BF3 Close Quarters DLC isn’t as small as you think

By Alan Ng - Apr 9, 2012

We were wondering when EA were going to release some brand new Close Quarters gameplay footage and they have somewhat delivered. The upcoming DLC expansion is being shown at the PAX East expo and we have some off-screen footage from the Ziba Tower map for you to feast your eyes on.

To give you a recap, Ziba Tower is one map of a confirmed four maps as part of the Close Quarters pack. As the name suggests, gameplay will take a focus on more confined gameplay and we won’t be seeing any vehicle combat or large scale maps.

What we will be getting though is 10 brand new weapons to play around with, weapons which will once again need to be unlocked via assignments just like the Back to Karkand pack. In the previous look at Ziba Tower, DICE gave us an example of how you’ll be able to play Ziba Tower on a variety of levels, in a hotel-style complex. The new footage from PAX East features more of the same of this, although unfortunately the gameplay we see does not include any of the fantastic destruction elements as seen in this EA teaser here.

The gameplay is obviously taken from the PC version of the game as seen by the keyboard and mouse player at the start of the clip and the visuals in general look very crisp indeed. One point that we do want to mention though is that Ziba Tower doesn’t exactly look like a small map. A lot of people are going pretty nuts about EA choosing the ‘COD route’ with Close Quarters, but the fact that you can take the action to a variety of destructible floors provides a fresh experience that players will grow to love. Being able to shoot players above or below you as well looks particularly exciting in our opinion. There’s a lot of negativity at the moment over the pack, but don’t forget that the footage seen has only come from Ziba Tower – we still have three other maps to see and they could be completely different.

It goes without saying that it is unlikely that we’ll see this level of quality on console, but we just hope that DICE won’t sacrifice too much in their mission to make the console versions as impressive as possible.

Take a look at the new footage for yourself and let us know what you think of it. Hopefully it is just a taster of good things to come later this week if EA decide to release some official footage for us.

Will you be picking up the Close Quarters Expansion pack at the first opportunity, or are you angry with DICE at the moment over the current state of the game following on from the big patch updates and new Rent a Server options?

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