Why the Battlefield 3 Beta Was Wonderful… for Activision - Gamers Riot

Writer JohnnyWayne_ must begin by sending out his appreciation for Dice in releasing an open beta version of Battlefield 3 to the public. He cannot say enough about how appreciative he is for a company to provide us, as a gamers, with the opportunity to play an early version of their game and send feedback based on our experiences. This process is wonderful on two accounts: it makes gamers feel like they have a say in development, and it ultimately provides us with a higher quality gaming experience when the title hits store shelves.

This, however, was a terrible marketing decision on EA/Dice's behalf.

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solidworm2537d ago

I sense huge amounts of butthurt in this article.

Cablephish2537d ago

Not really, he has a good point.

Think about it, they tried to build hype from this game, and it all started with Medal of Honor containing a code to join the Battlefield 3 beta. They advertised a beta with the means to strictly test stress on the servers.

If that's not using people, I don't know what is.

jp02491072537d ago

Me too, either that or he's trolling for hits (probably both).

JohnnyWayne_2537d ago

Not trolling for hits; and no part of my anatomy was injured by the beta. I was just sincerely and severely disappointed by the beta in comparison to how excited I was for this title's release and, after hearing multiple opinions which spoke to the same, I decided to post about the issue. Thanks for reading!

FanboyPunisher2536d ago

biggest crybaby i've seen in an article.

M-Easy2535d ago

I'm telling you the COD defense force is in full assault mode.

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Fil1012537d ago

lol i'm glad you canceled your pre order for BF3, 1 less COD kid on BF3 jus make's my BF3 expereince all the btr, seriously the amount of people that are canceling there pre orders after only playing 1 map on 1 game mode is stupid. Dice stated that there is 6 times more people playing the beta than there was playing BFBC2, O.K so how many of these people are cod fans i'd say alot judging by the noobs running about with snipers at close range. Wait for the full game then it will be miles btr cause all the kids are going to want MW3.

Akira20202536d ago

BF3 is an unfinished mess. I will not cancel my pre-order because I think DICE deserves my support; however, you need to understand what goes on in the final stages of a game as they attempt to make a deadline. Judging from your post, you do not. There are 6 times more people playing the BF3 BETA because of the hype and interest stirred up by EA....not because BF3 is going to be the best game ever.

You need to get your head out of the sand and see BF3 for what it is......unfinished and rushed. There was another rushed title that was suppose to be the next COD killer......that was BRINK. At least EA allowed the current to be pulled back with the BETA of BF3.

FYI, I'm not a COD fact, with 4 different studios working on MW3, I think that may be the bigger disappointment. Too many cooks spoil the spoil the broth.

Biggest2536d ago

Why are you calling BF3 an unfinished mess when you've played the console beta? You haven't played the physical release to see if it is unfinished. Think about it this way. DICE released BF:BC2 over a year ago. Is it a stretch to think that they can't at least recreate something they already created? They released a beta for the purposes of beta. There is absolutely NO REASON for anyone with a working brain to think that DICE will release a game that has players falling through the ground, a broken chat system, and any of the other "problems" in the stress test beta. Do you think the tanks will also drive through the ground? The only thing you can base an intelligent opinion on is their last game. There were no vehicles in the beta. There was barely any destruction (one of the major points for BF) in the beta. There was hardly anything IN the beta that is in the final release. I do not understand how some of you form your outlandish opinions of the finished product.

Tarantino_Life2537d ago

BF3 is awesome! Dunno even a map without vehicles is far more entertaining than COD in my opinion. I will always love squad based games.

jp02491072537d ago

I really don't understand why the beta was so awful. I had a good time with Metro (even though it wasn't the best) and Caspian Border is even better. Maybe I should start my own crappy website and make up articles with controversial titles about MW3 being less than stellar just to get hits. I could become another jim sterling troll.

XboxInnovation2537d ago

The beta was awful because the game is being rushed. The game is more of a Bad Company 2 extension than a new game in itself. You should have known something was up when EA starting going after MW3.

zeksta2536d ago

Oh, so you've played the full retail game? No? Then shut the hell up.

zeksta2536d ago

This Article contains nothing but severe stupidity from the writer.

This Beta build is about 2 months old, none the less they've fixed the bugs and along with that the graphics were stripped down the the bare essentials for smaller download size, how you people can judge a game on those terms plus one mode and map is beyond my comprehension, glad you canceled your pre-order you bucket of incompetence and stupidity.

Mustang300C20122536d ago

Then what was the point in releasing the beta if all the bugs were fixed? I mean that is the point of releasing a beta. What EA/DICE fuc*ed up doing was releasing a beta so close to release. Now instead of the continued hype the game was getting now they have to constantly remind and make excuses that the beta doesn't represent the final product. I %100 AGREE with that it doesn't represent the final product. It was a marketing decision to release the beta. They can keep saying it was to test the servers for all 3 platforms but this should have happened MONTHS ago. The beta is really just demo. Who releases a beta weeks before release and already claims the bugs are fixed? What is the point of the beta again? Stupid decision.

JohnnyWayne_2536d ago

I'm sorry you missed the point, but the article wasn't necessarily about the beta being 2 months old- it was about the notion that releasing a 2 month old bug-filled beta to brand new players of the game was a bad marketing decision on the behalf of EA and Dice when they are trying to convince gamers to purchase their title.

By the way, you shouldn't have capitalized "Article" or "Beta" (they aren't proper nouns), you're missing the preposition "to" in your phrase "the graphics were stripped down the bare essentials..." (not to mention repeating the word "the" which I removed here), and "none the less" should be written "nonetheless." It looks like there is a great deal more which is "beyond your comprehension" than how people can judge a game based on these terms.

Anyway, cheers mate- thanks for reading and commenting!

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