America's Army: Proving Grounds deploying this year

New version of first-person shooter to be released in 2013; US Army seeking beta testers.

The next entry in the America's Army series--Proving Grounds--will launch this year, the United States Army has announced through the game's Facebook page (via Joystiq). Gamers interested in beta testing the shooter can sign up to do so through the official Proving Grounds website.

No further information about the game or the beta was announced.

The free-to-play America's Army series, which doubles as a recruitment tool, launched in 2002. The most recent update to the series, America's Army 3, launched in June 2009.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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stile7
stile7

Check out AAPG on a Hard Core server. It's much more like the old school tactical shooter experience.

Hardcore HUD removes: Player Count, activity message Feed, Crosshair, Scoring notifications, Teammate 3D pips at distance, enemy Hit indicators, and Player Hints.

Life/Health/Damage: head shots lethal (you're out) , 1 revive only, bleed out, Friendly Fire takes full damage, no spectate your own body, no Team talk when incapacitated

ESB
ESB

I don't know if this is a good AA but it's definitely a good shooter!

wowgrandpa
wowgrandpa

aa2 was good. played it for years, before cod and wow became so popular and dumbed down....

aa3 was garbage. much like gamespot's video player.

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

Meh, last game sucked, the series as a whole is average at best to bad at worst. Everything it does has been done by ARMA and Operation flashpoint with much better result.

Ravenlock_2112
Ravenlock_2112

Man, the hours I put in AA 1 and 2. Such good games and both ftp. Teamwork was the key and bunnyhopping rushers just got owned. Shame AA 3 was a big letdown, played it for a few hours, then uninstalled it a few weeks later since it was just crap. Hope this goes back to the old AA 2 days.

holtrocks
holtrocks

3 blew chunks, i would be very interested though in a new one, i miss the 2.8 days of AA.

CUDGEdave
CUDGEdave

Wonder if there is a friendly fire mode.....

irishjake
irishjake

This game cannot hold a candle to Arma series.. So therefore thread invalid. 

-Jonce-
-Jonce-

America's Army... Is there an achievement for accidently blowing up a UK convoy?

Aleksandre3182
Aleksandre3182

After ARMA 3..... I don't know how other military "simulators" will go... this game has worse graphics than ARMA 2 that was released in 2009.....

Lord_Python1049
Lord_Python1049

Using a video game to recruit people... leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Thrazewolf
Thrazewolf

This whole series is so generic. 

There is nothing different from comparing America's Army to other FPS's.


DarckArchon
DarckArchon

And what exactly is the game gonna be about basically?holding sprint to run 10 miles, pressing X repeatedly to do lots bench presses ? Cos that's how the army is actually  

Wasdie
Wasdie moderator moderator

The last one wasn't really good. The first 2 were alright for what they were but I remember America's Army 3 being rather terrible and never really recovering from it.

SkamArtist
SkamArtist

I don't see a problem with this. At least they are being upfront about the fact that it is a recruitment tool. Hopefully it will be realistic. Even more so than Arma.

X-7
X-7

@irishjake I love how a guy with an EGA for his avatar said that. XD

M-S-M-S
M-S-M-S

@Aleksandre3182 Even at its alpha stage, Arma 3 is amazing. If you're looking for an amazing military sim, Arma is the best. But AA still is OK.

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

@Lord_Python1049 Nothing wrong with it being a recruiting tool if it gives a fair and accurate war experience allowing them to see what they signed up for.

Ravenlock_2112
Ravenlock_2112

@Thrazewolf lol, thats like saying Mario Kart is just the same as Grid or Burnout since those are just the same generic racegames.

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

@Wasdie yeah they changed the game engine I downloaded 3 after not playing for a few years to discover this... Uninstalled shortly after which is a shame because 1 and 2 were very addictive

jagcivtec
jagcivtec

@M-S-M-S @Aleksandre3182 Very true, but ArmA has an over-complicated, counterintuitive interface with too many key combinations.  

Too many people brag about how accurate the mouse is in a FPS, but really, the keyboard just sucks for maneuvering and using menus efficiently, I just find playing with a controller so user friendly and intuitive compared to a keyboard (designed for typing not playing) and ArmA doesn't support gaming pads because it has too many complicated commands to map to a pad with limited buttons.  

Everything has a downside, even the best game ever (that's ArmA).

Thrazewolf
Thrazewolf

@Lerry757 @Thrazewolf Where did you come up with that? 

Then prove me wrong: what is different from America's Army to other FPS's?

Good luck 

M-S-M-S
M-S-M-S

@jagcivtec @M-S-M-S @Aleksandre3182 My experience is the opposite. I do things faster with the combo than the controller.

It was indeed design for typing, but it was adapted for gaming and works great in my view.

Arma 3 streamlined the command settings, and after playing the game for a while it's actually quite easy to use. The commanding orders can be a bit tricky, I agree, but again, with experience you can use it with ease.

I don't think it's over-complicated, it just can't be a 4 button game because it is a sim and not a shooter.

rann89
rann89

@JLCrogue @kargion @Thrazewolf @Lerry757 Yeah. And today they're all modern military shooters set in western Asia or Europe with regenerating health (RIP Halo 1) that starts off as a routine mission and ends up uncovering a terrorist plot.

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

@kargion @Thrazewolf @Lerry757 You meant to say moot, not mute. Anybody who plays FPS games can tell you the difference between the ones they play, because only a n00b would think that all games of a certain genre are exactly the same. Some are modern, some are WW2, some are futuristic, some are more realistic, some aren't, some have regenerating health, some have health pick ups, each have different game modes, some take place on different locations, like jungles, desert, cities, etc, some have vehicles, some don't, some limit the guns you can carry, some have guns that you unlock, etc, etc, etc. Games like America's Army are much more realistic than other FPS games. I've played it before, it's much more slow and tactical and it usually only takes one or two shots to kill you. There's also no respawning in a single round.

kargion
kargion

@Thrazewolf @Lerry757 

Prove to me how any fps is different from any other?  They are all the same your point is mute.