Four hours with the Battlefield 3 beta

I managed to sneak into the Battlefield 3 beta on Wednesday afternoon. Right off the bat, I wasn’t impressed.

First, I had to download and install Origin—great, another piece of software to complicate things when I could be using Steam. Origin refused to sign me in, citing a server error. Getting in and downloading the beta took a few tries. Attempting to launch the beta, I ran into another unexpected snag. Turns out clicking “play” opens your browser window and loads up Battlefield 3‘s web interface… which requires a browser plug-in to launch the actual game. One more unnecessary installation later, I was finally able to click the big, orange “quick match” button and get to playing.

Well, almost. The game inexplicably started in a window. When I went into the options to switch it to full-screen mode, it crashed. I guess they don’t call it a beta for nothing.

My frustration only increased when I, at long last, got into the game. Seconds after spawning in a neatly rendered city park, I was immediately gunned down by an unseen enemy. The same happened shortly after I respawned. Then again after that. I tried to duck and move out of the area, only to meet my demise once again. Things weren’t off to a great start, and traumatic flashbacks of my unsuccessful attempts to enjoy Modern Warfare 2‘s multiplayer were flooding through my mind. Not again!

That was on Wednesday afternoon.

Yesterday evening, I had to summon all my strength to pry myself out of the game and start writing this blog post. As I write these very lines, I’m fighting the urge to declare writer’s block and play another match to loosen the words out. The rattle of my newly unlocked M249 light machine gun is fresh in my ears.

So, what happened between then and now?

I guess you could call it a rapid case of habituation—climbing a relatively short and very gentle learning curve, if you will. Point is, Battlefield 3 grew on me fast. Yes, I got taken down at the beginning for spawning too close to the action, but I soon realized that the antidote was simply to spawn as part of a squad, stay under the line of fire, and choose the right weapon for the job. In the first part of Operation Métro, the beta’s public multiplayer map, that weapon turned out to be the sniper rifle. (I didn’t have the stomach nor the experience to go rushing to the front lines with an assault weapon; that came a few hours later.)

Soon, I was snaking my way within view of the action, lying prone close to cover as bullets whizzed and crackled above my head. With a little bit of care and patience, I would eventually find a nice spot in some bushes or behind some rocks. I’d get an enemy in my sights and pull the trigger. I’d watch him turn in my direction, sunlight reflected in his rifle’s scope as he prepared to shoot back. I’d feel the adrenaline surge. I’d pull the trigger a second time, then a third, then a fourth. He’d fall down, and the game would proudly grant me a point bonus for a kill, laying down suppressing fire, and whatever else my victory accomplished.

Battlefield 3 is a team game at its core, and players are rewarded for helping the team. Killing an enemy will get you plenty of points, of course, but skirmishes lost to a more skilled adversary aren’t always without value. You’ll likely still get points for a kill assist, or even for spotting the enemy, which puts a red marker above his head so your teammates can track him down. That helps you climb up the scoreboard even if you’re not channeling John Rambo and turning entire enemy squads into hamburger.

After your team takes out the first two objectives in Operation Métro‘s park area, you must proceed underground, into the subway tunnels. At that point, the game turns into an intense close-quarter slugfest—and if you’re a member of the attacking team, it’s time to switch weapons. My first runs through the tunnels were done with a shotgun, and I cracked a smile as I downed, with one shell each, members of the defending team trying to overrun our position. I was getting flashbacks again, but they were good ones—memories of victorious Counter-Strike: Source matches from long ago.

I eventually got sick of the shotgun, and that’s where the icing on the delicious cake that is Battlefield 3 came in. As you accumulate points, the game rewards you with ribbons, promotions, and fresh items and weapons. The weapons can all be modified and augmented with different kinds of scopes, extended magazines, different ammo, etc. You can also unlock whole new weapons, like the M249 machine gun and Glock 17C handgun. Then there are specializations, which let you, say, carry more ammo, sprint faster, or withstand more damage from nearby explosions. I haven’t ascended all the way up the rank ladder yet, but I know there are more goodies in store for me still. For example, some of my foes occasionally score easy kills by temporarily blinding me with a flashlight, and I don’t have one of those yet.

