Battlefield 3

November 3, 2011

Holiday Must Haves

So Christmas is just around the corner and a lot of great games are hitting the shelves to cash in on the shopping frenzy. So I put together a list of games that are a MUST! These games are what make gaming great and fun. They are the games that will be on everyone’s letters to Santa. I give you the Holiday Must Haves:

#10 Dead Island

So Halloween is over but zombies are fun all year long. First person shooter mixed with RPG elements makes for a lot of gameplay. Also four characters to choose from and co-op modes allow for different playthroughs making Dead Island a good mix of fun and blood.

#9 Gears of War 3

Gears of War helped launch Xbox in the early days and now the 3rd installment keeps us going. Great story and gameplay gives us a new Gears experience with a familiar feel. New multiplayer modes and some fixed issues really make Gears a game worth getting.

#8 Star Wars: The Old Republic

Ok seriously, why wouldn’t you want this game? Star Wars fans have been begging for this game since we heard the first rumors and now it is within our grasp. Be a Jedi, Sith, or Bounty Hunter?? Sign me up! BioWare has taken much time and care with this title and the videos we have seen so far look amazing. If it can deliver we may have a new king of MMOs.

#7 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim will have all the best RPG elements you could ask for. Mutliple ways to customize class, armor, and weapons mixed with hours upon hours of gameplay, this game will have you coming back for more. Probably an instant classic waiting to happen.

#6 Super Mario 3D Land

Ok so I may catch some crap for this one. However think about this: Anything Mario sells like crack in the gaming world and 3DS gamers have been waiting for their fix. 3D Land is going to be a HUGE Christmas seller and if you own a 3DS you have no excuse to not have it. It is after all the next Mario game! Nuff said.

#5 Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3

I know what your thinking, “MW3 only at 5??” To answer I say yes. If it added something different to the campaign than the usual I would rank it higher. I would be stupid to not mention this juggernaut of a game. Usually always great graphics, gunplay, and most played multiplayer makes this another for sure record breaker. Sales for this game will be insane.

#4 Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Uncharted is another series of games that deliver a great product everytime. One of the better storylines in a video game you will see. This game gives a good mixture of stealth and all out shoot outs. A good online component rounds this game out to give a good gaming experience.

#3 Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

Let me ask you this. When have you played a bad Assassin’s Creed? Didn’t think so. Revelations looks like it going to bring us more of what we love. More hidden blade stabs, rooftop hopping, and haydiving. I will say Assassin’s Creed is on the verge of becoming a recycled product, meaning they aren’t giving us much of anything new, but the story really drives this game. So I am willing to continue that story.

#2 Battlefield 3

Yes yes I put BF3 above MW3. Keep in mind we have seen they same thing with Call of Duty games. Bad Company was an offshoot of Battlefield. So this is the first true Battlefield game we have seen in sometime and I thought it delieverd. A good campaign with a co-op feature, another fun multiplayer, and tons of unlocks will keep your attention for a while. People have said this could knock off MW3……so far so good.

#1 Batman Arkham City

Ok if you can only have one game for Christmas, this is it. Arkham City has been getting 10 outta 10’s. It has been called the best game period. I am usually a big multiplayer guy but Batman BIFF’d me right in the face. This game has everything. An open world and a fantastic story as well as your favorite voice actors for Batman and Joker….possible game of the year.

Well that is my ten games that I think should be under the tree this year. Obviously you could re-arrange the list and it would still make sense and I know there are games that I didn’t mention that will be great too. Even if I made a top 50 list I am sure someone will think of a game not listed. Like I said from what I have seen so far with trends and what people are buying or waiting for, these seem to be the big ones. Hopefully I get to unwrap a few of these myself.

October 25, 2011

The Ultimate Gaming FPS simulator or the 1st Holodeck!

This ultimate gamFPS simulator was built by the crew at “The Gadget Show” a tech show from England on Channel 5. Armed with the E3 demo of Battlefield 3 and about $650,000 they have made the closest thing to a holodeck I’ve ever seen! Using ambient lighting, a hacked Kinect controller, a floor that lets you simulate walking without moving, some remote contolled paintball guns, and a 360 degree full room screen these guys have built something insanly cool!

 

So, if you got that kinda scratch lying around watch the video to learn how to build your own!

 

Source: Engadget

 

October 24, 2011

Battlefield 3 Release Date Pushed Up

According to the realase date checker on Origin, Battlefield 3 will now be unlocked at 10 PM Mountain standard time.  This is fantastic news for those who were wanting to play the game before they had to go to work the next morning.  I’ve already predownloaded BF3 and am waiting anxiously for the unlock.  Stay tuned to TGB for the review!

