After a long wait, we finally had some time with the multiplayer part of Battlefield 3 earlier today. The map showcased was Operation Metro, which was set in Paris and offered urban combat and some tense action in a subway. We tried out most of the classes and tried as many things as possible. Here are our first impressions of the game:
The game looks fantastic. Runs smooth, the lighting and details, the shadows are spectacular, whether indoor or outside. We dunno what hardware it was running on, but BF3 is absolutely gorgeous.
After you die, a screen pops up that shows the custom dog tag and rank of the enemy that killed you — great little detail.
Teams were USMC and Russians.
Prone is back, it feels like it takes a second or so to go prone. Not too fast, not too slow, just right.
The map offered a lot of variety: you can enter lots of buildings, go up to the second floor, camp etc. We already saw a few campers who loved the new buildings.
Destruction is extensive and a lot more detailed. Even shooting a wall looks amazing in BF3.
Weapons feel and sound like Bad Company 2 (on first impression), meaning they feel and sound fantastic.
Player animations are far better than Bad Company 2 and other Battlefield games. Very fluid and lifelike, almost as if you are watching someone run in real life.
The scoreboard looks a lot simpler than in Bad Company 2. We dunno if it was finalized or just alpha.
We had a few awards pop up during the game (ribbons) which looked a lot like those in BF2.
No commo rose. It wasn’t bound to the “Q” button. We looked, couldn’t find it anywhere.
You can op-out of being revived.
There is a health bar, but regenerative health is back.
You can select fire mode (e.g. single shot, full auto etc.)
4 players per squad, squad leader is indicated by a star. Squads work pretty much like in Bad Company 2, and you still get squad point bonuses.
In support, you can use an M4 with a flashlight.
You can mount LMGs on the ground and on most surfaces, but the gun can only pan approximately 90 degrees to left and right, which feels realistic.
Overall, we were impressed by what we saw. The game felt very solid and polished, despite being in “alpha” stage. We’ll upload some photos of the Battlefield 3 booth later today when we get back to the hotel, and we’ll try to get some interviews with DICE tomorrow.
If you have any questions, ask away in the comments, we’ll do our best to answer (even though we’re blogging this from an iPad )
We’re just getting started with E3, and Battlefield 3 is one of the main events here — and of course, the main reason we’re here. We got some new Battlefield 3 information, this time, concerning the multiplayer classes. For Battlefield 3, the 4 classes have received somewhat of an overhaul. Here’s the breakdown of the new classes in Battlefield 3:
The Assault and Medic a classes have been combined now, where the Assault class can either chose to heal/revive teammates, or you can opt for a grenade launcher instead of the revive kit, if you want more firepower.
The Support class is now the one handing out ammunition, and can also provide covering fire. You can mount your LMG and if fire in the direction of the enemy, you’ll get special bonus points for providing covering fire for your teammates. You can also select an assault rifle with a flashlight for the dark parts of maps (like tunnels), instead of the LMG.
The Engineer retains much of his role and load-out from Bad Company 2, you’re equipped with rocket launchers against enemy armor, and a repair tool to fix friendly vehicles, and a sub machine gun.
The Sniper has the same role as in previous Battlefield games, and is armed with a sniper rifle, C4 explosives, and spotting gear.
We’ll have more details as we get some hand-on time with Battlefield 3 here at E3.
We just came out of the Nintendo’s E3 press event, where they revealed a brand new console called Wii U, which features a new controller with a built in touchscreen — it’s more of a tablet than a controller. EA CEO John Riccitiello took the stage late in the event and announced several EA games for the new console, including Battlefield 3, which will now be making its way to Wii U.
The Wii U is slated for release in 2012, and it might get Battlefield 3 as a launch title, depending on how long it’ll take to port BF3 to the new console. Nintendo didn’t reveal hardware specifications, but from what we saw, it looked like a potent machine. Nintendo confirmed will support 1080p HD gameplay.
The Wii U controller looks like a large tablet, and can offer an extension of the game you’re playing, for instance showing a map on the small screen while you’re playing the game on your TV (see image above). We’re curious to see how DICE will take advantage of this for Battlefield 3.
Sony’s E3 press conference is currently underway, and we’re present with some great seats in this huge auditorium with thousands of people. Sony just announced that several EA games including Need For Speed The Run, SSX and Battlefield 3 will have exclusive content on the PlayStation 3.
For Battlefield 3, the exclusive content will be a copy of the downloadable Battlefield game, Battlefield 1943. If you’re wondering whether to get Battlefield 3 on PS3 or Xbox 360, the PS3 version just got a lot more interesting.
During EA’s presentation today, DICE played through a singleplayer mission called “Thunder Run”, where they showcased a huge, open tank battle in the single player campaign. The mission takes place in an Iranian desert where the player comes up against a pack of enemy tanks. Besides the familiar tank gameplay, the player takes control of a UAV/airplace with an overview of the battlefield. And we also get to see the tank’s night vision camera in action.
Another trailer showcasing the awesome potential of the Frostbite 2.0 engine which powers Battlefield 3. With never before seen singleplayer footage, including urban tank battles, new locations (Paris), and much more.
We’re at E3 and it sure is hectic here — we’ve checked out Battlefield 3 at EA’s press event, and we’ve got some new info regarding Battlefield 3: it appears the game will support a new feature where players can customize their dog tags — add signatures, etch their name and display some of their stats, as you can see on the teaser image above.
We’ll have a lot more on the new features in Battlefield 3 as E3 officially opens its doors tomorrow. Stay tuned!
We’ve got a first glimpse into the much anticipated multiplayer part of Battlefield 3, with a new teaser trailer EA just released. The trailer showcases multiplayer gameplay on a new urban map called Operation Metro.
E3 kicks off tomorrow and EA will be showing off Battlefield 3 as one of its main attractions — if not the main attraction. EA has released a render of the Battlefield 3 booth at E3 via their Flickr page.
BF3blog will be at E3 this week (we’re already in LA), and we’ll be covering Battlefield 3 throughout the week, with videos, screenshots, previews and much more. EA’s E3 press event kicks off tomorrow and will be streamed live from several sources. Here are the links to the live streams of EA’s press event: