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4 Battlefield 3 beta annoyances a CoD player will notice

After experiencing Battlefield 3 server issues for around six hours we finally managed to get some time getting to know the Battlefield 3 beta for Xbox 360 quite intimately. Personally I have favored Call of Duty games over Battlefield in the past, therefore I thought I would share some things with you which Call of Duty gamers might get annoyed about the first time they pick up BF3.

Before we get started please listen to us when we say that these are not all necessarily problems which need to be fixed, however when someone is used to CoD gameplay the things we speak about in this article are a little annoying to say the least.

Let’s start with something which might be a bug that’ll be fixed by developers before the game’s official release. The image below clearly shows a slightly raised area on the map which is only a little higher than your average curb, however you can’t just simple walk over this, instead you have to jump – now that’s overkill in our opinion – do you agree? (Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a video showing this particular issue).

In most CoD games and multiplayer game modes it is quite easy to spot an enemy as your crosshair changes color when aimed at an enemy, BF3 doesn’t do anything like this so you really have to keep and eye on your surroundings when trying to spot an enemy – this is much more realistic in our opinion, what do you guys think?

Grenades are massively different in BF3 when compared to any CoD game, firstly let’s start by saying we have only thrown about 50 so far (and we have not unlocked a lot yet), however as a MW3 and Black Ops gamer I have noticed that you can’t seem to throw grenades as far, nor can you cook them in your hand before you throw them – finally it is worth knowing that the BF3’s grenades take longer to explode than they do in CoD. One other odd thing we noticed about BF3’s grenades is that when thrown they do not always smash through windows, we have embedded a video at the end of this post which shows how knifing and shooting a subway train’s window will shatter it, but a grenade simple bounces back at you.

The last thing we must mention is that sniping is a lot harder in BF3 than it is in CoD, firstly in the beta it is hard to get a one shot kill, most of the time two shots are needed and the general technique takes some getting used to. It is hard to explain what’s so hard about it, but running targets which would be easy to pick off in CoD are hard to hit in BF3 and quite often require two shots, which means your enemy can quite often get away with brave runs.

These are just a few of the things we spotted after playing the Battlefield 3 beta, are you a CoD gamer who is trying out the BF3 beta? If so, have you spotted any annoying differences which take some getting used to? Let us know in the comments section.

Written by Jamie Pert

Jamie has a background in computer repairs and maintenance along with network administration, he now enjoys utilizing the benefits of new technologies and enjoys writing about anything that brings new technology to the world.

He began writing for Product Reviews in mid 2009 and has since expanded his knowledge across a wide-base of devices, he is looking to get more hands-on experience with new devices to gain a better understanding of the latest and greatest technologies.

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Nicholas Kyle Lutz

Just so you know, you CAN cook grenades… All you have to do is press the grenade button then immediately press Right Trigger (or R2) and you will cook the grenade until you let go of RT or R2, which will throw the grenade…

Wyguy8
Wyguy8

oh my god! BF3 is made for people who like realisam not for a bunch of people who just whine about little things

Dazza
Dazza

annoying thing for me on bf3 is when i am shooting i seem to go prone all the time it is very annoying and i know if it that was not happening i would not be gettin killed anyway to sort this out?

Dazza
Dazza

annoying thing for me on bf3 is when i am shooting i seem to go prone all the time it is very annoying and i know if it that was not happening i would not be gettin killed anyway to sort this out?

Green Laser Pointer

something new about the laser tecnology i found hare.

Tonney2302
Tonney2302

I have noticed a wider weapon spread when you you shoot and it is generally harder to keep an enemy in the crosshairs when you shoot. Is it realism? Unless you can get used to it after a while, and find a way to deal with it, it feels like all weapons are inadequate and can’t shoot straight. The double tap necessity is really a letdown, no matter where you hit the target you need to get them twice or in some cases it seemed the target is invincible… Also in the campaign I’ve noticed that you cannot take down… Read more »

CMon
CMon

Man you guys are some hardcore defensive fanboys. First of all he said it was a “beta”, and that it’s probably going to be fixed . All he said was that these were just little annoyances to people who were used to playing a specific game. This was enough to invoke anger? He had a problem with the jump mechanic, a slight difference with grenades, and a sniper issue, mind you “he didn’t say that these were problems”. Sheeesh, you guys are worst than the people you accuse. To call him an idiot after he clealy stated how to take… Read more »

Esteban Ramirez
Esteban Ramirez

At least you didn’t make the PC community look like a bunch of idiots like your buddies up there. I don’t know how they expect anyone to take their “lawlz” “ROFLL$@424” and such seriously.