Battlefield 3 was originally set to unlock at on October 25th at 1 AM on EA’s Origin.  The game will now unlock at October 24 at 10PM.  See you all on the Battlefield!

October 23, 2011

Are You Ready for Some Foot….. Battlefield?

Ok so I’m sure some of you are getting sick by the total media blitz that has hit every type of video/data stream entering your dwelling but you have to admit this game is going to be Epic to say the least. Now that there is less than 48 hours before launch and some last minute trailers have hit the You Tube! One is a fan made trailer for “Battlefield 4” and totally backed by Dice being that they put it up on their Facebook page and the second is a live action/CG trailer also up on the Battlefield Facebook page daring you to choose whats real and whats memorex!

 
 

First is the “Battlefield 4” made by Freddiew hit the link to check out their You Tube page they have some really well made video’s for your viewing pleasure!

 

 
 

Now here’s the live action/CG video that dares you to pick out the live action from the CG to me it’s a little obvious but still looks total kick-AZZ check out the Battlefield You Tube page for all the latest updates and freebies!

 

October 4, 2011

Battlefield 3 Beta: Console vs PC

With the recent release of Battlefield 3 Beta I’ve noticed there has been a significant amount of commotion amongst the community, especially the console players about why the graphics don’t look as good as they did in the video.  I’ve also heard numerous complaints about the PC version having multiple maps for the beta and being able to host more players. 

Let me start off by saying that Battlefield 3 was developed with PC gamers in mind.  The game was developed for the PC first and consoles second and it shows within the game.  It’s designed to push the limits of graphics technology and even my video card is starting to show signs of stress with everything maxed to the top.  I suspect the retail release will be even more punishing then the beta.   I took the time yesterday to play with my Xbox brethren on XBL and the differences between the PC version and the consoles versions are immense.  The obvious differences are the max players.  The max players on console are 24 vs 32(in the beta)  – 64(final release).  The second major difference is how much cleaner the game looks on PC as a whole vs the console version.  If I could find a good comparison it would be like looking at a used VHS copy of the original Star Wars and then watching it on blu-ray.  It’s really that much clearer, crisper and cleaner.  The tree’s look much more focused and alive, weapons fire looks meaner, textures look five times better on the PC vs the console, soldiers look more realistic,  and the weapons look better.  The lack of AA/AF, HBAO and other graphical enhancements on consoles are what kills it graphically.

I’m sure there are many gamers that are outraged that the console version of the game doesn’t match the pictures.  There are some after reading the first part of this who are even more upset that the PC version looks so much better than there version.  This is the first game, in a long time, that has really show the now very wide gap between current PC hardware and Console hardware.  ID developer John Carmack said at Gamecon this year that “the PC platform is as much as 10 times faster than the current generation of consoles”.  Graphics technology has come leaps and bounds since the release of Xbox and PS3 next gen consoles.  The graphics technology was almost 2 years old at the time of the release of the Xbox 360 and that was 7 years ago.  Granted PC’s also have to deal with other processes while the console systems ONLY have to worry about playing the games so they make up some of the difference there but not near enough to compete. 

Does this mean the console version is going to look terrible when it’s release on October 25?  Take a deep breath… ok better now?  Let’s remember that this is a Beta and even the almighty PC version has a magnificent amount of graphical glitches to deal with along with other issues such as clipping, zoom not working, falling through the map, flying across the map, getting stuck in walls, and many other issues.  The console version will look good but not as good as the PC version will, it’s that simple.  Console hardware just can’t handle the demand that the game would put on it not to mention that consoles cannot display DX10 or DX11. 

The console version does play well, very well actually on the console (I played it on the Xbox 360).  I think it’s the best playing of the battlefield series and I have played them all.  DICE is playing a tricky game here.  They are trying to cater to their original audience (pc gamers) while trying to keep their console fan base happy as well and trying to make EA money at the same time. 

I ask people to remain calm when playing the beta and realize that it’s just a beta.  The final product WILL look better, on both systems at that.  The version of the game we are playing now was already several months old.  Keep that in mind when playing.  The final version of Battlefield 3 will be released on October 25 for PC, Xbox and PS3.

