Battlefield 3 multiplayer, co-op and campaign preview

While the more linear nature of the campaign and co-op modes might ruffle the feathers of Battlefield die-hards, the multiplayer still has the kind of open maps that everyone expects. We only got our mitts on the console versions at this event, but from what we played, each multiplayer map is at least as big as what we remember from Bad Company 2. We were also glad to see some radical departures in the multiplayer map design.

If we had to single out our favorite map from what we played, Damavand Peak would be it. Damavand is a Rush map, and what makes it interesting is how it handles the spawn points. At one point the attacker’s spawn becomes a cliffside bunker with a sheer drop off. The next defending base is a couple of hundred feet down. While you could take one of the helicopters and gently set yourself down like a pretty princess, real men base jump off the bunker and pull their chute before they splatter all over the objective. 

If that wasn’t fun enough, the final base in the map has you pressing into a tight tunnel that usually pitches two tanks against one another in tight quarters as the attacking infantry try to slip past unnoticed. While it may lack a bit of the signature Battlefield map openness, it’s a lot of fun. Just be prepared for confused players to idle around the bunker for 5-10 minutes before they realize they have to jump.

Above: Battlefield 3's lighting is gorgeous, especially at night 

With just over two weeks to go, Battlefield 3 is looking ready to go toe to toe with one of the biggest franchises in gaming history. While the single player component is trying to beat Modern Warfare at its own game, the multiplayer remains very Battlefield, minimizing the focus on twitch skills in favor of tactics and teamwork. And that’s a point in their favor, even if it’s skewing more in the direction of Bad Company 2 rather than Battlefield 2.

Oct 7, 2011   


  • grantmassey - October 11, 2011 8:02 p.m.

    yea paid and preordered,its when u pay for the game at one time and wait for it to come in!!!
  • BishopofHippo93 - October 10, 2011 2:59 p.m.

    I feel like putting the attacker's spawn in a place where people can just fall and die is a little odd. What happens when someone can't figure out how to pull their chute? The tickets just keep going down and the other team wins.
  • manateesta - October 10, 2011 1:07 p.m.

    That sounds Bah-nanas!
  • EvilWaterman - October 10, 2011 9:26 a.m.

    Paid and pre ordered!!!
  • grantmassey - October 10, 2011 4:49 a.m.

    not gonna b very good for console gamers, u can dream about it but its not going to beat call of duty,who really cares which one has the best campaign,people get these games are for multiplayer,everybody will be back to playing battlefield 2 as soon as this comes out,i preordered paid for the game in full,they dropped the beta and i switched my order to mw3,i luved bf2,i have it for ps3,xbox,and pc,no vehicles,no chat,24 players on consoles,shame on u DICE
  • Budisawesome - October 10, 2011 10:47 p.m.

    Thats why its a beta?
  • Budisawesome - October 10, 2011 10:49 p.m.

    So i heard mw2 is gonna be gay
  • gamereck - October 10, 2011 2:51 a.m.

    I am glad the beta is over so people can stop crying and get their hands on the full game.
  • Yeager1122 - October 9, 2011 9:42 p.m.

    Cant wait to get my hands on the full game after the beta.
  • TheMasterJeef - October 9, 2011 1:43 p.m.

    People seem to forget the beta is an old build. But in fairness, it is odd to release on old build beta a few weeks before the launch *looks confused* Anyway, buggy beta aside, day one purchase for me. Far too few military shooters put emphasis on team work in multiplayer (*cough* CoD *cough*), so its good to see Battlefield back.
  • roryking1981 - October 9, 2011 9:48 a.m.

    Overall I found the 360 beta to be a glitchy mess, and it turned me off the game. If the final game gets great reviews, and theywitaln 215 fix all the problems I might buy it after christmas.
  • CommandantOreo - October 9, 2011 8:35 a.m.

    "While the single player component is trying to beat Modern Warfare at its own game, the multiplayer remains very Battlefield, minimizing the focus on twitch skills in favor of tactics and teamwork." Really? I found the beta to be extremily twitchy, with the whole "I look at you and your dead" thing.
  • Balaska - October 8, 2011 7:25 a.m.

    Gane of the year, maybe even the decade, for me. @ Creeplytuna, Frostbite 2 is all about more destruction, the final game will be more kerplodey than even BFBC2
  • taokaka - October 7, 2011 10:16 p.m.

    I read the preview over at kotaku and this has a much more positive attitude towards the single player, I'm not liking the idea of a more linear single player but I suppose time will tell whether it will be great or not. Also I loved the spec ops from MW2 so if the co-op plays like them then I'm happy.
  • UberNoob - October 7, 2011 9:55 p.m.

    I played the Beta for PC. I must say, the game is extremely optimized for the PC and looks and plays amazing at low settings. I use an HD 6750 and an Athlon II X4 630 @ 2.8GHz (I play Source games, so I don't need a high-end PC) and I'm getting 40 to 60FPS average. At max, 30FPS. I'm impressed. Though I won't get it until I save up enough for my final build for a high-end PC for hardcore gaming (Crysis 2, GTA IV, and the rest are collecting virtual dust ATM).
  • JHawk - October 7, 2011 8:45 p.m.

    I seem to recall hearing that they'd turned off some of the destruction on Metro in the beta notes. Then again I may be totally wrong...wouldn't be the first time.
  • cwdd47 - October 7, 2011 8:26 p.m.

    Nvrmind, im the fail :(
  • CreeplyTuna - October 7, 2011 6:44 p.m.

    Is there still destruction? I'm just wondering because it's not present in the beta but I can't seem to find a reliable source saying if really wasn't put in the beta or if DICE really did get rid of it. Anybody know?
  • lilspooky - October 7, 2011 7:05 p.m.

    I'm playing the PC Beta and destruction is very much in it. You can blow up walls in the subway. It seems like their is less destruction on the metro map. Playing the Caspian Border map destruction rained down all around me. Very epic!
  • firas333 - October 7, 2011 11:15 p.m.

    I believe there will still be terrain destruction, they removed it from beta because of glitch that made you fall through the ground to "bedrock" and could still shoot out. It suffices to say people got mad at that.

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