X360, PS3 Wednesday, March 26, 2008 | 1:00 AM

Battlefield BC: The beta is up

Battlefield BC: The beta is up

The lucky few who got a beta key for Battlefield: Bad Company can connect now to Xbox Live and enter their code to download the game. The others will have to live with our videos. Since I'm as bad as ever with FPS games, actual gameplay footage will have to wait for Snoopers to finally download it too, but here is the Attract Mode of the beta.
What I've played was a lot of fun, it definitely felt like a Battlefield game. Controls were good too, and lag was minimal. The only downside was a very visible tearing of the image.
Update: Gameplay video #1 added.


Beta: Attract mode
Beta gameplay #1

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Commented on 2008-03-25 13:18:36
This game is AWESOME! I'm a huge BF2 fan, and they really nailed the BF feeling. I hated BF: Modern Combat, so don't call me biased! I didn't like Halo 3 or COD4 _that_ much either.
The graphics are great, the vehicles works better here than in BF2 PC. Love Oasis, giant map, the other one not so much (cloudy Asciation or something).
Oasis is huge, desert map. Great vehicles map.

The whole destroy thing works awesome, tanks just run through walls and fences. Shooting grenades/rockets is much more fun than I thought it would be.
What I really love here, and didn't love in MC, is the controls. Once again, nailed it! The general sensetivity is much more fitting the genre, and not the mess that was MC.

I've ranked like 3 or 4 ranks this morning, it's pretty fast in the beginning.

If you have any questions, just ask away.
Commented on 2008-03-25 13:25:01
How does one get the beta key?
Commented on 2008-03-25 13:27:50 In reply to Knodi
Posted by Knodi
How does one get the beta key?
Fileplanet had them online, they seem to be all out. Might be some Insider subscription keys left, not sure.
Commented on 2008-03-25 13:28:18 In reply to Knodi
Posted by Knodi
How does one get the beta key?
there's none left , the ways to get a key were , pre-ordering the game in a gamestop , being a member of IGN premium account.

some are cheating the process by downloading the beta from torrents and running it from DVD , its seems the key its only to download it , not to be able to play it. so the key its no needed to play if you acquire the beta.
Commented on 2008-03-25 13:30:55
any news of a PC beta?
Commented on 2008-03-25 13:33:05 In reply to Dits
Posted by Dits
any news of a PC beta?
There isn't a PC version announced for this game.
Commented on 2008-03-25 13:33:27 In reply to Dits
Posted by Dits
any news of a PC beta?
the beta its only on XBox360.

the servers are a bit laggy , EA its having issues.
Commented on 2008-03-25 13:34:25 In reply to Manager
Posted by Manager
There isn't a PC version announced for this game.
Dang, how did I miss that one? Oh well back to Quake Wars :)
Commented on 2008-03-25 13:44:10 In reply to Dits
Posted by Dits
any news of a PC beta?
The next PC BF game is BF Heroes (a free, third person, team fortressy BF game) and then I presume that we'll hear news of BF3's development soon after.
Commented on 2008-03-25 13:47:19
IS THERE A RELEASE DATE YET?LIKE A MORE PRECISE ONE?
Commented on 2008-03-25 13:56:24 In reply to skinedd
Posted by skinedd
IS THERE A RELEASE DATE YET?LIKE A MORE PRECISE ONE?
Yes, a June release date was announced last week. Please don't write in caps though.
Commented on 2008-03-25 13:56:54 In reply to GriftGFX
Posted by GriftGFX
The next PC BF game is BF Heroes (a free, third person, team fortressy BF game) and then I presume that we'll hear news of BF3's development soon after.
Heroes really didnt look all that good to me, maybe its worth a try because it will be free....ish....in an EA kind of way :P
Commented on 2008-03-25 14:17:15
Ok no worries. i just added you on live manager . . . . . .
Commented on 2008-03-25 14:23:41
I hated it lol. Wierd sound, wierd controls (left trigger to accelerate, left bumber to reverse??), no feel at all when firing the weapons, meh.. :(
Commented on 2008-03-25 14:26:54
That is awesome, can't wait for working day to be over and go home to start playing
Commented on 2008-03-25 14:35:06 In reply to Baleur
Posted by Baleur
I hated it lol. Wierd sound, wierd controls (left trigger to accelerate, left bumber to reverse??), no feel at all when firing the weapons, meh.. :(
You can accelerate with A and brake with B too.
Commented on 2008-03-25 14:39:32 In reply to Chakie
Posted by Chakie
That is awesome, can't wait for working day to be over and go home to start playing
that makes us two then............
Commented on 2008-03-25 14:49:44 In reply to Dits
Posted by Dits
Heroes really didnt look all that good to me, maybe its worth a try because it will be free....ish....in an EA kind of way :P
Yeah, I don't think Heroes looks very good either.. but I'm willing to forgive them if BF3 is as awesome as it should be. I haven't tried Bad Company yet and probably won't until the weekend, but my BF-bias is already pretty well know. I'm a pretty die-hard BF2 fan and I think this game essentially looks like a follow up to Modern Combat.

That doesn't make it bad, just too much of a different direction to hold my interest. I'm still going to try it out and give it a fair shake though.
Commented on 2008-03-25 15:56:22
gameplay videos, plz? :D
Commented on 2008-03-25 15:57:04
Was very laggy at the start, seems to of cleared up now. Asc map is so bloody dark and having to mess about with my tv settings to make it brighter is a no no from me! Yet to see Oasis lol!

No where near as fun/good as PC BF2.........
Commented on 2008-03-25 16:34:42 In reply to Knodi
I just got an email from Gamestop saying that anyone who preorders BF:BC for the 360 gets access to the beta.
Commented on 2008-03-25 17:02:33
im getting flashBLACKs hahahahahhahah
that game was awesome i have faith in this game.
Commented on 2008-03-25 17:20:35
Just go to ebay and purchase one. I am pretty sure there are people selling them if they sold the Halo keys.
Commented on 2008-03-25 19:04:08
OK just tried some of the game.

I like it better than Frontlines. I think it feels a little clunkier than BF2 did, but it has better graphics, the smoke effects are especially good. The destruction system also lives up to its promise IMO.

As far as graphics alone, one problem I saw is it seems to have no AA, and might render at less than 720p, it looked pretty jaggy.

Some of the HUD stuff I don't like, when I kill someone it doesn't pop out enough to me that I've done so.

As far as combat and lag and all it seems pretty solid. I think the clunky feel comes from the fact that it takes a while before you can shoot after running. I didn't find much I would have blamed on lag, but getting into a game was kind of a pain.

Overall I'm borderline right now, if I hear the SP is decent enough I'll probably buy this.
Commented on 2008-03-25 20:20:16
Jirgen pls realise the difference between a demo and a beta

I cant get in to any games at present, theres a message saying the is huge demand on the servers and they are looking into it
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