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Battlefield 3 official discussion thread

By Matthew · 85 replies
Jun 28, 2011
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  1. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,726   +378

    Well I have faith in DICE and have pre-ordered the game now, Special Edition dvd copy from Amazon, £10 cheaper than through Origin :rolleyes:
    Good job EA! That's a good start to your digital distribution system to compete with Steam. Make the download version more expensive than the physical version including postage!!
  2. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,379


    I know now why they want it based on Origin... Instead of running through a standard Game GUI they are using the web based version....Which I don't like. But I love the game as a whole and don't see a point in boycotting it over which platform it is on. I'm not a fanboy of Steam. In fact, I've had my share of hatred towards it. Competition isn't a bad thing... and it's not like Origin is heavy on the machine. Very lightweight and fast.
  3. maxamillion125

    maxamillion125 TS Rookie

    Should I just keep playing BBC2 until the bugs are worked out with bf3?
  4. That's what I'm doing. But for me it's more of a financial reason. Although, if you wait, you'll have a game with less bugs and most likely you'll be able to get a good discount on it by that time.
  5. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Finally got the game up and running this evening and it's been a blast (when it works :blackeye:). I am a little surprised DICE was able to address many of the issues people complained about from the beta especially hit registration which is better now. However some issues are still lingering on top of balancing concerns and lag/crashes. Not to mention it STILL doesn't have a menu and everything runs through their idea of a 'social gaming network'. In the end though it's a pretty solid & fun game at the core and beautiful to boot (DICE wasn't lying about that imo) if you can look past the flaws and stupid design decisions. I'm sure they will also be working on the lag/crash and balancing issues ASAP as MW3 is right around the corner.

    Regarding buying the game right now, that's all up to how well you guys received the beta and if you can look past its flaws. I decided for myself that pre-ordering at $50 :)grinthumb Amazon) was worth it, especially since I got the DLC included and some dog-tags. Buying it right now at $60 bucks and not getting anything extra might be a waste since you will probably want the DLC which I believe is planned for November (probably $15). It wouldn't surprise me either if Amazon or someone else come next month has a one day special with the game being $10-$20 dollars cheaper.
  6. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,379

    I'm very, very pelased with this product IN COMPARISON to what I expected. I despise the browser... and that my AMBX kit breaks the game unless I kill the process for fxGen.... but I would never go to a CoD game after Battlefield.

    The pro's are simple. Sweet gameplay (amped up version of BC2), killer jets, fun maps, city-style maps (something I longed for in BC2, but the desert cities didn't fill for), and I love the sniping.

    Personally, well worth the pre-order.
  7. rgrimm01

    rgrimm01 TS Rookie

    Graphics Card Issue with BF3

    I've got a bit of an issue. I am in college and my university provides every student a laptop but they aren't exactly the newest and best. I have BF3 but my graphics card is below the minimum requirements for BF3. My laptop is a Dell E6400, any clue as to which graphics card I should look into getting that would work with my laptop and that would also allow me to play BF3 at a solid level. I was looking at a GeForce GTX 550 TI but I'm not sure that my laptop is compatible with it. Could someone please help?
  8. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,726   +378

    You can't put a PCI-E (expansion slot type) graphics card into a laptop. They generally use a mobile version which is often integrated into the laptop's motherboard to make it more compact. Usually you cannot upgrade this. A few laptops over the years have come with daughter board graphics cards that can be changed (usually Nvidia ones) but not sure this is still something being used.

    Reading more about your laptop it uses intel integrated graphics, so there is nothing you can do to upgrade the graphics capability of it. Unless you undertake something like this. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
  9. Cake

    Cake TS Rookie

    You should pick up the gt540m. It isn't expensive and it can manage bf3 easily :)
  10. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,379

    Once again, just in case Arris didn't get through, it's not going to be compatible. Laptops are not capable of having Video Cards added on like a Desktop.
  11. rgrimm01

    rgrimm01 TS Rookie

    Thanks guys. Guess I'll have to mooch off of my roommate and play some BF3 on his Alienware laptop for the time being. Time to start looking for a solid laptop that'll handle BF3 so I can swap it out for this joke of a laptop that I was given. I'll probably look into getting a used one or something that was factory refurbished...can't really swing getting a brand new laptop that'll be able to handle BF3 on at least medium settings. Any laptop ideas?

    - RG
  12. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,379

    That's what we are here for.

    Yeah, we can help, but can you give us a price range you're willing to pay? That way if we look, we'll know what to link. Also, just out of curiosity, why not a desktop?
  13. rgrimm01

    rgrimm01 TS Rookie

    I can't really see myself going over $1,500. As for the desktop question, I guess I would have to say that I like the mobile qualities of a laptop (i.e. being able to take it somewhere else to play a game). Also, I am a current college student so I don't have a ton of space where I can put a desktop plus I'll be moving in a few months so that brings back up the mobility issue again. Also the cost of a desktop is an issue. I know I'll be able to get more power from a desktop but I feel like the prices are going to be a little higher and like I said I can't really go above $1,500.
  14. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Is it just me, or is Origins 'browser launch' the worst idea since Michelle Bachman for president? geezus
  15. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,179   +207

    A scence group has actually released a front end which bypasses origin all together...

    This will only work with legal copies of the game.
  16. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    care to share the link?
  17. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,179   +207

    I got it from a private tracker im afraid, but if you search...

    Battlefield 3 Multiplayer Without Origin Internal-Razor1911

    Im sure you will find it :)

    Filesize should be 7.70 mb zipped, Alternatively send me your email in a pm and ill send you an iptorrents invite and a direct link.
  18. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    For anyone interested I started up our TechSpot Platoon again. We had one in the beta, but it appears all platoons have been wiped from Battlelog. Just search TechSpot and it should come up or hit me up and I'll invite ya.

    One of those at least doesn't have a snowballs chance in hell :p .
  19. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    ...and thank god for that!:D
    I saw the platoon crest you made for BF3 TS, Nice work:grinthumb
  20. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Took me 15 minutes to make a decent S :haha: .
  21. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,264   +454

    I second that - was thinking to myself "That's an awesome looking crest - I wonder if we had a professional craft it for us"
  22. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    I finally got some time to play with BF3, and it is the best multi-monitor game I have seen so far. It really adds to the urgency and tactical sense as well as a bit of disorientation.
    MP 'Exodus' Map Highest settings
  23. GamingB

    GamingB TS Rookie

    @red1775 - what's your setup? As far as origin yeah it's terrible... I really wish you could have multiple soldiers - and the time between rounds is almost unbearible. Fortunately, the game is good enough that isn't a deal breaker for me.
  24. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Hi B,
    The specs are in the specs drop-down on the 'member since' on the right. Yeah the Origin browser system seems like such a circuitous route to get there. But the game is awfully good.
  25. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,726   +378

    Bit disappointed in the single player campaign.
    Issues so far:

    - One mission we had to clear a room of guys. AI partner says "Come on, let's go" and I can clearly see a bad guy still crouched in the next room. Follow my partner through and get nailed.
    - On the mission "Night Shift" where you stop a car and have to defend it while your partner grabs the occupant. My partner sat squatted in the path of incoming enemies, who seemed happy enough to use him for cover. Given the urgency of the situation as soon as the car stopped I sprinted over to it's position. I must have tried the mission at least 10 times, several times going through around 100 sniper rounds (not missing that much). Eventually I started by going over to my AI partner and jumping around him shooting and it triggered him to move. ./sigh

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