For the last three days, I’ve been playing Battlefield 3 on a decommissioned aircraft carrier floating in the San Francisco Bay.

If that fact wasn’t surreal enough, I was playing with hundreds of other PC gamers on top-of-the-line gaming rigs custom built by Nvidia to provide us with the “ultimate” BF3 experience.  This event shall forever be known as the GeForce LAN 6.

However, the Battlefield 3 beta was anything but the “ultimate” BF3 experience.

That Ain't Right...

This glitchy, buggy, unfinished mess that was released as a public trial only a month before the game was to go on sale left us with many questions and legions of gamers were ready to give up on Battlefield 3 all together and cancel their pre-orders right there and then.

Many of us old time testers shouted, “Hey, it’s a BETA, it’s supposed to have issues, this is an old build!”  But the masses cried foul.  “There’s no way they can fix this mess in one month, I don’t care how old the build is!  How dare they release this to the public, don’t they know any better?!”

Fair enough.

However, the build I’ve been playing for the past few days is literally light years ahead of the beta.  While not the final product, Nvidia and DICE confirmed to me that what we were playing was “damn close” to final build and if this is any indication of the final product… I’m sold.

That's More Like It.

There were no bugs, no glitches, and the Ultra quality visual settings actually looked “Ultra”.  Being a high end PC gamer and a member of the press who gets to test damn near every PC game, I’m as jaded as they come.  Yet everything about this build was downright beautiful.  I played on new maps like “Operation Firestorm”, “Damavand Peak” and and “Grand Bazaar” and the first time I deployed on each – I did nothing but stare.  The first time you see each of these landscapes laid out before you on PC, you will be in awe.   Wether it be the burning oil fields of Operation Firestorm or the magnificently detailed snow capped mountains of Damavand Peak, I’ve never seen anything quite like it, especially in a first person shooter, and that’s certainly saying something.

Operation Firestorm
Damavand Peak

Hell, I even noticed little things like the fact that the UMP-45 had been nerfed a bit.  DICE had clearly been listening to the player feedback, even at this late stage of the game.  The entire experience felt balanced, focused and rock solid.  It’s a testament to DICE’s commitment to PC game development and pushing the envelope with their Frostbite 2 engine.

Their developer commitment is also evidenced by the fact that I saw no vehicles flipping over, nobody falling through the map, no flying corpses hitting me in the face and no crazy giraffe neck dubstep.

I am proud to report that Battlefield 3 (on PC at least) is finally ready for action.

Are you?

Want to know more about the GeForce LAN or my experience with the latest build of Battlefield 3?  Find me anytime on Twitter @DaveOshry or shoot an email over to Dave@RipTen.com

44 COMMENTS

    • Yeah, I was pretty stoked when I got to play at the LAN and everything about it was damn near perfect.  I think I saw a guy with ‘jet-arms’ once, but that’s about it lol

  1. I am soOOooo looking forward to this game. For me the Beta was just a GSP shake out, nothing more. What I did noted in the Pre Beta Metro map was the environment detail, hell there was rubbish floating in the lake! Didn’t find any dog shit on the footpaths but it was Beta ;) 

  2. I am soOOooo looking forward to this game. For me the Beta was just a GSP shake out, nothing more. What I did noted in the Pre Beta Metro map was the environment detail, hell there was rubbish floating in the lake! Didn’t find any dog shit on the footpaths but it was Beta ;) 

  3. I am soOOooo looking forward to this game. For me the Beta was just a GSP shake out, nothing more. What I did noted in the Pre Beta Metro map was the environment detail, hell there was rubbish floating in the lake! Didn’t find any dog shit on the footpaths but it was Beta ;) 

  4. thanks for the post wish more ppl wld read this so they new this gsm is being made by professionals and are a noob company I never once thought ” this sucks I’m canceling my pre order ” represent Dice for the win! see ya on the battlefield.

  5. Really looking forward to this game… am counting down the days….anyone on PS3 gonna get this add me on PSN – neil5082 – I am one of those “good” teammates that doesnt kill their own team, throws down ammo boxes and med kits while calling in the odd mortar, if you want a rock solid team member – add me

  6. I have noticed DICE is the king of having bugs, and not fixing them.

    BFBC2 has had very annoying bugs all along, and they still are not fixed. Battlefield 2142…don’t get me started!

    DICE needs to step it up.

  7. I have noticed DICE is the king of having bugs, and not fixing them.

    BFBC2 has had very annoying bugs all along, and they still are not fixed. Battlefield 2142…don’t get me started!

    DICE needs to step it up.

    • Not sure of the clock speeds but I think they were pretty basic like 3.4ghz i7’s.  No overclocking.  They all had GTX 580s in SLI however.

  8. The impression I had was that the beta wasn’t a beta to test out the engine, it was a stress test and a balancing test. The game ran great for me on my mid range rig, so I’m sure the further optimization will make it that much better. I can’t wait till Tuesday. :)

  9. LOL at the rage cancel’ers, Skipskaps, and the skallywags… LOL at you.  The legit beta testers said I told you so before… and now… yeah, we told you so.  Nice article… I posted this in a few forums.

  10. Did you play this on a LAN, or over the Internet? Because playing on LAN cures a LOT of issues.

    My main complaint about the beta was the lag and hit registration. Getting killed by one instant-kill bullet, or getting killed when running 6 feet behind cover, was not fun.

    See what I mean: http://youtu.be/YGaP5wTYLtQ

  11. Uhhh.  Did MW3 release the BF3 beta?  I’m dumb-found as to why they (DICE) would release such GARBAGE for a BETA!!??

  12. Uhhh.  Did MW3 release the BF3 beta?  I’m dumb-found as to why they (DICE) would release such GARBAGE for a BETA!!??

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