Battlefield 3 - Content Overload

We spend the day playing Battlefield 3 and give you a sample of what you'll be doing on October 25.

On Thursday in San Francisco, Electronic Arts and DICE held a Battlefield 3 Final Hours Event to showcase their highly anticipated game in action before its October 25 launch date. With the recent beta and launch being less than three weeks away, we had the opportunity to sample quite a bit of content, and here is what we can bring to you.

On the multiplayer side of things, we played a number of different multiplayer maps, but the two we can mention today were Grand Bazaar and Operation Firestorm. For the former, you'll be in a crowded market area in what appears to be downtown Tehran, Iran. The multiplayer mode we played was Rush, and we had the opportunity to play as both attackers and defenders. Although the map contained a lot of narrow alleys and tight corridors, there were a few areas where tanks could be used. And when used correctly, they really altered the course of a match.

For Operation Firestorm, our multiplayer mode was Conquest. Here, it was all about capturing various points on the map and controlling them long enough to achieve victory. This is capture the flag but on a much larger scale because there are five target areas that must be controlled to achieve victory. This desert locale of the map was extremely large and offered many opportunities to utilize air units, such as fighter jets and helicopters. In our match, there was a lot of action, both above and below ground, with ground units having to deal with attacks from tanks and incoming air strikes from fighter jets.

When we stopped playing around with multiplayer, our focus shifted toward the game's upcoming co-op mode. There will be a number of missions available to play with a friend, but the one we got to try out was called Hit and Run. You and your partner begin the mission in an office room, having just recovered some very important intel. Of course, your foes know that you have it and want to stop you, so you're going to have to shoot your way through the complex and secure an automobile in the garage to escape. Unfortunately, our headsets weren't working properly during the match so we had some difficulty coordinating our efforts early on and were quickly killed off.

Yeah, that's safe!

Thankfully, though, we did manage to communicate and began planning our escape. The initial part of the mission had us trying to clear a room that had foreign attackers rushing in at us. There are a number of different entry points that enemies can attack from, so knowing which areas to cover is extremely important. Because those points can change from one attempt to the next, moving fast makes all the difference. After clearing that room, a door opened and a hallway became available for us to progress through; of course, this also made way for more enemies. As we attempted to rush through this area, enemies from a building across the street began to snipe at us. Here, it's best to crouch and not bother firing at the snipers by focusing all of your attacks at the next hallway in front of you.

After making it through a firefight in one large area with enemies on two floors, we entered a section where we were pinned against the wall. Then, we had to separate from our partner. In this particular area, there will be two entrances on two different floors and you'll both have to attack the next area on your own. One will try to clear the room from above while the other does it from the ground. This was probably the most difficult portion for us because the upper section was essentially a dead end, and if one character fell during this fight, getting to him and reviving him could result in that character's death as well.

That's where our talk about this particular map ends, but it was far from over. Expect a few more corridors and office areas with enemies to confront. Then, there is the grand finale and a rush to the exit.

This wouldn't be called a content overload if we only talked about multiplayer and co-op. Of course, we got to play the first few missions of the game's single-player. The first real mission in the game has you and your squadmates in the middle of Tehran. Earlier this year, EA and DICE released a series of trailers showcasing a mission where a character shot an RPG at an enemy in a building across the way, defused a bomb, and then got stuck in the middle of an earthquake. Well, Operation Sword Breaker is that mission, and it plays out with the same intensity of the trailers.

The second mission is entitled Uprising and takes place immediately following the earthquake. You're alive but separated from your party so you need to avoid the enemy, try to secure a weapon, and hope to regroup with other members of your squad or anyone that doesn't want you dead. This mission wasn't very long, but the first few moments where we were trying to avoid enemy contact and crawl through the debris were quite gripping.

The third and final mission we played, called Going Hunting, took place around the same time as Uprising, but here, you play as fighter pilot Lt. Jennifer Colby Hawkins. You and your partner are flying high in the skies, and as the gunner, you're in charge of eliminating all incoming opposition. You don't fly the plane in this mission but are responsible early on to trigger countermeasures and shoot guns and missiles at the number of foes that are trying to take you out. Halfway through the mission, your role slightly changes and you become a marker, pointing out enemies scattered around the airport below and assisting in eliminating all threats.

Hopefully, there are a few aircraft missions in Battlefield 3.

We absorbed quite a bit of information, and there is still a lot more content coming your way. On top of the two multiplayer maps already touched upon, we got to try out many others and will be talking about them the following week. We'll touch upon what they are and how they looked, which should prepare you for what to expect once you begin playing in a couple of weeks. Again, Battlefield 3 hits the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 25.

