Discussion in 'TechPowerUp Club Forum' started by TheMailMan78, Feb 2, 2011.
Thanks, got my PunkBuster updated now
BF3 Config Utility v1.0
It's up guys! Get it! Hope everybody likes it!
Get it here!
I'm in a situation with two pc's in two countries. Both have their weak and strong sides.
In Norway , AMD 940 black quad 3ghz + 8g ddr2 and a sweet ass MSI 6950 twin frozr . HDD . Vista
In Sweden i7 920 2,66 (stock klocks/cooler) + 6g ddr3 1600 mhz + ASUS 4890 , HDD & Vista..
Game runs fluently in Norway, no fraps at the moment, but the quality looks awesome..
The 4890 have some problems, but I dont know whats the actual case..
Game loads slow, and some times shuts down freezes in the loadout between rounds...
PB update? Runs with ccc 11.10 preview. Game looks awesome even with lower settings, atm in medium settings.
Havent checked it out really, but are there a game ini file that I can edit? Or do I do all the settings ingame? Any recomendations, and if so, how to apply them? ( Mee Noooobe...)
This game really look nice even with lower settings/weaker videocards?!
As long as you have a qad ~3ghz? Would be nice to have some info on "lower specs experiences"
And in general, is it now ok to run this game in crossfire?
Btw thx mindweaver! Will check it out!
Any chance someone can post some multiplayer gameplay of a good round they have had in any map? I won't be able to play for a while and all the vids on youtube either have commentary, or are console versions, or alpha/beta, or just sit and don't do shite. I would really appreciate it!
Well I still havent had any connection probs but dont wanna start so I guess ill run pbsetup but Origin has me in a "if it don't seem broke don't try fixing it" frame of mind.
New Horn Warfare DLC
Battlelog - Manually updating Punkbuster *recommended*
For players that are having problems with not being able to connect, you probably want to take a look at this post.
To Manually update your local PunkBuster Security Files, choose "Save As" from your Web Browser's "File" Menu and explore to find your game folder and the subfolder called "pb".
Save this file in that location (/pb/pbsec.htm or /pb/pbsecsv.htm). The next time you start your game, your PunkBuster will have the latest security information necessary to accept auto-updates from PB Servers.
Changelist for the R5 server -
- Crash fixes
- Latest PunkBuster DLLs included (in case the server doesn't auto-update)
- Security updates
- Fixed some problems with client<->server handshake, which would make players get kicked from the server halfway through loading
Please use the BF3 Community Support site as primary method for reporting issues & feedback. (login with Battlelog info)
New Battlefield Blog Post: Early Expansion Pack Access on PlayStation 3 & Battlefield 1943
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 00:01
Battlefield 3’s rolling out across the globe and we’re excited about the great feedback we’re getting from critics and fans alike!
Along the way we’ve also been getting some questions about the early access to expansion packs being made available to PlayStation 3 Battlefield fans and what happened to the original idea of bundling Battlefield 1943.
After the buzz of the initial E3 press conference wore off and we started to collect feedback from the community, we realized that while Battlefield 1943 is still a great game, most of our PS3 fans have already been playing it for years. We partnered with Sony to come up with a new opportunity that allowed us to provide new content that all PlayStation fans can enjoy.
Thanks to Sony’s exclusive sponsorship, PS3 gamers will have one week early access to Back to Karkand (included as part of Battlefield 3’s Limited Edition) as well as future expansion packs. Looking at the team’s progress, we’re very excited about how Back to Karkand is shaping up, and can’t wait to show you more. Stay tuned to battlefield.com/battlefield3 for Back to Karkand video and screenshots, coming soon!
New Battlefield Blog Post: Battlefield 3 Review Roundup
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 00:45
Day by day, Battlefield 3 is launching in more territories, and our first review scores are in! Let's take a look at what the experts are saying...
"This is a huge game by anybody's standards, with a comprehensive singleplayer, meaty co-op and gargantuan multiplayer, delivering more content than several of today's triple A titles combined." - 5/5 GameSpy.com
"With dozens of players battling across nine massive maps in tanks, jeeps, helicopters, jets, or on foot, multiplayer matches feel like a genuine war rather than a small-scale skirmish." - 9.5/10 GameInformer.com
"...the multiplayer component is worth the price of entry alone.” - A- 1UP.com
“Battlefield 3 offers an unforgettable, world-class multiplayer suite that's sure to excite shooter fans, whether they fired their first bullet in Battlefield 1942 or have just now heeded Battlefield's call of duty.” - 9/10 IGN.com
“But when DICE is doing what it's always done best, Battlefield 3 is a uniquely mesmerizing multiplayer game with a seemingly endless number of ways to feel like a success.” - 4.5/5 Joystiq.com
We’re getting tons of great feedback directly from our community! Head over to our Twitter feed to find the highlights! Thanks for making Battlefield 3 the best Battlefield ever! Now what are you waiting for? Jump in the game and see what the critics are raving about!
