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. zero_19 - August 1, 2011 10:36 am

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

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

  5. 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

  6. 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. 😛

  7. 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.

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

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


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