Battlefield 3 on sale; gets nearly 3 million pre-orders

Today is the day that a lot of gamers have been waiting on. Electronic Arts officially announced that not only did its first person shooter Battlefield 3 go on sale today for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles but that the game has already generated nearly 3 million units sold in pre-orders before the official release date.

The game, from developer Digital Illusions, is slated to go head-to-head with Activision's Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 which will be released for the PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and even the 3DS on November 8, just two weeks from now. Both games are set in the present and deal with a military threat against the US.

While the Call of Duty series has a huge fan following, especially on the Xbox 360 console, some critics point to the games' very brief single player campaigns (five hours or less) and its engine constraints. By contrast, the early reviews of Battlefield 3 have praised the single player campaign and its Frostbite 2 engine can handle huge outdoor scenes and up to 64 players, including air and ground vehicles, in multiplayer modes.

Hardcore PC gamers have been especially excited by the release of Battlefield 3 since Digital Illusions announced early on that they were making the PC the lead platform for the game. That means full DirectX 11 support and graphics options that pretty much blow away the console version. You can check out a presentation of Battlefield 3's graphics support for the PC in the video below (the first of five by the way).

It's going to be interesting to see if gamers get both Battlefield 3 and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 and see which one they will gravitate towards in the end. It's also interesting to see the PC, for once, as the lead in a major multi-platform game launch.

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Aside from any negative comments about BF3, the game is ultimately bad ass. Too many of the people who complain about it are too hung up in their own bull**** to see that this game stomps all first person shooters, and also smokes MW3.. it's just you COD fan boys that disagree with me there. Battlefield 3 all the way!

People have different opinons on different games. Battlefield and Cod are different style of game play. One needs teamwork and other a lone wolf. If i had the money i would buy the rig to play BF3 but I'm happy to play MW3 on my current PC.

How can ANYONE complain about using a web browser to play ONLINE multiplayer?!

It makes more sense than using a laggy bugging in game menu.

BF3 is pretty epic, they need to hurry up and address some community problems with the game though such as maps with better flag placement and commo rose updates.

It's nice to see some of the BETA hates changed for retail such as quicker vehicle unlocks.

to bad for pc users 2 things really really SUCK:
Origins [The EA lets make our own Steam that no one wants or asked for]
Using a web browser to actually manage the game, servers, and game starts.
I'm just glad I work at a retailer where they will let me return this crap.
And yes I can't get over this junk no matter how good the game looks.
Oh did I mention once in it every 3 min or so you're in a stop motion movie.

The game looks amazing, and I have alway been a fan of the Battlefield series, but I'm not purchasing this till it's on Steam. I've bought too many games and have too many friends on Steam to start all over again with another download app from EA itself.

So just picked this up from BestBuy. First, had to deal with their stupid "preorders act like returns" policy. (This required 3 employees and a manager override) Then I got home, and sat through a 20 min disc install on my Xbox. Booted in only to sit through a 180mb update and finally started the 1.5gb HD texture pack install. Flipped back to TV only to later discover the glitch that you HAVE to watch the texture pack install or it fails. Then sat through a SECOND pack install, a reboot, and a download of the online pass, only to discover the servers are down.

EA - There is no middle finger big enough.

I'm already playing it and it feels like MW series with just a tad better graphics. Even the killing of the enemy blood splats look like MW type. As if they hired the previously fired/moved on MW crew onto the BF series or so it seems. In any case the game is somewhat quirky with the crouch/jump functions but you'll notice this once you start playing. Story isn't that bad i guess but it always involves nukes and few countries to go along like MW.

This is getting on my nerves, ALL the developers talk about is their shiny new engine, and the graphics.

"Ohh look at our engine! Look at the animations!!! Look at the graphics!!"

It's they've forgotten it's a game and got really sloppy on making it playable and...you know...FUN.

It's all that the rampant fanboys that spam hateful messages on any MW3 video do too.

"Our game looks shinier than yours!!!11" " You can only buy one or the other!!!"

It's like MW3 didnt have that drama because they used the same engine, and focused on the core gameplay, and made it fun.

thommcg said,
Praising the single player? Heh, ArsTechnica just slammed the single player campaign.