Battlelog - Update for Battlelog
Here is the changelist that was scheduled for Battlelog. Downtime has already been done and went on from 9:00 am to 9:20 am CET.
• Fixed problem where Internet Explorer 8/9 in Protected Mode under UAC got stuck in Matchmaking on the web (bypassed the ping requirement for MM - a ping fix in the plugin coming late next week)
• Made sure we can create max length Platoon names in all locales
• Hide and don't post Battle reports to users that only entered the round and left
• Fixed bug in Party join when the party had more than 2 members and no one had accepted the invite
• Made sure U2U chats scroll to the bottom properly when getting User presence updates
• Improved error message users get when trying to sign in without the proper entitlements - also linked the error to the EA.com FAQ
Battlelog - ONLINE PORTS FOR BATTLEFIELD 3
If you are playing on PC, please enable the following online ports on your connection:
TCP: 80, 443, 9988, 20000-29999, 22990, 17502, 42127
UDP: 3659, 14000-14016, 22990-23006, 25200-25300
If you are playing on PS3, please enable the following online ports on your connection:
TCP: 80, 443, 9988, 10000-19999, 17502, 42127
UDP: 3659, 14000-14016
If you are playing on Xbox 360, please enable the following online ports on your connection:
TCP: 53, 88, 3074
UDP: 53, 88, 3074
For specific instructions on how to open your ports, please visit http://www.portforward.com/ [portforward.com] or contact your router manufacturer.
Planet Battlefield - Battlefield 3 Prima Guide Giveaway!
Thursday, 27 October, 2011 at 15:24 PST | ^Scott^ | Print News
Planet Battlefield and Prima Games is proud to giveaway 5 online codes for the Battlefield 3 eGuide including access to the Online Class Objective Tracker The eGuide features everything you would find in the physical guide, but with even more features such as streaming video and interactive maps.
Battlefield 3 Strategy eGuide
Battlefield 3: Prima Official Game Guide is a fully-featured web access strategy guide with interactive maps, streaming video, search capability and a detailed walkthrough. Each map includes the ultimate sniping positions, the best group tactical positions and a zoom in/out feature. Strategize with your teammates by watching streaming video that shows which of the best roles to use in each tactical environment. Dominate the game with key strategies straight from the pros working directly with the development team.
Complete breakdown for every weapon, vehicle, and piece of equipment.
Streaming video of each team environment.
Full search capability and zoom in/out function.
24-hour access to all online content.
Detailed interactive maps for both single and multiplayer modes.
Expert in-depth walkthroughs for every campaign mission
Battlefield 3 Online Class Objective Tracer (O.C.O.T.)
The Battlefield 3 Online Class Objective Tracker by Prima Games is a feature-rich interface allowing users to complete objectives in the most efficient way possible. It gives users the pre-requisites needed to unlock every ribbon, medal, dog tag, achievement, weapon and vehicle in the game. Users can filter by class, rank, weapon and vehicle, search by keyword and track what they have and have not completed.
HardOCP - Battlefield 3 Preview Performance Preview
Tuesday , October 25, 2011
Author: Brent Justice
Editor: Kyle Bennett
Battlefield 3 Preview Performance Preview
Battlefield 3 just landed to excited gamers everywhere today. We've got a preview of performance in single player mode and a look at multiplayer mode. If you are going to be playing this game today, or this week, you will want to give this a read for a preview of what performance to expect.
It is finally here guys and gals, the much anticipated Battlefield 3. It was released in retail overnight (10/25), and like many of you we were right there with our hands on it thanks to our Origin download. Grady and I have been playing this game all night to bring you a preview of single player and multiplayer gaming. We will have full blown gameplay performance and image quality evaluation of this game soon. That evaluation will actually be split up into two evaluations, Mark Warner will be focusing on single player part of the game while I, will be focusing on multiplayer. Until then, what we can do is share with you a preview of performance and image quality that we have gathered through the night since the game has been released, so you know what to expect today.
