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On August 21st, 2011 in News

GamesCom has ended, and DICE didn’t just reveal a ton of Battlefield 3 news, screenshots and videos, Battlefield 3 pretty much stole the show (and received the “Best in show” award as well). Here’s a complete roundup of the news at GamesCom, and all the game features that have been confirmed at the show.

General news

Batlefield 3 game modes confirmed:

  • Conquest
  • Conquest 64
  • Rush
  • Squad Rush
  • Team Deathmatch
  • Squad Deathmatch

Gameplay features

  • Commo Rose has been confirmed. DICE is working on a console version of Commo Rose as well.
  • 3D spotting has been revised.
  • Motion sensors are back, but cannot be thrown, and have to be deployed.
  • The EOD bot can be used to arm MCOMs, repair vehicles and disarm mines.
  • Players can spawn on any squad member now, but DICE is looking into it.
  • Kill-cam is back.
  • Jet max height is 1000m (same as BF2).
  • Jets will be available on consoles as well.
  • Bullets from different weapons have different velocity speeds, bullet drop is back as well.
  • Weapons are faction specific, but you can unlock other faction’s weapons once your rank up high enough.
  • Weapon silencers will be available on almost all weapons except shotguns.
  • Assault rifles with long, high-zoom scopes will have “glint” as well.
  • Claymores are back. You can crouch past them, but have to use explosives to blow up claymores and mines.
  • Vehicles will have regenerative health until being disabled.

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114 COMMENTS & TRACKBACKS

  1. NoFreakinIdea
    August 21st, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    nice job bf3blog, it sums up everything:D

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  2. Hey Zeus!
    August 21st, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    “PV” I assume refers to PC? Sadly nothing on battlerecorder being available…I remember awhile back hearing that it may be included.

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    • Toshiro
      August 21st, 2011 at 11:06 pm

      Fixed.

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  3. sgtmoody1944
    August 21st, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    I’ll be interested to see how they manage the whole “no menu/splash screen” thing…I hope it doesn’t prove to be too much of a hassle when it comes to switching between single player missions, coop, and multiplayer matches.

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    • JarryS88
      August 22nd, 2011 at 12:58 am

      i think the menu is on battlelog.
      basically battlelog will act as all your initial screens whilst the game loads very quickly straight into your map.

      interesting, i wouldnt say its bad, just different and could possibly be more effective.

      theyve really been listening to the fans for this game so i dont think theyd implement it if it had that bad of an effect on the final release of the game

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      • Zoxier
        August 22nd, 2011 at 11:59 am

        What you mean with battlelog? is that some menu that you have to connect to ur computer or what is it? I dont understand “battlelog” :S

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        • kelleroid
          August 22nd, 2011 at 2:27 pm

          Battlelog is a website that lets you view stats, communicate with other players, browse servers and eventually load the game.

          I still wonder how they will deal with off-line singleplayer…

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  4. Nz Guy
    August 21st, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    bf3blog has more information then battlefields official website , Thanks Guys =)

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  5. Jonatan
    August 21st, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    You are the best of the best guys, keep doing!

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  6. [AOD] ۜDeathۜ_FĀŦĘ
    August 21st, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Vehicle health regen? Ugh. It better be VERY slow considering anyone who wants to keep a vehicle will play eng or have one to repair it. Also, quite unrealistic. Gameplay over realism though I guess…

    What kind of kill-cam? Cod style or bc2? I’m hoping for CoD style, BC2 killcam is way to revealing of where the player is headed just before you spawn and just looks silly.

    No splash screen is wonderful. I’m really happy with DICE’s new server browsing scheme, I really trust them to do it right.

    No split screen co-op? I can see this making sense for PC, but console players are gonna be irate.

    Different bullet velocities is going to be crazy hard to memorize, but very realistic. Very exciting announcement.

    Explosives cant be blown up with bullets is realistic but annoying, no more crazy AT-mine shooting kills. In many cases it can take 5-10 shots to ignite a barrel of gas with bullets, so this is impressive work for both balancing and realism.

    The Wall-E Bot can arm mcoms! Can’t wait to try that with some C4 on it…

    Lastly, I just recently commented on the fact that only being able to spawn on the squad leader may be a bad idea and voilà, FIXED IT.

    Thanks for the great work Tosh & friends.

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    • Meow
      August 22nd, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      You have a game where people can regenerate from any wound and you take out the realism card when it comes to vehicles? :P

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    • ramz89
      August 22nd, 2011 at 12:47 pm

      Hello! Thanks a lot for this re-cap. It does really help a lot, since DICE isn’t giving us any actual footage, just teasers. I would really like them to put together a 4-8 minute compilation of for example the caspian border map. Basically what the gamescom people could experience, we would like to see, possibly in something longer than a 2 minute teaser.

