Oh Yes, Battlefield 3 Open Beta Live, Too

By Jim Rossignol on September 29th, 2011 at 6:58 pm.


Ah, I should probably mention that the Battlefield 3 beta is now open. Visiting this page will automatically download the Origin installer, and from there you can find the beta in the free games section. See you in there.

I’ve embedded Total Biscuit’s Caspian Border footage+commentary below for you to watch while it downloads.

, , .

132 Comments »

Sponsored links by Taboola
  1. Sami H says:

    Because the ads on the front page didn’t alert us enough? :P

    • Jim Rossignol says:

      Point taken. I do get excited.

    • Sami H says:

      Me too. Sadly my Internet connection needs to hurry up and match the excitement. So… close… to… 100%…

    • simonh says:

      I didn’t know about it, as I’m running AdBlock, so thanks! Downloading now!
      (I did send you some money instead)

    • GenBanks says:

      I’ve disabled adblock on this site because at the RPS meet there was an open bar, which made me realise I was a bad person for not giving that extra bit of support (I also donate though)

    • xavdeman says:

      Battlelog is actually a good idea, but not. in. my. browser. Just have it in Origin, like Steam has profiles etc. inside the client, too. Or better yet: have it in the main BF3 .exe, like always.

      Truth be told, this way of browsing servers introduces a host of problems, including but not limited to: browser compability and plugin bugs, issues with rights management and content policies, issues with other browser addons like flashblock, adblock, noscript etc.

      But it’s a damn great DRM measure, although I found out from the calls Battlelog make to BF3.exe (bf3.exe -webMode MP -Origin_NoAppFocus -onlineEnvironment prod -loginToken) that webMode as the programmers call it may not be the only mode (otherwise, why have a switch for it?).

      EDIT: Ok, now for my thoughts based on aprox. five matches. The game runs at good FPS on a GTX580 with everything at ULTRA. Earlier reports that dual 580s or a GTX590 were needed for ULTRA @ 1920×1080/1200 must be obsolete since the latest Nvidia drivers. During some really intense outdoor battles the FPS dips to 30, sometimes. It looks amazing, especially in the later parts of the map.

      Annoyances: bushes don’t move when someone is crawling/crouching through them, making for bushcamping by bushcampers. There isn’t much difference between the weapons of either side in the same class. Not like BF2 where USMC had the burst M16/M4 and the MEC had the full-auto AK74.

      Mega annoyance: the in-game menus. Want to change your graphics options? Only when you are alive! Get killed = get booted out of the menu, losing any changes you made. You CAN NOT pick which squad you want to join. You are assigned random squadmates with no way to leave for greener pastures if they stand still and look at walls instead of provide you with reasonable locations for spawning. PING OF OTHER PLAYERS OR YOURSELF IS NOT SHOWN IN GAME! Only one soldier, so you can’t share your account with someone without that person fucking up your k/d ratio etc. PS3/XBOX360 have multiple profiles, Origin does not. No viewing of other’s profiles in game, you can’t right click on player in TAB menu and click ADD FRIEND. Origin doesn’t roll that way. No loading music or story for why you are there like in BF2. No weapon stats (damage etc.) just how many bullets in a magazine. Seriously this game needs way more work and I had a better impression of it before playing this beta. Now I dare think aloud that DICE may have consolified (even though they said they wouldn’t!) Battlefield.

    • GenBanks says:

      Off topic reply there, xavdeman. But you make interesting points. I think it’s too early to make conclusions about lack of ‘setting’ to the combat though – there is a major single player campaign after all.

    • Premium User Badge

      lafinass says:

      @xavdeman It was my understanding that the ULTRA settings were actually non-functional at this point and that selecting them was essentially the same as selecting the next highest setting.

    • Vagrant says:

      This thing runs smoother than Bad Company 2 did. Witchcraft, surely!

      Unlike everyone else here who must have never played a Battlefield game before, I love having a web-based server browser. It’s only the beta and a dice server system actually works? Usually you have to wait 4 patches!

      I also find many oddities that bug me in the game, such as rounds just ending with no (literal) fanfare, or only being able to adjust options while alive. It seems like that is a big boon for bullet-to-head syndrome. And on the note of options, I wish I could disable joystick input. My steering wheel makes the game constantly move forward. There’s other stuff I forgot, those 2 bug me the most.

    • gwathdring says:

      ARgh. The in-game-only options menu is horrendous. There is no excuse for forcing me to adjust my key-mapping to something I can comfortably play with while bullets are whizzing overhead.

      The game is absolutely gorgeous. I had to run everything on the lowest settings, but the lighting and scenery were still genuinely impressive. Of course, jagged lines galore in lowest settings, but that’s my hardware not their engine. I’m also particularly enamored of the vaulting mechanic and it’s accompanying animations. I have legs! That I have legs in this game is important to me. :)

      However the options menu as it stands is utterly unacceptable. The round ending with a silent splash screen out of no-where was also a little bit jarring … not that Battlefield 2 was much different in that regard, but at least there was specific ending music in BF2 so you had an audio cue to go with the sudden appearance of the score-board–here you don’t even get the score-board for a few moments–just a win/loss splash screen. It’s not a big deal by any means, but I certainly noticed it. I also didn’t like the absence of any tool-tips or other help information. I couldn’t access the menu at first and hadn’t thought to check to see if it was only available while I was alive because that seemed silly … so aside from the core FPS controls I was left to figure out all the details like vaulting over objects and such through trial and error. I found this incredibly frustrating.

      Overall, the game feels and looks great. Still a lot of bugs to iron out, though, and I definitely won’t be able to play in bigger games until I get a new PC. That’s not happening for a while, so while I enjoy what I’ve played so far immensely … I’m going to have to pass it up. I very much recommend it to battlefield veterans still on the fence, though.

    • xavdeman says:

      Yes, you don’t even get a win animation like in BF:BC2, (if US wins no rockets are launched, otherwise rockets are launched), so you don’t really get this feeling that it somehow ties into the story / that you actually prevented some great advance by the other team. Also, sometimes you get music in the score screen after games and sometimes you don’t, it is kind of jarring.
      Off Topic: sorry about the reply at the top it was meant to go after Vandelay says:
      09/29/2011 at 19:31

  2. Spider Jerusalem says:

    The download is available, but I don’t think the servers are accessible yet. I get an error when I try to launch the game.

  3. Flappybat says:

    Didn’t think I would enjoy the Metro map but I do. It’s not as tight as Call Of Duty’s infantry fighting but feels like a step up from Bad Company 2 where you could easily both kill each other. The guns are quite satisfying and you can get fantastic kill streaks with a bit of flanking.

    Unlocks for each weapon are generously frequent but I felt no difference between the assault M16A3, the HK416 unlock and Engineer M4A1, they even sound identical. Didnt try it but my friend told me the shotguns are actually good now, a first for Battlefield games!

    Surprisingly buggy. I keep having collision detection problems with the floor on metro and the screen flickers odd colours even with the Nvidia beta drivers. Sound also feels like it is missing or not traveling as far as it should.

    Origin is a bit shit over all. The amount of stats and history the website provides is good but if the Origin client is required why not build it into that client instead of having you log into a page on your web browser, which needs a special plugin and Flash enabled to work.

    • db1331 says:

      I actually like Battlelog. Origin I could do without, but if you turn off alerts and let it run minimized in the background, you wouldn’t know it was there. It’s like dating a smoking hot girl (BF3) and having to be polite to her fat, ugly, intrusive, completely worthless roommate (Origin) just so you’re allowed to go over to her house and play around.

    • Heliocentric says:

      Good shotguns are not new, the Anti tanks unlock dao from bf2 was a freaking room clearer. So you spent 60% of your time reloading, that’s what your pistol and rocket launcher were for.

    • Doesn'tmeananything says:

      Yes, Origin does feel completely obsolete at the moment. It is also quite unobtrusive and very low-taxing, so it’s tolerable, really.

      I liked Battlelog as well. It seems to be great for managing your friends in various ways, it’s fast and looks nice. If you’re really afraid that the opened browser would affect your performance, then you probably don’t even have a capable PC for running this game.

      And I really liked Metro, too. I found all the chunks of the map designed very well, with a lot of variety and not a lot of options for camping. At least I haven’t encountered any during 2-3 hours of playing. Complete lack of vehicles is sad, but mostly due to the fact that it’s the only map available for the general public. I’d imagine that in the full game it would be a welcome change from large scale battles.

      But as it stands I don’t really want to play any more. Developers will be releasing some updates, so I may check the game from time to time, however, only one, fast-paced map and stats-wipe before the actual release are very weak incentives.

    • Kenny007 says:

      Did you happen to play BC2? Shotguns were a beast in that game.

      870 + Slugs + Magnum Ammo = No need for sniper rifle, LOL.

      The crosshair became extremely tight and the gun lost some of its close quarters competency, but it became a beast at killing anything a few meters out all the way out to sniping distance. More than a few concrete booted snipers raged at the other end of this setup once spotted.

      The other shotguns were capable of this to a slightly lesser degree I found (namely the other low ammo capacity, slower firing ones) but the 870 had the tightest reticule by far and seemed the most deadly in a single shot.

    • westyfield says:

      “shotguns are actually good now, a first for Battlefield games!”

      Spoken like someone who never played 2142.

    • db1331 says:

      @Kenny007

      I loved shotgun sniping in BC2. The 870 was my favorite too, but I switched to the NS2000 after they changed the targeting reticule on the Spas and 870. It’s so easy to make people rage with that setup. I grabbed this screenie just the other night. He left the game immediately afterwards:

      http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/8223/bfbc2at.jpg

    • Premium User Badge

      Fatbubba says:

      Battlefield 2 + expansionpack + dao + grapplehook = Beast on the loose

      Heck, even without the expansion pack, and therefore the grapple hook, the dao was still great….I was just hooked on the grapple hook. Mmm, good times!

    • gwathdring says:

      It wasn’t a shotgun, but the engineer’s rifle in 1942 was fantastic. I preferred it to a sniper rifle for distance shooting. I really can’t think of a shotgun or single-action weapon in the Battlefiled series I didn’t like. Most of the guns I couldn’t make good use of wee automatics and that was a least partially becasue my play style avoided middle ground and favored alternatively sniping and close quarters.

    • FRIENDLYUNIT says:

      Yeah I have fond memories of getting easy badges/award things with the shotgun after a certain 2142 patch (and before another) and using sabot rounds in my BC2 shotty before they patched that too.

  4. Premium User Badge

    LieutLaww says:

    Metro is ok, but they should have used Caspian as the beta map.

  5. Demiath says:

    Ah, Total Biscuit and modern military shooters…what a suitable combination of things I have a problem accepting the mere existence of.

    • Askeladd says:

      Not very open minded :)

    • Pathetic Phallacy says:

      I rage against contemporary settings for video game genres! Let’s make all games set in the past, or not make them at all!

    • Bull0 says:

      @Demiath There’s a lot of really popular shit I can’t begin to understand the appeal of. Nightclubs. Print newspapers. Apple. Blokes on the internet who video themselves playing games are part of said hallowed company.

    • TotalBiscuit says:

      The common theme between them is neither of em give a shit about your existence ;)

    • Bull0 says:

      *Edit* Never mind, probably not worth being drawn on this

      *Edit 2* on topic: Just got in to the beta (I’m not slow or lazy or something, I just have a job) – and maaaan, I’m enjoying it. Very much surpassing my expectations

    • OpT1mUs says:

      God forbid that this bald fuck doesn’t reply to every single mention of him on the internet…

  6. detective says:

    Does Origin still impose those pesky terms of service?

  7. Watered-Down says:

    “email is unavailable”

    /check email for old account info, try likely passwords, get nowhere

    /try to retrieve password, it pretends my email doesn’t exist

    Fuck it.

  8. Sp4rkR4t says:

    The Game is astounding good, like Battlefield of old but so much more without you having to retrain yourself.

    Anyone wants to add me the name is Sp4rkR4t

  9. Premium User Badge

    dangermouse76 says:

    43% ………

  10. Spider Jerusalem says:

    This Battlelog site makes me want to punch things.

    Mostly the Battlelog site.

  11. Koozer says:

    You can tell who the old Battlefield players are by seeing who accidentally throws grenades instead of picking up kits.

    • westyfield says:

      For true. At least they changed the ‘pick up kit’ button to make it different to the ‘arm/disarm MCOM’ button.

  12. citiral says:

    So, how many peggles is it?

  13. DK says:

    FUCK you EA.
    You can’t download this before midnight because of German law. Too bad I’m not in Germany you assholes.
    “Austria and Switzerland can download it from their respective Origin sites” – except that there IS NO austrian or swiss Origin site – they decided to save money and only make a german one. Which requires a german ID to let you download before midnight.

    Which I don’t have, because I’m not german – so why the fuck can I not get that program you say I can get from your shitty service?

    FUCK you EA.

    In other words: Why the hell does the games “media” not report on these lazy and downright lie-in-your-face practices?

    • Kadayi says:

      “This is bullshit….”

    • boldoran says:

      Swiss here. I just installed orgin. It is 21:35 in my Timezone and I can download without issues at 5.5 MB/s which I find pretty impressive since I have to assume their servers are getting hammered right now.

      Whats going on?

    • Robbert says:

      I had the very same problem (I’m Austrian too). I had to use an American VPN to start the download and can now keep downloading with my “Ostmark” IP. I used HotSpotShield, it’s free and works pretty well.

    • duncanthrax says:

      It’s only a GeoIP check, does not matter what country of residence you specify. Adding a non-german HTTP proxy in IE is sufficient to get around. Getting it through the UK at 2MB/sec.

  14. KauhuK says:

    The Battlelog site is horrible. I dont want to have a web browser running in the background when gaming. Also when I tried to join a server it whined that I would need to update my gfx card drivers to latest beta version. Not a very good first impression even though this is a beta. Also couldnt find where to change settings. Got frustrated about it and uninstalled. Not going to buy at launch.

    • Butterbumps says:

      As best I can figure out, you can only access the options menu while you’re alive and in a server (in fact, it seems like you can’t even run the game without first joining a server from the website thing). And then you get kicked out of the options menu if you die. I sure hope this is a beta thing.

    • cavalier says:

      You give up easy don’t you? all you have to do is close the dialog box about your video driver and the game will still load. I do not understand the gripes about battlelog. If you prefer an ingame browser, than htats fine, but that doesn’t mean battle log automatically sucks either. its incredibly easy to use. it works, and loading the game from the browser is very fast.

      The only valid complaint you had was about being able to access the game options menu. that is an incredible pain in the ass.

      To me it sounds like you just needed something to complain about. Its like you fogot it was a beta too and expected everything to work flawlessly.

    • arccos says:

      I think this game gets a prize from me for causing me to rage the quickest of any game ever. It was within about 2 minutes of actually starting the game.

      The Origin client to laggy web page to Origin client to game handoffs were annoying, and kept failing for me.
      I try to change my settings before spawning, can’t, spawn, die, spawn, die, spawn, go to settings, die, lose settings, spawn, go prone, go to settings, die, try to escape to quit, can’t, alt-f4, RAGE!!!! We’ve been building game interfaces for, what, 30 years now? They really couldn’t get it right on the first try?

      There seem to be some pretty serious graphics problems for me, as well. I couldn’t and still can’t see my teammates’ names or enemies tagged in the interface, making it hard to identify FOF. I’ve also had unseen enemies shoot me and seem to uncloak in front of me as I die. Screen flickering to black and flickering scenery is pretty common.

      I was considering buying pretty quick after it comes out, but with this many problems in an open beta, fat chance. If they release a demo that really wows me, I might end up buying it, but for now, no way.

      I really loved BF 1942. Oh well.

  15. Premium User Badge

    Vandelay says:

    The Battlelog itself is okay (read, no reason it shouldn’t be in the game, but fairly painless process.) The problem is the lack of any menus in the game. You have to wait until you are connected to the server, the server has loaded the map, you have selected where you want to spawn, you have selected your loadout AND you have to spawn before you can even adjust the graphics details or fiddle with the controls. You can not access this at any point when you are not actually on the field, including when you have been killed. You can’t even access a menu when the match is over and it displays your stats.

    It also looks like you are completely unable to select what squad you wish to be a part of, so I can only imagine how infuriating that will be when playing with friends.

    Besides that and the odd bug, I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve seen so far. Just wish I could get a slot on the Caspian Border server.

    Is there an RPS group up for this yet?

  16. Khemm says:

    I can’t download the beta yet, does Origin need to run in the background, like Steam?

  17. PatrickSwayze says:

    All I have to say about Caspian Border is:
    COULD NOT JOIN SERVER SINCE IT’S FULL

    The Metro Map was exhausted in the Alpha, even if it is a little prettier.

  18. citiral says:

    Battlefield 3 beta gets released. When about to download it I get a reminder that I reached my bandwith cap.
    Oh why are you doing this to me, life?

  19. Pointless Puppies says:

    The game proper looks like it’ll be fun but the UI around it is just ass. You have to fiddle around with 3 different UIs (Origin, in-game, Battlelog) in the game, and there’s absolutely no reason why Battlelog can’t be integrated into the game proper. Constantly having to click away form the game and having to fiddle with a website is extremely inelegant and makes it feel like the game was just spliced together and half-assed.

    Once in the game, I can’t go to the menu unless I’m spawned and essentially AFK while I fiddle around with the settings. Why would anyone think this was a good idea? Not only that but when the servers crash (and boy do they crash) the game just goes kaput without telling you a single thing. It’s the Battlelog site that tells you the server disconnected.

    I’m going to play with it some more but boy are the UIs terrible and a chore to handle. DICE completely has forgotten the number 1 rule of software: KISS. Keep it Simple, Stupid. There’s nothing seamless or intuitive about any of it at all.

  20. Moni says:

    I like how many levels of indirection there are before you can get into a game.

  21. chabuhi says:

    Hi – dirty loser single-player only chump here … is BF3 beta mp only? I know the “only reason” to play BF is multiplayer, but I hate other humans (present fine company excluded, of course!) and am only interested in the SP campaign. But that’s not available in beta probably … right?

  22. xeon06 says:

    Psst. Your link to Origin is broken. Needs an HTTP ;)

  23. Premium User Badge

    Christian says:

    So I’m in Germany.
    That means I can’t download (or even pre-order) the game before 23:00 (and not after 6:00).

    Does anyone know if I’m allowed to play it outside of these hours when I’ve got it or do I have to stay up all night just to play it when its out?

    • Robbert says:

      Of course you can play 24/7 after you started the download between 23:00 and 6:00. You can even keep downloading outside that timeframe.

    • Premium User Badge

      Christian says:

      Yeah, that’s what I thought..I said that more out of frustration than out of really thinking it..

      On the other hand, you never know with big publishers these days ;)

      p.s.:
      And thanks to RPS (and Robbert’s comment above) I’m now downloading. HotSpotShield it is..