I have been playing single player mode all night, and have some performance points to share with you, while Grady has been playing multiplayer all night and has some screenshots and commentary to share with you on that important aspect of the game. So let's start off with previewing some single player performance. As you know, Battlefield 3 uses the Frostbite 2 gaming engine and throws in all the DX11 bells and whistles you'd expect in a 2011 game. We will go into depth on these features in the full version evaluation. For now, know this, the game supports two types of antialiasing, traditional MSAA and shader based FXAA. For the best performance and image quality, use "Antialiasing Post" which is FXAA in-game.
Given the amount of time we had, we have done as many card comparisons as we could. We have GeForce GTX 580 SLI, GeForce GTX 580, and Radeon HD 6970 CFX and Radeon HD 6970. Note the drivers you should be using below for AMD or NVIDIA GPUs.
For NVIDIA GPU Based Video Cards - NVIDIA ForceWare 285.62 WHQL.
For AMD GPU Based Video Cards - Catalyst 11.10 Preview 3.
Our test system consists of an ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution motherboard, Intel Core i7 2600K at 4.8GHz.
<see the site for the rest of the article>
Ars Technica - PC Battlefield 3 multiplayer: the evolution of aggression
By Ben Kuchera | Published about 8 hours ago
We've talked about the single-player game. We've complained about the game's stability issues at launch. We've gone over the reasons why Battlefield 3 isn't being sold on Steam, and discussed why that might be a mistake. But these are all peripheral issues to the real question: how good is the game's multiplayer?
Bad Company 2 may have set the standard for single-player action in the Battlefield series, but most of us only played that portion of the game once. Multiplayer, if past games are any indication, will be enjoyed for years.
This is DICE's first game with the Frostbite 2 engine, and EA has used the opportunity to aggressively go after the reigning king of war games, Call of Duty. Picking a favorite is a little silly—the games are very different takes on competitive first-person wargaming—but it's clear after playing the multiplayer portion of the game extensively that EA and DICE have released a game that's very special. This could be the high water mark for multiplayer gaming for quite some time.
So... about Battlelog
The Battlelog system for managing your character and launching multiplayer games has become somewhat controversial since the open beta, but now that stability seems to have improved, there's little to complain about. Battlelog opens in your Web browser and allows you to check your stats, invite friends to games, check the status of your unlocks, and even see reports from each round you play. The amount of information available is impressive, and it's fun to go online and explore your stats and progression even when you can't play the game.
You can pull up a report from recent battles to see who was the most accurate player or who was the best with certain vehicles, check to see who scored the most points, look at what weapons you prefer... Battlelog gives you access to plenty of data about your playing style and about those you play with or against. You can even leave a comment on each battle to praise good players or to talk a little smack.
Battlelog is also your server browser, and it's simple to filter for certain game modes or maps. You can create a list of favorite servers, invite others to your game, or anything else you'd like to do. It works well, is more or less intuitive, and gives you a high degree of control over how you play the game. Some players will be annoyed that Battlelog isn't located inside the game itself, but is there that much of a difference between entering a game from your browser or from a game menu?
And the approach has upsides. Before writing this review, I checked out which weapons and vehicles I favor when playing, then redesigned my dog tags... all from a computer that doesn't even have the game installed. I could manage my friends list or check the progress of my platoon (platoons work like clans, with their own pages and collective information). I could become a fan of a platoon, ask to join, or simply look up the stats of the players involved (this information can also be kept private).
The game is huge
Nine maps ship with the game, and they offer a variety of locations and conditions to fight in and through. We're reviewing the PC version of the game, which offers servers that can handle up to 64 players at a time. That's a lot of soldiers in one game, and if you have a server that's completely filled, some maps will turn into nothing but run-and-gun gameplay. Other, larger maps handle the higher populations much better. Seine Crossing, for instance, is a mess with 64 players, while Caspian Border and Operation Firestorm come alive with the higher player count.
The Frostbite 2 engine that powers that game is an amazing feat of technology, and it handles everything from the soldiers' animations to vehicle physics to different lighting conditions with ease. You can check out the game's thread in our forum if you'd like to see how it performs on different systems, but this is a wonderful excuse to upgrade your computer. I'm able to run the game using the Ultra settings and I get around 50 frames-per-second; the graphics are stunning.
Our Velocity Micro gaming rig
OS Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
CPU Intel® Core i7 2600k processor, Hyperclocked
RAM Patriot 8GB 1600Mhz PXD38G1600LLK Memory
Video EVGA GTX 580 1536 MB 015-P3-1580-AR
Motherboard Asus P8Z68-V Pro Motherboard
Storage Patriot 2 x 120GB Wildfire SATAIII SSD PW120GS25SSDR in RAID 0
Optical drive LG UH12LS28 BDROM/DVDRW
In-game visibility is rarely discussed, but it's an important aspect of the Battlefield 3 experience. Lens flare, dust, explosions, smoke, and debris all fill the game world, so areas with heavy fighting offer little to no visibility. The more you fight and blow up, the harder it is to see what you're firing at. This gives both sides of the battle opportunities for sneakiness and tactical movement.