You might think the reward system makes the game unfair and frustrating, since more skilled and experienced players have more gadgets. But believe it or not, it seems to work the other way around. You see someone with a cool add-on, or you pick up a discarded gun you’ve never seen before, and you think, “Man, I want that in my loadout.” In my experience, the reward system only makes Battlefield 3 more addictive.

And it’s not the only thing. There’s also something strangely gratifying about the way the game levels up your character. And the end of a match, all of the points you’ve accumulated fill up a progress bar on the screen, and a little distorted jingle plays every time you earn a new distinction or item. It’s like playing a slot machine where you never lose, and you quickly start to crave the gratification of that progress bar and those jingles. That’s on top of the gratification that comes from taking out a whole bunch of bad guys all by yourself, of course.

Battlefield 3 also saves web-based “battle reports” after each match… so if you did particularly well in a given game, you can save the page and use it to gloat. I’ll freely admit to having flaunted a battle report on IRC just to show off my 17:3 kills-to-deaths ratio and “highest awarded” status, and I’m guessing plenty of other players are guilty of a similar crime.

In the end, the Battlefield 3 beta has proven be shockingly addictive and surprisingly well balanced. It’s already eaten up four hours of my life, and it threatens to consume many more. I’m not sure how long this infatuation will last or whether the full game will prove as exhilarating after a few weeks or months. Still, this is the first time I’ve truly had fun playing a Battlefield game online, and that’s saying a lot. From what I can tell, this title takes the best parts of the Battlefield series, Counter-Strike, and Modern Warfare, and it smushes ’em all together into one gorgeous-looking package with amazing sound effects and a neat web interface to tie it all together.

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    • xiaomim
    • 8 years ago
    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 8 years ago

    Got on caspien border this weekend. Pretty good but raising more concerns than quelling honestly.

    • dryfish
    • 8 years ago

    It’s amazing all the complaints when this isn’t the final product, and I love when people are complaining to Dice to make changes in the beta code to fix issues IN THE BETA. The game is coming out the 25th, why should they be fixing the beta for people to play when they should be making changes on the final game. Plus the beta access is supposedly ending on the 10th anyway.

    See this post for recent beta news..

    [url<]http://blogs.battlefield.ea.com/battlefield_bad_company/archive/2011/10/03/battlefield-3-open-beta-update-2.aspx[/url<]

      • shaq_mobile
      • 8 years ago

      remember how much the game changed from beta in BC2?

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 8 years ago

    previously not having any connection problems but today I’m having nothing but conneciton problems.

      • kamikaziechameleon
      • 8 years ago

      They seem to have fixed several glitches over the weekend making the beta playable. Now the issue is can they make the game feel any semblance of polish in the next couple weeks???

    • indeego
    • 8 years ago

    Does Cyril dislike *any* game?

      • travbrad
      • 8 years ago

      [url<]https://techreport.com/discussions.x/21176[/url<] I seem to remember him disliking plenty of games on the podcast too, He also said "Still, this is the first time I've truly had fun playing a Battlefield game online" in this very blog post, which sounds like he didn't like the other BF games very much.

        • Cyril
        • 8 years ago

        I tend to be more motivated to blog about games I do like. Maybe that’s upsetting the ratio a little bit. 😉

          • Bensam123
          • 8 years ago

          You can enjoy anything if you really want to.

    • travbrad
    • 8 years ago

    PCGamesHardware did a test of various GPUs already. Obviously this could change dramatically in the final version (with driver releases and game updates), but it’s interesting nonetheless.

    [url<]http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,847209/Battlefield-3-Beta-18-Radeon-and-Geforce-cards-SLI-und-Crossfire-benchmarked/Practice/[/url<]

    • Bensam123
    • 8 years ago

    Hacks and hackers are starting to pop up in alarming amounts… people that sit in bushes and can see you quite clearly… people that can’t be flanked… people that don’t take damage or don’t die (one person in particular I hit in the face five times with a shotgun and a few pistol rounds, game said he was at 0% health).

