Battlefield 3
Battlefield 3's Vehicular Customisation to go Deeper
Written Thursday, September 01, 2011 By Richard Walker
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There's over 20 drivable vehicles in Battlefield 3, including fighter jets, helicopters and tanks, spread across 12 different classes. You'll be able to assume control of armoured transports, infantry fighting vehicles, battle tanks, scout helicopters, attack helicopters, fighter jets and attack jets, all of which you'll be able to tinker with in Battlefield 3's vehicle customisation component that DICE claims is "much bigger, deeper, and more tactical in nature than in previous Battlefield games."

In fact, there's over 80 unlockable specialisation upgrades for all of the vehicle classes, giving you plenty of scope to tailor your vehicle to suit your play style. Each customisable vehicle class has three slots for unlocks, with a secondary weapon slot, gadget slot and upgrade slot. And the more you play with each vehicle, the more unlocks you'll attain, giving you a broader choice of specialisations.

How you tool up you vehicle will affect your abilities in a multiplayer match, so will your fighter jet carry laser-guided air-to-ground missiles to dispatch tanks from above, or will you opt for the dogfighting option and pack anti-air missiles? You could also carry IR flares to deter missile locks or keep a fire extinguisher in the cockpit to put out fires when you get hit. The choice is yours.

Lightly damaged vehicles can now also recover armour if you retreat into cover, giving non-Engineer classes the chance to use vehicles smartly without having to rely on an allied Engineer to come along and help out with a repair job. Past a certain damage threshold, vehicles will be unable to recover armour and will still need repairing, turning the repair tool into the Engineer's vehicle defibrillator in essence.

DICE hopes that these subtle gameplay refinements will make Battlefield 3 even more intense than before, with Engineers able to bring vehicles back from the brink and non-Engineer classes able to maintain a vehicle with careful use of cover. Deeper and more tactical then...

Refresh your memory by checking out the Gamescom Caspian Border gameplay trailer from a couple of weeks ago for a look at the vehicles in action, then look forward to Battlefield 3 when it launches on October 25th in North America and October 28th in Europe.

[Via Battlefield Blog]


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Comment #1 by Battlehead
Thursday, September 01, 2011 @ 11:26:36 AM
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heads up, you forgot a title lol

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Comment #2 by WINAS3
Thursday, September 01, 2011 @ 11:31:48 AM
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Awesome vid, just Awesome!
If theres one thing i've always enjoyed about battlefield, its the vehicles.

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Comment #3 by Totoyeahwhat
Thursday, September 01, 2011 @ 11:57:51 AM
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*Sniff* It's just so... beautiful

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Comment #4 by FatalKrouzer
Thursday, September 01, 2011 @ 01:37:06 PM
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Comment #5 by I3oatsNHoes
Thursday, September 01, 2011 @ 01:54:21 PM
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I'm damn glad that I preordered this instead of MW3

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Comment #6 by kenny1
Thursday, September 01, 2011 @ 01:57:40 PM
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OMG can a FPS be better than bf3?

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Comment #7 by Destroyer777
Thursday, September 01, 2011 @ 02:21:30 PM
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this game is near perfection

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Comment #8 by snakemaster7
Thursday, September 01, 2011 @ 02:43:46 PM
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No jets in console versions though :(

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Comment #9 by emperorzeus12
Thursday, September 01, 2011 @ 03:17:01 PM
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@8 jets are in the console versions, don't you read, the jets are available in the conquest multi-player mode.

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Comment #10 by Scarfacew00t
Thursday, September 01, 2011 @ 04:05:38 PM
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Holly damn! I just made a hole in the floor because my jaw just dropped sooo hard.. I already bought that game like 5 months ago lol.. can't wait

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Comment #11 by evilkuja
Thursday, September 01, 2011 @ 04:46:52 PM
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Sounds sweet. I hope there's plenty of customisation to non-vehicle combat too.

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Comment #12 by John Marston
Thursday, September 01, 2011 @ 04:59:20 PM
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that looks like too much fun to handle

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Comment #13 by InfiniteRefrain
Thursday, September 01, 2011 @ 05:11:28 PM
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YAY! Although can you see the Trophy for getting all of the unlocks ... shudder!

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Comment #14 by the collector
Thursday, September 01, 2011 @ 06:18:44 PM
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I don't have the words for that video. I may never play another game....

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Comment #15 by Cromag2
Thursday, September 01, 2011 @ 06:27:33 PM
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OMG!!!! This activision, FYI is whats called adding new features.... come to mama.

Oh man, if that jet is as hard to get good at as the apache I am gonna need a LOT of practice, lol

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Comment #16 by JediMedic
Thursday, September 01, 2011 @ 11:34:02 PM
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Looks awesome.

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Comment #17 by sanchezz4387
Friday, September 02, 2011 @ 05:05:51 AM
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You know I've seen a lot of downbeat comments since the multiplayer preview about the graphics, but I've been thinking....although nice, graphics do not make a game good. Look at all the final fantasy games on snes and ps3, some of the greatest game ever made with relatively poor graphics, on the flip side ff13 looks beautiful but is crap. I think even if the graphics are on par with bad company 2 this game will be special. I just know the gameplay is going to be insane, vehicles, frostbite 2.0, free maps from previous battlefield. This game is going to be epic I'm so excited. There's so many games coming out but this and dark souls are the only ones that I have pre ordered, games like uncharted 3, arkham city, skyrim and even a MW3 rental will all have to take a back seat I'm afraid lol. and to make it even better, dice have developed something new and fresh, that alone is becoming something relatively rare in this industry. October needs to hurry

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Game Info
Electronic Arts


US October 25, 2011
Europe October 27, 2011
Japan November 02, 2011

Resolution: 480p, 720p
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Players: 1
Online Players : 2-24
ESRB: Mature
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