Battlefield 3 beta limited like a demo

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There will be certain people reading this article that have only just bought a PS3 or Xbox 360, and it will be far from their minds that the current generation is coming to an end of its lifecycle, with current rumors pointing to 2013 or 2014 for the next-gen systems to release, and much sooner for Wii U.

When it comes to FPS games we know that they should be better than many of the past releases thanks to the amount of time developers have had to improve their skills on each of the current systems, and this has not been the case with many of the games lacking, although we’ve had a few outstanding games along the way.

Playing the latest generation of games at EuroGamer in London shocked me a little, most of the games in terms of graphics have not really improved, and when it comes to destructible environment some have gone slightly backwards. Take BF2, the environments were smashed to pieces and BF3 had to tone this down a little so not to overkill in the new game. I played Battlefield 3 and was disappointed with the result, graphics are nothing special and destruction was not what I hoped for, such a shame.

It’s not all bad, although to compete with the following that Call of Duty’s MW3 will have, it had to be an outstanding game and bring features to the table that others lacked, we doubt this has happened.

There are other complaints about the Battlefield 3 beta being limited like a demo, this small post on Obnoxious Gamer looks at just this, and in their opinion the “one map and one game mode” is not enough, and should’ve been expanded to allow the gamer to fully explore the game in a decent amount of time. Read their post, and share your views.

Have you had a hands-on with Battlefield 3? If so, were you disappointed?

Also See: BF3 End Game on Xbox 360 needs monster update

  • Sean

    Won’t be able to play it until the 27th, but I’m still be pumped. Anything will be better than COD. After not playing BlOps (on the PS3) for months I went back to it this weekend, I quickly remembered why I stopped playing. The lag and hit detection is still garbage, people can knife you from six feet away, no one wants to work as a team, sub-par graphics and sound.

    The one map and one game mode may get a little boring, but every game will be different, and you quickly be able to figure out what method works and what doesn’t. I’ve watched some videos of the destruction, it’s what I’ve expected so I don’t think I’ll be disappointed (unless they’ve knocked it back from what players have shown).

    • Wtf

      wtf is up with this games standard health, it way too low. i like bad company’s health better. Bf3 for a huge map and vehicle gameplay its health is terrible and annoying. its a game of spot or be spotted its unlikely you would survive because maps are so big and dont know where fire is coming from, which makes it camper supportive as it only takes 3 shots to kill or die. wat about vehicles if the health is going to be this low, vehicles=untouchable? Bad company 2 had it right with their standard health, atleast you can run for cover if your taking fire. I so hyped for this game and pre ordered it but it seems like its getting beat by its previous game. I hope Dice takes this advice and fixes it in their finished product because im not the only one who thinks this.

  • Sean

    Won’t be able to play it until the 27th, but I’m still be pumped. Anything will be better than COD. After not playing BlOps (on the PS3) for months I went back to it this weekend, I quickly remembered why I stopped playing. The lag and hit detection is still garbage, people can knife you from six feet away, no one wants to work as a team, sub-par graphics and sound.

    The one map and one game mode may get a little boring, but every game will be different, and you quickly be able to figure out what method works and what doesn’t. I’ve watched some videos of the destruction, it’s what I’ve expected so I don’t think I’ll be disappointed (unless they’ve knocked it back from what players have shown).

  • Anonymous

    Played Alpha, it was not disappointing. Will play Beta, will not be disappointing. Go back to COD, Chubb.

  • Anonymous

    Played Alpha, it was not disappointing. Will play Beta, will not be disappointing. Go back to COD, Chubb.

  • hyper_boy_4life

    This is a very biased article. Please write something note worthy, this is very pathetic. Btw im getting both, completely unbiased

  • hyper_boy_4life

    This is a very biased article. Please write something note worthy, this is very pathetic. Btw im getting both, completely unbiased

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=19218135 Michael Curtiss

    Call of duty is the same game over and over again. At least there’s a new engine in BF3. I’m hella-stoked about it, I’m not even going to buy MW3. Call of duty is like Halo now, it’s dead to me. I know it’s not dead to a lot of people out there, but it will be soon

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=19218135 Michael Curtiss

    Call of duty is the same game over and over again. At least there’s a new engine in BF3. I’m hella-stoked about it, I’m not even going to buy MW3. Call of duty is like Halo now, it’s dead to me. I know it’s not dead to a lot of people out there, but it will be soon

  • AKklingel

    This is quite the embarrassing post. You have no idea what you’re talking about. Obviously you have some relation to activision or the call of duty franchise because this is just sad.

  • AKklingel

    This is quite the embarrassing post. You have no idea what you’re talking about. Obviously you have some relation to activision or the call of duty franchise because this is just sad.

  • Serdigitalduck

    I have seen both the ps3 version and the xbox 360 version, and as far as the graphics go, they leave call of duty for dust.

