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Battlefield 3 beta opens

Battlefield 3 beta opens

You can now play the BF3 beta if you pre-ordered via Origin, or if you pre-ordered Medal of Honor in 2010.

The long awaited public beta of Battlefield 3 has kicked off today, with Origin pre-order customers and those who pre-ordered last year's Medal of Honor title starting to receive their beta keys via email from midday today. However, everyone else will have to wait for a few more days, when the beta opens to all on Thursday 29 September.

The beta launches with just one map, Operation Metro, and offers only one game mode; Rush. However, there are no limits to the weapons and gadgets that players can unlock. Sadly, you won't be able to play the beta right up until the game launches on 25 October, though; the beta will end on 10 October - we always knew those Dice guys were teases.

Riding the beta wave of excitement and hype, both Nvidia and AMD have also released BF3 beta graphics drivers to bring their stables of GPUs up to date for the new game. You can grab them at the links below.

AMD 11.10 preview driver

Nvidia 285.38 beta driver

As with the full version of BF3, the BF3 beta requires EA's digital distribution platform Origin to download and run, as well as track stats and servers.

Have you pre-ordered on Origin just to get the beta early, or are you waiting patiently for Thursday to roll around and try before you buy? Alternatively, perhaps you're boycotting BF3 as a protest against Origin? Either way, let us know in the forums.

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mmorgue 27th September 2011, 12:03 Quote
I've got the limited edition pre-ordered from EA, which shows up on the Origin app.. And "midday today" -- is that GMT or Yankee time?
Centy-face 27th September 2011, 12:03 Quote
Yeah EA support is barely working right now and despite preordering MoH I don;t see any way of installing the beta
Stickeh 27th September 2011, 12:04 Quote
Waiting for thursday.
Ea will get no money from me while they monopolise their digital downloads through one service at a price that is more expensive than the physical copy. (that and i had a £15 amazon voucher xD)

Will be interesting to see how Origin handles the mass download as I guess there was no pre-loading and unlocking like steam does? I imagine there won't even be one for launch day either...which will suck and be akin to the steam days of old - loads of people whining about low bandwidth speeds on release day!
RichCreedy 27th September 2011, 12:05 Quote
waiting for my key
mmorgue 27th September 2011, 12:10 Quote
i am imaginging some pretty nasty server speeds - much like HL2 via steam all those years ago.. And I'm sitting on a Virgin 100mb line.. Sigh...
Baz 27th September 2011, 12:10 Quote
I think everyone's still waiting for their key. We've certainly not had ours in the office!
oatey4519 27th September 2011, 12:14 Quote
is available via other download services
Direct Drive have it......

waiting for my MoH Bf3 key.....
and i had the alpha as well

GMT is UK GMT
Mentai 27th September 2011, 12:15 Quote
I am tempted by this if only to see how my system handles it, but with the Origin requirement... Meh. Might just wait for it to be on sale after I upgrade.
Ripher 27th September 2011, 12:21 Quote
Downloading as we speak :)

pretty fast download too
wastedoo 27th September 2011, 12:30 Quote
Most of my friends have recived there keys, also one of my family members got his 10 mins or so ago. Few people are maxing out connections downloading, but im still waiting for mine
damien c 27th September 2011, 12:33 Quote
Well I am going to decide if I buy this game based on what they have changed from the Alpha in the Beta, but if it is still the same regarding weapon's and spawn's then it won't be bought.

As for download's I have never had any issues with the download speed from Origin or EA download manager, I always get a decent speed on 50mb I got 47mb and on the 100mb that I now have I get 98mb sometimes it hit's 100mb.
With Steam I am lucky if I get 40mb regardless of which server I try to download from.


I will be checking Steam though later to see if I have my code from the MOH LE game, as I got it before the date they have said for being eligible for the early access.
CrapBag 27th September 2011, 12:34 Quote
I can't even log into origin as it no longer recognises my password.

Used the password recovery system and it sends you a validation code which you are either supposed to click on the link or copy and paste, neither of which work.

Try to use their contact system and you have to log in to use it.

Awesome just freakin awesome.

Ignore, it has decided to work this morning.
Hypno 27th September 2011, 12:34 Quote
If the Origin download speeds are anything like the alpha download. I can see people complaining. I know I said when downloading the alpha '200-250Kbps what the hell! how crap! Steam lets me download at 700Kbps'.
Ripher 27th September 2011, 12:37 Quote
Downloading at 1.1mb/sec which is very good considering the hammering they would be getting
Hypno 27th September 2011, 12:38 Quote
@damien c - I can see the point about the spawns. What problems did you have with the weapons?
GravitySmacked 27th September 2011, 12:53 Quote
Will it just appear in Origin (I pre-ordered BF3) or will I get a key?
DriftCarl 27th September 2011, 12:54 Quote
waiting for my key too, pre-orderd in like March..,

Pretty annoying that XBOX and PS3 owners are actually playing the beta now. Considering that the beta for PC was waiting for the consoles to be accepted, its a bit shocking that PC users are last to get access to the beta.
Yet more evidence that PC's are taking the back seat in the eyes of EA. Very dissapointed in both EA and DICE.
stefan442 27th September 2011, 12:58 Quote
I suggest you put the link to the uncorrupted file for AMD drivers....

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=3WWCL7UO
CrapBag 27th September 2011, 13:00 Quote
Where do you even download it from, our server owner has been given a spare key that hopefully I will be able to use but it doesn't even show in origins download sections.
scott_chegg 27th September 2011, 13:09 Quote
Boycott because of the origin requirement. I think most battlefield players would be buying it even if they delivered the installation files on 10,000 floppy disks strapped to a carrier pigeon.
damien c 27th September 2011, 13:12 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hypno
@damien c - I can see the point about the spawns. What problems did you have with the weapons?

My issue with the weapon's was firing a mag of ammo in to a enemy using the "Terrorist" weapon's and that playing not being killed, but hitmarkers showing for every hit then for them to turn round and fire half or less of a mag in to me and I am dead.

My dad always wanted to see something like that as it was the same in BFBC2 and until I showed him it he didn't believe me but, now he has seen it he understand's why it annoys the hell out of me.

I don't mind the bullet drop over distance and the bullet moving due to the spin on it, going through the air etc that they had in BFBC2 but when you hit people and they don't die but hit you once and you die it really is a joke.

I will record a video and throw it on Youtube if I find it does the same thing on BF3 Beta and then post the link here for you guys to see what I am on about.

I am glad someone else understand's my point's about the spawn's though as I thought I was the only one that found it stupid, that the enemy team can just spawn kill for the entire game and there is nothing you can do to stop it, thanks to the lack of the random spawn's that other games have.
billysielu 27th September 2011, 13:13 Quote
BF3 cost a tenner more on Origin than anywhere else - so no, I didn't buy from Origin - LOL IF YOU DID
damien c 27th September 2011, 13:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by scott_chegg
Boycott because of the origin requirement. I think most battlefield players would be buying it even if they delivered the installation files on 10,000 floppy disks strapped to a carrier pigeon.

Either you are joking or your serious but OMG why boycott something because it requires a program running to play a game?

Would you Boycott the Call Of Duty games because they require Steam to be running or because the Half Life games require Steam?

I can say 90% confident that you wouldn't and my guess is you say boycott it because it's not available on Steam.
oatey4519 27th September 2011, 13:27 Quote
Got my key via Steam!!!

If the key doesn't show reload ad it will appear!!

Downloading now
faugusztin 27th September 2011, 13:34 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by oatey4519
Got my key via Steam!!!

