Being a Call of Duty follower over the last few years, I have been following the teasers for BF3 closely and because of those teasers, I have decided that this is the game for me for the rest of 2011.
I understand the reason for "beta" testing is to help the developers iron out any potential bugs prior to launch but with all the hype prior to it's launch I have to say I was extremely disappointed at all the issues I had actually trying to connect to a server. Being a business coach in my day job, I know the importance of getting your marketing right and the danger of "advertising disappointment" - EA is definitely getting close to doing this, I hope for their sake they iron out these issues quickly.
Once into the game the graphics were as I had expected, the frostbite engine is truly a masterpiece, the detail in the environment is magnificent and it is awesome watching someone fire off an RPG and watch a tree fall down (as long as your not standing underneath it!!) The default beta game is "Rush", a game where the players either defend or attack two key points in the map, with up to 24 in a room (not sure if that's the limit for the beta game) it does get intense especially around the targets.
The combination of 4 different soldier types all with specific skills means there is plenty of choice to choose from depending on how you want to play the game:
Assault: Is your basic soldier set up, armed with an assault rifle, defibrillator and medic kits.
Engineers: Are set up with sub machine guns (SMG), Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG) and repair tools for repairing vehicles.
Support: Is set up with a Light Machine Gun (LMG) and carry extra ammo kits for themselves and their squad.
Recon: The sniper support and I have to say at this point (because I haven't used this class yet) I do not know what their specialist equipment is - sorry!!
Being new to the Battlefield genre I have to say I like the "Battlelog", this is an interface, accessible from the console, the PC or smart phone, allowing you to keep tabs of your progress and statistics and compare them with the overall leader boards or if you are like me, you can filter them to compare with your friends only. This is active in the beta and also worth checking out.
Overall, not including the connection issues, if you have not tried it yet, give it a go. I think this game will definitely be the game of the year and I am seriously looking forward to flying around in jets bringing down some wrath from above ...... role on the end of October - I think a sick day at work will be called for!!!!!