  • Serdigitalduck

    I have seen both the ps3 version and the xbox 360 version, and as far as the graphics go, they leave call of duty for dust.

  • Albert

    This article is completely misinformed….

    Battlefield 2 had no destructible environments; Battlefield Bad Company 2 did.  Yes they are toned down in BF3, and it was for the very reason you’ve stated: to prevent it from being overkill – in BC2, DICE were aiming for a faster paced, continuous action experience with destructibility at it’s core; BF3 is a different game, and the destruction is meant to compliment your tactics – you’re meant to have a battle, not just smash everything to the ground.

    The destruction in the pre-release builds was limited for debugging purposes; furthermore, you obviously can’t destroy the walls in the metro that don’t lead to another room…

    yes the beta is limited to 1 map, obviously for PR reasons, yet it is still a beta due to the way in which DICE will take on feedback; you’ll be surprised at how much will change from beta to the final game.

    Now…what “features to the table that others lacked” did MW3 bring to the table?  Some killstreaks?

    • Dcny

      Good to know, thanks Albert. Do you know if they compressed the graphics for the beta on 360?

  • Thataboy85

    I wouldn’t expect them to have everything destructible because you would probaly find some idiots that would just sit there and destruct things instead of being involve in the game itself! And I applaud Dice for pushing for better quality games that can only make others up the bar in there future games because the consumer now knows the possibilities that are available! Stop the hating!!!!! I will play the demo and enjoy myself!!!

  • Ashleydesouza1

    “graphics are nothing special and destruction was not what we hoped for, such a shame.”

    You might have played the game but surely you must be aware the ton of footage everyone has seen so far. If their is a game that has better visuals and lighting i must be living under a rock!

    Talk about a Activision fan boy or suspect you have been bought out by them.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=608217211 Brendan Sheppard

      Crysis 2 has better lighting and visuals.

      BF3 is actually below Crysis 1, with less interactive features and physics. Just has more natural lighting and making use of newer tech for reflections.

    • Twistedjoker8822

      Im playing the beta right now on xbox 360 and the graphics are good but not as good as was advertised. I’m actually disappointed. Crysis 2 had better graphics in my opinion than this. Of course this is just a beta.

  • Fghjk

    You were dissapointed with BF2shraphics, wtf?

  • Fghjk

    BF3 graphics even, dam iPhone auto spell

  • Park Hin Yeung

    Who is the f*&king guy who wrote this article?  Another CoD fanboy?  This most funny/ridiculous thing I’ve read all day.  And don’t get me wrong, I play CoD too.

  • Phoenix

    Clearly a cod fanboy, not willing to give the game a chance, hasn’t even got his information correct. This is just another excuse to try and troll a strong competitor all because it threatens call of duty… Pointless “review”, Product-Reviews, I strongly urge you to get rid of this bias waste of space, “Daniel Chubb”, please!

    P.S. The beta is limited to a single map, of course (it’s a beta after all, not a demo- attempt to grow a brain and learn the difference), but according to EA/Dice the beta allows a ‘player’ to unlock ALL unlocks, weapons and ranks NOT a limited number like demos… “THERE WILL BE NO CAP ON HOW FAR YOU CAN RANK UP OR WHAT YOU CAN UNLOCK.” – Direct quote from the BF3 website…

  • Phoenix

    Unfortunately, Daniel Chubb is the founder of this website so he won’t be getting removed anytime soon… :( Oh well, I just won’t come to this website again and will warn people against it as it’s clearly not a real review site, just a pathetic cult site…

  • Sneakyfox_888

    At the end of the day when all said and done its a game, and the reason for playing a game is to enjoy yourself and have a laugh with your mates, from what i’ve seen the graphics on this game including the console versions are the best I’ve seen for a long time, Even if the graphics were just mediocre its the gameplay that matters, This game has had a new engine created for it thats more than I can say CoD, I’m not a BF or CoD fanboy as I have both games, I’m just stating fact.

  • DEXTER

    People are so ungrateful!!…where is CoD’s beta?? and then ppl complain its only one map o.O

    • Dcny

      Not ungrateful for the lack of gaming options…more for the incredibly lack-luster graphics, and overall buggy gameplay. I understand if the graphics can’t live up to the of, but the beta graphics are pretty bad on my 46 inch flat screen.

  • Chaoticharmony666

    Um, there was no destruction at all in BF2.  So this is an improvement, ass-wipe.

    Stop writing articles about BF3 when it is clear you are a COD fan-boy.  Please.

    • Dcny

      Battlefield 2 BC, not Battlefield 2, smart guy.

  • http://twitter.com/jbones01 jeff dassing

    i think MW3 is going to be lacking. same old engine. it is cool that MW3 took some of Homefronts stuff. but BF3 is going to be EPIC.