  24. Heliocentric says:

    Am I the only person excited for this still on xp?

    • TormDK says:

      XP? Wazzat? You’re not going to be able to play it then. It requires DX10.1

    • Heliocentric says:

      I know, I need £60 of new OS to play a £30 game. Bargain.

    • The Tupper says:

      I’m on XP too. I have an upgrade copy of Vista that I’ve never used lying on the shelf, but whenever I’ve used Vista (on my wife’s laptop) I’ve hated it. Anybody know how easy it is for a completely ignorant PC user (such as me) to dual-boot?

    • Premium User Badge

      Christian says:

      Tupper:

      Harder than just upgrading to Win 7. Vista was sort of a mess, but 7 is fine..

    • poohbear says:

      lol ppl still use XP? its 11 years old now (modern PCs have been around about 20 years), and u want to play a 2011 game with all the modern bells & whistles with it? get with the times people! after using Win7 i would never, EVER, touch XP again. its archaic.

      and vista is fine now, when it was released it was a mess, but w/ SP2 its almost on par w/ win7. definitely better than XP to be sure.

    • Premium User Badge

      Llewyn says:

      Amazingly, people still use decent written English skills too, and they’ve been around for even longer than Windows XP.

      You’re right about Vista though, it’s a decent and stable OS these days, not the disaster it was at launch.

    • The Tupper says:

      I’m pretty broke at the moment, so buying a new OS is pretty low priority considering everything else I play currently is XP-ified. Also, I remain to be convinced of any substantial improvement that Dxes 10 and 11 offer over nine-point-whatever I’m using now.

      One biggie that I really resent about MS’s offerings post XP: I make a lot of music and rely on being able to record sound directly via Audacity’s Stereo Mix facility. In a bid to stop people recording services such as Spotify (with Vista) MS hobbled their own OS – despite (generally) not being content providers themselves. Shameful.

      Anyhow – I suppose one day I’ll have to upgrade (new PC, as usual, I suspect) , but not today.

    • cavalier says:

      I would expect this to be more and more common especially since Microsoft is supposed to drop support for XP in 3 years

  25. YohnTheViking says:

    Got in, got playing, and so far so awesome.

    The mouse sensitivity doesn’t really react till you put it up into the very top of the scale, but otherwise it runs great. Battlelog I kinda like, but it should be a feature launched through Origin while playing the game, rather than be a browser based service you use to open the game. Here’s hoping it’s only a beta thing.

  26. Snack says:

    Wasted 2 hours already trying to join a game, all servers seem to be full. Any useful tip on how to make it happen? Or even, how can I refresh the server list?

    • Roaring Panda says:

      It’s annoying but you can usually get in if you keep going for about 5 minutes.

    • Snack says:

      Got another question, why it keeps popping up a folder on the HDD on which the Game is installed? Isn’t even the exact location of the installation …I’m really confused.

    • Premium User Badge

      Clavus says:

      Just apply a filter of having at least 5+ open slots and on your continent. Then spam joining until you find a server, which is usually within the minute.

      Been playing it this afternoon. Great game! You can join the passworded servers through a simple javascript exploit too (simply executing javascript:launcher.verifyPassword( a, b, c, d ) = { return d(true); }, of the top of my head). Been wandering around Caspian too, topping the scoreboard thanks to tank skills inherited from Bad Company 2.

    • rhizo says:

      Go for the Caspian Border servers, they are emptied after every match and it’s easy to get in at the change + the map has vehicles. You can get the pass or the extension that bypasses the password check (way to go DICE, checking the password client-side!). Although the Caspian Border is way more buggy and runs quite a bit slower than Operation Metro.

  27. Uglycat says:

    Good luck reassigning keys and mouse buttons to something other than standard :(

    • Premium User Badge

      PoulWrist says:

      That worked fine for me. But I can’t see the interface at 2560×1440 :p

    • Ba5 says:

      This game never launches, ever. Thanks EA for fucking up BF3 and saving me money by not having to upgrade and not having to buy this game.

    • Premium User Badge

      PoulWrist says:

      You can’t figure out how to launch the beta client, that is btw extremely buggy, and you complain about a finished product of which none of us know anything? Silly person.

    • empty_other says:

      For me, reassigning buttons worked… for two bindings (crouch and prone). Then i tried reassigning melee button and for some reason it removed my mouse cursor and then did nothing. I could ESC out into the game, but could no longer access the keybinding tab at all, unless id restart.

      And seriously, forcing people into animated screens where each of my “rewards” is shown, slide for slide, with effects taken directly from Powerpoint? They did that in NFS: Hot Pursuit (the new one), and thanks to Pavlov i began to hate getting rewards.

    • Doesn'tmeananything says:

      Jesus Christ, just press Enter to skip it.

    • Milky1985 says:

      “This game never launches, ever. Thanks EA for fucking up BF3 and saving me money by not having to upgrade and not having to buy this game.”