The multiplayer is a much better argument for the power of Frostbite 2 than the consistently jaw-dropping visuals in the single-player campaign, because you can drive and control everything you see. You can blow holes in the sides of buildings, fly over the action in helicopters or jets, race across the larger maps in jeeps, and everything looks and acts like you'd expect. The game isn't realistic, exactly, but the way the vehicles and weapons interact with the environment is satisfying. Nothing feels better than shooting from the ground at someone leaning out the side of a helicopter to take a shot, or jumping over a hill in a troop transport to get into position as quickly as possible.
It can take quite some time to move across some of the larger maps, and the game's size makes it more important to stick with your squad and spawn on your teammates. It's important to cultivate a selection of players to join you in combat instead of jumping into random servers; the people in your team and squad will determine how often you win or lose a match. Communication and cooperation really do affect the outcome when fighting an organized foe. If you find yourself sprinting across a large map on foot to get to the firefight, something went wrong with your strategy or planning.
The game also offers the ability to spawn directly into certain vehicles if they're unoccupied, which is a nice touch. This doesn't keep people from grabbing jets and helicopters only to fly them directly into buildings, but one can only hope the average skill of pilots goes up as the game ages.
Vehicles have been heavily revamped since Bad Company 2. They will slowly regenerate their health now, unless attackers can deal enough damage to disable them. Even then, you have to be careful when the game gives you points for disabling a vehicle; it's still possible for the vehicle's crew to be alive, and an engineer can still repair the vehicle and put it back in the fight. This small detail changes how firefights play out, so you have to be relentless. Don't stop attacking just because you've disabled a vehicle! It's important to continue pouring rounds into your target until you see the explosions and get the points for killing the people inside.
Players can make vehicles more effective by using them and unlocking abilities. For instance, you'll notice that the jets are underpowered when you begin to play; you can use the guns, and that's it. As you gain experience using the jets, however, you'll unlock flares to defend against missile lock, then add heat seeking missiles, then a fire extinguisher to make it harder for enemies to disable the vehicle, and eventually other goodies. Powerful anti-air weapons and vehicles will oppose you, so spending time to expand the abilities of your pilot is worthwhile.
Last night I had the (dis)pleasure of playing on a server with someone who specialized in vehicles. With all the tank powers and upgrades unlocked, he was devastating on the battlefield. This may annoy some who think everyone should be using the same vehicles, but once you dig in and begin to level up different classes and unlock new abilities, you see why it's such a fun mechanic. The player in the tank wasn't just good because of the equipment, he had also put in the hours to learn how to properly utilize everything.
This approach differentiates Battlefield from Call of Duty. If the other team focuses on tanks, you're going to need to change your strategy to take care of them. You need to learn to use the vehicles on land and in the air to attack, defend, and to move your troops around the battle effectively. On many servers, the vehicles are instruments of anarchy, but if you stumble upon a server with higher-level play and communication, they become necessary parts of the puzzle.
Most players will spend the majority of their time on foot, and there are four classes to choose from when heading into battle. The Assault class focuses on offense, and has the added ability to drop health packs or revive fallen soldiers. Wrapping the Medic class into this package that focuses more on combat is smart, and creates a powerful and versatile class. (This is where I like to live.)
The Support class can lay down suppressing fire with its light machine gun while dropping extra ammo for others on the team. The bipod lets you steady your gun on different types of cover, which gives you extra accuracy while also decreasing your profile. If you put one of these in a chokepoint, it becomes easier to hold an area of the map, and the game now awards points for suppressing enemies with your fire.
Engineers have the weapons needed to directly engage with vehicles or to repair damaged vehicles. They can also use anti-tank mines for area denial or for placing traps. If you want to gain ranks quickly, you can grab a lot of points by repairing vehicles.
The Recon class offers long range support via scoped rifles, but can also drop mobile spawn points or paint targets with a laser in order to help other classes attack large targets.
You need a strong combination of all four classes to be effective, and within the broad strengths of each class, players can specialize further to find a niche.
You become more powerful as you level up and unlock new weapons, gadgets, and abilities, but you'll be able fight well from your first round as long as you're smart. Luckily, everything you do gets you points, so even poor players will be able to gain levels and equipment in short order. You can get points by spotting enemies, healing your buddies, dropping ammo, or simply finishing a round. Good players will level up much quicker, but the game is balanced in such a way that everyone will be able to get ahead and see the cooler weapons as long as they're persistent.