  • Peterjbourke

    Take BF2, the environments were smashed to pieces. thats funny

  • MEDzZ3RO

    Perhaps he meant BC2?
    Either way having seen console Beta footage, so far I agree; graphically it looks nice but it doesn’t surpass Killzone 3 or Crysis 2 on consoles. Gameplay-wise it certainly looks better then MW3 but to me it looks like a step down from Bad Company 2. Perhaps it’s because I started with Bad Company and to me, the lack of destruction just doesn’t feel right. I get that they’re aiming for a more realistic tactical game but Bad Company 2 could do that if you played it like that.

    Still, I haven’t played the game for myself yet and the game play still looks solid and the graphics are certainly acceptable, DICE just over hyped them. I’m still getting the game and to be honest, like GT5 it was never going to be able to live up to the monumental hype, no game could. For the record I still really rate GT5 despite what some people say.

  • OptimusPrimus

    Hugely disappointed by the Battlefield 3 beta. First off, the map was also featured in the alpha. Second, there seems to be more bugs in the beta than I saw in the alpha. Third, the RUSH mode is boring, and fourth, there’s practially no hardware.

    I wanted to see a huge conquest map in the beta. It doesn’t feel like a “beta”, more like a bad demo.

  • Mattyt10215

    im actually a battlefied fanboy. and the beta is absolutely terrible. the graphics are really bad on the xbox 360. along with the gameplay mechanics. really gutted as well

    • Anthony butale

      yeah i’m kinda disappointed as well, you seem to die a lot faster and burst fire which is an essential recipe to battlefield, has been toned down and so has destruction. It feels like it doesn’t take skills and tactics to play this game:(

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1267860962 Bryce Zuccaro

    I’ve been playing the beta, and i dont know about you guys, but i’ve been having huge lag on every game.  It seems like my ping must be huge, because I can move my mouse and it will take a second for the game to respond.  I don’t have this problem with other games though, so idk what could be causing it.  Anyone have any ideas?

  • Whzziywazoo

    Luckily for me i’m running on a PC. The place where Battlefield was born and where Battlefield was aimed to please as per DICE interviews.
    If I were you, upgrade your PC as you wont see a new next gen console till 2015.
    Happy playing console owners =)
    PC BATTLEFIELD OWNS.

  • Ryan

    Just been playing the beta on the PS3. I keep falling through the map… I am also disappointed that there are no vehicles. There is a lot of clipping on the screen and other random glitches.

    I’m hoping that these may be fixed with an update as there was none of this with BBC2. The destruction aspect is a bit of a let down also. That’s one of the main selling points of this title and although I understand this is a beta/ demo, they really should be playing to the game strengths and showing off its USP’s. 

    I did have fun but as I have played other games in the series I know what I am missing at present which has led to my anticipation manifesting into somewhat of a let down. 

    I’ve actually quit the game now and put on COD BLOPS which I find strange considering how long I have been talking this game up to all round me.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care about your piffy console.
    Play the pc and be a real man. 

  • Ddossy34

    MW3 is gonna be king yet again, deal with it people.
    You know you like an FPS that boasts 60fps and guns that actually work! Oh yeah an you dont need vehicles to find anyone cos the maps are crazy oversized……. Ill boil it down for you lot BF3 = boring / MW3 = F…..U…..N

  • Bob

    I would love to love Battlefield 3. I am a big fan of large scale, vehicle and squad based approach. However, having played,battlefield vietnam, 1943, battefield 2, Battlefield 2 bad company, etc… There was always a sense of realism missing as compared to COD. (as in COD 3, COD 4, COD Wow) in terms of the sound of being wougnded, killed or killing someone or having a bomb go of next to you. IN COD, you hear, see and feel, that your in doo doo.. ( as in when grenades/bombs go off, going blind or deaf with flash bang grenades, hearing your breathing when you are wounded. If you took the scale, and vehicles of BF and combined with the you are in the game feel of COD…Also, the woop woop sound when you are capturing or disarming a charge is really getting old. it sounds like a Magruber episode or something..

  • II The Salt

    Another lame review – get with it dude. Most people love the BF3 beta regardless of its server limitations. So misinformed its not funny. Do some proper research before posting this dribble

  • Alarox

    … Fanboys galore eh? I’ve been looking for an objective review of the beta for a while now and every single one starts of something like: “Wow BF3 is amazing!! Everything about this game is incredible and perfect, zero flaws”… really? Even games I love I find issues with but no matter where you go it’s always fanboys fanboys fanboys instead of people who just love gaming.
    @b9790c42f5848607e18b6cf9673b74ec:disqus 
    He disagrees with what you think so he’s working for activision?… absolutely pathetic. Please learn to be an objective thinker instead of a drone for a company or fanbase of a game.