^^ is either joking or trolling. :D
KiNETiK 27th September 2011, 13:35 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by faugusztin
Quote:
Originally Posted by oatey4519
Got my key via Steam!!!

^^ is either joking or trolling. :D

Nope. If you bought MoH Limited Edition on steam then you get the key via Steam in the MoH page.
oatey4519 27th September 2011, 13:36 Quote
I'm not joking try it!!
mmorgue 27th September 2011, 13:39 Quote
Still no key for me, bought over EA online ages ago...
alick 27th September 2011, 13:41 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by CrapBag
I can't even log into origin as it no longer recognises my password.

Used the password recovery system and it sends you a validation code which you are either supposed to click on the link or copy and paste, neither of which work.

Try to use their contact system and you have to log in to use it.

Awesome just freakin awesome.

Ignore, it has decided to work this morning.

i am having same problem
with trial an error i figered out the like it tells u to clik is your validion key u have to copy and past but then u put in your new password and tells u .............@gmail.com is invalid even thow it just sent u the validtion key there
mmorgue 27th September 2011, 13:43 Quote
@damien c
I see what you're saying about spawn killing - it's plagued the BF series for ages. However, at the end of the day, it's meant to be a battle. And while annoying it might be, who wants to stand back and "let" the opponent spawn into position and then win the match?

When I play with my mates, we play for fun BUT we always play for the team and work as a team to win. And it's very satisfying to drive the enemy out of the flags and keep them stuck in their base. Sure, we could "stand back" and let them spawn but then...why "battle" with weapons and tanks? We might as well have a game of pushing and shoving and bad language...

Hence why we only play on HC servers with no rules.. apart from blatent glitch exploits or cheat/hacks..
will_123 27th September 2011, 13:47 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by damien c
Well I am going to decide if I buy this game based on what they have changed from the Alpha in the Beta, but if it is still the same regarding weapon's and spawn's then it won't be bought.

As for download's I have never had any issues with the download speed from Origin or EA download manager, I always get a decent speed on 50mb I got 47mb and on the 100mb that I now have I get 98mb sometimes it hit's 100mb.
With Steam I am lucky if I get 40mb regardless of which server I try to download from.


I will be checking Steam though later to see if I have my code from the MOH LE game, as I got it before the date they have said for being eligible for the early access.

Are you saying that you get 98Mb download speeds on a 100Mb line.....?
damien c 27th September 2011, 13:57 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by will_123
Quote:
Originally Posted by damien c
Well I am going to decide if I buy this game based on what they have changed from the Alpha in the Beta, but if it is still the same regarding weapon's and spawn's then it won't be bought.

As for download's I have never had any issues with the download speed from Origin or EA download manager, I always get a decent speed on 50mb I got 47mb and on the 100mb that I now have I get 98mb sometimes it hit's 100mb.
With Steam I am lucky if I get 40mb regardless of which server I try to download from.


I will be checking Steam though later to see if I have my code from the MOH LE game, as I got it before the date they have said for being eligible for the early access.

Are you saying that you get 98Mb download speeds on a 100Mb line.....?

Yes I do.

When I download drivers etc I download at a speed of 100mb, when I download from the newsgroups I get 92mb, when I download via Steam my max speed is 56mb and Origin gives me 98mb.

I will happily screenshot it for you if I manage to get that speed tonight if I get my key today, aslong as the servers are not overloaded.
scott_chegg 27th September 2011, 14:02 Quote
It's a sticky on the Steam MoH forum page.

Here's the info.

If you purchased Medal of Honor through Steam prior to the July 26th, 2011 cut-off, you are eligible for early access to the Battlefield 3 Open Beta.

The Open Beta Early Access starts September 27th, 2011. The Open Beta will be available to everyone else on September 29th, 2011.

To view your key, go to Medal of Honor in your Steam Library, and click the “CD Key” link. Find the “Battlefield 3 Open Beta Early Access” key.

Getting Into the Open Beta

Battlefield 3 is delivered through Electronic Art’s Origin client.

1. If you don’t have the Origin client already installed, please do the following:
a. Go here: http://www.origin.com/language and click your language.
b. Click “Download Origin” to install the Origin client.
c. Follow instructions given during the installation.
2. Once you have Origin installed, run it and log in with your Origin ID. (This will be the same as your EA Account ID used in Metal of Honor.)
3. Click the gear icon in the top menu bar, and then select “Redeem Product Code”.
4. Enter your Battlefield 3 Open Beta Early Access product code .
5. Hit Next at the confirmation screen and the code will be redeemed.
6. Close the dialog box by clicking the X in the upper right once the code has been successfully redeemed.
7. Click on the “My Games” tab in the top left.
8. Find the Battlefield 3 Open Beta panel, and click on the “Ready to Download” button.
9. Click on the Download Now button, and follow the instructions of the Battlefield 3 installer.

More Info

You can find more information here: www.battlefield.com/beta.


Any Problems?

If you encounter any issues, the EA Customer Experience team is available and ready to help. You can contact them by using the Origin Help link (the ? in the top menu of the Origin client) or by visiting help.ea.com.
impar 27th September 2011, 14:04 Quote
Greetings!

Steam delivered the key.
Origin auto-updated itself.
Downloading Beta at 3,4MB/s.
cheeriokilla 27th September 2011, 14:12 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by scott_chegg
Boycott because of the origin requirement. I think most battlefield players would be buying it even if they delivered the installation files on 10,000 floppy disks strapped to a carrier pigeon.

I would definitely play it that way! imagine the epicness of a carrier pidgeon wearing a soldier uniform slammin into your window with your BF copy, then install all 10.000 floppy! hope for none to be corrupted!

VIVA LE PIDGEON!
Baz 27th September 2011, 14:22 Quote
still waiting for that Origin pre-order key. :(
CrapBag 27th September 2011, 14:29 Quote
I pre-ordered from elsewhere, kinda annoys me that I don't get access, EA still get my money either way.

Disengages bitter mode :)
damien c 27th September 2011, 14:33 Quote
Apparently there is a issue with keys being sent out that EA are trying to resolve with Dice according to a clan member that has phoned the UK EA support team.
snooky32 27th September 2011, 14:44 Quote
Just got my key in the UK, at 14:40. Recheck your emails :p
jizwizard 27th September 2011, 14:44 Quote
had a play on my lunch and found the graphics to be really pants even on high. yes i know its only a beta but i would have loved to have seen abit more eye candy
sb1991 27th September 2011, 14:45 Quote
RichCreedy 27th September 2011, 15:01 Quote
mines come now
WARHAMSTER 27th September 2011, 15:02 Quote
Just got the email. Yippee etc..

That AMD driver is corrupted though. Can't install it.

And for $£%* sake get over the gripping about Origin those who are. Of course EA while try to compete with Steam by launching it's own service. I use both, it's no big deal.

Signed
Ranty McRant
damien c 27th September 2011, 15:04 Quote
Just got my email and so did my dad but I can't leave work for another 55 minutes so I will be playing it after 5pm.
Andy Mc 27th September 2011, 15:05 Quote
Just got my beta key :) Will try to download it after work. GFingers crossed I'll be playing this thursday and friday morning when my son is at nursery.
mmorgue 27th September 2011, 15:07 Quote
My key's finally shown up.

@Andy Mc - lol! I'm debating on being "sick" for the next couple days after doing the school run. :)
Redbeaver 27th September 2011, 15:10 Quote
still at work. ugh. need. key. :(
Zehetmayr 27th September 2011, 15:12 Quote
I've been sent 2 separate emails/keys :S No idea why. Have I accidently bought 2 copies?!
wuyanxu 27th September 2011, 15:13 Quote
can i haz your spare key?
impar 27th September 2011, 15:18 Quote
Greetings!