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30 comments
realguitarhero5
realguitarhero5

@prince_vlad The SP isn't very good but..... BF3 is the best multiplayer this year. And it's no console port. BF3 was made for PC primarily, and consoles second. It is incredibly deep. But then again, you could just spend your time wallowing in self pity.

prince__vlad
prince__vlad

I saw a pirated copy of Battlefield on one of my friend. Should I be crazy , to buy this game... It isn't worth it and I don't give a shiit for multiplayer, it's totally uninteresting. These days game developers won't make games anymore as they use to in the late 90s.Today they think they can sell crap to us get hands on people's money. They saw the opportunity to make shiit ports for pc and make games for consoles which only half-brained people can use. I hope they all will get what they deserve....bankrupcy for instance and a very slow and painfull death. Literally !

masterpiece840
masterpiece840

Oh yea!!I already paid for my copy just waitin on midnite on the 24th c yall on the field

eliebaz
eliebaz

I see BF3 as more a PC favourite than a consoles, that's solely my opinion on things since the scope of gameplay is just huge on BF and the limited buttons on a console controller will limit your play as to how much you can do, so for that reason ill stick to COD but waiting to see reviews before i make my final decision going to be a tough decision to make

emperiox
emperiox

Lol at the dev using the UMP...that's like the most OP gun in BF3...at least in the beta.

slonekb05
slonekb05

@jstarscomm your first mistake was to think Ace combat would be good at all.

jstarscomm
jstarscomm

man i hope this game won't be a let down like ace combat assault horizon.

svenjl
svenjl

I wish Gamespot would give some impressions of what the gameplay was like, rather than simply list what they did. We already know there is singleplayer, multiplayer, and co-op, duh.

ccusick
ccusick

Soup_Man, you reveal a real lack of sense. Hawaiian says what to fix, and you say shut up b/c "betas tell DICE what to do to fix the game." Seriously, did you engage your brain before typing this? That's what he was doooinnggg..

SOUP_MAN_242
SOUP_MAN_242

@hawaiian8 u should STFU casue the games not out. all u have played is a beta. betas tell DICE what to do to fix the game. so if u gona whine go back to CoD fanboy

hawaiian8
hawaiian8

you should tell EA to fix some crap. like enemies spawn camping behind you!! and making a mode with required headset use for better team purposes.

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

GS got to spend their entire day playing Battlefield 3? Lucky ********. :D

xFishBowlx
xFishBowlx

Then entire time he was flying I was turning my head to no avail.

skott79
skott79

@blackmetalwar - Here's the conclusion from the article by Scott Davis: "After walking away from the Final Hours event and spending a good 2-3 hours on this current build of the console Battlefield 3 multiplayer, I can honestly say my excitement for October 25th has grown exponentially. Though I never doubted DICE, I can compare the beta experience to a truck drivers windshield: It was hard to see what was in front of me with the constant barrage of bugs. For the doubters, haters, and naysayers, you may want to think again come October 25th."

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

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Gamma_Fit
Gamma_Fit

Good news if you're concerned about graphics! "Scott Davis of PlanetBattlefield sat down with an early build of Battlefield 3 tonight in San Francisco at EA's "Final Hours" press event. Davis definitely comes across as a Battlefield veteran, so this is not your average press preview of Battlefield 3. Most notable is the two new maps (nine total maps) for Battlefield 3 Operation Firestorm and Grand Bazarr. A big thing to be noted for console players is that the graphics on the PS3 and Xbox 360 look better than the current beta we're playing right now. Davis wrote: First thing I noticed on the consoles were the graphics. They looked much better than the beta. Textures were smoother, character movements were much more fluid, and environments seemed to have more warmth to them. Also, the lighting was more dynamic, atmospherics more gritty and present, things just seem to run smoother on this build. All the frame rate issues, glitches, pops and sound drops of the beta were nowhere to be found. And what was played, wasn't even the final build of Battlefield 3" - Found this on the website www.enterbf3.com If you don't believe him about the graphics, check out this video with Patrick Bach playing BF3 on the PS3. Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geTOvrUVPTE

herodotus2006
herodotus2006

Thermal sights - great addition for the armour. Finally something to help against the C4 spamfest in tight spaces. Going to be a very busy time in a couple of weeks:)

Gamma_Fit
Gamma_Fit

Yes! Parachutes are still in! lol i know they're not too important, but i love that thing

blackmetalwar
blackmetalwar

Man I enjoy these type of previews, but I need a summary at the end. Did you like it? Love it? Did it make you aroused? Gotta have a conclusion Mr. Journalist, just like my English teacher said.

snake2215449
snake2215449

You know there is always a rise, height and fall to an empire, and COD has just begun it's fall. BF3 is taking the throne!

Albaficas
Albaficas

the new king is here nuff said.sry CoD u did well but hey u know that everything has an end sooner or later.you did well tho...better luck next gen WITH competition this time tho.

Tsuchikage
Tsuchikage

64 player Conquest on Caspian Border is unlocked in the PC beta starting today and running all weekend. Get a taste of what Battlefield 3's all-out warfare will be like.

duderdave
duderdave

Question:@Marko Djordjevic Does your character level separately in single player, co-op play, and multiplayer? How does this work, please?

1374sina
1374sina

the game looks stupid when you read Arabic letters from left to right not right to left