Battlefield 3 E3 2011 Hands-on

Inside EA’s very private Battlefield 3 booth, I was finally able to go hands-on with the one of the multiplayer modes that Battlefield Bad Company aficionados will undoubtedly recognize: Rush. Before I grabbed my rifle, we got a short demonstration of what new features fans will be seeing in Battlefield’s multiplayer modes.

First off, we were shown the advancements in realism made possible with the Frostbite 2 engine. Every piece of environment is so incredibly detailed that it might make the phrase “But can it run Crysis?” obsolete. We were also told about Dynamic Destruction, which prevents you from hiding behind a sole piece of cover, as it’s destroyed in front of you. This feature was also in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 but looks far more realistic thanks to the new engine.

We were also introduced to some of the changes to the classes. The biggest most notable change is the Assault Class. Fan feedback showed that medics usually tend to stay back in the rear, while the Assault class takes the frontlines and is in the most need of medical attention. The devs decided to combine the two classes, meaning you’re able to go guns blazing and still revive your fallen teammates. The Support Class can now mount their Light Machine Guns on virtually any surface, greatly increasing accuracy but also making the class easier, immobile targets.

The Rush level we got to play was Operation Metro, set in France. The mode is fairly the same from what you remember, but the adrenaline (or rush) you get while playing is greatly heightened. The player must go from one map to the other, placing explosives on specific points while the opposing AI team tries to fend you off. The enemy AI is relentless, but not in a cheap way. The way they strategically move around the map, use cover, and aim shots made it seem like I was playing against real-life players.

This fall will see an all-out war between Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3, with BF3 having a two-week jump on CoD. The Call of Duty series does very little for me these days, so I’m hoping Battlefield 3 ignites that desire to wage a modern war once again.