Bah! Lousy waste of a download! :(
You cant change half the keys.
Stewb 27th September 2011, 15:21 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zehetmayr
I've been sent 2 separate emails/keys :S No idea why. Have I accidently bought 2 copies?!

If for some reason it's impossible to send the key to wuy could I have the second one? :p

On topic though... *ahem*... wouldn't it be impossible though to order twice through origin?
GravitySmacked 27th September 2011, 15:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by
Still no key :/
Parge 27th September 2011, 15:39 Quote
Have to say, Origin is pretty good, nice clean interface, and good UI. I'm looking forward to using it for BF3. Now they just have to work on the prices. Not selling it for £29.99 was a mistake.
faugusztin 27th September 2011, 16:45 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Parge
Have to say, Origin is pretty good, nice clean interface, and good UI. I'm looking forward to using it for BF3. Now they just have to work on the prices. Not selling it for £29.99 was a mistake.

No, it is not good UI until they finally add the "Start minimized" option.
mongpong 27th September 2011, 16:47 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Parge
Have to say, Origin is pretty good, nice clean interface, and good UI. I'm looking forward to using it for BF3. Now they just have to work on the prices. Not selling it for £29.99 was a mistake.

Agree - would of definately bought it orogin for that price but £39.99 is way too much imo - have never paid that much for a PC game especially a download with no physical copy. Resorted to buying from Amazon for £29.99 for DVD version and extra £2 or something for next day delivery to ensure i get it promptly...I am presuming that getting it a day late but installing it from disc will get me playing around the same time that everyone else has taken to download it!
damien c 27th September 2011, 16:57 Quote
Well this is for those that doubt EA's Origin download speed's

http://img838.imageshack.us/img838/2221/origindownloadspeeds.jpg

I put the lack of the extra 10mb or so down to the amount of people downloading
VoiceHorn 27th September 2011, 17:53 Quote
The key I got from my steam copy of MOH is different than the one I received in email. Anyone see a potential problem with using them both?
Stewb 27th September 2011, 17:57 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by VoiceHorn
The key I got from my steam copy of MOH is different than the one I received in email. Anyone see a potential problem with using them both?

Did you preorder BF3 from origin and get the code from MOH? If so you'll only need 1 of those codes. The other will be spare.

EDIT: Oh, rereading I see what you men. No, I'm sure different people could use the codes.
VoiceHorn 27th September 2011, 18:03 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stewb
Did you preorder BF3 from origin and get the code from MOH? If so you'll only need 1 of those codes. The other will be spare.

No I haven't pre-ordered yet. I was still weighing the options and hoping for a last minute Steam announcement or a better deal. I think I'm going to give this other code to a friend and let him try it out. I guess the worst that could happen is they cancel my origin account in which I have one game listed.... the BF3 alpha.
Stewb 27th September 2011, 18:05 Quote
How do you have two codes if you haven't preordered? What did the email say, the code was from MOH as well? If so that's odd, seems that EA are double sending codes...
will_123 27th September 2011, 18:08 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by damien c
Quote:
Originally Posted by will_123
Quote:
Originally Posted by damien c
Well I am going to decide if I buy this game based on what they have changed from the Alpha in the Beta, but if it is still the same regarding weapon's and spawn's then it won't be bought.

As for download's I have never had any issues with the download speed from Origin or EA download manager, I always get a decent speed on 50mb I got 47mb and on the 100mb that I now have I get 98mb sometimes it hit's 100mb.
With Steam I am lucky if I get 40mb regardless of which server I try to download from.


I will be checking Steam though later to see if I have my code from the MOH LE game, as I got it before the date they have said for being eligible for the early access.

Are you saying that you get 98Mb download speeds on a 100Mb line.....?

Yes I do.

When I download drivers etc I download at a speed of 100mb, when I download from the newsgroups I get 92mb, when I download via Steam my max speed is 56mb and Origin gives me 98mb.

I will happily screenshot it for you if I manage to get that speed tonight if I get my key today, aslong as the servers are not overloaded.

Thats the dream. Who is your ISP and how far are you from exchange?
Speed 27th September 2011, 18:12 Quote
Got my e-mail! :D

All downloaded and ready, using it as a reward for getting some work done... bet that won't last though lol!
barny2767 27th September 2011, 20:19 Quote
Pissed off still no key from my MoH T1 and EA support say just wait a few more hours.
I will end up with my key after the normal beta opens up. EA suck at this kind of stuff.
enciem 27th September 2011, 21:14 Quote
Having origin installed isn't enough, why do I have to launch the game through the frikkin browser? Also, it plays more like MoH than Battlefield, that's never a good thing.
Speed 27th September 2011, 21:25 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by enciem
Having origin installed isn't enough, why do I have to launch the game through the frikkin browser? Also, it plays more like MoH than Battlefield, that's never a good thing.

Down to the new Battlelog system I guess, I don't see it as a big issue.

Only played a minute or so, updating drivers to the betas atm.
Kovoet 27th September 2011, 22:11 Quote
I got to be honest this game and the whole series I do not like. I play in various league and tournaments but wiki not in this game ain't hate their gaming engine

Sent from my GT-I9000
Speed 27th September 2011, 22:40 Quote
Well just had a session and I have to say I'm impressed, great fun, the maps are very nice, graphics are good at Ultra. I quite like the expanding style as they did in MOH, fast gameplay and most importantly the atmosphere feels right.
andrew8200m 27th September 2011, 23:17 Quote
I cant get on... 91st in queue :(
Speed 27th September 2011, 23:20 Quote
Can't you manually select a server? Thats what I did, then just filter the full ones...

Instead of clicking the "Quick Match" button click the larger Multiplayer button it is on. That should bring up a list of servers which you can filter.
Rustypouch 27th September 2011, 23:54 Quote
Having the server browser in my web browser is really terrible. Why not have it open in Origin?

Game seems quite fun, does feel and look very similar to MoH.

Origin still needs work, as does BF3. They are still in Beta so we really shouldn't expect anything but I suppose.
impar 28th September 2011, 00:02 Quote
Greetings!

And you cant access the game without starting Origin, starting Battlelog and successfully connecting to a server. Feels like a browser game.
You dont have a "out-game" menu for changing options and configure the game. If you are changing whatever option and someone kills you (friend or foe) you lose what you were configuring.
Finally, someone found out how to quit the game while in the countdown for the next match? Whitout being Alt+F4?
XXAOSICXX 28th September 2011, 00:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by impar
Greetings!

And you cant access the game without starting Origin, starting Battlelog and successfully connecting to a server. Feels like a browser game.
You dont have a "out-game" menu for changing options and configure the game. If you are changing whatever option and someone kills you (friend or foe) you lose what you were configuring.
Finally, someone found out how to quit the game while in the countdown for the next match? Whitout being Alt+F4?

"Feels like a browser game." <- That's just silly. It doesn't feel like a browser game when you're playing the game at all.

"You dont have a "out-game" menu for changing options and configure the game. If you are changing whatever option and someone kills you (friend or foe) you lose what you were configuring." <- Yep, that's annoying for sure. Wish they would open up the menu/options to out-of-combat time.

"Finally, someone found out how to quit the game while in the countdown for the next match? Whitout being Alt+F4?" <- There are three ways to quit. 1) Alt-F4 (hardly an inconvenience), 2) Alt-Tab, connect to a new server, 3) wait until you're in combat, Esc, quit.