Esteban Ramirez
Esteban Ramirez

Do you not look into a game when you play it? I mean seriously it’s ALL OVER the BF3 news sites… The beta is crazy compressed and is missing a lot of key features. It’s a month old version of the game for crying out loud. -_-

Alf Awka

After seeing most of the COD fanboy comments, this is all I have to say….do you know how idiotic you all sound? your comparing a 1 and a half month old Alpha build (which is being used in the bf3 beta for at least the consoles) to games that are not alpha build?  any complaint made at this stage is invalid….let me spell it out for you, ALPHA BUILD is no where near what the complete game will look like, play like, feel like, sound like….it is but a undeveloped taste test, it is as simple as that.  Look its… Read more »

Alf Awka

you do know the console beta contains a 1 half month old alpha build? all the bugs, graphics problems, glitches (or at least all the obvious ones) have already been fixed, and the retail version has already been put on discs ready for release….so the game you think is going to come out broken is in fact going to be nothing like you have seen in the beta – Alpha build

Zayne Rust

Yeah dude  i agre with the nest two, your an idiot man. All this article says is that COD players suck at FPS games, all you did was complain about how much more realistic it is than COD. Im sorry but last itme i cheaked that has been the goal of developers forever, making the sequel bigger and better, and as realistic as possible. Seriousely just keep playing COD like Wolf 712 said its old and boring after a month in my opinion. Not to mention not a damn thing has changes in that lame ass series in years. So… Read more »

fanboy h8er
fanboy h8er

wow, the guy who wrote this article is a f***ing d**k

Wolf 712
Wolf 712

Wow… all of you CoD fanboys needs to get off your high-horse. You sound like a bunch of babies.. which is what I should expect to be on par with a bunch of CoD players I guess. Don’t like how a BF game plays, then stick with MW3 for the 4 months that it will be hott and trendy.. then when you get tired of the same ole’ CoD lameness you will come to BF and get whooped and whine about that. It’s all personal preference and I personally think CoD sucks so bad… I want something realistic, not arcadey… Read more »

Will Blackwell

first off. bf3 is so super hyped up and the beta blows yes i know its the freaking beta but damn the game is being released in less thn a month and this is only 1 map imagine all the damn glitches in all the other maps…..2nd bf and cod are two complete games cod is small team spec op modes search and destroy small team close quarters battlefield is any enlisted solider out sent into war cod are elite players with skill bf players are fresh out of high school enlisted soliders so cod wins in my opion because… Read more »

Thrashin_arto
Thrashin_arto

You forgot how terrible the controls are compared to CoD. I mean I am all for them (EA) breaking away from what everyone else does. But why mess with a controller scheme that is widely accepted as normal in the FPS console world. If I run up to someone and crouch instead of knife them one more time I’m going to set something on fire. They should at least offer the ability to remap the buttons or use the “CoD setting” for lack of a better word, as an alternative option. The game is mediocre at best and the learning… Read more »

COD player
COD player

They didn’t mention the lack of a kill cam, or the spawn killing, or the 30 seconds of running to the fight, or the 20 seconds of waiting to respond. Basically you waste a lot more time running to the battle and waiting to spawn. These are the exact qualities that held FPS back from being a commercial success. COD fixed and addressed these qualities and have made the genre fun and commercially widespread while battlefield muddles in the past and keeps the game qualities that kept FPS as a specialty niche genre for so long.

Feraldeath3
Feraldeath3

I actually enjoyed the sniping. Esp when compared to Black ops.

But I have to say the most annoying thing from a COD perspective was the controls. I don’t know how many times I tried to duck or go prone only to stand there for target practice becuase of the thumbstick.

