Author: Bob Buskirk
I’m not a huge PC gamer, I’m sure that if you have been reading the Gaming Friday articles you already know that. I guess that I have just been waiting for a good game to come out for me to really get back in to it. I was a huge fan of the original Battlefield series, I played it a lot during LAN parties and if you had a good group of people together it was a lot of fun. After the first game I really never got in to the other games in the series. Well a couple of weeks ago this video came out and I knew I had to check the beta out when it was opened up.
The Beta has been available for everyone since Thursday the 29th so I have been playing it for about 2 days now and I love it! To really give you a good idea of what the gameplay is like check out the video below.
As I mention in the video EA had shut down the Caspian Border servers this morning so I was unable to give you guys a look at what it is like to play on a 64 player map with vehicles and aircraft. Let me just say that it is awesome! All of last night till very early this morning I was playing Caspian Border and I never got bored or tired of playing it. Since it is such a large map the vehicles really do come in handy. One thing that is really cool about them is their range, say you are driving a tank you can be having a tank battle with someone across the entire map.
Don’t think that counts out infantry. Even though you are very out-matched going up against vehicles not everyone will have them and when you are going to secure points on the map for the most part you have to do it out of your vehicles. The Caspian Border map really makes you feel like you are part of a team trying to secure points. It was great being with 5 other guys running around trying not to get killed by vehicles capturing points for our team. These were 5 guys I met in-game, keep in mind on a full server you have 32 teammates!
While the Caspian Border map was just awesome most people will be playing the Operation Metro map, which is a rush-style map. You either play offense or defense, so you defend or attack points. It does give you a good idea of the gameplay and it still gives you that squad or team feeling since the objective of the game is to defend or capture points. Especially when you are in close battle it is awesome to feel like you are sweeping a room for enemies.
If you like first-person shooters and army-type games then definitely check out the Beta of Battlefield 3. You really can’t go wrong since it is free!