The game is *amazing*. The only bad thing, honestly, is the video/sound/keybind settings only being available in combat, rather than just "in game".
Cobalt 28th September 2011, 03:06 Quote
After an hour of playing the game I've only got one lot of xp. Every other time the moment the game ends I drop through the bottom of the level and get a timeout error. Also can't play in fullscreen, when I ALT+enter it maximises and then stutters for a bit before reverting to windowed mode.

The game itself is excellent, so I'm hoping for a fix soon.
damien c 28th September 2011, 08:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by will_123
Quote:
Originally Posted by damien c
Quote:
Originally Posted by will_123
Quote:
Originally Posted by damien c
Well I am going to decide if I buy this game based on what they have changed from the Alpha in the Beta, but if it is still the same regarding weapon's and spawn's then it won't be bought.

As for download's I have never had any issues with the download speed from Origin or EA download manager, I always get a decent speed on 50mb I got 47mb and on the 100mb that I now have I get 98mb sometimes it hit's 100mb.
With Steam I am lucky if I get 40mb regardless of which server I try to download from.


I will be checking Steam though later to see if I have my code from the MOH LE game, as I got it before the date they have said for being eligible for the early access.

Are you saying that you get 98Mb download speeds on a 100Mb line.....?

Yes I do.

When I download drivers etc I download at a speed of 100mb, when I download from the newsgroups I get 92mb, when I download via Steam my max speed is 56mb and Origin gives me 98mb.

I will happily screenshot it for you if I manage to get that speed tonight if I get my key today, aslong as the servers are not overloaded.

Thats the dream. Who is your ISP and how far are you from exchange?

I'm on Virgin Media, and I live about 2 miles from my local exchange.

I just wished I lived somewhere else at the moment because the speed's would be incredible!!!
keir 28th September 2011, 11:11 Quote
How big is the file size?
impar 28th September 2011, 11:19 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by keir
How big is the file size?
3,9GB, I think.
damien c 28th September 2011, 11:19 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by keir
How big is the file size?

3.9gb took me about 10 minutes or so to download
[PUNK] crompers 28th September 2011, 11:51 Quote
lucky you! i'm on my mums BT connection unfortunately, 525kbs is what i'll get :(
[ZiiP] NaloaC 28th September 2011, 12:01 Quote
I got it at ~500kb/s as well. 2 hours, not the end of the world :)

Be patient with battlelog, they are being swamped. HOWEVER, in the period that I was playing (~4 hours), it does look like they've updated Battlelog, seemed to run better. Nice thing about the web-based browser, they can meddle with things on the back-end and not need us to download anything new.
XXAOSICXX 28th September 2011, 12:26 Quote
I'd give anything to be able to change settings outside of combat... :(
mongpong 28th September 2011, 12:56 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by [ZiiP
NaloaC]
Nice thing about the web-based browser, they can meddle with things on the back-end and not need us to download anything new.

Thats very true. Seems to be a lot people complaining about the Battlelog thing but I've heard it boots the game in less than 30 seconds once you connect to a server which sounds good to me! Also read a few forums and other sites with people commenting on how they couldn't work out how to join a server...saying how clicking Quick Match put them in a queu of 80 people etc...however a lot of people are saying it's easy, you just find a server with a some spaces in it and join! Exactly like BFBC2. I'm presuming those struggling are those used to MW or other shooters. Thats not a slur on them at all, after all Quick Match should be exactly that but i think if you are used to Battlefield games it will actually seem pretty simple.
mmorgue 28th September 2011, 13:24 Quote
Can any of you guys actually REMAP any of yoru mouse/keys? I tried to no avail.

Anytime I clicked something, like in the MOUSE column to set my crouch to one of my mouse buttons, nothing happened and the mouse pointer woudl vanish until i hit ESC and tried again.

Sucks as I love the game, but cant config it to my usual BF setup.. So i sucked.. well.. I sucked more so than normal.
damien c 28th September 2011, 14:03 Quote
I found that the mouse wouldn't bind the key's so I just installed the software for my mouse and now it works a treat.

Same with my dad he was about to cancel his pre - order because of it, as apparently they hadn't even thought about mouse binding according to a rep from Dice.

My dad loaded his mouse software and work's for him now after he stopped spitting his dummy out :) and now he loves it.

The one I do not like is the stupid online server browser, takes ages to find a game then takes ages to connect to it and load it, and the quick match thing barely works.

I just hope in the final release there is a in game server browser and all the normal stuff otherwise it's a no brainer as not to be bought by me, simply because I don't see the point in loading in to a server just to change a few options if needed.
Dwarfer 28th September 2011, 14:04 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by damien c
Well I am going to decide if I buy this game based on what they have changed from the Alpha in the Beta, but if it is still the same regarding weapon's and spawn's then it won't be bought.

As for download's I have never had any issues with the download speed from Origin or EA download manager, I always get a decent speed on 50mb I got 47mb and on the 100mb that I now have I get 98mb sometimes it hit's 100mb.
With Steam I am lucky if I get 40mb regardless of which server I try to download from.


I will be checking Steam though later to see if I have my code from the MOH LE game, as I got it before the date they have said for being eligible for the early access.

If you're on the Virgin 100Mb service then you'd download around 12 or 13MB/sec at most.
mmorgue 28th September 2011, 14:36 Quote
@damien c

Hmm hadn't installed the specific mouse software.. I'll give that a go. Ta.
mongpong 28th September 2011, 16:13 Quote
A first impresions piece from Opposable Thumbs blog - pretty much exactly what eveyrone is saying.
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2011/09/battlefield-3-is-fast-and-deadly-but-the-user-interface-needs-work.ars
stefan442 28th September 2011, 17:45 Quote
console owners having a moan... and bicker. gagaga
Speed 28th September 2011, 17:51 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by stefan442
console owners having a moan... and bicker. gagaga

lol... dated hardware trying to keep pace with a modern title. You get what you pay for afterall! ;)
Bede 28th September 2011, 18:57 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by stefan442
console owners having a moan... and bicker. gagaga

I am still hungover from post-work celebrations last night, this made me smile (in a schadenfreude/total-******* kind of way!). Seriously though, I can't understand why they complain about muddy textures - there isn't enough memory and it's not a game which can afford to have CoD's miniscule levels to compensate.

I can't wait to get into the beta, hopefully they will patch some of the problems before the open beta begins.
impar 28th September 2011, 18:58 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by mmorgue
Can any of you guys actually REMAP any of yoru mouse/keys? I tried to no avail.
Managed to configure the arrow keys after turning NumLock off.
Quote:
Originally Posted by damien c
I found that the mouse wouldn't bind the key's so I just installed the software for my mouse and now it works a treat.
Didnt worked for me.
Quote:
Originally Posted by damien c
... apparently they hadn't even thought about mouse binding according to a rep from Dice.
:(
sharpethunder 28th September 2011, 21:59 Quote
i cant be bothered to download the beta i want this game to surprize me when it is released i do have the options to install it i will though. I will running it on my 3x 27ich
Hazro HZ27WD testing my 2 gtx580s 7680x4320 but i dont think i will be able to use that res though
keir 28th September 2011, 22:18 Quote
well can I have your key then? hooooo
Dwarfer 28th September 2011, 22:25 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by stefan442
console owners having a moan... and bicker. gagaga

It's a PC Game for once. For the past 6+ years we've been treat like lapdogs with inferior console ports. Now it's time for the console players to feel what we've had to put up with!