      Its a BETA not a demo you nimrod, the idea is that bugs happen, you report them and they can fix them before release, it will nto work on the 100’s of different computer setups atm, but on 99% , by offering a public beta they can fix the last 1%.

      Its not a like a google “beta” which is just a fancy word for “we don;t want to fix things”

  28. c4llum says:

    password for Caspian border is shoppingcartsareagoodride enjoy!!!

  29. Premium User Badge

    PoulWrist says:

    It runs fine btw. I can put options to Ultra and run OK at 2560×1440. Turned off motion blur and antialiasing and presto, performance was great. (5870, 8gb ram, X4 965).
    Destruction seems scaled way back. Not much going on in that field compared to BC2 and to be honest I think BC2 looks better. I have this feeling that it hasn’t put all the fancy things on.

    • Premium User Badge

      PoulWrist says:

      Realised after looking at it that many visual features are disabled, like tesselation/paralax mapping.

  30. michaelfeb16 says:

    I expected shit after the no steam must install origin crap…but how terribly done this is is truly impressive. It is impossible to set key bindings as you would like. They are either locked to further troll us or EA simply feels that no one would ever question their default mapping.

    I would be upset with myself if I left out the other piece of genius they put into play here. You can’t launch the game. Nooope. You have to join a server from the web page server browser (which we all knew what stupid already), but you simply cannot launch the game outside of that. Want to adjust your settings? Yea, you have to join a server and spawn to do that. Oh, and make sure you hide well! If you die while doing so, not only does the game forcibly remove you from the menu to inform you of your death, but you also lose the settings you were playing with!
    …but don’t worry – you’ll be kicked before you can save them anyway.

    I’ll play when EA can match one man indie games as far as interface and controls go.

    • Premium User Badge

      PoulWrist says:

      So skipping the dumb part where you rage about having to install a bit of software to run the game, then you go on to sort of blame the inability of a beta client, that is btw extremely buggy (it’s probably an old client, they have a much newer one for release and this one is just stable enough to be used for stress testing and the like), to save keybinds, which btw I can tell you that I’ve managed quite fine on my system. But I have had some difficulty with the videooptions, such as the game’s GUI not rendering properly on my native resolution (2560×1440) and the flashing stuff I’ll put down to the beta nature of the driver that has been released for it and the general bugginess of the beta client.

      Then there’s the fact that you can’t launch the game without using a web page, which is btw quite a lot neater than all those annoying things that you have when you’re sitting in a fullscreen game trying to find servers. The quickplay actually works, you can drag&drop your buddies into squads and join with them, and do all kinds of neat things. And it just generally works really well. Like, launching the game in the background so I can keep browsing the web or watch porn while it loads, even though the loading time is quite short, or maybe it’s just because a year in I’m still not used to SSD speed.

      Sure, the thing kicking you from the menu if you die (it’s btw really easy to find somewhere to hide anyway, I spent ages fiddling with the settings cause the whole process is sort of buggy, and there was some issues saving the settings between sessions, and I crashed once, but I never died once during those long minutes), but hey, that can be fixed. You seem to just not realise what the word “beta” means, even if it’s sitting right up there at the top of the screen constantly.
      It’s only Google that uses beta for finished products as an excuse to not offer support.

      Then there’s the continued “IT’S EA’S FAULT” that you spam out, which just further clarifies you as an ignorant asshat who has no idea what the hell he’s talking about.

      And be a little openminded, instead of shouting on about how intriguing new features and ways to handle things like a multiplayer game classically mired in poor server browsers that never get patched. Well hey, they made a webclient. Webstuff has the advantage of being way easier to patch and style and generally give awesome functionality to than an ingame interface you had to flick a language together for yourself.

      So in closing, chill the fuck out. You sound like a little bitch. If you don’t care for the game, then just don’t play it. Uninstall this waste of your precious harddrive space, and forget about it! Call it another CoD or console port or some shit and justify your ignorance with ignorance. Maybe it’s just not a game for you? Nah, you wouldn’t have been edging in to the beta if you didn’t. Maybe you just didn’t realise what beta means. You should look it up sometime.

    • D says:

      “(it’s probably an old client, they have a much newer one for release and this one is just stable enough to be used for stress testing and the like)”
      Ah yes, because if I were a company, I’d totally prefer giving people a bad first impression by releasing an aged branch of the code, it just makes good business sense.

    • Premium User Badge

      PoulWrist says:

      @D , I can hear you’ve never been in a large scale beta test before. This is standard praxis. You take a stable branch where you know the problems, that has the features you want to test, give it out to people and see how the things you wanted to test behave, maybe get a bit of extra info on your already known issues. Then make those changes to the codebranch that’s closer to release.

