Battlefield 3


By: Alan Bell    On: PlayStation 3
Published: Wednesday 6 Jul 2011 10:15 AM
 
 
 
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Christmas is always a big deal in the videogame world. It's a hit-driven business, and Christmas is when most videogame spending is done. So it's when the publishers bring out most of their big guns, the big games intended to sway you from buying any other game ahead of them.

Battlefield 3 is one of those big-hitting games. EA's big FPS property, it's developed by Swedish team DICE (or EA Digital Illusions CE, which is less likely to roll off the tongue without scraping it up and causing it to bleed), the team behind one of my favorite games of all time - Codename: Eagle. It is, of course, having a Christmas tête-à-tête with the current king of the hill, Call of Duty. While it's not clear which of the two will win out, should there even be a "victor", what is clear is this: Battlefield 3 is going to blow your mind.

But I digress.

The singleplayer demo we saw started off with the player strident atop an impressive looking tank, which was headed apace towards what can only be described as hell on earth. A battlefield, stretching horizon to horizon, peppered with the trails left behind by rockets that can kill you if they detonate in your zip code - let alone anywhere near you.

Presented on a PC, the Frostbite 2 engine was able to deliver high-speed, mind-boggling visuals on a full-sized cinema screen. You can only imagine how amazing the levels of physics-driven destruction, to-the-horizon detail, and oh-my-god-is-that-real smoke and lighting effects will look on your 22" monitor. Unfortunately, we can still only imagine what it's going to look like on a console, as EA are still keeping that one to themselves.

Back to our chap on the tank. He's in this wide open desert space, flanked by more tanks - their distance ensuring tactical advantage, while allowing DICE to demonstrate their incredible dust and terrain detail technology. These are wide open spaces, technically empty, but they're chock full of detail. And the sound. Simultaneously you can hear a host of separate sounds that bring your tank to life; whirring, humming, grinding, motor thrumming, metal on metal - it's all here.

Without warning (well... it is a battlefield, but we mean specific warning), shells start raining in; the enemy, it seems, have armor too and they're bearing down on you. The sound and visuals continued to impress, with visceral thumps and shakes as the shells pop around you.

Gameplay evolved throughout the experience, with the player switching visual modes (thermal imaging looks amazing) and using UAVs to remotely designate targets for the artillery. Throughout, the feel was intense action and the presentation backed it up with an audio visual package that you'd be vastly understating if you were to refer to it as best in class. Having never been in an actual combat situation in a desert, it's hard to state authoratively as to the realism of the proceedings. What I can tell you, though, is that it was every bit as intense and incredibly visceral as anything I've ever seen. Period.

There was also a nice rip-reel of multiplayer action in Paris, briefly highlighting something that's going to be incredibly important to the reception of this title. Without question, it's the multiplayer of this title that will win (or lose) the war come November.

It's hard to keep the discussion of the visual package to a reasonable length because, without exception, it was incredible to behold. It felt real, in that oh-god-i-never-want-to-see-that-happen-anywhere-near-me kinda way. Stuff blows up with huge, billowing clouds of steam, dust, smoke and bricks. Everything from the simulation of the plexiglass in your vehicle to the recoil of your rifle is backed up by a similarly impressive audio package that, realistic or not, feels right.

Make no mistake, EA is making a big play to be the undisputed king of the hill in the FPS genre - both in single AND in multi-player. From what we've seen, they're very much in the running to achieve exactly that. No matter which camp you align yourself to, one thing is for dead certain: it's going to be hard to find time for doing anything other than playing virtual war on your gaming platform of choice come the fourth quarter of this year. We can't wait.

NZGamer.com appears at E3 2012 thanks to Orcon Broadband.


At a Glance

Pros: Massive, over-the-top, set pieces

Cons: Ummm...

"It is, quite simply, awe inspiring."


 

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Kegz NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
On Wednesday 6 Jul 2011 10:24 AM Posted by Kegz
There's going to be so much goodness at the end of this year. Thank God for Uni holidays XD
 
 
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Killjoy
On Wednesday 6 Jul 2011 11:58 AM Posted by Killjoy
BF3 is to have 3 times the DLC that BF2 had (thats at least 21 DLC!) with some sites suggesting it will launch on day one with DLC available. The Physical Warfare pack, which includes exclusive items, is available ONLY to those who pre-order the game at select physical retailers meaning a small group of people will have an advantage in weapon selection over the majority. These actions have caused many people to boycott BF3 and cancel their pre-orders in protest. However Karl Magnus Troedsson - General Manager, DICE has since commented "We will unlock the contents of the Physical Warfare Pack for free to all Battlefield 3 players later this year." He also talked about the expansion Back to Karkand "If you pre-order Battlefield 3, you will be able to play Back to Karkand at no extra charge as soon as it is released, but it is not day one DLC and it is not on the base game disc." If you do not pre-order Battlefield 3, you can still buy Back to Karkand separately and play it as soon as it is released, the very same date as anyone who pre-ordered it.
 