If they want to have good graphics buy it on the PC, this is where the BF Genre grew from NOT a
bloody dated console!
Metaporic 28th September 2011, 23:43 Quote
Has anyone else been having issues getting the game to run? Been trying since last night. Seems like its going to load, windows wheel and origin states its running. Then it seems to just stop running without opening up. My windows processes show it start and after a few seconds disappear from the list.
rogerrabbits 29th September 2011, 02:33 Quote
I pre ordered it on amazon :(
slothy89 29th September 2011, 04:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dwarfer
Quote:
Originally Posted by damien c
Well I am going to decide if I buy this game based on what they have changed from the Alpha in the Beta, but if it is still the same regarding weapon's and spawn's then it won't be bought.

As for download's I have never had any issues with the download speed from Origin or EA download manager, I always get a decent speed on 50mb I got 47mb and on the 100mb that I now have I get 98mb sometimes it hit's 100mb.
With Steam I am lucky if I get 40mb regardless of which server I try to download from.


I will be checking Steam though later to see if I have my code from the MOH LE game, as I got it before the date they have said for being eligible for the early access.

If you're on the Virgin 100Mb service then you'd download around 12 or 13MB/sec at most.

You sir are ignorant or just ill-informed. He's talking Mega-bits per second not Mega-Bytes..
So your both right.. Note his use of the LOWER case 'b'? Although the lower 'm' would be millibits lol..

What is 8x13? Oh it's 104 isn't it? And 8x12 is 96... What a coincidence..

Shattered the open beta opens at 10pm for me, 20hour wait before I can play :(
BioSniper 29th September 2011, 13:23 Quote
Downloading now. Not so great speeds on my 50Mb connection. 3.5MB/s but I put that down to the sheer volume of people downloading right now from Origin.
Added more ram to bring me up to 8GB for this as my HDD keeps taking a spanking when paging dragging all my games down as of late. Maybe I shouldn't keep so much stuff running when playing games? :P
BioSniper 29th September 2011, 13:36 Quote
Already have VERY bad impressions of Origin..

Click Play game > Launches web browser (WTF) > OK.. Ill go with it > Click game to launch > Install plug-in for Firefox.. Really.. WTF? > Install plugin > Attempt to join game > "You must be using latest Nvidia Beta drivers to play" *sigh*.

Why can't it just launch like a normal game and at the very least, allow me to use the latest WHQL drivers rather than beta?. Messing with my browsers to play is NOT cool, nor is having to install beta GPU drivers.

I under stand that the game is Beta, but why does the rest of my machine have to be?
Speed 29th September 2011, 13:47 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by BioSniper
Why can't it just launch like a normal game

Because it is a BETA!

It is a beta of a game that hasn't been released yet, so yes you are going to be using Beta drivers optimised for the best performance for that title. You are lucky that the card manufacturers are on the ball enough to have drivers out for the Beta before hand. It is a 30 second download and a couple of minutes to install the drivers, hardly the end of the world.

At least you have drivers that will give you decent performance in a game that hasn't been released yet.

I really don't see the problem.... :|
rowin4kicks 29th September 2011, 13:49 Quote
Just gave it a go on xbox and it was actualy quite good. Doesnt look too great though so downloading it now onto pc. 1.5MB/s isnt too bad
glitchez 29th September 2011, 13:53 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by sharpethunder
i cant be bothered to download the beta i want this game to surprize me when it is released i do have the options to install it i will though. I will running it on my 3x 27ich
Hazro HZ27WD testing my 2 gtx580s 7680x4320 but i dont think i will be able to use that res though

Can you run it on that res? :D
DriftCarl 29th September 2011, 13:56 Quote
I dont really like the web browser interface, I suppose I will get use to it though.
Just a shame you have to load origin, it seems to take ages to load for me.
operation metro has very bad clipping, and many times I have fallen through the ground into a pit of nothingness and it has taken good timing to get out. I would have expected that map to be much better finished off by now, considering it was also in alpha.
I do think that the majority of issues will be resolved by the time the game is released though, I have faith in DICE to do the best they can.

and LOL at xbox screenshots, it looks terrible compared to PC, glad i dont have an xbox
chrismarkham1982 29th September 2011, 14:07 Quote
Cant even downloading it, cant get onto origin store online and cant even get the origin store up locally either?
BioSniper 29th September 2011, 14:13 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Speed
Because it is a BETA!

It is a beta of a game that hasn't been released yet, so yes you are going to be using Beta drivers optimised for the best performance for that title. You are lucky that the card manufacturers are on the ball enough to have drivers out for the Beta before hand. It is a 30 second download and a couple of minutes to install the drivers, hardly the end of the world.

At least you have drivers that will give you decent performance in a game that hasn't been released yet.

I really don't see the problem.... :|

I do understand what you are saying but these core functions aren't going to get changed by Launch. I'm still going to have to install crappy plugins for my browser to be able to play a game, which by rights should be a self contained piece of software.
If it was JUST Origin fair enough. Browser plugins too? Not cool.

In addition I managed to get the game launched with the drivers I was already running (I just kept mashing play and cancelling warnings until it launched), Frame rates were great but random black screen flickering like BC2 ensued, which is fine because I know the settings that cause it.
Install beta drivers anyway so that I don't have difficulty launching the game, reboot, black flickering is gone but frame rates are about 10 lower than before if not worse.. Yeah those drivers are AWESOME AND TOTALLY improve performance.. Oh wait.

So we have a server browser that smacks of EA trying to be twunts and forcing you to install their crap when steam is perfectly good.
Drivers said to improve performance that make things worse..

Oh yeah, and to top it off, post process effects that are actually making me motion sick, that no matter what I turn off, don't seem to go away!
First game that's ever made me motion sick.

Seriously tempted to cancel my pre-order at this rate, if nothing else other than the motion sickness and the poor software that is Origin.
stefan442 29th September 2011, 14:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by BioSniper
I do understand what you are saying but these core functions aren't going to get changed by Launch. I'm still going to have to install crappy plugins for my browser to be able to play a game, which by rights should be a self contained piece of software.
If it was JUST Origin fair enough. Browser plugins too? Not cool.

In addition I managed to get the game launched with the drivers I was already running (I just kept mashing play and cancelling warnings until it launched), Frame rates were great but random black screen flickering like BC2 ensued, which is fine because I know the settings that cause it.
Install beta drivers anyway so that I don't have difficulty launching the game, reboot, black flickering is gone but frame rates are about 10 lower than before if not worse.. Yeah those drivers are AWESOME AND TOTALLY improve performance.. Oh wait.

So we have a server browser that smacks of EA trying to be twunts and forcing you to install their crap when steam is perfectly good.
Drivers said to improve performance that make things worse..

Oh yeah, and to top it off, post process effects that are actually making me motion sick, that no matter what I turn off, don't seem to go away!
First game that's ever made me motion sick.

Seriously tempted to cancel my pre-order at this rate, if nothing else other than the motion sickness and the poor software that is Origin.

I bet you play the **** out of it and you dont cancel your pre order :p
chrismarkham1982 29th September 2011, 14:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by chrismarkham1982
Cant even downloading it, cant get onto origin store online and cant even get the origin store up locally either?

Scratch that, kept F5'ing and after a few minutes it opened up, downloading @ 700KB/s which isnt too bad.

Edit: 1:22 remaining :D
rowin4kicks 29th September 2011, 14:29 Quote
cant activate it online for some reason keeps saying try again later?
mongpong 29th September 2011, 15:40 Quote
Don't know what the download speed was and can't be bothered doing the maths but I have downloaded 25% in 20 minutes which seems pretty good to me (based on past download speeds on my connection - generally pretty good but never amazing). On an 9MB wifi connection. Maybe I just picked the right time of day, but thats a damn lot quicker than Steam has ever been for me!

