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Battlefield 3 Beta PS3 vs. MW3 Xbox 360: Hands-on

Some of you know we visited EuroGamer in London towards the end of last week and had some hands-on time with both Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3. We only could play MW3 survival mode on the COD game, although this was a great replacement for Black Ops zombies, one that brings modern warfare and keeps that feeling of fighting for your life with a friend in co-op.

My first impressions of the Battlefield 3 came under attack from some gamers, with support for BF3 coming from those that hadn’t played the game. After our visit to EuroGamer and the Battlefield 3 beta starting we now see opinions changing, with Battlefield fans finding the beta graphics and gameplay mechanics terrible.

Before I managed to get hands-on time with BF3 expectations were high, a new game engine for better graphics, gameplay and destruction, but after playing the game I was disappointed along with many other players. It’s fair to say the PC version at the event was much better, as some of the PR team noticed, although the Xbox 360 and PS3 has a much bigger following. Only seeing the PC version get a performance update after the event only adds to the disappointment for console gamers.

Yesterday an article by Alan Ng pointed to concerns over the Battlefield 3 PS3 graphics, which went hand in hand with what was found days earlier at the event. Also it was noted that the Battlefield 3 beta was limited like a demo, and a few other people have noticed this as well stating. Do you agree with this view?

While it may have been high expectations that made us disappointed with BF3 beta, a game that was meant to be a game changer thanks to an improved engine, we were not so disappointed with Call of Duty: MW3. This is coming from someone that favored Battlefield games.

We managed to have a number of games on Modern Warfare 3 at EuroGamer on the Xbox 360, playing the survivor mode. This will replace Black Ops zombies, and we hope it takes off enough that they add more maps in DLC after release.

As we pointed out just after the event, MW3 blew us away with the smooth survivor mode gameplay, and it was pretty cool to being playing modern combat for a change while fighting for your life with a friend in co-op, just like zombies although having a totally different feel. While you lost certain appeals of zombies, these were replaced with airstrikes, weapon upgrades, and other features found in survivor mode.

The mode starts of easy with some people finding it too easy, but after a little extra time you find out that it’s a lot tougher than you think. You start out with a pistol but can replace this after your first kill by picking up their weapon, which was a shotgun in the first round. In the later stages it’s better to hold up in a building, we found one with just two entrances and this made it much easier to defend, although you’ll want to get out soon enough when you can collect some weapon upgrades at the ammo dumps. This will cost you money, which is earned by killing.

MW3 survivor mode is very strategic, the choices you make when spending money will make or break you. Sometimes it’s better to save up and collect weapons from those you kill, rather than spend on lower priced upgrades. All in all the graphics are smooth, from the same old engine, and the gameplay was addictive.

When you go down, a press on the Y button (Xbox 360) will allow you to call out for help and if you’re playing with a good co-op friend, they will come and get you although time this right as waves of enemy will keep coming for a while.

In Summary: This was only our first impressions of both MW3 and BF3 beta, although we did get hands-on with both games it has to be understood that the game time was limited so it’s tough to give full insight into both of these games. The destruction on BF3 for the PS3 was a joke, trying to smash up trees and destroy branches did nothing, and asking some of those in the know about destruction was met with “it is only certain buildings that have full destruction”. BF3 is nowhere near what was expect on the consoles for a new engine, we only hope it is improved for the final release. MW3 on the other hand was met with anti COD feelings, as I hate jumping on the bandwagon, but sad happy to say it passed with flying colors.

My hope for a FPS with amazing graphics and the right balance of destruction was not met in BF3 on the PS3; I just hope the wait for this will not be PS4/Xbox 720.

Written by Daniel Chubb

Daniel is the CEO of Dansway Communications LTD and founder of; a top blog dedicated to breaking tech news, hands-on reviews and delivers real solutions to everyday consumer electronics hang-ups.

