Review: Battlefield 3

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By Neil Nisperos

I don’t think there’s any shooter out right now that can surpass the
detail and depth of gameplay delivered by DICE’s new Battlefield 3.

While the solo-mode suffers from a rather boring and
uninvolving plot, the graphics and play are truly stunning and keep you
coming back for more.
But it’s the multi-player mode that serves the real meat and potatoes of this game and it’s well worth the price of admission.

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BF3 Beta impressions (Xbox 360)

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Playing the BF3 beta was a little confusing. The game is due out in a few weeks, so putting it into beta this close to release seemed bizarre.

It covers only one multiplayer map, Metro, which takes place in a subway tunnel in France along with a little above-ground action for plenty of close quarters shooting. It’s also objective based meaning players will be switching roles between defense and offense. It also means that it’s a map with no vehicles which can be a bit disappointing to some.

Technically, beta tests are handled a few months in advance of finalizing the code for release so that if anything critical crops up, it can be fixed before hitting retail. At least that’s how it’s ideally supposed to go. Though in today’s world of “0-day” patches and broadband speeds, that probably doesn’t mean a hell of a lot.

Likely, the “beta” for BF3 was to test multiplayer stress on the network to better prepare for when it goes prime time on October 25th. On that count, it seems to be doing okay even with the occasional  128-player hack floating around in PC Land.

I also hope that some of the other issues won’t show up in the final game such as prone clipping, or falling through the map and getting stuck leaving suicide the only escape. I was killed on one map by someone trapped this way because they were able to shoot me from below the objective I was attacking.

One thing that stuck with me was how familiar it felt. Coming off of Bad Company 2, BF3′s beta felt like I was heading back for more of the same with a new set of maps. That’s not entirely a bad thing, especially if you couldn’t get enough of the game. And I’ll admit that I had some fun while shooting through Metro’s wrecked venue.

The demo also cuts loose with a large number of unlocks and, from what I could see, no level ceiling, so if anything, it’s a nice, free multiplayer shooter. Some players have also really taken to it – I’ve seen a few leveled into their twenties and thirties already though I doubt any of that will carry over into the full game.

If I weren’t a fan of the series before I doubt this would have convinced me as much as the trailers had worked so well to, but I’m sure that the full game – with actual vehicles – will be a lot more exciting when everything comes together near the end of this month.

Battlefield 3 open beta to begin Sept. 29

Would you like to go to Paris and shoot at people?

Of course you would, but you probably don’t have the authority to initiate military actions against France. That being the case, you may be interested in learning that the open beta for Battlefield 3 is scheduled to be open to PC, PlayStation 3 and XBox 360 players on Sept. 29.

The beta takes place in a multiplayer map set in Paris. See for yourself:

BF3 MP Trailer from Gamescom

Gamescom, Europe’s version of E3 over in Germany, is having its pre-convention presser avalanche before Wednesday’s official opening. EA had theirs and one of the things that came out from it was this trailer showing off “64-player vehicle warfare” including jets. The “64-player” thing is only for PCs, though console players should still have a relatively solid 24-player count to play with.

Might need to upgrade my PC for this one when it comes out October 25th this year.


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Video: Battlefield 3 “Thunder Run” Mission

The United States is not at war with Iran, at least not yet, but will be inside the game world of Battlefield 3, according to this new gameplay video.

EA released this new footage during E3. The video shows new character U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Miller in a tank battle outside Tehran.

There’s some naughty language in the video, so you’ll have to watch it via the link if you’re old enough for that sort of thing.

Battlefield, developed by DICE for EA Games, is set for an Oct. 25 release on PC, PlayStation 3 and XBox 360.

EA Games announces Battlefield Play4Free

EA Games today announced the release of “Battlefield: Play4Free“, a new title the company describes as a mix of “Battlefield 2″ and “Battlefield: Bad Company”, without the price of having to pay for either title.The free game combines Battlefield 2 maps with Bad Company’s weapons and character classes, EA Games announced. Battlefield: Play4Free also features 16 vehicles, including the Mi-28 attack helicopter F-35 VTOL fighter jet.

Video games have proved that many people enjoy participating in kinetic military action as long as they don’t actually have to leave home and get shot at. EA Games is now making it possible to play a kinetic military action game without having to pay for it, which seems like a pretty shrewd way to reward PC loyalists and lure FPS fans away from Call of Duty in advance of Battlefield 3.

Battlefield 3 is set for a Fall 2011 release on PC, PlayStation 3 and XBox 360. I thought Battlefield 2 and its franchise brethren were well-made games, although newcomers to  the series need to be prepared to be bombed into the stone age when pitted against longtime players who know how to use the game’s aircraft.

I’ll have to wait until I get away from my work computer to download the game and offer my opinion. Check back for a new posting later this week.

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