Sorry, busy day, seems any reviews I check have similar disdain for the single player beyond it looking pretty.

I should add I previously had bought Bad Company 2 when it first came out, and I only played it once. They are all the same.

I was actually going to pre-order the game, but changed my mind. I even had gift certificates to use on it but couldn't justify the insane price they are asking for it.

I also got turned off by the videos on Youtube. Its just the same old war game all over again. The the insane price for a PC game is the biggest turnoff. Now I will probably never buy it due to the full price and getting nothing with it.

So ... this is the EA everyone has been bitching about. The EA everyone hates. The Origins everyone hates. The type of DRM that kills puppies.

So when "Generic Shooter 3000" comes out, people simply rush out and buy it on day 1.

Wow, EA sure learned their lesson!

Now we can hear how much MORE EA sucks, every day, until the next, new Generic Shooter comes out, and then everyone can rush out to buy that one, too.

I have to agree with sava700. Yes the game is awesome, but there are still issues that need to be sorted out. Many of the beta bugs are gone, but BF3 could have really benefitted from another 2-3 months of baking time. I think that time would have been the difference between a 9/10 and 9.5 to 10/10.

DICE has a tendency to release their games in a state where it needs patches to be brought to its full potential, I think nearly every Battlefield game they've released has been like that. I also partly blame EA since they probably set deadlines, but the game still needs some more polish, and having such a late beta was not enough time to fix everything.

Origin is lame as hell, and Battlelog does not impress, but the game's mechanics are still excellent.

CGar said,
I have to agree with sava700. Yes the game is awesome, but there are still issues that need to be sorted out. Many of the beta bugs are gone, but BF3 could have really benefitted from another 2-3 months of baking time. I think that time would have been the difference between a 9/10 and 9.5 to 10/10.

DICE has a tendency to release their games in a state where it needs patches to be brought to its full potential, I think nearly every Battlefield game they've released has been like that. I also partly blame EA since they probably set deadlines, but the game still needs some more polish, and having such a late beta was not enough time to fix everything.

Origin is lame as hell, and Battlelog does not impress, but the game's mechanics are still excellent.

I still haven't been able to play it yet as it's not yet out in the EU and that's something the article fails to mention, but I was impressed with the Alpha and Beta enough to pre-order it. The main thing I like about Origin is that it doesn't have to be running to play the games that use it.

CGar said,
I have to agree with sava700. Yes the game is awesome, but there are still issues that need to be sorted out. Many of the beta bugs are gone, but BF3 could have really benefitted from another 2-3 months of baking time. I think that time would have been the difference between a 9/10 and 9.5 to 10/10.

DICE has a tendency to release their games in a state where it needs patches to be brought to its full potential, I think nearly every Battlefield game they've released has been like that. I also partly blame EA since they probably set deadlines, but the game still needs some more polish, and having such a late beta was not enough time to fix everything.

Origin is lame as hell, and Battlelog does not impress, but the game's mechanics are still excellent.

Funny how I post first and I get called the troll over and over yet there are many people here that feel the same way - IMO the moderation of these comments sucks.
But hey we can't all be right or can we.

unfinished? have you played it? I have, on pc, and it's friggin amazing. i don't care about origin at all. It's friggin sweet as f. this is not the beta, your crazy if you thought it was. you'll be a sad pony for canceling once you play...

sweatshopking said,
unfinished? have you played it? I have, on pc, and it's friggin amazing. i don't care about origin at all. It's friggin sweet as f. this is not the beta, your crazy if you thought it was. you'll be a sad pony for canceling once you play...

It's a great game, if you figure it out. There are a few funny things, that are listed on my blog, but overall it's really great. It will have patches, as nothing is bug-proof.

How can you be excited about something unfinished and requires Origin to play even after you just purchase the disk and not a digital download? I cancelled my pre-order weeks ago... not about to give EA any money and be the tester for something they will likely patch the fun out of.

sava700 said,
How can you be excited about something unfinished and requires Origin to play even after you just purchase the disk and not a digital download? I cancelled my pre-order weeks ago... not about to give EA any money and be the tester for something they will likely patch the fun out of.