Took a few attempts to get Origin working though as it wouldn't load up the main page where you choose the games for some reason. Closed and restarted it 3 times until it worked but when it did it was very easy to use.
chrismarkham1982 29th September 2011, 17:06 Quote
I couldn't get the store front to load at all, I just went through the web page and after refreshing for a few minutes, I eventually managed to get it that way.
Andy Mc 29th September 2011, 17:43 Quote
How do I bring up the settings menu? It's doing my nut in.
chrismarkham1982 29th September 2011, 17:59 Quote
I cant see it either, maybe you have to go into a game and do it that way, I'd tell you if that was the case but I cant get a match, no matter how long I wait :(
jizwizard 29th September 2011, 18:06 Quote
when your playing just press escape to bring up the option menu
chrismarkham1982 29th September 2011, 19:05 Quote
Oh yes! lol, well, it runs smooth on my gtx 460 (oc'd of course) on the high preset with no AA, game is brilliant i have to say, the only thing that does me is the bullet damage, but then it works both ways and just means ill have to get better.

So the crux of my post? I like the game...A LOT and if any of you see me (chris24031982) just remember, go easy on me
SighMoan 29th September 2011, 22:20 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by damien c

I am glad someone else understand's my point's about the spawn's though as I thought I was the only one that found it stupid, that the enemy team can just spawn kill for the entire game and there is nothing you can do to stop it, thanks to the lack of the random spawn's that other games have.

To be honest, i found spawn killing to be pretty bad on some BFBC2 servers.
Bede 29th September 2011, 23:40 Quote
I'm going back to uni on Saturday, looks like it's a good thing there are no lectures in my first week! :D
b5k 30th September 2011, 00:30 Quote
My first 10 minutes of BF3 Beta:
Web platform is terrible.
Site "breaks" if you try to resize to fit smaller window.
Useless voice chat plugin REQUIRED.
Server browser lacks filters and "goodness".
Friends list and "social" aspects are poorly thought out.
Have to be alive and in a game to change video/keybinding settings. Woo, free frags!
Can't bind mouse buttons.
"Reset All" button i keybind menu resets ALL game settings. Video, Sound, etc.
Can bind multiple commands to 1 key. "F" became step right, stab and prone.

I didn't get to play any of the game because apparently my preference to have jump on right mouse is unsupportable. Also I don't want a game to feel like I'm facebooking...
wafflesomd 30th September 2011, 05:33 Quote
My god. Battlelog is the worst idea ever. Who the hell thought this was ok?
chrismarkham1982 30th September 2011, 06:37 Quote
Battlelog is my only gripe, BFBC2 system was fine with me.
impar 30th September 2011, 09:44 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by chrismarkham1982
Battlelog is my only gripe, BFBC2 system was fine with me.
What about the "you can only enter Options while ingame"?
mongpong 30th September 2011, 09:57 Quote
Yeah Battlelog seems a bit odd - why have it external when it should be internal - however saying that i found it very easy to navigate and use. It was also very quick to join games. Yes i had to install a plugin - big deal it took 5 seconds!

the game:
Very jumpy/laggy my first few goes (around 5pm) making it pretty much unplayable however I left game and made sure my graphics drivers were up to date and restarted machine and went off to make dinner. Went back on around 7pm joined a UK server and game played fine.

I'm running a pretty good laptop but nothing compared to some of you guys. 2.53hz (6 MB Cache) Core 2 Duo, HD 4650 (1 Gig graphics), 6 gig ram, Windows 7 64 bit. I'm happy with the laptop and I'm certainly not going to change it just to get Ultra settings on a game - it's mainly a work laptop so think it's still got at least another year in it before i consider replacing it.

Graphics - set them at medium, looked good, around the same as BFBC2 I would say which is fine by me. I buy games for the gameplay more than the graphics. I do think the design/textures etc are better in BF3 than BFBC2 and I think the game overall looks a lot more realistic than BFBC2 but i can't put my finger on why...it's just evolved i guess and Frostbite 2 engine is doing what it set out to do.

Gameplay - I mainly play BFBC2 but i only play a couple of hours a week so am only on 17th rank. Doesn't bother me about always trying to rank up, i'll keep playing it as I enjoy it. i also still enjoy multiplayer on the old Call Of Dutys (2 and Modern Warfare 1) so i can't be bothered with the "ones better than the other " debate as they are different styles and thats preferential to whomever plays them. I personally prefer BFBC2. I have to say I was mighily surprised by the gameplay in BF3 - I didn't realise it would feel so different than BFBC2 but it felt a lot more real. Maybe it was the design layout of the level where it was easy to crawl within 5 metres of someone without being seen, the feel of the guns etc. I was loving the vaulting, very smooth. The map felt big and small at the same time - 32 players but sometimes you couldn't see any enemy - so this reflects the more mature/realistic nature of the game I suppose and it also means it fluctuates between deadly quiet and all out warfare in short bursts making it very intense and making you stay on your toes. This is a good thing.

I would say that you seem to get XP points for every single thing though and I think that needs to be calmed down...points for someone spawning on you? I suppose they are rewarding you staying alive but sometimes I was respawning after dieing only for someone else to respawn on me 2 seconds later giving me points...seems wrong.

A few other thoughts (some may see these as cons but i think they are less cons but just differences you have to get used to):
Team play: The map made it difficult to work as a team but this may be because it's full of people just playing the game to see what it's like instead of Battlefield players used to doing things the Battlefield way. or it's the nature of this indivdual map - I would guess Caspian border is better for team play as it's larger and more open but we won't know yet.
Loadouts: Again linked to team play I will have to get used to the new roles of soldiers - where in BFBC2 everything seemed quite defined (e.g. Medic, recon, assualt,engineer) the new loadouts mix this up a bit so will have to get used to that. not a bad thing but just something to get used to.
Weapons: didn't feel that different to each other but overall felt more refined and less forgiving than other Battlefield games. Sure my view will change when i start unlocking things.
Audio: Cant comment as couldn't be bothered setting up sound system and couldn't fine headphones so it was just coming through laptop speakers. BFBC2 audio was excellent though so I'd be surprised if this wasn't

Bad things:
BFBC2's squad sytem wasn't broken - they should of left it as is.
Map: We need to see a bigger map please - gameplay changes a lot in Battlefield games depending on which map you play, which to me is the beauty of them, - would like to paly vehicles and a larger map to get into some proper team playing.

Overall - mighty impressed. Some teething problems with Battlelog etc but this is a BETA. they probably won't change the battlelog system for launch as thats one of the things they have promoted a lot and it's in direct competition as a free version of MW3's new social network thing. If there is one thing they should change it's the squad management system so friends can play with friends...that's the most social aspect of these games not commenting on each others profiles on Battlelog.
oatey4519 30th September 2011, 10:33 Quote
Nice write up.

I'm with you on pretty much all of it.

Squad play does happen but only if you make the effort.

As i've been playing for a while now i've switched player type.
Everyone is a Medic/Assault! ok not all but a high %
You can rack up some really good points with it.
But only if you do it right.
Hardly anyone seems to be able to revive.

I've just unlock the UMP so i've added it as my Support gun.
Ammo points are great.
Lots of Blopers on moaning as well....
chrismarkham1982 30th September 2011, 11:16 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by impar
Greetings!

What about the "you can only enter Options while ingame"?