      That is how it works. But hey, we can’t all pay attention and care about the intricacies of software development. After all, it’s much easier to just whine and scream about how the free to play test version of the game is so broken and how you maybe aren’t able to switch an option and then yell some other nonsense about how someone who is not involved is to blame for all kinds of things.

      Yay stupidity. It’s the path forward. And here we sit, on a site that’s all about “PC gaming” and preach how high and mighty we are compared to the stupid people playing on consoles. Yet, it’s more respected to scream stupidity into the æther than it is to sit back and take an objective and analytical view of the procedings.

      So yea, let’s go with stupid. It makes for a broader audience.

      FUCK YOU EA YOU MADE THE WORST GAME EVER AND YOU SPIED ON ME BECAUSE I INSTALLED THE STUPID SOFTWARE YOU FORCED ME TO USE!

  31. Jabberslops says:

    Honestly, with the way BF3 plays in the beta, I’m thinking I may be holding off on upgrading even longer assuming Skyrim runs well on my Oc’ed q6600 and GTX 460. Though I may also cancel my preorder because I’m having flash backs of the steaming pool of diarrhea that is Medal of Honor multiplayer. So far the BF3 Beta is not what I wanted the final game to be (not basing this on the bugs in the beta but the actual game play), and the shit that EA keeps doing is making the decision even easier for me. I don’t want “Origin”.

    • Premium User Badge

      PoulWrist says:

      Was thinking that myself, but realised that many of the major visual features are disabled.

    • sidhellfire says:

      It’s not an issue with graphics, which are just decent. The problem is, that game feels like Bad Company 2 with prone option.

    • Premium User Badge

      PoulWrist says:

      Nah, it feels decidedly different. The map seems larger than BC2s, there’s a much greater difficulty in hitting stuff, and weapons behave very differently. Soldiers also seem to die a lot more. You can’t seem to stack up any score healing or supplying ammo to your team, because the map is so large and people are moving about all the time, and then die almost instantly to enemy fire. And like in BC2 you don’t start out with defibs unlocked, so guys stay down once they’re dead for the most part. This will likely change later, but there’s now the choice to accept a revivew or respawn, so who knows :p

  32. D3xter says:

    I found this visual comparison of the PC and PS3 version on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGbo50Ar420&hd=1

  33. Berious says:

    Can anyone tell me how big the download is please? I’m pushing at the upper limits of my monthly bandwidth cap already but hopefully should be able to get it next month!

  34. Premium User Badge

    oceanclub says:

    Tried my best, but the beta nVidia driver that BF3 demands completely borked up my PC. After an hour, managed to revert back to a previous driver.

    P>

  35. vodkarn says:

    Saw someone playing this at work – yeah, it’s weird to see the game with so few visual effects.

    Also that browser launcher is brutally awful.

    • Premium User Badge

      PoulWrist says:

      If by brutally awful you mean brutally awesome, then yes. Not realising how it’s supposed to work will screw it up, and deliberately using it like a dummy will also make it seem far worse than it is. Compared to any ingame browser I’ve ever seen, this one is sweet. And you can browse the web and chat while your game loads in the background. That is quite neat.

  36. kimded says:

    I cant play it as I’m on XP :(

  37. RiptoR says:

    If they don’t fix the keymapping issues during the beta, I’m cancelling my preorder. If Battlefield Heroes or Play4Free are anything to go by, then I suspect the keybindings will stay restricted and completely unusable for my normal playstyle.

    Not being able to do a simple thing as binding the middle mousebutton or thumbbuttons is a dealbreaker for me. Also, not being able to alter my keybinding outside of an actual online game, and getting booted out of the options menu when someone kills you while you rebinding keys is simply unforgivable.

    And before someone replies with “it’s a beta, deal with it': I know it’s an old beta, but come on, the stuff described above is basic and has been in every shooter since UT and Quake 3 came out. This isn’t a beta problem, this is just lazy. If they want my money, then DICE/EA can at least show some goodwill and release a beta that’s a bit more polished than this POS garbage.

    From the little I’ve seen from the beta, I find the promises about BF3 for PC being much more than a simple port hard to believe. Though I sincerely hope they will still surprise me in the weeks to come…

  38. SpaceAkers says:

    The silly browser-based browser (:P) is really no worse than BC2’s nearly totally broken at launch server browser. I bet in 3-4 months it’ll be a whole lot better! (I realize that’s not saying much.)

    The actual gameplay seems decent. Looks like there is gonna be more thought put into the maps than BC2’s kinda snoozy ones. Graphics certainly are better and it runs about the same, maybe even better, on my lousy ass system.

    Really don’t like getting killed by people with scopes when I don’t have one. I can’t really comment on the gunplay until I have the scopes etc. Pretty optimistic so far tho, after about an hour of play…

    • Caddrel says:

      To be fair, Battlelog is vastly, vastly superior to the server browser BC2 had in beta, launch, and perhaps even now. It’s not without its issues, but people need to think back to the utter horror that was the original Bad Company 2 beta.