    It’s really quite sad that game makers pay absolutely no attention to this extremely important issue. It’s the easiset way to completely ruin a good game. BC2 was the same way and it was almost unbearable… going from the guy that sits in spawn and just shoots everything from a million miles away to the guy in the chopper with an explosive auto-cannon that kills everything on the map, even people he can’t see.

    The most annoying one is most definitely the bushes campers… this game is so chock full of stuff that blocks your FoV that if someone has something that allows them to see through it, it’s a huge leg up… they don’t even need aimbots anymore.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 8 years ago

    I shan’t be getting it until it’s available on Steam.

      • Meadows
      • 8 years ago

      Plus one for the use of “shan’t”.

        • Bensam123
        • 8 years ago

        lol…

    • south side sammy
    • 8 years ago

    can’t bind keyboard or mouse to my liking. Obviously made by console gamers for console gamers. Can’t bind keys while outside game…. are you kidding me ? If I don’t read of a fix before game comes out I won’t buy it til it hits the $20 area because SP will be hard enough without the key set up I’m used to. Thanks EA?DICE for blowing it…. MORONS!

      • StuG
      • 8 years ago

      Yes…yes you can. You can most certainly change your key bindings.

        • Jason181
        • 8 years ago

        Actually, the game won’t let me bind anything to the mouse buttons at all. It’s like they’re fixed function for fire and zoom. Some of us use the mouse for move forward, and that just flat did not work no matter what I tried. So while you can change some key bindings, there’s still some problems. Not to mention falling through the ground a lot when I tried it (lots of clipping issues).

      • Samhain
      • 8 years ago

      I’m the same. I can’t bind any of my side mouse buttons which is a pain as I use them for crouch/prone and spotting. There are only a small handful of keys I can bind to certain tasks only.

    • gorillagarrett
    • 8 years ago

    The game is a big disappointment, at least the beta is. Heck the texture quality is [b<]REALLY[/b<] bad in the game, it looks worse than some of the console ports that I've tried. The depth of field option is either not working or disabled.Tessellation is disabled as well, and rocks and blocks look worse than they did in Far Cry, that's right, the original Far Cry. The in game mechanics are nerfed, or maybe not working.The explosions are bad and the after effects are not there. The game looks nothing like what I've seen in the gameplay demos published so far. Overall, the game looks and moves like Crysis 2, or maybe slightly worse, and if this is how it's gonna be in the final version, then heck, they've tricked the crap out of us...

      • Samhain
      • 8 years ago

      Agreed. Perhaps this is the reason for their last minute terms of agreement tweaking preventing us from filing lawsuits.

    • Bensam123
    • 8 years ago

    I wouldn’t give it so much praise. In terms of graphics it’s only slightly better then BC2. My experience so far with the game isn’t nearly so rosey.

    Origin is literally a steaming PoS. You have to have the Origin application running to play, you haveto have a web browser open in addition to the application to play, you have to have another program running in the background that takes care of voice, which conveniently stays open after you close both the program and origin, and then you have to run the game on top of all of this crap.

    Matchmaking is ultra terrible. I tried playing with my friend yesterday and upon trying to party join a server, the other person didn’t even get an announcement asking them to join until I mashed it a few times. The voice in game is ultra terrible. Once adjust your settings it’s impossible to find the settings again. The little settings button outright disappears. The server browser is really bad too. It gives you a handful of filters, a handful of servers, ping doesn’t work, and sorting works a handful of times.

    The same can be said about changing your name. Unlike steam you don’t have an account name and a player name, just an account name. So I’m stuck with something ridiculous I first used to make an account because my usual name wouldn’t convert to one with a email address (I had a gamespy/EA/Origin back before a email address was attached). Apparently you’re allowed to change it once when you first login, but nothing ever popped up for me.

