TGS 2011: Battlefield 3 Single-Player Hands-On Preview

We storm into Tehran with our hands-on of a new level from EA's upcoming Battlefield 3.

Japanese games may logically dominate the Tokyo Games Show, but Western publishers still take the opportunity to showcase their biggest titles for Asia's largest games event. EA has certainly taken this opportunity, showing off a new level from Battlefield 3's upcoming single-player campaign at TGS.

While EA reps didn't disclose at what stage of the game the special level shown at TGS takes place, we do know it's set in the Iranian city of Tehran. The level--which takes place at night--begins with your character Sergeant Blackburn hunkering down with the rest of Misfit Squad on top of a hill on the edge of the city. As you crouch, you hear your orders come through: Meet up with Haymaker Squad in the city and take out a nest of enemies in an apartment block along the way.

The action begins with a desperate run down the hill, with you and Misfit Squad hightailing it down the slope as explosives land around you, throwing chunks of ground into the air and taking out the occasional soldier. As we reached the bottom of the hill, we set up a mortar and then set off an illumination round into the sky to let our brothers in Haymaker Squad know that we were on our way.

A quick boost over a nearby wall saw us enter our first firefight for the level, so we equipped a SCAR-L rifle equipped with an ACOG scope as our weapon of choice. This area looked like a hilly park, with several machine-gun nests dotting the surrounds. We carefully made our way up the hill, picking off enemies from behind cover and trying to flank MG nests wherever possible. At the top of the hill, we reached a choke point where some stairs led up into the apartment building we needed to storm. This section was a little tougher, with enemies streaming down the stories providing cover by shooters perched up on the higher level.

After we managed to make our way through, we found ourselves in a small courtyard. One of our buddies threw a grenade into the ground floor window of the apartment block, taking out the encamped soldiers inside. That was our queue to make our way inside to clear it of enemies, and we switched to an 870 MCS shotgun for close-quarters killing. After clearing the ground floor, we headed toward a waiting transport, which is where the gameplay session ended.

Even though it was only a brief taste of Battlefield 3's single-player campaign, it was certainly an adrenalin-pumping one, particularly the mad dash down the hill at the start of the level. The shooting was tight and fluid, and we're keen to play more to find out just how this level fits into the game's overall narrative.

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Randolph is the managing editor of GameSpot, and needs more time to play games.

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132 comments
MVan86
MVan86

Looks interesting.

inkviking
inkviking

it looks like battlefield 3 is going to be a good game

TheBlaqKnight
TheBlaqKnight

One day after Battlefield Bad Company 2 was held hostage with the Battlefield 3 Beta as the ransom, EA and Dice released the date for the BF3 Beta!!! Here is a video of the hostage taker... http://youtu.be/1jrQn83FJxM

MoreThot
MoreThot

@Nishua they've already released information on how squads will work in this game, similar to the way they worked in bf2 but they are implementing in game voice to be able to talk with your squad as well as people in other squads or the whole team. However that is just for the pc version, the consoles will probably just be all talk instead of being able to switch from your squad to others etc.. As well as lasing targets for in bound aircraft.

ToTs_00
ToTs_00

I hope the single player story is a gritty war like COD4's story was.

valpuestabr
valpuestabr

It will probably rule... But I`m a little concerned with how the planes will work... Never really got the hang of flying "choppas" in BF2... Hopefully it won`t be so complex as to demand being a twelve-year-old with every afternoon free for a month to learn how to operate it... Hopefully people with jobs and lives, that only have a couple of hours a week to play will be able to enjoy the game, too...

shadow9669
shadow9669

cant wait to start blowing up entire city's in this game

solidfox
solidfox

I live in Tehran, and I'm so excited about the game!(u know we don't really like our government, right?) Images from Tehran were so accurate and amazing. I sure will buy this.

Nishua
Nishua

I really hope this game doesn't turn out to be all flash and NO SUBSTANCE. I'm starting to get concerned because we haven't heard any developments on new game play mechanics. Things like squads, squad leaders, teamwork elements. Hopefully this pie isn't just a crust if know what I mean.

TigerRifle1
TigerRifle1

@wars45 thats a little unfair. Its hyped as much as any tent pole release.

arshed-vc
arshed-vc

Battlefield 3 will be the best game this year

moathfaleh_94
moathfaleh_94

Can somebody tell me when they gonna relese the beta

airsoftmanic
airsoftmanic

i'm not watching any vids of BF3 until they are of a proper quality and not hand-cam'd. it just detracts from the feel of the game. so yeah, notify us once you got some proper footage.