      Quoting what AOD-FATEMAN said:
      What kind of kill-cam? Cod style or bc2? I’m hoping for CoD style, BC2 killcam is way to revealing of where the player is headed just before you spawn and just looks silly.

      That is downright true. DICE PLZ READ THIS!!! Please include more than one killcam mode. Maybe you can add possibilities so that the server could choose which one. Killfeed like COD and Crysis2. live killcam like in BC2 and/or Day of defeat Source / half life 2 style caption , screenshot killcam.
      I’m a hardcore BC2 fan and love most of the things about it. However, I have to admit the BC2 killcam is not really informative and just looks really silly if you have to look at for example a zoomed-in image of some Russian red beret medic reloading and standing like a douche. Alternatively, just what is there to watch if your killer is a recon calling in a mortar strike. Killfeeds would be extremely helpful and informative! What’s more, cheaters would be caught right away!! The player can record material through either some software or the recording theater mode, if you provide us with one and can send it to the admin or punkbuster, so they can decide whether the person is hacking or not.

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  7. His royal Fresshness
    August 21st, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    hey i heard a rumor that in order to have your own server, you need to pay 100 a month?

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    • His royal Fresshness
      August 21st, 2011 at 11:37 pm

      I think this is a bullshit lie but don’t get mad if it is true, i didn’t know

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      • ϟKRI||ƩX
        August 21st, 2011 at 11:44 pm

        If you want to buy servers, there’s a bunch of advertisements all over BF3blog, I clicked on one of them, and saw that if you want to rent a 64 player server, its like $98… so yeah. Just go look for yourself, because right now, I gotta take my girlfreind to see Final Destination 5… *God, kill me now* lol

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      • Sgt.Zell
        August 21st, 2011 at 11:52 pm

        For me in France, a server with 32 players costs about 28€ per month so i think it’s not true indeed ( even with the conversion dollars> euros :p )

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        • His royal Fresshness
          August 21st, 2011 at 11:59 pm

          Does any1 know if you can have private matches? and if so does that cost money?

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  8. SuperRelax
    August 21st, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Does conquest 64 apply to consoles?

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    • eric
      August 22nd, 2011 at 12:23 am

      no

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  9. Luka Mijic
    August 21st, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    hardcore mode returns? Great,thx DICE ;) :D
    And what’s jet max speed? will they be faster than in bf2? I hope they will…. just a little bit. :) ))

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    • avalanchefan
      August 22nd, 2011 at 2:05 am

      The German writer mentioned it felt about the same as BF2 speed.

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  10. DreadsGhost
    August 21st, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    I actually want the only can spawn on squad leader thing… It would keep the squad together, which leads to more team work. Only con i can see about it, is that it might lessen the intenseness of battles. Either way idc what they do but would really like tontry that squad leader spawn thing.

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    • Dan
      August 22nd, 2011 at 12:18 am

      I’m just worried about a bad leader

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      • DreadsGhost
        August 22nd, 2011 at 1:13 am

        ^ good point, exspecially b/c theres going to be mass amoint of CoD fags playing…

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      • Other Brian
        August 22nd, 2011 at 8:07 am

        This could be especially problematic if the squad leader is dynamic. Bush wookies (despite being useless) can rack up crazy scores, so it could be way too easy for every squad to end up with a useless spawn point.

        Which is, of course, when you start harassing said Bush Wookie. Always a good time.

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    • MosquitoPower
      August 22nd, 2011 at 6:25 am

      It looks better but, what if team leader is a camping fag?

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      • kelleroid
        August 22nd, 2011 at 3:00 pm

        Then just switch squads!

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        • BF Fan
          August 22nd, 2011 at 11:55 pm

          Ez said then done some times all teams are full and i hope if anything he is a camper because in bf i think camping makes sense to hold a position and to i would be happy if they are at least i dont spawn and die.

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  11. Hahaha
    August 22nd, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Disappointed there is no split screen but it’s going to be pass and play with me and my brother

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    • jnmnm22
      August 22nd, 2011 at 1:43 am

      im so sorry for you

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      • Hahaha
        August 22nd, 2011 at 9:56 am

        Lol thanks for worrying

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  12. Damascus
    August 22nd, 2011 at 12:44 am

    oh so they are working on a Commorose for console? that’s great I was really crossing my fingers on that one, good post bf3blog ;)

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    • Damascus
      August 22nd, 2011 at 3:13 am

      only thing im disapointed about though is how few gamemodes there are. Im hoping more will get announced in the future. perhaps a jets only gametype? or tanks?

