Battlefield Play4Free hits open beta

Electronic Arts' microtransaction-driven first-person shooter now open for new recruits worldwide.

The Battlefield Play4Free army's enlistment standards have just dropped precipitously. Electronic Arts' free-to-play, microtransaction-driven shooter today entered its open beta phase, allowing PC gamers around the world to jump into the fray.

Try to avoid the helicopter blades when parachuting in.

Battlefield Play4Free is the publisher's second free Battlefield-themed shooter, following the stylized Battlefield Heroes. However, the two games are distinct, particularly in Play4Free's focus on realistic characters, weapons, maps, and environments. Gamers can also purchase Battlefunds--the same virtual currency accepted in Battlefield Heroes--in order to upgrade their characters and equipment.

Battlefield Play4Free features 32-player multiplayer support and maps from Battlefield 2, as well as weapons and classes from Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Players also have access to 16 vehicles in Play4Free, including the Mil Mi-28 attack helicopter, the F35 VTOL jet fighter, the Russian T-90 main battle tank, and the light strike vehicle.

For more on Battlefield Play4Free, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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jedifox
jedifox

@CyberKlown28 Actually, the game is being developed by Easy Studios. DICE is too busy focusing on BF3.

CyberKlown28
CyberKlown28

DICE had it right in the closed beta, all the weapons were pretty well balanced. LMG's were kinda OP but yeah... Then the BF community was crying that their money guns were too balanced with the default! And DICE listened and nerfed the default guns to hell. Not happy about that! But oh well, free2play pay2win games are all like that. :(

pidow
pidow

I don't understand why people complain about "Free" stuff...if you don't like it don't buy....simple.

jedifox
jedifox

@Gelugon_baat I totally agree with you. You get what you can get in free games. If you don't like it, then use your money and buy another game. No point in complaining over something given to you for free. Just enjoy the free game as it is and think of it as a challenge.

jedifox
jedifox

Fourth, stop complaining about people who spend actual money to buy good weapons and pwn you with them. Gee, I don't know, here's a thought: get a job, earn some money, then buy the weapons and pwn them back. You can also rent the good weapons. Even with the weak default weapons, you can still beat players with the good weapons. The way to beat them is a thing some players probably don't have and are complaining about other players with better weapons. This thing is called skills. Use your radar and ambush them. Get up close and knife them. Aim for the head and use cover. Use vehicles or gun emplacements. Throw some grenades; they're free. Any of the previous strategies will bring down the players. Players who buy weapons have a slight edge, but in no way does it means that they will win all the time.

jedifox
jedifox

Third, why are people comparing this game to BF2? This game is completely different from BF2. The only thing similar are the some of the weapons, vehicles, and maps. The graphics in the game are a little bit better than BF2. Not to mention, some of the weapons and vehicles are from Bad Company 2 and there is a leveling up system to get extra ammo or abilities.

jedifox
jedifox

Second, some people are already saying that this game feels unpolished. Well duh, this game is still in beta stage and that means that they are still developing the game. If you don't like something about the game, then post on the forum and the developers might change it if enough people respond.

jedifox
jedifox

First of all, this game is free. Of course the game creators are looking to recoup their money for developing this game through micro-transactions. Nothing in the this world is free, so stop complaining about this game unless you were dumb enough to be tricked into buying this game. In my opinion, this game is probably the best free non-mod FPS out there. Easily tops Combat Arms. It's very unfair to compare a free game to a game you buy. It's like comparing apples to oranges. Try comparing this game with another major free game.

kungharry
kungharry

judging from the comments EA failed with this game too. I loved BFH before it went open beta, now its pretty meh. i tried this in CB too, but it was too laggy for my taste, especially since i have little time to game now, and a load of steam games waiting =P

CyberKlown28
CyberKlown28

@freezezzy if you aren't a "graphics whore", try Assault Cube. Good for a quick game here and there. All weapons available from the start, for free. Whole game is free :D

CyberKlown28
CyberKlown28

The "money only" LMG has nearly twice as much power as the default lmg o.O Play4Free. Pay2Win.

Freezezzy
Freezezzy

What is it with these games, and their weapon rental systems? Why can't you just buy a gun and be done with it? Ugh! Not like I play these games that much anyway, but it just seems like they all do this. It's annoying.

akvalues
akvalues

More FPS's!? when does it end?

Dezuria
Dezuria

it's Play4Free, but it isn't Enjoy4Free. That costs money.

Shardz7
Shardz7

The term "Play4Free" is so misleading and shouldn't be used in my opinion. There is nothing truly free with these games as they spam the hell out of you wanting something. "Microtransaction-driven" is not free to play. This requires purchasing items to make the game actually playable and enjoyable, thus...it's not free. I'm not sure who they are trying to fool with this term, but it's got to go.

gwd3987
gwd3987

Guys just buy Battlefield: Bad Company 2 or wait till Battlefield 3 when it comes out. If you want to get anywhere in this game it requires you to spend money. You will save much more by buying the real game and you will get better graphics. The default weapons are crap and you can't buy new guns you rent them. Kiss my ball sack on that. You want to make a free to play game you make the stuff that you buy cosmetic or make a way to earn it in game. If that does not make enough money for your company then don't make the damn game.

ICE_PREDATOR
ICE_PREDATOR

@CCGR_Pheonic , they've downgraded it. Closed Beta was heaven comapred to what it has become. you can't own a serious weapon for mor than 3 days without paying cash for it and that's not what I call playing for free.

CCGR_Pheonix
CCGR_Pheonix

I played the closed beta right when it started, hated the guts out of it. Maybe they've improved it now, hopefully.

CyberKlown28
CyberKlown28

Good game. Can't wait to try out the OP Machineguns and Snipers today! They need to stop with the "better weapons for cash" thing, though its common for these type of things. Unbalance is bad.

Cobss
Cobss

Nice. But honestly, it looks like a BF2 Clone or polished BF2 (which I still play, so I like the Idea)

smoke_dog_4ever
smoke_dog_4ever

The video makes the graphics look pretty comparable to current gen games if you don't look at them hard enough. Unless they did a major overhaul to the graphics since I played in the closed beta, the graphics look like something a first year graphics designer would produce. Granted, going into the beta I certainly wasn't expecting Crysis level graphics but still... at least the poor quality of Battlefield Heroes can be played off for its cartoony theme, but I was surprised how rough the graphics for BP4F were. Still it's free so one can hardly complain I guess.

djpetitte
djpetitte

i wanna see more 2142 themed bf stuff. i Loved that game with the walkers and stuff

it009x9281
it009x9281

Was involded in the closed beta could never get in a match i will stick to world of tanks!

RobbySpry
RobbySpry

Betas are only good if the games are.

LiqMD
LiqMD

You are right, Beta is always win.

cronotrigger30
cronotrigger30

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