    Oh and I couldn’t use Opera… apparently it’s unsupported…

    Finally getting to the game. I ended up starting in a window, you can’t adjust your settings outside of game… you can’t adjust your settings while dead… you have to be living and hide somewhere on the map in order to adjust your settings. If someone kills you while you’re adjusting them, they all revert. When you spawn in and get instantly spawn killed while trying to change them it makes this infinitely frustrating. Furthermore, after turning motion blur off my game now hangs when it starts up or crashes with a DX error. (I have the new catalyst drivers for BF3 and a 6970.) It also seemed to have issues with model effects being slightly detached from the models themselves. They were free floating seperate from the models on my screen with a giant tear down the right side where it looks like it was split off that is about a inch wide.

    From what I did play though gameplay wise, before it decided to start crashing on me, made the game feel a whole lot like Modern Warfare. The infantry combat feels almost exactly the same as CoD4. So it’s basically slightly better graphics then BC2 meshed with CoD (essentially what I said it would be like 6 months ago when they announced it).

    I’m not saying it’s terrible, it’s just nothing amazing either, definitely more hype then game. Origin most definitely sucks though…

      • travbrad
      • 8 years ago

      [quote<]I wouldn't give it so much praise. In terms of graphics it's only slightly better then BC2. My experience so far with the game isn't nearly so rosey.[/quote<] Did you get to try the Caspian conquest map before they disabled it? I thought the same thing about the graphics/gameplay on the Metro map. It was too COD, and the graphics were nice but not a lot better than BC2. The Caspian map blew me away though, best graphics I have ever seen by a long shot. And it was real BF gameplay too, tons of vehicles, open map, etc. I completely agree about Origin and the whole web browser launching being a terrible buggy mess though.

        • Bensam123
        • 8 years ago

        No, I didn’t get to Caspian. The infantry game play in general just feels like CoD now… I’ll withhold judgement on the graphics then.

        • squeeb
        • 8 years ago

        Bfield is all about the vehicles..too early to judge the gameplay if you’ve only played the Metro map.

      • sweatshopking
      • 8 years ago

      opera works fine AFTER you dl the plugin. had the same issue, but now it works.

        • Bensam123
        • 8 years ago

        Thanks for the tip.

          • Bensam123
          • 8 years ago

          lol, what a douchebag.

      • Bensam123
      • 8 years ago

      Adding to this, apparently the game has issues with X-Fi cards which are now popping up… I get crackles all the time which aren’t present in other games.

      The new spawn menu sucks as it doesn’t display your whole team so you can’t get a strategic over view of the situation… spawn menu in general sucks… as does having to watch the enemy constantly after you die to stare at his stats so he can jerk off about them.

      You can’t hurdle objects, instead you have to slide across them brink style, which of course gets you killed if someones on the other side because it messes with your aim and FoV so much.

      • Jason181
      • 8 years ago

      I had an issue with Origin and I waited for live chat for like 45 minutes (it kept saying someone would be with me shortly) before I gave up. Thanks for helping me with my purchasing decision, EA!

      I agree with server browser sucks; it doesn’t even display ping until you click on a server, and then only for that server.

      Having to change your settings while getting shot at just gives such a feel of battle realism! Or frustration as the spawn menu kicks you out of your settings without saving them.

      I very much liked the gameplay, but the mouse button binding issues (can’t bind anything to the mouse buttons other than that which is pre-defined), the fact that you can bind multiple buttons to the same letter (wow, everytime I zoom in I throw a grenade – neat!), and the terrible clipping issues I gave up after less than an hour.

    • Firestarter
    • 8 years ago

    You’re not helping the case of me wanting to play this game but not having the hardware for it..

    • travbrad
    • 8 years ago

    The Caspian map is really great, classic BF action, and incredible graphics. Too bad it’s now gone…

    We are left with 1 buggy COD style map for a “beta”. That is normally called a demo I thought, but this is too buggy to be called a demo I guess.

      • kamikaziechameleon
      • 8 years ago

      This kinda “BETA” actually translates in marketing lexicon as meaning “Broken @$$ Demo”.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 8 years ago

    for the caspian border server key:

    [url<]http://www.bf3media.com/2011/09/29/caspian-border-passwords/[/url<] At work haven't tried them yet but I heard they should work.