Yep, forgot about that one lol
SexyHyde 30th September 2011, 12:06 Quote
Anyone having problems? Just done a fresh win7 install due to origin problems. Now I can't connect to games through battlelog. Of the three times I did get in game, two times it forgot to load the game up. I'm not having much luck with origin/alpha/beta its getting to the point where I'm considering selling my preorder. Which is in contrast to contemplating upgrading my rig (i7 920 / 5870 vaporx/ 64 c300) solely for this game a few days previous.
mongpong 30th September 2011, 12:16 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by SexyHyde
Anyone having problems? Just done a fresh win7 install due to origin problems. Now I can't connect to games through battlelog. Of the three times I did get in game, two times it forgot to load the game up. I'm not having much luck with origin/alpha/beta its getting to the point where I'm considering selling my preorder. Which is in contrast to contemplating upgrading my rig (i7 920 / 5870 vaporx/ 64 c300) solely for this game a few days previous.

had a few problems with Origin to start with - not showing games etc - but just started it and closed it down a few times until it sorted itself out. Now it's fine. Use Google Chrome for Battlelog - it seems to prefer that to Firefox - and once you install the plugin you should restart the browser then reconnect to battlelog as that seems to sort a few niggles out.

You have to remember that this is a beta and these problems are the reason the run beta's - to see what problems people are having with all aspects of the game so they can be fixed prior to release. It's not a demo as such which a lot of people seem to forget, but at the same time I understand your frustration.

I believe EA are updating things in the Beta though to fix big issues so just keep trying for a few days...you can cancel your pre-order a couple of days before the release date so might as well not jump the gun before the end of the Beta testing.
[ZiiP] NaloaC 30th September 2011, 12:27 Quote
Additionally, to those mentioning the map...

I saw yesterday that if you call up the map and press N twice it zooms in once, and then zooms out and shows pretty much the whole map. Though, it does not fill the screen, which is a bit of a kicker.

Will see how it works in release.
thil 30th September 2011, 12:58 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bede


I am still hungover from post-work celebrations last night, this made me smile (in a schadenfreude/total-******* kind of way!). Seriously though, I can't understand why they complain about muddy textures - there isn't enough memory and it's not a game which can afford to have CoD's miniscule levels to compensate.

Yeah, the comments in that article are sadly hilarious. One thing that pisses me off about consoles and Macs is that it's technology without responsibility. I'm not saying everyone should get a Phd in computer science (lord knows I'll never have one of those,) but that you at least need to understand the basics.

You don't go out and buy a Toyota Corolla and then say "MY COROLLA HAS FOUR WHEELS AND AN ENGINE LIKE A BUGATTI VEYRON! THEY SHOULD PERFORM EXACTLY THE SAME!!!"

Oh, but my favourite comment was about the guy who said that consoles actually "saved" gaming because, well, games are getting shorter...but if everyone was focused on updating the hardware they'd be shorter still. Right. Because back in the late nineties, when the PC was king and hardware changed every six months, games were much, much shorter than modern ones. Never mind that it's the constant trade-in culture on the consoles that pushes shorter games.
thil 30th September 2011, 12:59 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by damien c

Would you Boycott the Call Of Duty games because they require Steam to be running

No, I boycott Call of Duty games because they're ****.
[PUNK] crompers 30th September 2011, 13:30 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by oatey4519
Nice write up.

I'm with you on pretty much all of it.

Squad play does happen but only if you make the effort.

As i've been playing for a while now i've switched player type.
Everyone is a Medic/Assault! ok not all but a high %
You can rack up some really good points with it.
But only if you do it right.
Hardly anyone seems to be able to revive.

I've just unlock the UMP so i've added it as my Support gun.
Ammo points are great.
Lots of Blopers on moaning as well....

Assault does seem to be the primary class at the moment but once you have tanks there'll be much more of a need for engies, I stopped playing engy tbh because the RPG is pointless and I refuse to run around using it on infantry.

Need to give support a proper go too, looking like that'll be tonight :)
Bede 30th September 2011, 14:03 Quote
I would absolutely love for there to be a map set in a built-up urban environment like one of the 2142 maps I've forgotten the name of. Can you imagine the havoc you could cause in a city with destruction? :D
mongpong 30th September 2011, 14:25 Quote
You'll have to excuse my noobness about this but can some one tell me whether graphic settings affects ping? e.g. say you had a great graphics card and could cope with Ultra settings - would you need a better connection in general for it to work to it's best.

I'm presuming not but I was thinking about how much harder everything is working to give you those Ultra settings and whether this would affect anything - mainly affecting how quickly information can be sent and received. But then maybe it's a case of if oyu have good hardware it the same as having lower grade hardware running at a lower setting?
Bede 30th September 2011, 14:28 Quote
Short answer: yes.

Longer answer: sometimes. If your framerate resembles a slideshow then your ping will go up. I know this because I have, in the past, been auto-kicked from a game because my computer lagged so much my ping went through the roof.

But under normal circumstances I can't imagine any ping problems if you are running BF3 above 20fps.
mongpong 30th September 2011, 14:48 Quote
Thanks Bede.

Also - does anyone else think the reason they released Metro as the beta level was as it was one of the smallest and most linear levels to not scare the CoD crowd too much?

I was trying to think as to why they had not released something a lot more Battlefield style like Caspian Border and thought that this is the most likely reason. If you let the CoD crowd who had never played Battlefield on to the Caspian Border level it might be too much of a change from what they are used to.
chrismarkham1982 30th September 2011, 15:05 Quote
Now now leave the CoD crowd alone.....they cant help it
knuck 30th September 2011, 15:17 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bede
Short answer: yes.

Longer answer: sometimes. If your framerate resembles a slideshow then your ping will go up. I know this because I have, in the past, been auto-kicked from a game because my computer lagged so much my ping went through the roof.

But under normal circumstances I can't imagine any ping problems if you are running BF3 above 20fps.
except not being able to see any f*cking thing

I pre-ordered my game from EB Games so I don't have access to the Beta. I didn't plan to play it but now that all my friends do, it's kind of annoying to wait :(
Bede 30th September 2011, 15:31 Quote
Knuck it's an open beta. Just download and install it o.0

@mongpong. Yes, just yes. I don't care really, as long as there's a mix of map types.
mongpong 30th September 2011, 15:40 Quote
@Knuck - it's Open Beta - open being the main word here...it's OPEN to everyone now.
barny2767 30th September 2011, 15:44 Quote
Loving the beta some flickering on screen when outside but other than that its all good and i dont mind running plugins and origin.
wafflesomd 30th September 2011, 17:59 Quote
I just can't see this game making the changes it needs to in time for release.

I canceled my pre-order right after the alpha because I couldn't help but feel like I've already played bad company 2.
[ZiiP] NaloaC 30th September 2011, 18:16 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by wafflesomd
I just can't see this game making the changes it needs to in time for release.

I canceled my pre-order right after the alpha because I couldn't help but feel like I've already played bad company 2.

You should have played the Caspian Border map.... it truely is Battlefield 3.... ;)
faugusztin 30th September 2011, 19:36 Quote
My issue with the multiplayer is that this is going to be a Pronefield 3 in multiplayer. It was a very bad decision by DICE to put it in the game.
GravitySmacked 30th September 2011, 19:39 Quote
I disagree, that's one of the things BC2 sorely lacked. A proper Battlefield game has to have the ability to go prone.
faugusztin 30th September 2011, 19:54 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by GravitySmacked
I disagree, that's one of the things BC2 sorely lacked. A proper Battlefield game has to have the ability to go prone.

