Every day this week, the GamesRadar UK team has been bringing you a video full of 1-minute opinions on all the biggest talking points at E3. The format is simple: Five hot topics, each given a massive 60 seconds for discussion, ended abruptly and without exception by our awesome new E3 bell. Now the show's over, the topics are: No Video Out for PS Vita, Nyko potentially solving the Kinect space issue, Bobby Kotick turned away from Battlefield 3 demo, BioShock Infinite - game of the show and our personal favourites from the past week. Oh, and there might be sock puppets instead of Nathan and Dave.
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE3333333333! It's here! Well, not on this screen but at an air-conditioned convention centre in L.A. where all the latest wares from all the games industry's big-hitters are being aired like wet laundry. So as is customary, the TalkRadar UK team are here to round-up the biggest and best things that have happened at the show and discuss all the related gubbins including Wii U, the big threes - Uncharted, Modern Warfare and Battlefield - and what our highlights of the show have been so far.
Come take a listen.
On Friday 16th September 2011, at the Birmingham NEC, retailer Game launched GameFest - an exhibition for consumers to play the likes of Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 before they come out in the shops.
GamesRadar UK descended on the show and created this fairly bizarre photo diary to see what went down.
Yes! The Battlefield 3 beta is happening and everyone's invited. Paaaaartaaaay! Actually, hang on. Not everyone's invited. At least, not yet. If you pre-ordered a copy of the game via EA's digital distribution service, Origin, then you're invited right now. And if you purchased a copy of Medal of Honor Limited Edition then you're also invited right now. But if you failed to do either of these things, you are not invited right now. You will have to wait until tomorrow (Thursday 29 September) to be invited. Until then you will have to sit outside like a naughty dog that's done a dirty on the carpet. Perhaps next time you will think more carefully before dismissing EA's shameless marketing tricks.
Whatever. Here's a 10 minute video of the beta. It's Rush Mode on the Operation Metro map (the only thing in the beta). It's the PS3 version. Go:
Anyone that's had a go on the Battlefield 3 beta will probably have
noticed that it's full of bugs and glitches. This is because it’s a
beta. Not a demo. Either way, the beta is providing players with much
unintended amusement thanks to the frequent algorithmic flip-outs and
seizures. Like Mr Stretchy Giraffe Neck Soldier Man:
Have you encountered Mr Stretchy Giraffe Neck Soldier Man: in the Battlefield 3 beta? If so, please tell us all about him and any adventures that you had together.
The review embargo for Battlefield 3 lifts this week, on Tuesday the 25th of October. I'm doing our review. It won't be ready for Tuesday.
It can't be. Circumstances out of our control mean that a deep, well-considered appraisal of Battlefield 3 will be impossible to produce within the time available, and I just wanted to write this post to explain what's going on, why, and when we expect the situation to be sorted out.
While we're still formulating our review for Battlefield 3, Mikel Reparaz, Hollander Cooper and Michael Grimm decided to sit down with the game and take a look at the single player campaign. While most of the campaign is on foot, we decided to focus on one of the game's multiple vehicle missions. "Thunder Run" finds you blasting across the desert in a battalion of tanks chucking shells at an enemy group of big armor. This mission is pretty light on the plot, so don't worry about any big spoilers.
With Battlefield 3 having sold more copies at launch than all of the
other games in the series combined, there are obviously going to be a
lot of new players getting involved in the legendary BF multiplayer for
the the first time right about now. This is a good thing. New blood and
new people with whom to share the rich tapestry of incendiary wonders that is Battlefield. Positive stuff.
But Battlefield can be confusing at first. Over-awing, in fact. There
are many things you need to learn to do, and many thing to need to
learn to absolutely not do ever. It isn't like other multiplayer
shooters, but its rewards are much greater. So I've compiled here a
crash course of tactics, tricks, etiquette and basic good Battlefield
manners to make sure that you're both useful and well-liked in the fight. It'll make you better at Battlefield, and it'll make you a better human being overall.
Modern Warfare 3 versus Battlefield 3. It's the new fanboy war du jour. Both games have their supporters, and both sides will go at the opposing game's throat like a rabid vampire wolverine at the mere mention of its title. And frankly, now that both games are out, that needs to stop. We've decided to finish the argument once and for all...
In this edition of PC Gamer Plays, Evan Lahti, Chris Antista and
I recklessly destroy billions of dollars’ worth of military hardware in a
series of limb-scattering Battlefield 3 stunts: jump a helicopter, fly through
a tunnel, and perform a mid-air jet pilot swap. See Battlefield 3 as it wasn’t
meant to be played...