Posted by Chris Scott Barr on Jun 10, 2011

Hands-On With Battlefield 3 [E3 2011]

The Modern Warfare series has been dominating the FPS scene for the last couple of years. However, while the console versions of these titles have been good, they have been less than satisfying for PC gamers. A lack of dedicated servers and rampant hacking has left a sour taste in many people’s mouths. So what is going to be the next big FPS for PC gamers? If EA and DICE have their way, it’s going to be Battlefield 3.

While we were at E3 we were fortunate enough to get a little bit of hands-on time with the title. We were thrust into Rush Mode, with squads made up of other people at the booth. As such, it was easy to get right into the action, since the mode was already familiar from previous games.

There were four classes to choose from, which are Assault Soldier, Support, Engineer and Recon. These are mostly the same classes that you are already know and love. The biggest change here is that the Assault and Medic have essentially been combined to form the Assault Soldier. What this means is that you’ll be able to chose from either a med pack and paddles or grenade launcher in your arsenal.

I spent much of my time battling my way across a park in search of AA guns to destroy. The fighting would get intense, especially when the wall you were using as cover would suddenly crumble away from a rain of bullets or an explosion.

What was most impressive about this demo was how beautiful the graphics looked. We were fighting it out in a park located in Paris. There were times that I would stop to simply gaze around to take it all in. The Eiffel Tower could be seen off in the distance, rendered in its full glory.

Sadly, our time with the demo was very short, but it was enough to leave us wanting for more. We’ll keep you posted on further updates for the game as they are announced.

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