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.
With the November 8 release date for Infinity Ward and Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 getting closer and closer, this newly revealed list of Achievements for the game comes as no surprise. The 50 available cheevos span the game’s Campaign and Spec Ops modes but not multiplayer, which has been the standard for a number of years now.
A warning to those interested in checking out the full list: the descriptions for the core story-related Achievements are surprisingly explicit in terms of what they reveal. If you want to stay spoiler free, either cruise past the first 15 or so Achievements or skip the list (after the jump) entirely. After all, it’s not like we’ll be waiting much longer for the game.
- Back in the Fight – 5G: Start the Single Player Campaign on any difficulty.
- Too Big to Fail – 10G: Destroy the Jamming Tower. Complete “Black Tuesday” on any difficulty.
- Wet Work – 10G: Take back New York Harbor. Complete “Hunter Killer” on any difficulty.
- Carpe Diem- 10G: Escape the mountain safe house. Complete “Persona Non Grata” on any difficulty.
- Frequent Flyer – 10G: Defend the Russian President. Complete “Turbulence” on any difficulty.
- Up to No Good – 10G: Infiltrate the village. Complete “Back on the Grid” on any difficulty.
- One Way Ticket – 10G: Make it to Westminster. Complete “Mind the Gap” on any difficulty.
- Welcome to WW3 – 10G: Save the US Vice President. Complete “Goalpost” on any difficulty.
- Sandstorm! – 10G: Assault the shipping company. Complete “Return to Sender” on any difficulty.
- Back Seat Driver – 10G: Track down Volk. Complete “Bag and Drag” on any difficulty.
- We’ll Always Have Paris – 10G: Escape Paris with Volk. Complete “Iron Lady” on any difficulty.
- Vive la Révolution! – 10G: Reach the church. Complete “Eye of the Storm” on any difficulty.
- Requiem – 10G: Escape the city. Complete “Blood Brothers” on any difficulty.
- Storm the Castle – 10G: Discover Makarov’s next move. Complete “Stronghold” on any difficulty.
- Bad First Date – 10G: Find the girl. Complete “Scorched Earth” on any difficulty.
- Diamond in the Rough – 10G: Rescue the Russian President. Complete “Down the Rabbit Hole” on any difficulty.
- The Big Apple – 25G: Complete “Black Tuesday” and “Hunter Killer” on Veteran difficulty.
- Out of the Frying Pan… – 25G: Complete “Persona Non Grata”, “Turbulence”, and “Back on the Grid” on Veteran difficulty.
- Payback – 25G: Complete “Mind the Gap”, “Goalpost”, and “Return to Sender” on Veteran difficulty.
- City of Lights – 25G: Complete “Bag and Drag” and “Iron Lady” on Veteran difficulty.
- The Darkest Hour – 25G: Complete “Eye of the Storm”, “Blood Brothers”, and “Stronghold” on Veteran difficulty.
- This is the End – 25G: Complete “Scorched Earth”, “Down the Rabbit Hole”, and “Dust to Dust” on Veteran difficulty.
- Who Dares Wins – 40G: Complete the campaign on any difficulty.
- The Best of the Best – 100G: Complete the campaign on Hardened or Veteran difficulty.
- Strike! – 20G: Kill 5 enemies with a single grenade in Single Player or Special Ops.
- Jack the Ripper – 20G: Melee 5 enemies in a row in Single Player or Special Ops.
- Informant – 20G: Collect 22 Intel Items.
- Scout Leader – 35G: Collect 46 Intel Items.
- This Is My Boomstick – 20G: Kill 30 enemies with the XM25 in “Black Tuesday.”
- What Goes Up… – 20G: Destroy all the choppers with only the UGV’s grenade launcher in “Persona Non Grata.”
- For Whom the Shell Tolls – 20G: Destroy all targets during the mortar sequence with only 4 shells in “Back on the Grid.”
- Kill Box – 20G: Kill 20 enemies with the Chopper Gunner in a single run in “Return to Sender.”
- Danger Close – 20G: Take down a chopper with an AC-130 smoke grenade in “Bag and Drag.”
- Ménage à Trois – 20G: Destroy 3 tanks with a single 105mm shot in “Iron Lady.”)
- Nein – 20G: Kill 9 enemies with A-10 strafing runs in “Scorched Earth.”
- 50/50 – 20G: Complete a Special Ops Mission Mode game with the same number of kills as your partner.
- Birdie – 20G: Kill 2 enemy helicopters without getting hit in a Special Ops Survival game.
- Serrated Edge – 15: Finish a Juggernaut with a knife in Special Ops.
- Arms Dealer – 20G: Buy all items from the Survival Weapon Armory.
- Danger Zone – 20G: Buy all items from the Survival Air Support Armory.
- Defense Spending – 20G: Buy all items from the Survival Equipment Armory.
- Get Rich or Die Trying – 25G: Have $50,000 current balance in a Special Ops Survival game.
- I Live – 10G: Survive 1 wave in a Special Ops Survival game.
- Survivor – 20G: Reach Wave 10 in each mission of Special Ops Survival mode.
- Unstoppable – 40G: Reach Wave 15 in each mission of Special Ops Survival mode.
- No Assistance Required – 20G: Complete a Special Ops Mission Mode game on Hardened or Veteran with no player getting downed.
- Brag Rags – 10G: Earn 1 star in Special Ops Mission Mode.
- Tactician – 20G: Earn 1 star in each mission of Special Ops Mission Mode.
- Overachiever – 40G: Earn 48 stars in Special Ops Mission Mode.
- Secret Achievement – 20G: Continue playing to unlock this secret achievement
Of course, the game should definitely deliver a stunning graphic on PC with what today’s computers had to offer in this generation but when it comes to consoles, we may have our winner.
Now that Battlefield 3 is playable at Eurogamer Expo, one gamer had take some time to compare all three versions of the upcoming military shooter which includes PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (PS3).
We already knew that PC doesn’t count as a console, so we are left with Microsoft and Sony’s high definition consoles to decide which one that worth your money.
With the expensive price tags been put on today’s personal computers that can support decent graphical prowess, a lot of gamers today opt to consoles where they are more than enough to satisfy your gaming needs and not to mention a number of exclusives available.
In our curious case with Battlefield 3, we need a clear confirmation on which to look better and eventually worth our money which should been put on the title soon.
The graphical offering on PlayStation 3 is reportedly giving Xbox 360 a run of their money as the quality is very smooth, crispier and also the water effects are beautiful. Not to mention strong lighting and shadow effects.
While for Xbox 360, there have been a report of framerate stuttering on larger outdoor areas during the game. Lighting and shadows, as well as reflections, are decent but not quite as strong as the PS3.
So, we can conclude that Battlefield 3 would look much better on PS3 if consoles are your concern.
It’s not surprising though, DICE have been using the PS3 version of Battlefield 3 heavily during it’s debut. Only recently that the fans can take a look at the Xbox 360 versions.
Battlefield 3 out October 25.