Chances are if you are taking the time to read this that you at least have a passing interest in “Battlefield 3.” You may even be in the unfortunate situation of not having access to the beta for one reason or another.
Truth be told, what the players are currently playing is actually closer to the alpha build of the game. The reason for this is because of file size limitations on downloads. Microsoft and other companies have a file size limit on downloads through their respective online services (Xbox Live, Playstation Network, etc). As such, Electronic Arts was forced to release a beta that met these file size restrictions and had to remove certain aspects of the game to do so.
It is important to keep this in mind during play or review of the beta. This is because certain things that may have been promised to gamers may currently be unavailable. This would include the extent to which the terrain is destructible, the quality of the graphics, and even the quality of the sound.
The “Battlefield 3” beta, first and foremost, is exactly that, a beta. That being said you have to expect some bugs and glitches in addition to a lower quality product. Betas are not meant to represent a final product; they are meant to test the product en masse over a short time.
Bugs come with the territory, and to be frank “Battlefield 3” has surprisingly few compared to other beta level games. Although the few that are present are very large ones.
When the beta first started there were major problems with connectivity. This was to be expected, however, especially since the beta was released specifically for server stress-test purposes.
Other major bugs and issues that were discovered are as follows:
- “Crab walking”
- Miss-firing guns
You can find a full list of known bugs on the EA Forums that is updated frequently. If you have experienced a bug that isn’t listed you may want to make it a point to post on the forums and notify EA of the bug.
The “Battlefield 3” beta has done a wonderful job at testing the game. The people at EA have surely gathered hordes of information and they are working through the night to get these bugs fixed before release. The full game comes out October 25, 2011 and if you pre-order it you will get a slew of bonuses. Gamestop offers one of the best deals out there but different retailers have different perks. So pre-order your copy today and don’t miss out on those bonuses!
Also, if you happen to read this prior to October 11, 2011 then go to the Battlefield 3 website to figure out how to get in on the beta action!