      • Joerdgs
      • 8 years ago

      Doesn’t matter any more, they shut down the Caspian Border servers earlier today.

        • kamikaziechameleon
        • 8 years ago

        WHAT! darn. I’m far less interested in the beta now. 🙁

    • TravelMug
    • 8 years ago

    Signup for me wasn’t really a problem, went through all the hoops the game requires and that’s it. It’s not pleasant, but what the heck…Issues I have:

    1) Can’t do Quickmatch, it says it can’t ping anything
    2) The server list is rubbish, it says for example 20/32 slots are in use, but once I click to join it says server is full
    3) It crashed a good few times when I was trying yesterday
    4) I can’t play anymore since this morning or so. When I start Origin, start the game, browse to a server and join it joins, but when I switch to the game there is a 5-10 second delay then it crashes with graphics error

    Have the AMD hotfix driver installed, PC specs are Q9550 with 8GB RAM and a 6850 1GB.

      • kamikaziechameleon
      • 8 years ago

      I get white and green frames inserted sometimes with my 460gtx so it seems issues are abound these days.

        • TravelMug
        • 8 years ago

        I was getting those as well. Still better than not being able to play at all 🙂

    • Joerdgs
    • 8 years ago

    I managed to sneak onto the Caspian Border servers a few times the past few days (which were technically only for internal testing but the password was flying around the forums and you could even get in using a javascript exploit), and I can say, along with what Operation Metro showed me, that this game will be amazing.

    Does seem I’ll have to upgrade my graphics card by the end of the year though. On Caspian Border, with settings on high (although the beta is locked on medium settings apparently), my Core i5 750 + HD5850 pulled a solid yet just-on-the-edge 30 fps while overlooking the battlefield.

      • squeeb
      • 8 years ago

      Yea, its incredible. Sadly the one time I got in, the lag was so bad I gave up after 5 minutes. Can’t wait till its polished up !

      • zimpdagreene
      • 8 years ago

      I also got in and it was the map seems to be huge. I had settings on ultra high ( if it worked) with screen tears and really bad slow downs. I used a AMD 1100t @4.1 16gig ram win7 64bit with 3x 6950s in crossfire. The slows downs made it almost impossible to play but if they sharpen up the graphics to look crisper and optimize it even more to scale 100% on GPU’s and CPU’s it will be a excellent game.

      • Bensam123
      • 8 years ago

      It’s locked to medium even though you can set them to ultra?

      I guess that’s why it doesn’t look much better then BC2… 😮

        • Samhain
        • 8 years ago

        Are you sure? Review sites are showing visual differences between all the different setting modes.

          • Bensam123
          • 8 years ago

          I was questioning what Joerdgs said, about settings being locked on medium in the beta. Could be a case of the placebo effect in the case of the reviewers.

          From first hand experience playing though, the graphics don’t look much better then BC2 with everything on ultra. Only real difference I would say is the water, but the water in BC2 was really well done too.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 8 years ago

    why is the BF3 thread dead on this website now that the beta is out?

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 8 years ago

    I’m just amazed you didn’t encounter the 2 things that brought the game down for me:

    A. GLITCHES

    B. LAG

    The underlying design is indeed phenomenal (save for the fact that you have to unlock paddles 🙁 )

    I agree the game is great and will be great once they patch the crap out of the game and this stops happening:

    [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kFpxzCnWDg[/url<]

    • Duck
    • 8 years ago

    I don’t like the graphics. It has a certain quality that’s difficult to describe. While it clearly has better graphics than counter-strike source, it somehow looks worse at the same time. I’m really having to strain my eyes more and the whole thing feels more removed a bit like a dream. It’s something you get with UT3 engine games too.

    I genuinely prefer the graphics quality in source engine games or even world of warcraft. Clean and crisp, not overdone.

      • RostokMcSpoons
      • 8 years ago

      I know what you mean about the UT3 games, The COD games definitely look a bit ‘soapy’ compared to Source games – like they’re not being played at native resolution.

