July 28, 2011

Battlefield 3 Alpha Test

So the closed alpha test­ing for Bat­tle­field 3 went live yes­ter­day and I got a chance to play some. Its only test­ing for PC so all the con­sole guys out there will have to wait till beta test­ing. The alpha con­sists of one mul­ti­play­er rush map called Oper­ta­tion Metro. As usu­al rush mode, you take turns attack­ing or defend­ing two points. As you cap­ture points your team moves for­ward or you must fall back if your defend­ing. To those famil­iar with the series the game­play feels very much the same. You unlock weapons, attach­ments, and oth­er bonus­es as you lev­el each class. The class­es are Recon, Assu­alt, Engi­neer, and Sup­port. You don’t get access to all the class good­ies but there are plen­ty to choose from for an alpha. All that  is typ­i­cal Bat­tle­field. The alpha plays in a sort of web brow­er, so you actu­al­ly don’t have all the soft­ware for the game. You also don’t con­trol any options on video or any­thing. They have added prone to your move­ment which came in handy many times. Also as you move you can hur­dle over objects (short walls, bench­es , etc.). While you hur­dle over objects you can still fire your weapon. How­ev­er since you’re fir­ing and hur­dling your accu­ra­cy does take a dive. You can also jump into prone on the run. The look of the game in fan­tas­tic graph­i­cal­ly. I did play it on a made-for-gam­ing PC, but I don’t expect the con­sole ver­sions to be much dif­fer­ent. It will eas­i­ly be the best look­ing Bat­tle­field to date. While build­ings will be ful­ly destruc­table in the final ver­sion, there are no col­lapsi­ble build­ings in the alpha. What they do have are plen­ty of walls to blow up. Any­thing you shoot takes some kind of dam­age. From tiles falling off to glass shat­ter­ing, they have it. When I took out part of a wall on a two sto­ry build­ing it caught fire and burned which was pret­ty cool look­ing. There is one tank in the map, but thats all vehi­cle wise. The map itself is a good com­bi­na­tion of close quar­ters and open field bat­tle. Depend­ing which way the attack­ing team goes, you start in a Paris park then move to down­town streets or the under­ground sub­way sta­tion. The map has many paths to take to get to dif­fer­ent areas, so there isn’t real­ly any one choke point. Over­all I was real­ly impressed con­sid­er­ing it’s only the alpha phase. If Bat­tle­field 3 is con­tin­u­ing in this direc­tion we should be in store for pos­si­bly the best FPS ever. If you have any ques­tions about any­thing I did­n’t men­tion or would like me to elab­o­rate on some­thing fur­ther, ask away down below and I will answer as best as I can.


  1. CharcoalCoyote - July 28, 2011 9:29 pm

    Do the weapons han­dle much dif­fer­ent­ly? How accu­rate are the guns when not sight­ed and/or mov­ing?

  2. AceOfNades69 - July 28, 2011 11:38 pm

    Weapons are pret­ty much the same…nothing dif­fer­ent from what I could tell. M16s and Ak47s…the usu­al. As for aim­ing its always more accu­rate to aim down the sights. I had­n’t unlocked a scope or red dot for the assu­alt rifles but the sniper scope is pret­ty accu­rate. There is a lit­tle kick when you shoot from the hip and shoot­ing while hur­dling will just be lucky kills.

  3. Billy - July 28, 2011 11:44 pm

    hey, what are sys­tem specs for this. i very much wan­na play bf3, with­out buy­ing a new com­put­er for that. 😛

  4. thsoundman - July 29, 2011 12:10 am

    What are your cur­rent sys­tem specs bil­ly? I can give you a pret­ty good idea.
    Min­i­mum require­ments for Bat­tle­field 3
    •OS: Win­dows Vista or Win­dows 7
    •Proces­sor: Core 2 Duo @ 2.0GHz
    •RAM: 2GB
    •Graph­ic card: Direc­tX 10 or 11 com­pat­i­ble Nvidia or AMD ATI card.
    •Graph­ics card mem­o­ry: 512 MB
    •Hard dri­ve: 15 GB for disc ver­sion or 10 GB for dig­i­tal ver­sion
    Rec­om­mend­ed sys­tem require­ments for Bat­tle­field 3
    •OS: Win­dows 7 64-bit
    •Proces­sor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
    •RAM: 4GB
    •Graph­ics card: Direc­tX 11 Nvidia or AMD ATI card, GeForce GTX 460, Radeon Radeon HD 6850
    •Graph­ics card mem­o­ry: 1 GB
    •Hard dri­ve: 15 GB for disc ver­sion or 10 GB for dig­i­tal ver­sion

  5. Billy - July 29, 2011 8:37 am

    oh, that’s all fine except gpu, my lap­py has 6770m mobil­i­ty radeon.

  6. thsoundman - July 29, 2011 11:09 am

    You may not be able to MAX the set­tings on the gmae but you will still get good per­for­mance. Might have to turn down AA to a low­er lev­el but all and all you should be good.

  7. STA_Adam - July 30, 2011 7:54 pm

    I real­ly don’t think MW3 stands a chance against this game. I’ve always been more of a BF fan, but in this world of game­play, graph­ics, and mul­ti­play­er above all else, there’s no way this game won’t be a smash hit.

  8. zero_19 - August 1, 2011 10:36 am

    Can’t wait for this game to go gold.…


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