Oh yeah, the blue screen bug sucked too.

Madnessclown1
Madnessclown1

The reason sniping is hard in battlefield is because the sniper rifle you get in the beta isn’t the strongest one(this is why you can fire so fast with it) so it does take multiple shots sometimes, however we cant forget about bullet drop. in battlefield bullets don’t magically go straight forever like in cod. So, depending on the distance from your target you may have to estimate how high above their head you have to aim to get a headshot. This, in my opinion makes sniping harder but also much more fun and rewarding. 

Davnunesr
Davnunesr

Bf3 is good for campers,because its hard to see the enemy and this game just have 30fps compared with MW2 in my opnion the Mw2 is mutch more smoth,the game play on Mw2 is mutch better and sniping on BF3 suck

Billythekid
Billythekid

I played for 3 hours yesterday and encountered a few problems and glitches. Sometimes my screen would turn blue like when you’re in the pause screen but after I respawned and I couldn’t see. Another glitch is when I would try to zoom in half the time it wouldn’t let me and I would get killed. One of the problems I had with the gameplay itself is it takes 10+ shots to kill someone with an assault rifle. Example: I was in the park area and standing 15 feet from a sniper who was laying down. I had to shoot… Read more »

Bigdomturbo9511
Bigdomturbo9511

I will say that COD games are pretty set pieces tied together with some mediocre gameplay. Still not as good a 007 on the N64. Like a Lamborghini without an engine. Cool to look at, not much fun once you get inside. Battlefield games are a challenge and disuade the casual gamer looking for some arcade action. Plus most COD players I talk to get scared when a tank drives through a building and you can blow up more than just crates. Leave realism to the Men and let the little boys have their fun with activisions new map pack… Read more »

Eazye19
Eazye19

I Played for about five hours today and two major glitches happened repeatedly through gameplay, my screen would be randomley blue like i was in a complete shadow upon spawning and would last until i met an enemy and died, second I randomley couldnt run had to press the run button multiple times to get in gear.  Gameplay just seems to me personally that they have along way to catch up with modern warfare.  Not a fanboy either i wanted this to blow cod away it just isnt there yet.

Celina Cannon

Okay. In Battlefield, your bullets drop.. It’s called GRAVITY. Where as in COD, they don’t. I’ve played battlefield for some odd years now, I’m use to sniping, I can get a head shot with no problem, but I understand how that may be difficult for you.  I’m sure that you’ll be able to cook the grenades in your hand., as in all BF games they’ve been able to. You’re wanting this game to be 100% perfect. May I remind you, no games is 100% perfect. The team work required in this game is more realistic. The strategy is realistic. That’s… Read more »

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26315489784563121567897

My CoD player instincts are annoyed by the massive decrease in random luck and grenade/knife/noobtube spam and by the strategy and teamwork that is required in this.  

Poops McGee
Poops McGee

Sounds like nitpicking to me.  I’m sure just as many flaws (if not more) will be able to be pointed out in MW3.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Being a person who suffered this growing pains back when I first moved from COD1 to BF1942, it was interesting to see things really haven’t changed too much 🙂 Like, the problems are a little different but I remember going from CS to COD was way easier than going to Battlefield. Good read!

Anonymous
Anonymous

I’ll extend this to if you want the red triangle over enemies… DICE, i miss only spotting to mini-map 🙁

Whzziywazoo
Whzziywazoo

Get a PC ladies, PS3 and Consoles wont be improved till 2014-2015 earliest.
Get your PCs up to standard and enjoy BF3 back where it’s home is.
I play BETA on ultra settings and I love it. Best fun and tbh, the PP-2000 is a sick ass weapon :p

Bob
Bob

COD is garbage

Noporcru623
Noporcru623

cod is fake realistic it is an arcade shooter with realistic graphics everything about it is like an arcade game whereas battlefield is actually trying to be as real as possible soooo mw3 = mario kart and bf3 = gran turismo… both still good fun games but bf3 far more fair and tactical.

Alex Bosward
Alex Bosward

Maybe your just a bad sniper? I found the sniping in the game is a great improvement from bfbc2 if you dong like 2 shots hit them in the heAd with the first one.