      Though at least in that you could set your keys properly.

  39. Shinryoma says:

    So is it OK to install Origin after all that “EA will scan your HDD” talk?

    • chris says:

      It’s ok when there’s no other way to access the game… I guess…

  40. nyck says:

    I don’t understand why but my game is too shitty it freezes a lot, and i die a lot because of that. Every time is more often and more and more, until the games shuts down. I downloaded the beta drivers, which ironically said the game would be more stable

  41. Shortwave says:

    I’m scared of Origin.
    I already know EA passed out my email like hotcakes. : /
    What gives?

  42. markmm says:

    I made a cool video showing off the physics and destruction in the beta from both maps. Check it out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNwgRch5PMY

    The physics are not that great but the destruction effects are really amazing. I am disappointing we do not have complete building collapses and destruction kills like in BC2.

    http://www.gamephys.com

  43. Snuffy the Evil says:

    Mobile spawnpoints are the best thing anyone has ever invented. I somehow managed to get one behind the attacker’s front line and stalled their entire offensive by myself.

    I really don’t like the battlelog system at all, unfortunately. I would say it’s worse than any other server browser DICE has ever shipped. As clunky as the browsers of 1942-BC2 were, at least they were always functional for me.

  44. hitnrun says:

    Game feels aggressively mediocre on the Xbox. (I have a policy of playing games on their intended platform – and let’s face it, we all know what markets the devs are working with when they develop these arcadey shooters). Are the graphics good on PC?

    Let me rephrase that — I’m a little drunk — is anyone playing this on PC saying “wow, this looks worse than Call of Duty, which I last bought two years ago, and I’m having less fun than I did then, leading me to question why I would buy this except to indulge my justified-if-obstinate hatred for Activision?” Because that’s the vibe I’m getting with the Xbox version.

    I’d love to be told I’m wrong and just download the PC demo.

    • Premium User Badge

      Vandelay says:

      What makes you think that the game is geared towards the consoles? All their earlier marketing was showing us how amazing the PC graphics are, so much so that the console media got a bit pissed off.

      As for how it looks on PC, it is stunning, even though a lot of the bells and whistles are unavailable in the beta. Performance seems really good for me too.

    • SpaceAkers says:

      PC is the main platform for this game. This isn’t COD, this is Battlefield. Playing it on a console when you have a PC is not sweet.

    • UberMonkey says:

      Yeah, I’m with the other replies, you really should have gone to the PC version if your system can handle it. Maximum detail isn’t enabled yet but it still definitely looks better than the 360 version. Not to mention you missed your chance to play a proper 64-player map (servers have been taken down now).

  45. Kuroko says:

    Horrendous game in all aspects.

    I’ll stick with Red Orchestra 2.

  46. Rudel says:

    Hmm, I play on Ultra and the game looks pretty bad (at least if you compare it to my expectations). Furthermore, it feels like a BF:BC2 hardcore server. Oh and Paris Metro is a pretty weak map. I definately expected more…

    • Euphoric says:

      Ultra is not enabled in Beta. You can set it to Ultra – but it isn’t using it.

  47. Viserion says:

    I like it. Some things are indeed annoying but nothing game-breaking for me. My preorder stands

  48. Milky1985 says:

    Does the PC version have an issue with the metro map that around the first points (particular point A if i recall) there are areas of the map that are meant to be craters you can hide in, but if you walk into them you end up falling through the map? (and bits of the grass for that matter)

    Since i have XP and not put my upgrade plan into effect (read new HD + win7) having to slum it on the PS3 version. Is reallllllllllly hard to see poeple sitting back and using a TV :/

  49. Longrat says:

    Seeing as this is all over the web, might as well let the good people of RPS have some fun:
    Use Google Chrome as your default browser
    Start BF battlelog server browser

    Hit SHIFT+CRTL+J

    copy and then paste:
    launcher.verifyPassword = function(game, gameServerGuid, plaintextPassword, callback) { callback(true); }

    press enter

    select server – don’t enter a password – i.e. leave password field blank –

    go play! without the need for any password

    Now all you need to do is find an Open slot to get into a server. But don’t fret because there is usually an 0/64 server opened up every ten minutes or so.

    Have funs bros

    • MrSelfDestruct says:

      Does anybody know how can I make Chrome the default browser? I´m giving up on IE. Everytime that I reinstall windows is the same: it starts working ok but then it starts acting all weird.

  50. mogofogo says:

    To all my Nvidia brethren:

    Please tell me I’m not the only one experiencing random crash to desktops with no justification whatsover?

    • UberMonkey says:

      Haven’t seen anything like that… have a 285. Unless you mean the drops to desktop that include messages indicating you’ve lost connection to the server, timed out, been disconnected, etc. I’m pretty sure those are networking failures that everyone is running into right now.