 
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Deanology NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
On Wednesday 6 Jul 2011 2:08 PM Posted by Deanology
tight.
i'm looking forward to this, although.. its gonna be sad to see the end on BF2.
 
 
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highnzbudsmoka
On Wednesday 6 Jul 2011 5:57 PM Posted by highnzbudsmoka
Pre-ordered last week. Gunna be awesome
 
 
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Goreaxe
On Saturday 9 Jul 2011 3:01 PM Posted by Goreaxe
Sucks that I'm going to have to buy a whole new computer for this... I think it'll be worth it though.
 
 
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zakabc
On Sunday 10 Jul 2011 1:18 AM Posted by zakabc
good game for people who like more realistic shooters
 
 
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zakabc
On Sunday 10 Jul 2011 2:45 PM Posted by zakabc
what would be better battlefield 3 or modern warfare 3
 
 
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GenBattle
On Monday 11 Jul 2011 5:00 PM Posted by GenBattle
Do want.

I don't think there's any question now that this will be a PC buy. I just can't see it being worth it on consoles when the graphics will be diminished and the multiplayer experience will be nerfed down to 24 players.
 
 
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Depleta
On Monday 11 Jul 2011 9:07 PM Posted by Depleta
They already have my wallet in their control :P, I'm sold and I haven't even tried it XD
 
 
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SpartanVXL
On Tuesday 12 Jul 2011 6:10 PM Posted by SpartanVXL
The Fault Line reveal was played on a single GTX580, as long as you dont have a CPU that bottlenecks it too much, get 460's in SLI and it should do you. In terms of DLC I would wait for steam sales when they are $5 each like bfbc2 etc. OR if EA ends up doing a stupid Origin exclusive then i'll go get a $40 key from somewhere.

CoD4 rehash = nty
 
 
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SpartanVXL
On Tuesday 12 Jul 2011 6:11 PM Posted by SpartanVXL
10 July 2011, 01:18 AM Reply to zakabc
good game for people who like more realistic shooters
Hardly, you want realistic go to ARMA II or operation flashpoint. bf3 still looks like the semi-realistic bf2/bfbc2
 
 
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Goreaxe
On Tuesday 12 Jul 2011 6:58 PM Posted by Goreaxe
12 July 2011, 06:10 PM Reply to SpartanVXL
The Fault Line reveal was played on a single GTX580, as long as you dont have a CPU that bottlenecks it too much, get 460's in SLI and it should do you. In terms of DLC I would wait for steam sales when they are $5 each like bfbc2 etc. OR if EA ends up doing a stupid Origin exclusive then i'll go get a $40 key from somewhere.

CoD4 rehash = nty
Now I know what to aim for
 
 
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Goreaxe
On Tuesday 12 Jul 2011 6:59 PM Posted by Goreaxe
6 July 2011, 11:58 AM Reply to Killjoy
BF3 is to have 3 times the DLC that BF2 had (thats at least 21 DLC!) with some sites suggesting it will launch on day one with DLC available. The Physical Warfare pack, which includes exclusive items, is available ONLY to those who pre-order the game at select physical retailers meaning a small group of people will have an advantage in weapon selection over the majority. These actions have caused many people to boycott BF3 and cancel their pre-orders in protest. However Karl Magnus Troedsson - General Manager, DICE has since commented "We will unlock the contents of the Physical Warfare Pack for free to all Battlefield 3 players later this year." He also talked about the expansion Back to Karkand "If you pre-order Battlefield 3, you will be able to play Back to Karkand at no extra charge as soon as it is released, but it is not day one DLC and it is not on the base game disc." If you do not pre-order Battlefield 3, you can still buy Back to Karkand separately and play it as soon as it is released, the very same date as anyone who pre-ordered it.
What DLCs were there?
I know about Vietnam and the alternative uniforms and that's about it...
 
 
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Killjoy
On Wednesday 13 Jul 2011 11:05 PM Posted by Killjoy
12 July 2011, 06:59 PM Reply to Goreaxe
What DLCs were there?
I know about Vietnam and the alternative uniforms and that's about it...
Only DLC I'm aware of is "Back to Karkand", this contains four maps and several weapons and vehicles brought over from Battlefield 2. The maps will be: Strike at Karkand, Gulf of Oman, Wake Island and Sharqi Peninsula. All have been re-imagined and recreated for use with the new engine that powers Battlefield 3, called "Frostbite 2.0" and its more advanced physics. Leaks from EA indicate that this will become available for general purchase after one month, but is of course free to those who pre-order the Limited edition which will contain the physical warfare pack.
 
 
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ryanrayx2 NZGamer.com VIP VIP
On Friday 15 Jul 2011 5:49 PM Posted by ryanrayx2
Why does but bank account have to be so empty.
 
 
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REMO833
On Sunday 14 Aug 2011 8:37 PM Posted by REMO833
this game brings so much anticipation i cant wait to get my hands on it!! :)
 
 
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REMO833
On Monday 22 Aug 2011 8:41 PM Posted by REMO833
im getting this game for sure
 
 
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