Martin Elisha

who wont play battlefield 3?

Martin Elisha

who hasn’t plays call of duty

Martin Elisha

its funny cause i know everyone with rud comments about cod were cod players .

dudeguyman
dudeguyman

HEY COD PLAYERS YOU NEED TO REALIZE THAT BATTLEFIELD IS SO REALISTIC! MORE THAN YOU COULD EVERY HOPE FOR! A GREAT EXAMPLE WOULD BE TELEPORTING INTO VEHICLES! WE ALL KNOW THAT WHEN ENTERING A VEHICLE YOU TELEPORT!!!!! DUH!!!!! GO RUN AROUND AND SHOOT ALOT IN COD! CAUSE WE DONT DO THAT IN BATTLEFIELD!!!! WAIT YA WE DO….BUT UHH… WE USE TEAMWORK!!!! NOBODY IN COD EVER DOES… OK MAYBE THEY DO BUT WE USE IT MORE!!! YA THERES NO WAY TO BE GOOD AT BOTH GAMES! YA! WERE SO COOL! 

Baker
Baker

When did COD players ever liked BF games?

oh this guy is talking about color change crosshair. com’on are you that slow or can’t tell enemy from a teammate, that you need a color changing crosshair to tell you if thats and enemy  of not? i like the idea that i could run behind enemy lines without them knowing i am a friend or a foe. making rush mode more fun. BF3 is about tactics and not about spray and preying.

by the way i agree about the cooking grenade. i get killed many times from late explosions.

Casualgamer
Casualgamer

You can cook grenades if you equip them first. Don’t hit the grenade button, but equip the grenade and hold the left mouse button. It’s done this way to prevent grenade spamming and cheap suicide kills.

Nowitzki2004
Nowitzki2004

All I gotta say is I LOVE Battlefield…. Ive been done with COD after WAW. I seen that they wont change anything. Black Ops is just likde COD 4 with better graphics and new maps, But everything is the same… ok maybe not perks but who cares when the game is the same. Ive been a Battlefield fan since 2. My guess is MW3 will be another upgrade to COD4….. Ive been bored of that. Its like reading the same book over and over and over again. COD is fun but at the end of the day its not realistic… Read more »

Amuller
Amuller

Your alll dumb cept the gentleman who wrote this

Relentless101
Relentless101

I play both bf and cod, an ill take bf over cod any day. Bf actually makes me think, compared to cod. You can’t just spray and pray, well you can but you could just play cod. I have a pc and ps3, I wasn’t extremely impressed with the graphics on the ps3, otherwise it was pretty damn good, yeh there were glitches but that’s why they have betas…. Can’t wait for the pc beta though. I wouldn’t mind being able to cook grenades but everything else is fine. Does anyone know if there is a cover/lean system for the… Read more »

Lawrence Eversole

Well it’s using real physics, grenades are heavy so they are acting like they would in real life.  Most windows these days are designed to be shatter proof, however even a firearm can eventually shatter a BULLET PROOF glass eventually do to the velocity and penetration power.  A large object like a grenade or ball doesn’t have penetration power and doesn’t travel up to 600-5000 feet per second.  If your throwing your grenade that fast, you are not human.

Anonymous
Anonymous

 I’m playing the superior pc version for superior people that is superior in nature.
You should try that.

Kyzak Gears
Kyzak Gears

If I was to shoot a window… I’m sure it’ll smash. If I smash my knife into a Window… It’ll smash. If I was to throw a grenade into a thick window like a train… I’m sure it’ll bounce right off…

Rich

I am sure it annoys COD players that they need to AIM. LOL

Yeah the small step stuff is annoying, but they want people to have some sort of tax to the movement so each surface doesn’t feel the same.