      BF3 does have quite a bit of processing mentioned in the graphics setup – it might be worth turning off the AA, the motion blur, the HBAO, and the post-processing options to see if it helps, then turn them back on one-by-one to see if there’s a real culprit.

        • Duck
        • 8 years ago

        I have 2GB RAM so just went and put everything on the lowest settings. It still stutters. Having origin and firefox running doesn’t bloody help RAM usage of course.

      • squeeb
      • 8 years ago

      Maybe try turning off options like motion blur, HBAO (ambient occlusion) and stuff like that. Might help..

      edit – I see someone already suggested this. You should upgrade your memory though..its cheap! I got 8gb of quality ddr3 a few days ago.

      • Bensam123
      • 8 years ago

      Turn off motion blur!!!

      God I fucking hate motion blur. It’s like playing a game through cataracts.

        • Bensam123
        • 8 years ago

        Erm someone said that already…

        After getting more experience with the game, I agree about the art style. Something is really wanky. It almost looks cartoony fake.

      • odizzido
      • 8 years ago

      Fuzzy graphics are total crap I agree. I also agree that WoW looks better than UT3. Unfortunately people like us seem to be in the minority so we are doomed to more of the same.

    • zdw
    • 8 years ago

    Loving it too…

    If only they’d fix the squad join mechanic, which is broken in the web interface and in-game.

    I frequently play with a friend and getting in a game, on the same side, and in the same squad is extremely difficult to do.

      • kamikaziechameleon
      • 8 years ago

      YEAH! The chat doesn’t work properly for me, no voip, no command rose, not legit teamplay features beyond leveling for teamplay behavior. Kinda a bust in that regard right now. This beta feels months from be ready for release the amount of features that are not functioning or are disabled in addition to the glitches tell me we are in bound for a hot mess come next month.

    • RickyTick
    • 8 years ago

    Ahhhh…How well do I remember the first time I fired a M249 SAW. Good times!

      • moose17145
      • 8 years ago

      meh…. the M240B is entirely more enjoyable to shoot than the M249 imo…M249 is more portable, weighs less, and is easier to carry more ammunition for… but personally i never found carrying the M240B to be that much worse than the M249 and found the additional stopping power much more worth it…

    • 2cans
    • 8 years ago

    cyril, whats your p.c specs ?

      • Cyril
      • 8 years ago

      Core i5-750, Radeon HD 6870, and 4GB of RAM. With the detail settings left on “auto,” the game looks great and runs pretty smoothly.

        • zdw
        • 8 years ago

        Same here except for a Phenom X6 1055T. Runs great at 1920×1200 with auto settings.

          • shaq_mobile
          • 8 years ago

          i3 530 @ 3.5ghz, gtx470 and 4gb ram. runs great after i disabled AA and motion blur. it chunks out occasionally, but not enough to impair gameplay.

        • YellaChicken
        • 8 years ago

        Exactly the same specs as mine 🙂 I’ve just put my preorder in for this after playing the beta on both the PC and PS3. I know it’s probably not much of a surprise but the PC version is sooooooo much better. I just didn’t enjoy it at all on the PS3.

    • C-A_99
    • 8 years ago

    In short, it’s a potentially amazing game bogged down by a few glitches and an atrocious menu system. Someone had to be a complete idiot to think that having to be alive in a game in order to set up anything (which usually takes 10 minutes, more if your PC isn’t exactly state of the art), and to make it worse, the default settings are pretty messed up (i.e. hold down the button to aim?), mouse controls don’t bind properly (i.e. throw grenade with middle mouse; can’t bind it), and the key bindings menu almost always make the mouse inexplicably disappear for no reason. (You have to use WASD/arrow keys and enter to select and rebind, or press esc, save, and go all the way back to the keybinds part of the menu.)

    Gameplay itself is pretty amazing. I haven’t gotten a chance to mess with all the destruction yet, but the first part of Metro plays a lot like a paintball game. Aside from the currently awful collision, the way frags get stuck to vegetation is extremely glitchy, and the hit registration is quite messed up (i.e. friendly fired enabled plus any lag at all with practically auto-aim your shots into your teammates) but the rest of the game is pretty fun so far.

