‘Battlefield 3: Armored Kill’ Hands-On Preview

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Battlefield 3 Armored Kill Preview

Despite having been released more than half a year ago, there have been plenty of announcements concerning Battlefield 3. Fans and observers will debate the value and structure of the Battlefield 3 Premium service, but those in attendance have had the chance to play the first two of five planned expansions set to be released over the next nine months.

The ‘Close Quarters’ expansion is available now for PS3 premium subscribers, but for fans of classic, large-scale maps with vehicle warfare, the ‘Armored Kill’ expansion is just what’s been lacking.

We got the chance to play the largest of DICE‘s upcoming maps and expansions, Bandar Desert at E3 2012, and it’s clear from the start that the look and feel of  the massive maps of Battlefield 2 hasn’t been lost by the developers. Bandar Desert isn’t just many times larger than the largest offering in the ‘Back to Karkand’ expansion, but the biggest map in Battlefield history.

Battlefield 3 Armored Kill Bandar Desert Map

The name isn’t just for show either, as five new vehicle types – tanks destroyers, mobile artillery, ATVs – have been added to once again prove that running from one end of the map is about as useless as trying to succeed as a lone wolf. The map is bigger than any previously seen, and that fact is clear from the very beginning. Placed a midst a sand-swept landscape, Bandar Desert’s building and roadways are simply too massive to enjoy without a vehicle at your disposal.

Obviously this design choice means frequently being left behind at a friendly base, struggling to decide whether to traverse the vast wasteland or respawn at a different location. That may be nothing new to Battlefield 3, nor is the presence of armored vehicles, but the overall impression that Bandar Desert gives is that a need has been met.

The release of both ‘Close-Quarters’ and ‘Armored Kill’ means that players will have a mixture of both small-and-hectic and large-and-tactical maps. The gameplay on Bandar Desert is the closest that DICE has come to recapturing the gameplay and reliance on squad tactics and vehicles that was showcased in Battlefield 2, so it’s safe to assume it will be a welcome change for loyal fans.

The Battlefield 3 ‘Armored Kill’ expansion pack will be arriving for $15 on PSN, Xbox Live and Origin in September of 2012, with one week early access on PlayStation 3.

Stay tuned to more Battlefield 3 news from Game Rant at E3 2012.

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TAGS: Battlefield, Battlefield 3, DICE, Electronic Arts, PC, PS3


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  1. Now if they could just get their servers working for close quarters.

  2. Wow, Armored Kill looks amazing. That’s the DLC I’m actually waiting for…

  3. Yeah, just enjoy knowing that AC-130 is scripted. Because that belongs in a Battlefield title.


    • Yeah, once people learn the path I doubt it will stay airborne very long. I’ve been taking out helos and jets with my tank’s main cannon since BF2, so anticipating the flight path of a scripted plane would be nothing.

      However, EA/Dice aren’t getting anymore of my money, sadly.

  4. Vote with you wallet! They still have not fixed the underlying issues of this game! Not being able to join servers with messages like “Something Went Wrong”, “You were disconnected”. Black screens and freezes or drops to the desktop. These have NOT been addressed! Yet they are now asking for more money if you wish to continue playing on the newer maps.

    EA/DICE need to start by fixing the base issues and most serious issues that a majority of BF3 players have been experiencing and bringing to their attention!

    Until then, I for one will no longer be giving them another penny until they do.

    Oh and EA/DICE, if you want to be “true” to the Battlefield series and true die-hard BF series fans, open up the main bases like they were in BF2!

    We should be able to attack main bases and steal or destroy assets like we used to be able to do. You closed all that off starting with BFBC Vietnam. And you RUINED IT!

    • They fixed it yesterday. If you visit the official forums there is a locked thread about it at the top. Anyways you just need to download the dlc and reinstall it again.

  5. You people are the cancer killing videogames. Keep giving your money to EA, the worst company in the history of the videogame industry

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