First Battlefield 3 gameplay footage debuted

Holy hell - EA and DICE aren't showing much of Battlefield 3, but what they are showing is an engine that easily rivals or bests CoD's IW engine. Yeah, it still looks like a 'modern war FPS,' but even the most jaded sourpusses have to admit that it's intense enough to warrant interest... or can at least enjoy the particle effects. Check out the first, far-too-brief, gameplay teaser below:

Scoff if you will, but amidst the debris of destructible environments and the dragging of downed teammates, we see something that ought to be inspiring concerned-looking emoticons in Activision's official correspondence.

We've grabbed some HD stills for closer inspection - have a look, and tell us what you think of the teaser in the comments.

UPDATE: We failed to mention the big pre-order bonus announcement. Pre-order Battlefield 3, and you'll get the Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand expansion at no extra charge. The map pack contains four maps from Battlefield 2, "boldly re-imagined with Frostbite 2 physics, destruction and visuals."

"Completing the package are classic Battlefield 2 weapons and vehicles, unique rewards, new achievements/trophies, and more. Players anxious to start the fight can pre-order the Battlefield 3 Limited Edition now at Pre-order while supplies last."

There's no word on whether the expansion will be available post-launch as paid DLC, but we would guess that, after a period of exclusivity for pre-orderers, it will be made available.

Feb 23, 2011


  • revs64 - February 24, 2011 7:28 p.m.

    i like my war games as i like my milk; hard and gritty. so this is lookin pretty good to me right now.
  • waffman11 - February 24, 2011 5:01 p.m.

    After seeing this and reading Game Informer's article, I can say that Battlefield 3 is definitely going to be one of the best games of 2011. Within the Top 5 at least. It looks so PRETTY.
  • pijancenje - February 24, 2011 6:24 a.m.

    The arabic writing above the word HOTEL is backwards. They forgot that semitic langugaes are written and read from right to left. Otherwise, the game looks cool.
  • tabuju - February 24, 2011 5:58 a.m.

    Awesome! EA never fails me
  • Limbo - February 24, 2011 4:18 a.m.

    @Moan4Stalone: That's exactly what I thought of when I saw this. Never been a fan of the Battlefield games, not really sure why though. I just didn't get into it.
  • TurtleAssasin33 - February 24, 2011 4:05 a.m.

    for some reason i've never liked battlefield, but i really dont have a good reason. i guess its cause i can only take a few FPS's before i need to play something else
  • Revolution472 - February 24, 2011 3:51 a.m.

    never really liked the battlefield games, they seemed to meh and the storyline had really bland characters
  • EnragedTortoise1 - February 24, 2011 3:09 a.m.

    Why am I reminded of a Tron Legacy trailer?
  • TheGuy0526 - February 24, 2011 2:06 a.m.

    I don't get why people are freakin out about this. When infinity ward throws out ANOTHER Modern Warfare, itll probobly look pretty damn close to this. They're all pretty generic. And for the love of god, why do fanboys exist? =/
  • celticsfan645 - February 24, 2011 2:45 a.m.

    Whats the difference between BC and regular battlefield?
  • civver - February 24, 2011 12:35 a.m.

    That's not much GAMEPLAY footage. There's more to a game than just particle effects.
  • IMayBeDumbButImNotStupidEnoughToGet14ZeldaTattoos - February 23, 2011 11:42 p.m.

    oh look! another generic fps! CREATIVITY BE DAMNED!
  • Zeokroe - February 23, 2011 10:51 p.m.

    @alexhj NOOOOO DENIED!!!1! D:
  • TouringMedal2 - February 23, 2011 9:34 p.m.

    man, EA stop teasing this beautiful game!
  • PistonFistin - February 23, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    @TheCanuck My words presicely. The Bad Company games have been an nice stopgap, but I'm more than ready for a fully-fledged new Battlefield.
  • Modroneman - February 23, 2011 8:47 p.m.

    I hope this game kills my PC so I have to buy another one! This game looks amazing! Can't wait!
  • batmanboy11 - February 23, 2011 8:45 p.m.

    Looks like MoH, and I hated MoH... guess I'll have to stick to Bad Company 2...
  • StrayGator - February 23, 2011 8:30 p.m.

    BFBC2 already looks better than CODMW2/BLOPS. Poly count is around the same, but the textures are more detailed, The shading is adjusted better, and the engine has few more tricks (primarily ambient occlusion).
  • SpaceOdysseus - February 23, 2011 8:19 p.m.

    booooooooooo... do something else. i'm so god damned bored.
  • JezzeZ - February 23, 2011 8:18 p.m.

    Prone WTF?

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