March 4, 2011

Battlefield 3: A Revolutionary Title?

At GDC dice showed of a game­play video of its upcom­ing title Bat­tle­field 3 and it sure looks amaz­ing.  They are using a new ani­ma­tion sys­tem that makes in game char­ac­ters look extreme­ly life like.  This trail­er was inter­est­ing in the fact that it appeared so life like the first time I watched it that I found myself tensed up at the end of it.  That is the first time that has ever hap­pened to me when watch­ing any­thing video game relat­ed.  Bat­tle­field 3 looks to be push­ing visu­als to the next lev­el and mak­ing Cry­sis look like yes­ter­days news.  What I found most impres­sive about this trail­er is this are pre-alpha/al­pha images so it will be very inter­est­ing to see what the final prod­uct will look like.  There has been a great deal of hype of Direct X11 and its use and inclu­sion in the title.  To date hard­ly any games sup­port DX11 let alone uti­lize it.  Bat­tle­field 3 could be the first game to do so.
DICE also stat­ed, which I found sur­pris­ing, that the PC plat­form will be the lead plat­form for this title and with the fea­tures it announced for the game it’s quite appar­ent.  PC own­ers of the game will be able to uti­lize DX11,  64 play­er com­bat and ded­i­cat­ed servers.  Con­soles play­ers will obvi­ous­ly not be able to use ded­i­cat­ed servers or DX 11 and will be lim­it­ed for 24 play­er com­bat.  That is a dra­mat­ic dif­fer­ence between the pc vs con­sole plat­forms and it should be inter­est­ing to see how they deal with the play size dif­fer­ences.  The size of the maps would have to  be dif­fer­ent as you could­n’t have 64 play­ers in a rat race map and in the same token you can’t have 24 play­ers on a large rush/conquest map. 
DICE has also men­tioned that they are mak­ing the destruc­tion far more believ­able in Bat­tle­field 3 and that build­ings will crum­ble and chip away as they would in much more real­is­tic man­ner instead of just dis­ap­pear­ing into a cloud of dust and reap­pear­ing as rub­ble. 
Here is what we cur­rent­ly know about the game fea­ture wise:

  • Char­ac­ter ani­ma­tions will be pow­ered by ANT and focused on real­ism.
  • Lev­el destruc­tion will be “believ­able.”
  • AI char­ac­ters and mul­ti­play­er char­ac­ters have dif­fer­ent ani­ma­tion sets
  • Cap­tured their own war audios (bul­lets, tanks, heli­copters, etc) at dif­fer­ent dis­tances to ensure real­ism
  • Bet­ter audio cues for cer­tain actions, more eas­i­ly able to lis­ten for threats
  • Bet­ter, more imme­di­ate post release con­tent
  • More unlocks than BFBC2
  • A good bal­ance between cus­tomiza­tion of your char­ac­ter and not hav­ing “pink rab­bit hat(s)”
  • Will have co-op
  • BF3’s team is almost twice as big as the team for BFBC2
  • Bal­anced pac­ing in sin­gle-play­er mode, with highs and lows.
  • Sig­nif­i­cant nar­ra­tive that goes with the SP mode
  • Orig­i­nal sto­ry, not based on Bad Com­pa­ny.
  • Direct X11 Sup­port
  • Return of 64 play­er sup­port

Bat­tle­field 3 hits PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in Fall 2011!  Get your sys­tems ready!


  1. CharcoalCoyote - March 4, 2011 2:23 pm

    From the video, I must say that their cen­sor­ship of vul­gar words is rather… cre­ative.

  2. zero_19 - March 4, 2011 4:14 pm

    I can­not begin to express how excit­ed I am for this game. I will be doing a full sys­tem upgrade in prepa­ra­tion.

  3. thsoundman - March 4, 2011 7:12 pm

    “I’m up, Im Up, I’m fucked up, but I’m up”… priceless.…I’m so excit­ed for this game I can’t even begin ot describe it. I seri­ous­ly can­not play for a demo.

  4. ScrotusKilmystr - March 5, 2011 6:28 am

    the 1st time I watched the trail­er I thought it looked alit­tle washed out and resem­bled Medal of Hon­or which isn’t a bad thing…BUT I whatched it a sec­ond time in full 1080p and I have to say so far I’m impressed the visu­als have depth and it seems like they have a decent start on a sto­ry arc ( BC2 has great mul­ti but I thought the cam­pain was very lin­ear except for find­ing col­lec­tables and MCOM sta­tions ‑please don’t be hat­en’-) So I will be look­ing for­ward to see­ing more in the months ie. PAX, G3, etc, etc…!!!

  5. AiR - March 9, 2011 10:30 am

    Ima get back into gam­ing just to play this. Say good­bye to your build­ings punks. Im the c4 mas­ter. i heard build­ing top­ple in this one. Ima be drop­pin build­ing on your ass­es.

  6. Pumpnshoot - March 13, 2011 1:20 am

    I real­ly hope BF3 lives up to its pre­de­ces­sor, BF2. The orig­i­nal BF series is, in my opin­ion, the best FPS series ever made; I will be putting that to the test when BF3 is released!

  7. PimpmasterF - March 13, 2011 9:57 am

    Can.….Not.….Wait. BF3 looks EPIC, it will be nice to have a heavy hit­ter with decent con­tent and full PC sup­port. Its been a while since we had one like this.


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