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America's Army 3

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: US Army
Developer: US Army

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'America's Army 3' Launches Third Graphic Novel Online

by Rainier on May 21, 2011 @ 5:26 a.m. PDT

America's Army 3 is the only free action game that delivers an authentic and entertaining Army experience by reflecting the training, technology, actions and career advancement of a Soldier within a unique exciting game experience. AA3 highlights include authentic weapons and technologies, realistic training and exciting gameplay missions, providing players new insights into the Army and Soldiering while making the game easier to play, easier to install and easier to download.

In America's Army 3, Every Detail Counts and as a result, the game has more authentic military elements including training, technology, weapons, and audio than any other military game. Built on Unreal Engine 3, AA3 delivers stunningly realistic environments, lighting effects, animations, and team-based experiences so that America's Army players can experience how Soldiers train, live, and advance in the Army. Players are bound by Rules of Engagement (ROE) and gain experience as they navigate challenges in team-based, multiplayer, force-on-force operations. In the game, a player's actions and demonstrated Army values are integral to successful mission accomplishment and affect a player's career progression.

The game is launching with five different environments, each with three different mission scenario options for a total of 15 different map/mission combinations. Initially, the core of the gameplay focuses on an Infantry Soldier (11B). Players first complete Basic Combat Training and then progress to Advanced Individual Training for a variety of specialized roles that the Infantry Soldier performs, such as Advanced Rifleman, Automatic Rifleman, Squad Designated Marksman, and Grenadier. This advanced training allows players to unlock new abilities and gear, customize their gear and equipment loads, increase their in-game skill level, and progress in their Army careers.

The game launched with five different environments, each with three different mission scenario options for a total of 15 different map/mission combinations. Initially, the core of the gameplay focuses on an Infantry Soldier (11B). Players first complete Basic Combat Training and then progress to Advanced Individual Training for a variety of specialized roles that the Infantry Soldier performs, such as Advanced Rifleman, Automatic Rifleman, Squad Designated Marksman, and Grenadier. This advanced training allows players to unlock new abilities and gear, customize their gear and equipment loads, increase their in-game skill level, and progress in their Army careers.

The U.S. Army launched the 3rd chapter ( Under a Watchful Eye) of America's Army: The Graphic Novel, a free online comic publication based on America's Army 3, now live on the America's Army website.

Come follow the lives of U.S. Army Soldiers, at home station and while deployed, in occupations including UAV Operator, Intelligence Analyst, Medic, Infantryman, and Apache Helicopter Pilot. In America's Army: The Graphic Novel, readers explore the continuing saga of America's Army through stories of leadership, bravery and teamwork that showcase Army operations, advanced training, diverse careers, and high tech equipment and weapons.

In Chapter 1: Knowledge is Power a U.S. Army Long Range Surveillance team is deployed as a conflict rises between two neighboring countries, Czervenia and the Republic of the Ostregals.  During the mission, the LRS team comes under fire by Czervenian NME forces while gathering critical information on a suspicious package. In Chapter 2: Rise to the Challenge follow Combat Medic Roy Lacroix from high school graduate to U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier saving lives during the Czervenian invasion.  In Chapter 3:Under a Watchful Eye, U.S. forces use state-of-the-art unmanned aircraft to provide support to the war-torn region in order to gather information about the attacking Czervenian Army, and rescue a member of the VOC Resistance who claims to have essential information about the mysterious package, one that could have terrifying consequences to the region and even the world.

The online graphic novel features an original flash interface with advanced viewing controls to grab and flip pages or zoom-in on a specific comic panel.  A “field manual” offers a glossary of terms and Army acronyms and many pages have embedded context links to learn more about Army life, jobs, or gear.

Chapters of the Graphic Novel will also be available as motion comics. Experience the America's Army Graphic Novel in a whole new way, as an animated comic, complete with sound track, animations, sound effects and voice actors.   Currently Chapter 1 (Part 1 of 3) is available on the America's Army website and YouTube channel.

The Army creates and distributes America's Army so that young Americans can virtually explore Soldiering in the U.S. Army like Soldiers experience it – as individuals and as members of teams. Through the Game's virtual experiences, young Americans can explore the Army from basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and medic training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, to operations in defense of freedom. Along the way, they can join elite Army units and experience the strength of Army teamwork, values, and technology within an engaging environment. The game has become an online phenomenon, consistently ranking among the most popular PC action games played online. The games are rated T for Teen and can be downloaded free from Steam and from various partners listed on the official America's Army website website. They are also distributed at local Army Recruiting stations, ROTC Detachments, and Army events.

In the America's Army game, players are bound by Rules of Engagement (ROE) and grow in experience as they navigate challenges in team-based, multiplayer, force-on-force operations. In the game, as in the Army, accomplishing missions requires teamwork and adherence to the Army's core Values. Through its emphasis on team play, the game demonstrates these Values of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage and makes them integral to success in America's Army.

Those playing AA3 through Steam will also get the benefit of Steamworks features such as auto-updating, Steam Achievements, and Steam Cloud. As with previous versions of America's Army, AA3 will be constantly updated to include new features and missions and to highlight new technologies being incorporated in today's Army.

America's Army 3, rated T for Teen, is currently available as free download.


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