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      • Blarg
        August 22nd, 2011 at 1:38 pm

        Air Superiority FTW

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  13. verts
    August 22nd, 2011 at 12:45 am

    I just wish they had an in game browser :b

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    • ϟKRI||ƩX
      August 22nd, 2011 at 1:51 am

      Consoles do. Sadly, PC’s do not. I’m actually looking forward to seeing what they are doing in replacement of that, because a Matchmaking feature on PC would be pretty neat to see, i think.

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      • avalanchefan
        August 22nd, 2011 at 2:08 am

        There is a sever browser but it’s in Battlelog, not in-game.

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        • His royal Fresshness
          August 22nd, 2011 at 2:34 am

          Exactly, and turns out (from another website) that they think battle log IS the in game menu, so that’s coool

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      • kelleroid
        August 22nd, 2011 at 3:02 pm

        Matchmaking was present in PC Battlefield since long ago, mate.

        From at least BF2, there was a button called PLAY NOW.

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      • Jmrwacko
        August 22nd, 2011 at 9:00 pm

        There’s matchmaking in Battlelog. It’s a “play now” button with filters, similar to BF2.

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  14. MarkHawk
    August 22nd, 2011 at 12:50 am

    I’m actually a little disappointed 64 player support appears to only be in Conquest mode. I really expected Rush to have more then 24 player support.

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    • Shady
      August 22nd, 2011 at 1:03 am

      Rush has 32 player support.

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  15. DAwhat
    August 22nd, 2011 at 1:37 am

    yey dice is working on the console version of Commo rose congrast pc players will get ultra quality settings

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  16. DOOMZDAYZ
    August 22nd, 2011 at 1:39 am

    9 MAPS!!??? ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME!!!? I guess with back to karkand it’s 13 but that’s not many maps. Hopefully some of the maps will be split into smaller sections so they can be used for teamdeath match

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    • His royal Fresshness
      August 22nd, 2011 at 2:35 am

      9 maps is fine with me :P

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    • Toshiro
      August 22nd, 2011 at 2:45 am

      BF2 only had 8 maps, if I recall correctly.

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      • be_cracked
        August 22nd, 2011 at 3:14 am

        You do.
        And there were a lot of (for PC free) DLC for BC2 with also total new maps.

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        • kelleroid
          August 22nd, 2011 at 3:05 pm

          Uh, no. There were only one-two new maps in BC2 before R10 and Vietnam.

          Half of a year with only “MAP PACKS” full of old maps in a different game mode.

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    • BlueSmiley
      August 22nd, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      9 maps is more than enough.
      There will always be one or two maps you always want to play.
      For me:
      Dust2 on CS 1.6
      Strike at Karkand on BF2
      Toujane on CoD2

      So I don’t really care about that. As long there is one good ass map, I’m good.

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  17. MaC3
    August 22nd, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Has anyone heard anything about how long the spawn waits will be? Because the spawn times were annoying, and will especially be annoying on consoles with a 24 player cap. and huge battlefields. :(

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    • [AOD] ۜDeathۜ_FĀŦĘ
      August 22nd, 2011 at 7:10 am

      Spawn times in the alpha were very snappy, 8 seconds from death it looks like, 3 sec from seeing the customize screen.

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      • Nibbit
        August 22nd, 2011 at 2:40 pm

        you guys have a cool clan!

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      • MaC3
        August 22nd, 2011 at 8:24 pm

        The main reason for the post was because I think it would be awesome to have little to no spawn wait, and the ability to skip the killcams. I also think it would make the fights more intense because once you’ve destroyed everyone at the base you aren’t just sitting around capping a flag. I think it would be a cool idea to reduce spawn time for vehicles as well because then you’d always see jet dog fights and tanks battling each other, instead of destroying a tank and only seeing one or two every 10-20 min. Also, more people would have a chance to actually fly a jet if it had a short respawn. Either way, I’m still psyched for this game. :D

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        • [AOD] ۜDeathۜ_FĀŦĘ
          August 22nd, 2011 at 10:42 pm

          If you’re playing on pc, look for a fast spawn server (assuming they exist) when the game comes out. But look out, fast spawn makes inconsistencies in the way the devs designed the level to be played.

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        • MaC3
          August 23rd, 2011 at 12:42 am

          I don’t play on pc though. That’s the reason why I want short spawns. I can’t really upgrade or get rid of my current pc right now, so I can only play it on console. :(

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  18. Battlefield gjavït
    August 22nd, 2011 at 1:45 am

    What is comma rose?

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    • LogiQue
      August 22nd, 2011 at 8:02 am

      Google is your best friend, and remember to play bf3 you have to be at least 18 years old.

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  19. JimmyB
    August 22nd, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Commo rose would be nice on xbox because everyone sits in party chats.

