The Battlefield 3 beta is out you guys, holy shit! I am super excited about this game, and hopefully I'll get to play the beta tonight, if origin will download the damn thing.
What is Battlefield?
Battlefield, if you don't know, is a large scale multiplayer FPS series of games that attempts to incorporate all aspects of symmetrical warfare into the matches. The maps can support up to 64 players!!! Besides the large scale of the maps, one of the more interesting aspects of Battlefield is the layered approach that players can take. If you want to be a pilot, and only focus on that during the fight, you can. If you want to be a tank commander, you can do that too. Want to be a fast response light armored guy? Yes, you can do that.
Maybe you want to be John Fucking Rambo, a one man assault guy armed to the teeth. Yup, you can do that. Anti-tank infantry? Yes. Medic? Yes. Support gunner? Yes.
*Sigh*, you can even be a sniper, if you must
Fact is, Battlefield incorporates all of these different layers into one online match, rather than something like, for instance, Call of Duty, which is simply small infantry with different guns.
Even more interesting in Battlefield is the squad
mechanics. Basically, the team consists of several small squads, which have voip communication capabilities with each other. This means that large teams can coordinate more easily. Squads can also spawn off of their Squad Leader, which means inserting your SL into strategic points can be crucial to winning matches and taking capture points. It also means that playing with your buds is easily facilitated within the large game structure.
So what's new in Battlefield 3?
First, Battlefield 3 is using a new engine, that is, frankly, fucking gorgeous.
Second, this iteration of the Battlefield series is actually going to have a fully fleshed out single player campaign, here's a video if you care about that shit
But whatever, you're not here to play a single player campaign, Battlefield 3 is about the multiplexer, dude!
Here is a small blurb from wikipedia that describes how the infantry roles have changed for this game
Battlefield 3's multiplayer matches see players take on one of four roles: Assault, Support, Engineer and Recon. The Assault class will be able to equip defibrillators and medkits, as was the case in Battlefield 2142. The mechanics of the light machine gun (LMG) have been changed to utilize the new engine: bipods can be deployed anywhere when in the prone position or near suitable scenery, and provide a significant boost to accuracy and recoil reduction. Suppressive fire from such weapons blurs the vision and reduces the accuracy of those under fire. The Engineer class will receive a flashlight that can be used to blind other players. The Recon class will be able to put a radio beacon anywhere on the map and all squad members will be able to spawn on the location of the beacon.
Several game modes have been announced, including Conquest, Rush, Squad Deathmatch, Squad Rush and for the first time in the Battlefield series Team/Squad Deathmatch.
One thing that we know is that the immensely popular maps Karkand and Wake Island are back! Hooray!
24 hour Karkand Rush please
All in all, I am super pumped for this game, being released this Fall, and you should too!
If you've played the beta already, tell me how awesome it is.
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