      • kamikaziechameleon
      • 8 years ago

      The menu short comings are an understatement. DICE has ritualistically produced the single worst server browser game to game for the last 10 years. Ontop of that everything meta game is clunky and dysfunctional. I think its about time they fire those guys or just re-task them and hire some one else, any one else.

        • shaq_mobile
        • 8 years ago

        to be fair, this new server browsing system is much better than the last few of their games. BC2 and BF2 were horrible. BF2 used to stop refreshing when you hit refresh (try to figure that one out). so, this new system may be funky and kind of awkward, it’s MUCH better than BF2 browser and has load times that pale in comparison. BC2 friend system didn’t even work reliably. the set the bar low enough that this new one was actually a nice surprise, though at first i was pretty upset.

    • CasbahBoy
    • 8 years ago

    Not being able to rebind mouse keys yet really killed the beta for me – if I went ahead and played it, I would experience more frustration than is worth it. I’ll wait patiently for it to be fixed, till release if I have to.

    Not being able to rebind controls AT ALL unless you’re alive (and being kicked out of the menus if you die while standing there) is kind of stupid, but its not like I’m going to touch the controls much after the first hour – its unnecessary and kind of dumb, but not a big deal in my book.

      • jcw122
      • 8 years ago

      It’s a beta? The graphics look like garbage compared to what it will really be like, so it’s fairly understandable that PLENTY of features are still missing. Report it to Dice and do something productive!

        • Goty
        • 8 years ago

        I highly doubt the graphics are going to change between now and release.

          • bcronce
          • 8 years ago

          I *could* have lower resolution textures. Quite a few betas have done that to save on bandwidth.

          But I do agree, I wouldn’t expect the graphics to change much, if any.

            • kamikaziechameleon
            • 8 years ago

            The graphical settings are locked in a median between medium and high no settings changes alter anything meaningfully beyond resolution. Ultra is not ultra otherwise I can’t explain 40 fps on a 460 GTX, lol.

          • Joerdgs
          • 8 years ago

          Beta is locked to medium settings apparently so they’re most definitely going to improve.

        • kamikaziechameleon
        • 8 years ago

        A beta, really? How so? Lets see how do beta’s function? well you have two different types of betas typically that are this public. One is for bug finding one is for balance typically.

        Lets say this is for bug finding how about this:

        [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kFpxzCnWDg[/url<] that hole in the level has been there for 3 days with many complaints no updates. so many fundimental bugs and glitches that should not have made it out of alpha and yet here we are 4 weeks from launch. I argue the beta is surely not for bug finding they would have major daily updates otherwise as they address the glitches and bugs(this they aren't doing) Heck they have so many features turned off its pretty apparent they are trying to avoid bugs rather than find them. Perhaps they are using this as a balancing beta, tweaking the weapon damage and recoil and making sure that all things are equal? Wait, so they only gave you one level, one game mode, no vehicles, hmmm. How do you see how effective the engineer is without vehicles, its like testing a medic without medpacks. How do you balance game modes that you don't let players play? How do you look for any other miscellaneous exploits with only one map? Surely this is not a balance beta. I would vote this is simply a broken demo. No legitimate evidence that it is a real beta. I've played many beta's and this is either legitimately the worse run and organized beta I've ever participated in or this is a crap marketing stunt. I vote for the later.

        • CasbahBoy
        • 8 years ago

        Upvoted you because you’re right. I’ll make sure it has been well reported, I *may* not go do something productive, but you’re still right.

      • trongod05
      • 8 years ago

      I also hate the fact that yet another battlefield game has problems with key bindings. I know a lot of people are talking about how it’s beta, but there are yet other battlefield games out there that are years old and still have key binding and mouse binding problems. I’m betting it still doesn’t work in the full version which I preordered.

      As far as graphics go, I put it to the highest settings and was surprised that my ATI Radeon HD 6850 was able to push it.

    • cheapFreeAgent
    • 8 years ago

    looks sweeeeeeeeeeet !

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