KillBill126
KillBill126

the sniping is far from realistic….i mean come on take a .308 or .50 to the chest and see how much running away to cover youll be doing….they have added enough other features to curb the lone wolf camping sniper theres no need to nerf the damage its self

Mr. Black
Mr. Black

They seriously need to allow you hold the grenade in your hand again, even without ‘cooking’ it. You still need to be able to prepare it. What DICE doesn’t realize is that ‘Throw when you press’ mechanics make it seem less realistic, more like halo where you tap a button to send a grenade flying, as opposed to BC2 which at least allowed you to hold and ‘prepare’ the throw. I’m not asking for the type of cooking you see in COD where you can throw it and have it explode in people’s faces. If DICE doesn’t want that for… Read more »

Jonathan
Jonathan

Wow look at all these battlefield fanboys. He not saying that these things are necessarily bad. He is giving cod players that are transitioning to bf a little heads up on some of the differences. These are things that might be annoying to a cod player not everyone. Go troll somewhere else.

AtomicBleach
AtomicBleach

Ok yeah I played the beta for a couple hours last night and as a battlefield player I wasn’t impressed. Bf3 feels alot like medal of honor, I should know because I wasted my money on that game just to get into the beta early. Let me throw some problems I’ve run across several times: -You cant hold a grenade, such as to get an aim. -The player physics make everyone look like ragdolls. -You can swim about as fast as you can sprint! Also sprinting is glitched up and sometimes it just stops working altogether. -There seems to be… Read more »

Nick
Nick

Typical COD player..   I love playing Battlefield games against COD players.

UpsidownFaceBoy
UpsidownFaceBoy

Ok, long time Battlefield and CoD player here. I have always preferred Battlefield over Call of Duty for a lot of the reasons you mentioned here. I don’t think you’re an idiot or a noob I just think the current trend of shooters has moved into a very quick, easy kill, meat grinder style arena deathmatch which is not what Battlefield is.    First off Battlefield is designed to have higher unit health. Sniper rifles are not going to kill in one hit, they never have in any Battlefield as long as you hit the body and not a headshot (if… Read more »

John
John

@lancast. Your just one of them 40 year old virgins who brags about having a gaming PC, go and get a girlfriend instead of making out to your PC and mouse.

lancast
lancast

OmG! he plays battlefield 3 with a controller? pwhahahahhaha what an ediot. You must get a lot of kills with a controller eh? lols. FPS games are meant to be played with a mouse dude and if you are playing on a 360 or ps3 then I point the finger at you and laugh

lancast
lancast

It’s comments like yours Jamie that make me laugh. It’s a beta m8, that’s why they have bugs in there. But what I will add is that COD MW will sell more copies and it’s not because of the graphics and gameplay but because the COD franchise style of gameplay is easy to master and play. It takes quite a while to master the Battlefield games. Now that just tells you the mentality of most COD players.

BF3> E.T. > COD
BF3> E.T. > COD

You sir should not be writing game reviews. Its obvious you’re a total N00B!

hugfyugyf
hugfyugyf

Realism FTW. I say.

DinoT1985
DinoT1985

Also the grenades in BC2 and BF3 are M67’s. They are timed. The grenades that explode on impact are RGO grenades. Also with lever safety, as long as you’re holding the grenade the way you do in BF3 (clenched grip around lever) the grenade will not cook. You can hold it that way all day.

DinoT1985
DinoT1985

If you can’t keep your eyes open and need to rely on a colour change to spot an enemy, then you’re playing a war game for the wrong reasons.  Grenades explode the same as in BC2. The reason you can’t cook them is to add balance so you actually have a chance to get out of a dead end if the enemy is lobbing grenades in with you. In CoD grenade spamming is a big problem, as is noob tubing. And sniping is SUPPOSED to be hard. Can’t get a kill? Quit aiming for the body and get headshots which are one… Read more »

supremo
supremo

Man what a NOOB. Go back and play the unrealistic and simple COD games. I hope to god you are not on the beta when im on cos NOOBS like you ruin. 

