 9, 2009, 20:00
 
Your free propaganda is available to practice your killing! Wave flag and then download. Ring bell and salivate little doggy.
I don't see the problem, personally. It's a free game; and being a UK citizen there is no chance of it getting me to join the US Army, nor is it going to convince me that US military 'strategy' consists of anything more than 'shoot first, feign apology later'. And if anyone in the US is dumb enough to be convinced to join the US Army because of such a game then that's great, as there's always a strong demand for cannon fodder.

Oh, and I hope they manage to make the training sections a bit more entertaining... most people play games for enjoyment. They need to make the education side of things a bit more subtle - people shouldn't realise they're learning stuff.
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads
Jun 9, 2009, 20:18
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads Jun 9, 2009, 20:18
Jun 9, 2009, 20:18
 
America isn't the first country to have a military that has killed people before.

Nope, but it is the first to turn it into a video game. Keep waving your patriotic flag little doggy.
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads
Jun 9, 2009, 21:18
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads Jun 9, 2009, 21:18
Jun 9, 2009, 21:18
 Quboid
 
I just like the idea of a good, professional realistic shooter out there and that it's free is all the better. It's money better spent than recruiters trying to chat up kids at the Mall (I'm reliably informed (by TV) that that is where American kids "hang out"). They do a serious attempt and it's a serious game. I'm sure it's a lot nicer than actual army life, which seems to consist of equipment shortages and bullying, but it is trying to represent actual combat in an informative manner.

If anyone joins the army expecting it to be just like this, well, that's natural selection.
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads
Jun 9, 2009, 22:03
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads Jun 9, 2009, 22:03
Jun 9, 2009, 22:03
 
Nope, but it is the first to turn it into a video game. Keep waving your patriotic flag little doggy.

I'm pretty sure that video game companies made games about war before the United States did...
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads
Jun 9, 2009, 22:24
GT
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads Jun 9, 2009, 22:24
Jun 9, 2009, 22:24
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Why the hell is this game a preload? It's free. There's no need to make people wait a week to start playing it after they download it. Forcing people to wait a week after downloading and then to wait while the game decrypts and unlocks is just stupid. Instead release the game in unencrypted form and let people play it as soon as it finishes downloading. If the game has bugs, then it can be updated next week or later, but there's obviously a playable build of it right now. There's no need for Steam's DRM and delays in a free game.

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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads
Jun 9, 2009, 23:27
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads Jun 9, 2009, 23:27
Jun 9, 2009, 23:27
 
I can't wait; AAO and AA2 had great gameplay, and the added ROE elements will make this one even better.
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads
Jun 10, 2009, 00:10
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads Jun 10, 2009, 00:10
Jun 10, 2009, 00:10
 
The original never really had enough to keep me into it after awhile, but I'm totally psyched for this one, all the changes and refinments they've done to gameplay seem like good ideas.

FFS, though, it's not realistic. It may be more realistic than, say, Modern Warfare, but that's like saying Modern Warfare is more realistic than Company of Heroes; true, but not to an extent where it matters. Looking up does not make you throw a grenade further.

Is Slippery Jim trolling again? Are people still paying attention? Does the forum have an ignore button yet?
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads
Jun 10, 2009, 00:54
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Jun 10, 2009, 00:54
 
(LDRSHIP - Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage).

This made me LOL - the military's obsession with acronyms has no end.
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads
Jun 10, 2009, 04:32
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Re: America's Army 3 Steam Preloads Jun 10, 2009, 04:32
Jun 10, 2009, 04:32
 
Shouldn't that be LDRSSHIPC?
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