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June 24 2011
Battlefield 3 - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
27/10/2011EA GamesEA GamesDICE
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
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Soldiers prepare to breach the next room.
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Using an RPG in Battlefield 3.

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Smoke and particle effects impress.
It seems that the genre of choice in this generation of gamers is the FPS. Franchises like Call of Duty don't sell millions, but tens of millions of copies, while EA's Battlefield franchise also manages to sell millions of copies with each release. Indeed the last game Battlefield: Bad Company 2 has shifted almost 6 million units in total. Impressive, but Electronic Arts and developers DICE will be hoping for a lot more for Battlefield 3 which despite being the 11th game in the franchise, is the sequel to Battlefield 2 which released in 2005.

As the first soldiers on the battlefield, players wage all-out war across vast urban, downtown and rural locations on land, sea and air. Set in 2013 gamers will experience heart-pounding missions across diverse locations including Paris, Tehran and New York as they step into the boots of Sergeant Henry Black, an elite U.S. Marine.

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Detail levels are very impressive, although these screens are from the PC version.
After three years of development this FPS is set to be unleashed and again the Frostbite 2 Engine is used to power the game be it in urban areas (from the USA, Middle East or Europe) filled with destructible buildings or the wide open desert ranges. Indeed this engine combines with the same animation technology, called ANT, used by EA Sports in their many franchises including FIFA so we expect realistic player movement. It's not all on-foot though with the developers incorporating vehicle warfare with land, sea and air vehicles available in the single player, co-op and multiplayer modes.

At E3 2011, two new playable characters are introduced. Dmitri “Dima” Mayakovsky, a Russian undercover agent, must fight his way from the Paris Stock Exchange through the crowded city streets in a desperate attempt to stop PLR operatives from detonating a dirty bomb in the heart of Paris. Jonathan “Jono” Miller, a Marine Corporal from America’s heartland, is deployed to the barren dustbowl of the Tehran desert to engage PLR forces. This chapter showcases a classic Battlefield vehicle warfare experience as players embark on a large scale tank attack to neutralize the PLR base.

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Battlefield 3 is out in October 2011.
Of course multiplayer will be a major focus of this game and DICE have confirmed the franchise will include four player classes to select from; Assault, Support, Engineer and Recon. To date three game modes have also been confirmed including Conquest, Rush, and Team Deathmatch.

Visuals in Battlefield 3 look even more impressive than the very solid previous title. Of course the lighting effects are brilliant but it's the destruction of buildings that makes this franchise stand out and in that regard this game will take into account the effects of large explosions from RPG's and the like to small arms fire. We must point out that the surrounding screenshots are potentially from the PC version of the game, the console footage we've seen so far doesn't quite have the same level of quality, but it still likely to impress immensely.

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Battlefield 3 has a tank based mission.
Audio too is likely to impress with the Frostbite 2 engine. The HDR audio will provide accurate ambient sounds which are altered according to the environment in which the sound is made. Not only do weapons sound different but if they are fired indoors, outdoors, within confined spaces, or large open areas they will take on yet another sound.

First Person Shooter fans are certain to have a busy time at the end of this year with both Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3 set to vie for domination. While Activision's title is still likely to take the sales lead EA's Battlefield 3 will be out at retail a couple of weeks earlier, and from early impressions seems to be making the biggest leap from the previous title. Expect a release on October 25 with an open Beta for the multiplayer mode due to be released in September.

As an added bonus for PS3 owners anyone purchasing the game on Sony's platform will receive an exclusive bonus in the form of the full Battlefield 1943 game as well. Now that's impressive! Sadly for reasons unknown Electronic Arts haven't included the previously announced free Battlefield 1943 on the final retail release - and most annoyingly didn't announce this until launch. As compensation PS3 owners will be able to grab the DLC before other platforms - which is pretty much a bullshit compensation - who gives a shit about playing some DLC (which we'll be paying for) a few days before other systems.