This game is a shooter.It's called America's Army, and you always play as the Americans. In many respects those are the only things that veterans of the AA-AA3 will find solace in. Apart from that this game seems very much a rehashed shooter. However it is well made. The sound is excellent. Once again you can hear the enemies if they are happy to run around making noise giving you cues to where they lurk. The gun shouts are loud and powerful sounding and very quick to make you jump. The visuals are excellent as well, smoke completely blinds you as it seeps around the corners giving you cover.
Why is this an AA game? Because it still calls on the player to use military foundations to win :
1) Teamwork. People must realize this is the reason for online games. Play with your team, not for yourself.
2) Communication. If you don't communicate with your team, you will fail. The community is happy to help you out when you let them know the situation.
3) Tactical superiority. Suppression fire, holding chokepoints and forcing the enemy to play your style to complete the missions.
Even though America's Army: Proving Grounds abandoned many of the previous games features it still has a solid gameplay reminiscent of the better AA titles, tactical movement as per previous titles (leaning, breathing control, revive/secure mechanics), and a highly responsive developer team showing that the AA series is still alive and kicking.