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Battlefield 3 official discussion thread

By Matthew
Jun 28, 2011
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  1. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,330   +277

    I finished the single player campaign and I felt it was wonderful... and too short. I did have an issue like your first, but didn't have any like your second. Something similar though, when we were capturing that guy in the mall he just sat out in the open and got shot at but didn't take any damage. Everytime I'd get close to him they'd start picking me off but he could just sit there all day till it was time to go.

    I really loved the flight , tank, and parachute missions. Those were just awesome and the audio was incredible during those missions as well.
     
  2. Laca

    Laca TS Rookie

    I got the game in todays post but now I need to get to university. Hopefully I can say what LNCPapa write about at the end of the day :) I'm so hacking exiting.
     
  3. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,568   +103

    I enjoyed the story and the game was fun but my biggest complaints were:

    1) Buggy AI, poor realism. I could run down a corridor and take out half a dozen guys without taking a hit. Then be prone sticking out from a corner to snipe and get killed by an AI opponent blindfiring from behind a pilar.
    2) Unclear directions/trigger for scripted events (NightShift mission, see my previous post)
    3) Too many quicktime events breaking up gameplay. There is one point where you can decide whether to shoot someone or not and the game locks you into the "scene" and all you do is click the mouse button or fail and repeat. I'd gone through the rest of the game shooting guys, I'm sure I could have done it without being stuck onto a rail. Hated the quicktime event struggle scenes since I first encountered them in a Medal of Honor game. They didn't make me feel like I was really needed for the scene and most of them could have easily been cut scenes without any interaction and it wouldn't have made the game any less enjoyable.
    4) Little short, but this is to be expected in a game that is going to rely mostly on multiplayer for its success.
    5) Bit corridor like, doors that only open after scripted event, few invisible barriers.

    For the most part I think it was on par or slightly better than other single player offerings of this genre.

    Will post feedback after I've had some time to play the multiplayer ;)
     
  4. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,392   +16

    Finally got around to playing the campaign and man the reviews sure were right. It feels very mediocre overall and your points are spot on Arris. Especially bad AI, they seem to bug out at least once every mission, if they aren't pushing me out of cover, they are getting stuck and freezing up on queues when they should be moving forward. One of the reviews I read equated BF3's campaign to a Tom Clancy made for TV movie, which I can definitely see.

    I guess I'm being so critical here since this isn't DICE's first time around the block for a campaign. They've already done the Bad Company campaigns, which to me were pretty solid and had a fun storyline. BF3 seems like a step backwards from that which I'm a bit bewildered by considering how heavily it was pushed as being something great. Taking a look back I think I may have enjoyed Crysis 2's campaign more =X .
     
  5. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,568   +103

    Hey hey hey, don't get carried away :p

    Found my old Logitech Wingman Force 3D joystick recently and plugged it in. Wish there was a flight practice section rather than embarrassing myself in front of other people. But it does make chopper and jet piloting a lot more fun. Just need to make sure all buttons are correctly mapped and functioning before getting more into it.
     
  6. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,392   +16

    "OMG WTF NOOB GET OUT OF MY VEHICLE! YOU SUX WE'RE LOSING BECAUSE OF YOU!"

    :haha:

    But in all seriousness, it is rather lame that we have nowhere to 'learn' to fly. I found a server dedicated to that if you're interested or you can just play the second CO-OP mission over and over again which is what I did to get a better hang of flying. Of course the person who joined probably wasn't to pleased, but since DICE didn't add any way to communicate in a mission critical CO-OP campaign I okay with it :stickout: .
     
  7. tragicallyhip

    tragicallyhip TS Enthusiast Posts: 106   +9

    BF3 squad setup?

    As a bf2 veteran, squad play was a blast.With bf3 the squad setup has changed and resembles the console setup my son uses. How do I see open squads,how do I join one,do I have to be invited?.Plz Help
    Thx
    Tragic
     
  8. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,392   +16

    Have you played Bad Company 2 on your PC? The squad system is very similar to that now and as you said feels more like a 'console' UI.

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    Here is an example of what it looks like and by default you will NOT be auto-joined into a squad. You will have to decide in your menu settings what squad you want to join be it alpha, bravo, charlie etc. with a maximum player size of 4. Some players like joining squads and locking them even when they are not full so be aware of that.
     
  9. DKRON

    DKRON TS Enthusiast Posts: 560   +11

    Download BF3 patch without the EA updater program?

    Is there anyway to download this patch without the ea updater program?
     
  10. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,392   +16

    Unfortunately not and it appears EA has no plans on changing this either.
     
  11. DKRON

    DKRON TS Enthusiast Posts: 560   +11

    thats a pain, i was looking forward to buying Skyrim, MF3, BF3 and the run soon but only have 2GB downloads (off-peak) which obviously isnt gonna work, for updating then
     
     


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