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    • DangerC1ose
      August 22nd, 2011 at 4:58 am

      i agree, when i have great comms with my direct squad, but basically no comms from the rest of the team its annoying, other than the generic context specific actions like ammo or medkit requests and offers for repairs etc…

      would be good to be able to have some sort of detailed UI implemented into the system to, so if im ask for ammo and you are within reasonable vacinity to me, an icon appears above my character so you know who is asking without having to pull u away from the action…

      now i know that system is in bc2 currently, but you can request ammo/health from someone on the other side of the map which is kinda silly, so having it range specific (maybe same line-of-sight sytem being used for the spotting) might help…

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    • avalanchefan
      August 23rd, 2011 at 2:04 am

      To be honest..I wish that even the current spotting system would be replaced by commo-rose spotting.

      I’m a BC2 generation player but I recently played BF2 and am in the process of loving it to death so I’m really keen on BF3 borrowing major elements from BF2 instead of BC2.

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  20. Roadus
    August 22nd, 2011 at 1:56 am

    So there wasnt any conquest footage from Gamescon?? I was looking forward to that.

    working Commo for consoles thats pretty cool.

    I like how they have so much to unlock, and that they said we would still be unlocking things well into the future of the game.

    BF3blog thank you for keeping us all updated, i’m looking forward to getting my hands on this game.

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    • avalanchefan
      August 23rd, 2011 at 2:02 am

      There was that bit from the trailer…and there’s some cam footage floating out there on the internet but both the gameplay and recording quality are (is?) shoddy so…:|

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  21. Dominic
    August 22nd, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Yay for weapon silencers on all weapons besides lauchers(hurr durr) and shottys!!! :D

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    • avalanchefan
      August 23rd, 2011 at 2:01 am

      YAYY MY SILENCED JAVELIN…DURR DERP (CoDface)

      No seriously, all trolling aside…this is a great option.

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    • Cowwie
      August 23rd, 2011 at 9:38 am

      yay for Dice Tourette syndrome..

      :P

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    • Cowwie
      August 23rd, 2011 at 9:39 am

      (puts silencer on weapon)

      (gets a kill)

      (then your toon auto yells out some profanity for all to hear)

      yay for Dice Tourette syndrome..

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  22. His royal Fresshness
    August 22nd, 2011 at 2:33 am

    Don’t forget that that tower in Caspian Border is destructible ;)

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    • be_cracked
      August 22nd, 2011 at 3:16 am

      It is?!!
      For real?? O_O

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      • His royal Fresshness
        August 22nd, 2011 at 3:46 am

        Yup i saw it from another website that got it from BF3′s twitter post

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      • Teddy
        August 22nd, 2011 at 4:27 am

        It is. And it can be climbed as well, though I can’t imagine why any sniper would want to do that. I imagine that tower is the first thing any tank in the area is going to take down, just because it’s cool.

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        • be_cracked
          August 22nd, 2011 at 4:21 pm

          Yeah, right :D

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  23. BF Fan
    August 22nd, 2011 at 3:05 am

    Ummmm….. BF3 is badass and conquest 64 is going to be badass.

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  24. xCryonic
    August 22nd, 2011 at 4:08 am

    Add one more feature on the list; Re-obtainable enemy/friendly explosives. You were able to take C4 from the ground, dunno if its possible to take Claymores

    Cheers

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  25. jman571
    August 22nd, 2011 at 4:29 am

    Really wish the console versions got split-screen co-op. Not too happy about that. They 100% better have guests allowed for multiplayer split-screen though, ideally up to 4 players at once…Otherwise I may not get it…I’m not buying a game that in order to play with friends I have to pass a single controller around!

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    • xCryonic
      August 22nd, 2011 at 5:47 am

      I dont believe that its even possible, since console versions are already having hard time playing on 720p and 30fps. In split-screen mode fps would be like 15fps and I believe that no one likes that low fps

      Sad but true :/

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    • spelt
      August 22nd, 2011 at 8:15 am

      did bad company 2 have split screen? have you even played bc2?

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      • sayat
        August 22nd, 2011 at 8:41 am

        Obviously he did not. :P

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      • xCryonic
        August 22nd, 2011 at 11:46 am

        No sadly it didnt have. and yes, I have been playing BC2 since the very first PS3 Beta

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        • xCryonic
          August 22nd, 2011 at 7:03 pm

          And I was talking about BF3 having hard time on 30 FPS, dumbass :P

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      • avalanchefan
        August 23rd, 2011 at 1:59 am

        I have…and I’m really wishing with all (okay maybe about a quarter of) my heart that split-screen is somehow implemented. It would be great for when friends come over (really often). By the way, “tell them to get their own consoles” isn’t an option because they already have them…but we would much rather just chill together. :D

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    • JP
      August 22nd, 2011 at 8:43 am

      Other than Halo, a lot of FPS don’t support guest players on MP. What you could do is convince your buddies to quit mooching off you and get thier own consoles and games so you can all play? Just an option I’m throwing out there.

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