Whzziywazoo
Whzziywazoo

Can I just say, that curb, that evil little curb could save your life by going prone, something cod doesn’t do. THe target reticle in cod is easy mode and for kids, in “real” combat that doesnt happen so I prefere this. AS for grenades…..you try throwing a grenade through a window. The window won’t just give way in an explosion of ecstay, you would need to smash it first. YOur article is based on your experience playing an arcade game and not That of a “more” realistic shooter. You can keep your cod, ill play a more realistic game… Read more »

poppatron
poppatron

how has this article attracted so much douch commentary! its amazing! why do people need to feel they have to argue about this rubbish, just play the game you like on the system you like, who cares!! im just throwing this out there but people getting pissy about other people bad mouthing their personal game of choice, when was the last time you touched a girl? you know where she wees! chill out! a while im guessing. theres bigger things to worry about, stop worrying about what these people you dont know and will never meet think, its us all… Read more »

poppatron
poppatron

curb and window are beta issues id say sir, the way they got around the crosshair not changing colour is with spotting, push a button whilst crosshair over target and they will become highlighted on radar and hud for short period of time, if a team mate kills target in this period you get points, its a good system. ive heard that its harder to snipe this time round tho, i think it probs just takes a little getting used to, bf and cod do feel massively different but strangely similar at the same time, its weird. but also amazing!!… Read more »

Kdhdts
Kdhdts

More modernwarfags… the entire point of longer lasting grenades and harder sniping is to balance the game. Only noobs snipe and rely on grenades. This game takes tactical skill to upset the balance

blackops2009
blackops2009

I havent figured out how to check kills duing the game. The part that pisses me off is the after you get kills the video of the player in your face like your getting taunted and tea bagged

Sntgnegron
Sntgnegron

Its just a beta. . .However i find it more of a challenge. . .COD too LINEAR as far as the gameplays concerned (run n gun). . .theyre different games and it wont please everyone, but when actual game releases its comprehensive gameplay with vehicles and diverse maps should appeal more fans who are tired of the same old repetitive COD gameplay. . COD hasnt “evolved”. . .which is why i switched.

Penrone
Penrone

I agree with the two videos but sniping? hard?

Its not like Battlefield 3 is aiming for an more realistic feeling, its not like sniping SHOULD be hard at 3-100m?

Kids really got to stop using the internet.

ripvision

If you pit BF or CS players against the best Cod players, the Cod players would get ass raped. Cod requires no skill. Nuf said. Keep your quick scopes and noob tubes and 12 year whining kids. kthx.

Unarmed_Bandit
Unarmed_Bandit

Don’t want to be a jerk, but I played as a sniper and rarely did I not get a one shot kill. Are you sure your first bullet hit?

Boob's Mcgee

Wow you sound like a typical cod playing whiny bitch….how old are you 12??

Anonymous
Anonymous

Change the name of the article to Annoyances in CoD that are not present in BF3.  all the “annoyances” are actually show a better and more balanced gameplay(apart from the first one, maybe). This is realism. I mean real skill involves being aware of the environment not just spotting a well hidden enemy by accidentally moving the crosshair over them. Then grenades should not be able to smash windows, it is something thrown using your hand not a freakin bullet that will smash everything in ints path. And cooked grenades were honestly the most annoying thing in CoD, i mean people… Read more »

Asdflkj
Asdflkj

Annoying? Not really.  You can’t ‘cook’ grenades in real life by just pulling the pin, since you’re usually still holding on to the ‘spoon’ (the safety lever).  It’s only once that is detached, when you throw it (the pin locks the spoon onto the rest of the grenade), that the fuse starts going.  Theretically, one could cook a grenade in real life, by releasing the safety lever, but that’s considered a very risky practice in the military, to say the least.  Secondly, yes, hitting moving targets SHOULD be difficult.  Sniping is no easy job, and CoD has really spoiled its players… Read more »

peter griffin
peter griffin

thats why the game is called battlefield 3 not COD. stick with COD if these things annoy you.

Supa
Supa

Newsflash – Battlefield isn’t COD, that is the best thing about it.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Sniping is harder because of bullet drop, something that does not exist in the COD universe

Fergus Thomson

What the hell is wrong with you, these aren’t issues, these are just features in COD that aren’t in BF, and they are feature things that are staying in battlefield, do you have any idea how overpowered sniping would be if it was 1 shot 1 kill everytime?

Jon Drummond

LOOK, we dont need none of you COD fags to come over to BF..stay da fuk away 

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