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while i know this thread has been dormant, reading through the comments has urged me to contribute my my 2 cents. First let me tell you i am not a computer fanatic, i do not have the time or money to spend playing computer games, i am merely an avid console gamer i simply prefer consoles for their ease of use and accessibility. I also do not have time to spend hours and hours playing video games im and student with a job, that said i did however get to play the beta with my friends when it was avaliable,… Read more »


personally i think the bf3 beta on xbox looks pretty dam good, ok the graphics are never going to be the standard that you can get on a pc but you have just got accept that. im enjoying the beta and getting a good feel for the game, i play alot of black ops and the gameplay is good, the graphics are what we have come to expect as gamers but bf3 is the better game, the graphics are set to be on another level, even on a console, and the squad based gameplay is second to none. why not just enjoy the… Read more »

Benjamin Zouga Edwards

I agree that battlefield 3 from the beta is absoluntly nothing i expected it. Im considering cancelling my pre-order. They hyped it up so much i was so so exited about it. But the shitty frame-rates, the clunky ah god everything its like bad company 1. I was expecting it to be battlefield but with cod frame-rates and smoothness and visibility. I am also a battlefield fan i have everyone and probably started playing them before most people 1932, battlefield 2, BF 2142 Ect. bf 2142 was by far the best for unlocks and playability. Since they started putting them on consoles ea have fucked up, I… Read more »

II The Salt
II The Salt

The person who wrote this article is a nob. Whoever hired this guy, he’s ruining your cred. He’s no BF fan, and from sounds of things he’s not even a gamer, rather someone trying to push out a review with minimal insight or appreciation. FACT: There is still 9 days left of open beta to make a proper evaluation from…however even just one solid afternoon would tell you all you need to know, but because you haven’t bothered to do this then I’ll tell fill you in so that you don’t have to stand behind your ridiculous article. The beta… Read more »

Last Dominion

I havent played MW3, but I did play the BF3 beta on 360 on a 50in hd. It was terrible. Gameplay was stiff, graphics were aliased as all get out, and the matchmaking was horrendous. It took 8 attempts to even get into a match. Needless to say I have cancelled my preorder. I wont be getting MW3 either, as Im starting to get tired of the FPS genre all together. I always preferred BF for realism and strategy (rather than runnin & gunnin willy nilly). But this beta was entirely unimpressive. This close to release, you’d think they’d come… Read more »


woh,i m a call of duty lover bcz they deliver outstanding gamplay and graphics.i have played battlefield 2,i liked it but i though it didnt deserve competing with modern warfare 1 and some people tell it has surpassed black ops!To stand in the combat battlefield 3 should compete and win against black ops.this time my money will be going for MW3.i will borrow BF3 from my friends bcz its not worth buying!


So I guess im the only one who thinks the console graphics are still amazing? I am not worried and I think its is VERY fun. Plus this is EXACTLY how people reacted to the Halo: reach beta and It turned out to be an amazing game so I am not worried in the slightest.

Kemet nubia
Kemet nubia

Gamer tag Kemet nubia Xbox 360, i was very disapointed that they had only advertised pc footage on 360 knowing that it could never look as good, when i found out i was watching pc footage my hart sank, then to make things worse it took Dice 2 weeks before the beta was released before we saw any 360 footage again my hart sank, to say i pre-orderd what i thought would be the ultimate game so far i’m concidering cacelling


What a load of rubbish !!! All I’ve saw this morning is negativity re xbox ps3 beta…. ye ok ok the pc looks amazing but are people that retarded expecting the consoles to reproduce the same ? !!

I for one think the xbox graphics are more than satisfactory and as expected due to its limitations.. it does have a few bugs but thats what the beta is for !!!

All the idiots should just climb back in their holes


This article is just a big cry fest. You console gamers are basically what have ruined FPS.
Thank god the pc version isn’t gimped. So superior nomnomnomnonom. Yummy tears. Cry some moar.


Why are you employed to write reviews? .
For one, checking the forums on battlelog console owners are extremely pleased with the visuals.
Are you the same pleb that also complained about the wall that acted as cover stating “you can’t just run over it like you can in modern warfare”?
Future customers make your own mind up but don’t trust this pretend reviewer. He knows nothing.


I ‘ve had a 3 hr session last night with the PC version and have to say it’s a new level of game! The graphics on caspian border are STUNNING the sounds in the Metro for example I’m hiding behind a colum with tiles on it when I came under attack the sound of the tiles getting smashed were amazing ..
It so refreshing to have a company like Dice develop the games for PC and not making them just look like a consel game
This game for the PC will set the new bench mark!!


So your complaining that you can’t destroy every single thing? Modern Warfare is charging you for the same thing over and over and that’s how you have a go at the competition? You are the definition of an “oxygen thief”.

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