Sure. The problem is that sometimes 90% of the both teams are prone all the time. At least for now there is a bunch of idiots putting flashlights and laser guides on their guns. I especially love the snipers with the flashlight, it is a sort of "idiot indicator" - "Hey, i am a sniper and i am hidden here" :D
knuck 30th September 2011, 20:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bede
Knuck it's an open beta. Just download and install it o.0

@mongpong. Yes, just yes. I don't care really, as long as there's a mix of map types.
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Originally Posted by mongpong
@Knuck - it's Open Beta - open being the main word here...it's OPEN to everyone now.



Imagine Jim Carey fighting his own hand... That's me right now, fighting myself from downloading the thing
Stewb 30th September 2011, 20:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by faugusztin
Sure. The problem is that sometimes 90% of the both teams are prone all the time. At least for now there is a bunch of idiots putting flashlights and laser guides on their guns. I especially love the snipers with the flashlight, it is a sort of "idiot indicator" - "Hey, i am a sniper and i am hidden here" :D

Those aren't flashlights. That is the scope glare you get when you point a sniper scope at someone.
impar 30th September 2011, 20:51 Quote
Greetings!
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Originally Posted by wafflesomd
I just can't see this game making the changes it needs to in time for release.
I canceled my pre-order right after the alpha because I couldn't help but feel like I've already played bad company 2.
Going to agree with you.
Glad I hadnt pre-ordered, but if I had I would cancel it.
There are still too many bugs and the inability to properly configure mouse and keyboard makes it unplayable for me.
knuck 30th September 2011, 22:04 Quote
why is it asking me for a product code to activate the beta ?
faugusztin 30th September 2011, 22:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by knuck
why is it asking me for a product code to activate the beta ?

Did you download the game through Origin or some other source ? If other source, then that answers your question.
knuck 1st October 2011, 01:22 Quote
nope it was through origin and it still asked me for a code. I cancelled and it downloaded anyway 0.o

Now i just need to see if it works
Xcellenye 1st October 2011, 15:21 Quote
I tried it and straight away i fell under the map then i try to spawn and i go under the map, i do understand its a beta but its less than a month now since launch so should have very little problems at this stage
E_Spaghetti 2nd October 2011, 00:58 Quote
Anyone else find the server "browser" annoying?
All sorts of important settings are only available while you are deployed.
Who the heck wants to change key bindings while under fire?
If they don't fix those two thing at the LAUNCH, this game will be for sale on eBay. Hey it's the LE version!
Don't buy this game...I don't want the competition later this month.
E_Spaghetti 2nd October 2011, 01:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by Stewb
Those aren't flashlights. That is the scope glare you get when you point a sniper scope at someone.

It is called a tactical light.
It's an unlock add on.
aLtikal 2nd October 2011, 15:25 Quote
Played it to level 6. I LOVE IT.

The gameplay is awesome. the weapons seem very authentic. You cant spray etc standing up which is good. graphics are great even on Low/Low/Low. Runs fine on my Q6700@Stock/4GB/5770 (Oc'd) - can push to low/med but prefer the extra FPS. Preording now. :)
Kanester 2nd October 2011, 15:29 Quote
I'm in the beta and I haven't pre ordered the game, is that normal? :P
oatey4519 2nd October 2011, 18:27 Quote
Yeah..
I haven't either and i played the Alpha as well
David164v8 2nd October 2011, 19:40 Quote
Wait what!? Beta's open to everyone now? Dammit PSU, get here faster :P
oatey4519 2nd October 2011, 20:06 Quote
you've got until the 10th til play it..
outlawaol 2nd October 2011, 21:22 Quote
The game is fun, some minor glitches but this is expected. I run crossfire and it seems to be ok, but with a few issues here and there. I dont understand why it dosnt start up full screen, or it loads it all up and I have to click the taskbar icon to get it going. (Alt+Enter is your friend to get it full screen)

Overall I am happy with the beta (demo), I'll be buying it for sure. Just because the beta has no vehicles and that should be fantastic with the retail version! The sound is crazy too, it actually sounds as if your there. Top notch rendering on their part.

The web launch is not a big deal. Origin is not a big deal. Get over it and enjoy an excellent game. Cry babies I swear...
chrismarkham1982 3rd October 2011, 06:38 Quote
^^^Amen brother^^^
mongpong 3rd October 2011, 10:05 Quote
Can't wait to play the bigger maps - seen some videos of reviewers playing the Caspian Border map and they are all pretty blown away by it, so much more Battlefield than the Metro map. I'm enjoying Metro but I guarantee it will not be one of the maps I go back to once the full game comes out as I want BIG maps with vehicles....that to me is what Battlefield is all about.
fingerbob69 3rd October 2011, 11:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Andy Mc
How do I bring up the settings menu? It's doing my nut in.

SPAWN>HIDE>ESC.
Mighty Yoshimi 6th October 2011, 19:56 Quote
I'm quite impressed My comp can run it at Ultra Settings at 1920*1080!

E6700, 6gb RAM, 6850 1gig. I did 'Can you run it' and it said my computer was below the recommended but i still get 25 fps+! Must say i'm very impressed!
CrazyJoe 6th October 2011, 21:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mighty Yoshimi
I'm quite impressed My comp can run it at Ultra Settings at 1920*1080!

E6700, 6gb RAM, 6850 1gig. I did 'Can you run it' and it said my computer was below the recommended but i still get 25 fps+! Must say i'm very impressed!

Ultra isn't actually ultra in the beta.
microsoftPerson 6th October 2011, 21:18 Quote
It is my personal opinion that the Beta looks/behaves like an Alpha. Also I do not find it very fun but that could just be the map included with the beta doesn't seem to have any vehicles. Also I do not care for this Origin program or the web-based launching. Finally I have not found a way to change settings (ie graphics/controls) without being deployed and alive. I have to find a place to hide and not get killed while I'm trying to remap my keyboard.

I probably will not buy it at full price but will probably buy. Maybe I'm playing the wrong kind of game for my personal tastes.
OmniXVII 6th October 2011, 21:38 Quote
Fun beta but I freaking suck at FPS now, been busy with RTS lately.
Mighty Yoshimi 7th October 2011, 08:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by CrazyJoe
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Originally Posted by Mighty Yoshimi
I'm quite impressed My comp can run it at Ultra Settings at 1920*1080!

E6700, 6gb RAM, 6850 1gig. I did 'Can you run it' and it said my computer was below the recommended but i still get 25 fps+! Must say i'm very impressed!

Ultra isn't actually ultra in the beta.

That would explain it!
[PUNK] crompers 7th October 2011, 09:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by microsoftPerson
It is my personal opinion that the Beta looks/behaves like an Alpha. Also I do not find it very fun but that could just be the map included with the beta doesn't seem to have any vehicles. Also I do not care for this Origin program or the web-based launching. Finally I have not found a way to change settings (ie graphics/controls) without being deployed and alive. I have to find a place to hide and not get killed while I'm trying to remap my keyboard.

I probably will not buy it at full price but will probably buy. Maybe I'm playing the wrong kind of game for my personal tastes.

the beta is old code, we're playing on an old build because dice needed so long for sony and microsoft to ok it
oatey4519 7th October 2011, 11:46 Quote
See this??

Coming to Beta this weekend - only for the PC!!

http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf3/forum/threadview/2826564925967583255/1/

then tell us BF3 is crap

And its now Active!
DFM-BLACKBIRD 8th October 2011, 17:46 Quote
hello all guys, I have little doubt about the beta for Battlefield 3: For example, I have to arrive at 20 in Battlefield 3 beta, when I take the game from the division level 20?
GravitySmacked 14th October 2011, 23:37 Quote
If you mean will you carry on from the level you reached in the beta, then no, you will start back at level one on full release.

Welcome to the forums BTW ;)
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