The open beta for the latest title in the long-running America’s Army series – America’s Army: Proving Grounds – has just hit Steam.
Other than new weapons (like the M9, the Remington 870 MCS shotgun, and the M14EBR-RI sniper rifle, which probably makes sense to somebody) this particular iteration is going for a “back-to-basics” approach. According to project manager Marsha Berry, the team are trying for “a move, shoot, communicate system within a fun gaming experience that echoes teamwork-based Army training.”
“Just like in the Army, America’s Army: Proving Grounds focuses on creating elite, well-trained soldiers that will complete the missions as a fine-tuned team beginning with smaller, focused exercises and advancing up to larger, more complex exercises,” she added. I do like transitioning from small exercises to big exercises, so that’s nice.
Sarcasm aside, there’s a new weapon suppression system, situational awareness, a “more advanced hardcore mode”, and the game can be played in either 6v6 Battledrill Exercises, or in 12v12 Forward Line Operations that are rather more complex. So I guess that’s the transition, then.
If this sounds like it’s up your Hogan’s Alley (yes, I know that’s the FBI, but it’s a training facility and… oh, just shut up) then you can check out Proving Grounds for yourself on Steam right now.
Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he’s willing to admit. He’s written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion – in all its various incarnations – for over a decade. When not writing about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He’s also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man’s only professional games journalist.