Peppytron
Peppytron

@wars45 Well, you say this but why do you think it is? Because I see very little things that are wrong with this game.

hkymike
hkymike

CAN'T WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON THE PS3 VERSION!

showaddywaddy
showaddywaddy

@joelyo23 i doubt theyd be able to write an article like this if they were retarded, mate

Hellavation
Hellavation

Sounds intense the gameplay aspect of Battlefield I have always liked over other first person shooters.

Vaultboy-101
Vaultboy-101

Deadman_est1982 I think you made a mistake, this is a Battlefield 3 article, the MW3 article was just below it.

Spudtaco
Spudtaco

@Deadman_est1982: Each to their own. Some people like this, others enjoy Modern Warefare. I enjoyed Bad Company 2 and cannot wait to see what they do with this one. :)

Cloud-Zehro
Cloud-Zehro

@TJMD Battlefield 1942, and Battlefield 2142 would've made you a day one player, not Battlefield 2.

Kratos_x
Kratos_x

@twiglet015 what I meant dear ... all FPS ;) BTW i will buy it ,so dont worry :D

Kratos_x
Kratos_x

I admit it's a nice game but not my type I care about HALO , KILLZONE and Resistance ...Sci-Fi - FPS better than battlefield or COD ..every year repeat it repeat it ...

joelyo23
joelyo23

thats not a scar l its a scar h retard

TJMD
TJMD

I preordered this game. Been a Battlefield players sence day 1 upto BF2, BFBC, 2142, Heroes, and Battlefield Play 4 Free. Want all out war, this is the game for you.

Lazerith91
Lazerith91

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Fantasticus
Fantasticus

i'm a cod fan, but i will definitely be playing this game since multiplayer has team deathmatch.. & the campaign looks sick

showaddywaddy
showaddywaddy

@safaridriver i was refering to WW1; germany invaded paris by luring the french forces away with a small force whilst a larger force either invaded or flanked from behind. if i remember right. im not too sure but france was probably still recovering from ww1, as was most of europe so surrender was likey the most logical solution. i love histoy :)

grim0187
grim0187

Amazing. I love the city at night also.

parkurtommo
parkurtommo

off-screen gameplay sucks, would bemuch better to have the actual gameplay in a solid video.

safaridriver
safaridriver

@showaddywaddy, at the time of Frances surrender to German in June 1940, they had the largest army in western europe. France under the leadership of a old WW1 general decide it didnt want to have a bloody conflict and surrendered. France then completely abandoned Indochina to the Japanese, only returning after the Japanese instrument of surrender to quit in a war with Vietnam. So dont tell me about history pal unless you know yours. France surrendered after a 20plus day battle in WW2, so dont make them sound like Belgium or Poland who didnt have the means to fight with the Nazi's.

VITO206
VITO206

parece que pudiera ser el mejor juego de warfare de este año. me gusta mucho el gameplay

Blitzkrieg63
Blitzkrieg63

Guys if we start a chant DICE might start the beta early! Yeeeeeeaah! BA-TTLE-FIELD, BA-TTLE-FIELD!............................................ I just want the beta already... F**k, I just want the game! haha.

Kulcan
Kulcan

Cmon guys relax . Damn I wish I could play the Beta now D:

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

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Goods_Merchant
Goods_Merchant

Well I can't wait till Oct 25th, it's gonna be fun to bring the walls down on those pesky campers, unlike another series of games... ;)

showaddywaddy
showaddywaddy

@safaridriver dont be harsh to the french. they didnt surrender after being overwhelmed by a massive army ;)

safaridriver
safaridriver

@Fandango_Letho, feel good giving out life lessons on a game site? Internet tough guy, try internet mediator. This kid is thrashing America and your standing up for countries that hate America. Hey what I said about the French while true was in humour. Maybe if I put lol after you would realize that. Don't preach to me Fandango. Clearly you came here to critic people and not offer input relevent to the title which I did by defending Dice's choice to depict the US Armed Forces and not wherever the hell your from. Sounds like France though.

CallMeDuraSouka
CallMeDuraSouka

@ Gamer Geek I would like to respect your point of view, but please read your statement again. It makes no sense at all. Afghanistan is not an oil producing power house, and in regards to your statement about terrorists, where did you get the idea that there is a set number of extremists, and once you've killed said number that they are gone for good? Please educate yourself before you rant in a public place, get both points of view and perhaps talk to people who actually saw these things first hand.

Fandango_Letho
Fandango_Letho

@safaridriver Careful there with your racist comment against the French. You're clearly trying to mark a point towards RE4GreatesGame, but speaking exactly like he does not make you very credible. Before calling other people '' kids '' , make sure you don't act like one in the first place. Try to be mature and polite, it'll help greatly.