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September 30, 2011

Video Awesomeness: Battlefield Edition

 

To kick off the open Beta for the highly anticipated release (BY ME!) of Battlefield 3, I thought it would be cool to visit the Lineage that the Battlefield series has brought to the gaming community from PC to console this is a strategic thinking man’s shooter! So instead of me rambling on about the past here’s Adam Sessler (one of the only good things G4 TV has to offer). He basically sums up the series through Battlefield 1943 in three minutes:

When Battlefield: Bad Company came along I totally got into the series (sorry PC guys Dice mussed up not putting this one out for you!) The story was a modern day version of Kelly’s Heroes, one of my favorite World War II movies from back in the day, which added comedy and an entertaining campaign to this almost exclusive Multiplayer only series adding to its allure.
When Battlefield: Bad Company 2 released you could tell Dice was listening (as always) and released BC2 on ALL platforms with better controls leading to an even more amazing multiplayer experience!

Oh did I forget….FROSTBITE and DISTRUCTION 2.0 this is the engine that brought us destructible environments!

I know there is so much in the Battlefield series that I didn’t point out, but we’re here for some Battlefield 3! Now I had early access to the beta on the Xbox (if you bought MOH Limited Ed. you should have been there too) and for all its short comings (I’m in total belief that EA gave us the Alpha just to shut us up!) this is going to be a great addition to the franchise. That being said looks like Dice has made up a campaign that might be as good as the multiplayer end…..
Here’s some of the story that you will experience:


Yes there are vehicles!….

I can’t believe this is off the Xbox!…

Now that we’ve seen the campaign, how about some multiplayer being that we all will be losing sleep at the end of October! There will be 24 players on the consoles and 64 for the PC! Ground as well as Air yes there will be jets!!!!!! The combat looks intense as ever so b e ready to drop so time into Battlefield 3!

 

Pixel Enemy had some exclusive extended footage from the demo above, here it is!

 

You know if ya got 99 problems……play BF3! See you all on the Battlefield I’ll be the one arming the M-COM!

September 29, 2011

Battlefield 3 Beta Starts Today and Costs How Much?

 

By now everyone knows that the beta for the upcoming release Battlefiled 3 is now available for everyone to play on PC, Xbox and PS3.  I decided to first download it on my Xbox and went to the dashboard to download it when I run into the picture above.  I was mildly shocked when I was told it was going to cost me 429,496,795 Xbox 360 points.  That comes to a grand total, at $19.99 for 1600 points of $5,360,025.58 dollars.  I don’t know, that seems a bit pricey, especially for a beta.  But you know, we are in a recession, gotta do what it takes to make ends meet.  We all know EA is hurting for money these days.  

In all seriousness it will not cost anything to play the beta but you will have to pay for the full game.  The beta release will feature feature 2 maps on the PC and 1 map for the Xbox 360 and PS3 players (sorry guys).  It also features a good number of weapons which are all unlockable. 

For those of you who got early access and have already formed some opinions please let us know your thoughts.  What did you think?  Did it hold up to expectations?  Were you underwhelmed?  Let us know!

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Here are system requirements for our PC players out there:

Minimum System Requirements
OS: WINDOWS VISTA (SERVICE PACK 2) 32-BIT
PROCESSOR: 2 GHZ DUAL CORE (CORE 2 DUO 2.4 GHZ OR ATHLON X2 2.7 GHZ)
MEMORY: 2 GB
HARD DRIVE: 20 GB
GRAPHICS CARD (AMD): DIRECTX 10.1 COMPATIBLE WITH 512 MB RAM (ATI RADEON 3000, 4000, 5000 OR 6000 SERIES, WITH ATI RADEON 3870 OR HIGHER PERFORMANCE)
GRAPHICS CARD (NVIDIA): DIRECTX 10.0 COMPATIBLE WITH 512 MB RAM (NVIDIA GEFORCE 8, 9, 200, 300, 400 OR 500 SERIES WITH NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GT OR HIGHER PERFORMANCE)
SOUND CARD: DIRECTX COMPATIBLE
KEYBOARD AND MOUSE
DVD ROM DRIVE

Recommended System Requirements
OS: WINDOWS 7 64-BIT
PROCESSOR: QUAD-CORE CPU
MEMORY: 4 GB
HARD DRIVE: 20 GB
GRAPHICS CARD: DIRECTX 11 COMPATIBLE WITH 1024 MB RAM (NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 560 OR ATI RADEON 6950)
SOUND CARD: DIRECTX COMPATIBLE
KEYBOARD AND MOUSE
DVD ROM DRIVE

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.

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