This is another key reason why the multiplayer is so much better than the single-player game: the options given to you as a soldier are nearly limitless, and the action plays out on beautiful maps with an impressive sense of scale. You'll be firing at the attacking force, dodging grenades, calling for ammo, hoping your snipers take out the guy that keeps killing you, watching as jets and helicopters duke it out above your head and wreckage falls from the skies. You'll duck behind cover as tanks rumble past, then go prone to sneak through enemy lines before knifing someone to take their dogtags. You can be the gunner on a helicopter and rain death down on the heads of those fighting below, or make strafing runs with your jet.
Good rounds contain dozens of cinematic and exciting firefights, with you and your friends as the stars. This is the best kind of game, where even when you lose or do poorly you're always having fun, and the point system offers constant reward for your actions.
One of the game's shortcomings is the lack of built-in voice chat (to say nothing of the weak party chat). I'll step out of the way and let community member tpg0007 explain why that's such a pain:
Couldn't have said it better myself.
The multiplayer makes it all worthwhile
The single-player game borders on the terrible, the launch could definitely have been smoother, but when you start to dig into the multiplayer portion of the game all those complaints fall away. This is a large-scale war game with a suite of vehicles and large maps, with up to 64 players fighting for domination at once. It's a beautiful, atmospheric slice of insanity, and it's hard to know what to expect from one round to the next.
Battlefield rewards teamwork and communication over run-and-gun, and action gamers who aren't used to this more holistic approach to combat will need to adjust their expectations. The new engine shows just what is possible on the PC, and it blows away the console versions of the game in every way. While it may take a few more days for things to even out in terms of stability, Battlefield 3 promises to be one of the best online experiences this year.
The four classes work well and make sense
The vehicles provide many tactical possibilities
Jets are back!
The maps are varied and interesting
The Frostbite 2 engine provides amazing visuals and physics
The point system rewards different styles of play
Battlelog makes it easy to track your progress
The engine allows for everything from the sun to dust to hurt visibility, leading to extra tension
Unlocking new weapons and items is addictive
Why does the chat box take up so much space on my screen?
The minimap is hard to read at a glance
Some maps become cramped with 64 players
Stability still needs to be improved
There are many game modes, but it's hard to find servers that are running something that isn't Conquest or Rush. This may also work under "The Good"
If you use the tactical light, you are a terrible human being, and are more of a danger to your own team than the enemy
Few folks are playing on the TPU server right now....
HA i owned this round
Yeh me and death bought one for BFBC2 and same thing. I was just there. No one. Maybe a catcher name. Try Noobs welcome. This game is hard maybe that will bring some people in ?
I for one would like to use Party instead of TS. Shoot me but it is very easy. BL aint bad as far as I'm concerned. I have had no Probs.
god i fricken suck at conquest. I always get killed from behind haha. I need to fix my vehicle mapping. I only want my joystick for Flying. Not ground vehicles. I wish you could change the mapping without going into a game
You may have to dip your knife in some gas to get rid of the overpowering scent of Aqua Velva that stuck to it.
Take it the Back to Karkand isn't up yet ?
it wont be for a few weeks. its just if you got the limited edition you get the Back TO Karkand pack at no extra change when it comes out
Dedicated Hosted BF3 TS!!
Hey guys, I have a New Dedicated Hosted TS3 server with 50 slots and 24/7 365 uptime. The new server info is: tpubf3.freets.info
I'm working with Digibuc to add a plugin that when playing on our server, TS will sync with the server and place players in the appropriate channels in TS according to what side and sqaud they are in in-game.
Hope to see you there!!
Ah cheers for that.
Ars Technica - PC Battlefield 3 multiplayer: the evolution of aggression
I just noticed this. You have been thanked in ten times the amount of posts that you have made.
everyone join the TPU server For a game now
The TPU server does not kick you randomly anymore. anyone want to practice flying? join the server
which one theres two lol
I need a joystick recommendation for flying in BF3. Anyone who uses something other than a mouse and keyboard speak up!
FUCK yeah! fixed all my key mapping. Joystick for flying keyboard and mouse for ground vehicles and normal play.
all you ever need!
Great...BF3 can't stay up longer than 30 seconds before it crashes. Seems to correlate with the problems I'm having trying to run either Kombuster or FurMark. This is not good...
Never mind, seems I needed to close Trixx...Guess my card doesn't like to OC. Of course, even at stock clocks I can't open Kombuster or FurMark to test stability.
First full game played with TPU guys. I am disappoint.
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