How is it unfinished? if you are talking about the beta, that was a very old build from months ago. Cancelling a pre-order because of Origin is idiotic. Please go troll somewhere else

sava700 said,
How can you be excited about something unfinished and requires Origin to play even after you just purchase the disk and not a digital download? I cancelled my pre-order weeks ago... not about to give EA any money and be the tester for something they will likely patch the fun out of.

so you do understand that the beta, was, intact, a BETA! Jesus the stupidity I've seen regarding this is unbelievable. They needed to stress test the servers, netcode, battlelog etc, the game itself was beta, unfinished, old build. Its a f**king beta, a beta

sava700 said,
How can you be excited about something unfinished and requires Origin to play even after you just purchase the disk and not a digital download? I cancelled my pre-order weeks ago... not about to give EA any money and be the tester for something they will likely patch the fun out of.

What a numpty. Clearly somebody wasn't paying attention when they announced that the beta was based on very old code. It had to be that way to pass the required quality tests for release to such a wide audience. Troll-tastic 3000!

sava700 said,
How can you be excited about something unfinished and requires Origin to play even after you just purchase the disk and not a digital download? I cancelled my pre-order weeks ago... not about to give EA any money and be the tester for something they will likely patch the fun out of.

Oh, you mean like those games that REQUIRE Steam to play even after you purchase the disk. At least games using Origin don't REQUIRE Origin running in the background just to play. Get over yourself and go play MW3 instead!!

Chemaz said,

Cancelling a pre-order because of Origin is idiotic. Please go troll somewhere else

I didnt pre-order due to the lack of Steam support... I'm not alone as well...

Also im not 100% sure (need to check) but im sure Origin is still Beta in AUS so yeah...

brent3000 said,

I didnt pre-order due to the lack of Steam support... I'm not alone as well... .

You are not alone. Unless it's on Steam, I won't even consider buying it.

brent3000 said,

I didnt pre-order due to the lack of Steam support... I'm not alone as well...

Also im not 100% sure (need to check) but im sure Origin is still Beta in AUS so yeah...

It's still in beta everywhere but it has a few features I really like over Steam, the downloads are executables that can be kept after the game has downloaded for reinstalling and Origin doesn't need to be running to play unlike Steam, that's just two of them.

sava700 said,
How can you be excited about something unfinished and requires Origin to play even after you just purchase the disk and not a digital download? I cancelled my pre-order weeks ago... not about to give EA any money and be the tester for something they will likely patch the fun out of.

zomg i downloaded a beta and it wasnt finished !!!! the nerver of ea !

Chemaz said,

How is it unfinished? if you are talking about the beta, that was a very old build from months ago. Cancelling a pre-order because of Origin is idiotic. Please go troll somewhere else

It wasn't a troll post... and the beta regardless of whatever EA feeds you of their lies still didn't have changes and repairs to the game made ahead of launch... fact is they even patched it before you got the wrapping off. Its time we stopped giving EA money for unfinished content and having to run a digital download service to get online even after you purchase the physical media is beyond stupid.

neo158 said,

Oh, you mean like those games that REQUIRE Steam to play even after you purchase the disk. At least games using Origin don't REQUIRE Origin running in the background just to play. Get over yourself and go play MW3 instead!!

Its not me getting over myself.. if I buy a game thru steam I accept the fact that I use steam to run it. If I buy a game (Crysis 2) on disk which is what I did I do NOT have to have steam running or any other digital service to play the game online.. so perhaps you should get over yourself and understand that not everyone is willing to bend over so quickly - Ohh and I don't play COD games.

TCLN Ryster said,

What a numpty. Clearly somebody wasn't paying attention when they announced that the beta was based on very old code. It had to be that way to pass the required quality tests for release to such a wide audience. Troll-tastic 3000!

Feel free to believe everything EA tells you.. I've played battlefield since 1942 in high levels of competition thru CAL league fierce competition and I loved each one... read my other replies cause I'm not typing it again and you can go stuff yourself with you're troll comments.... beyond lame.