Battlefield 3 is being touted by EA as the ultimate answer to Activision’s immensely successful Call of Duty franchise. Gamers have been wondering how Battlefield 3 is going to outdo Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty Elite come this Fall.

The last couple of weeks have been dominated by Call of Duty news with the big reveal that Call of Duty Elite would be launching alongside Modern Warfare 3 as a feature for all future Call of Duty games. At the EA press conference, we finally got our first new glimpse at Battlefield 3 since the original footage from the 12 minute trailer was shown earlier this year.

The multiplayer demo shown at the press conference focused on infantry combat. A points system akin to that of the Call of Duty games was present in the footage. The video has already been made available and can be seen here.

Not satisfied with just creating a world class multiplayer experience, it was also announced that DICE would be developing an online system called Battlelog which will be EA’s answer to Call of Duty Elite. The best part is that it’s going to be completely free. Gamers won’t have to wait too long to try out the multiplayer experience either since the multiplatform beta is going to be arriving in September.

Multiplayer wasn’t all that the press were treated to. With BF3 being presented as a Call of Duty killer, how the single player campaign performs could potentially be more important than living up to the multiplayer expectations of the strict PC community.

At the press conference, a gameplay demo was shown where the player took control of the tank and fought against other tanks in the desert outskirts near Tehran.

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As you can see in the trailer, Battlefield 3 continues to impress on the visual front. With Modern Warfare 3 clearly being all about non-stop action and the destruction of set-pieces, BF3’s unique brand of more realistic combat is in some ways a breath of fresh air.

That isn’t to say that Modern Warfare’s influence on the FPS genre has left Battlefield 3 completely untouched. The aerial reconnaissance segment puts the player well above the area marking targets for other aircraft to fire at. A slight departure from the AC-130 missions in Modern Warfare, but similar nonetheless.

The question gamers will no doubt want answered is will the graphics on consoles compare to those we’ve already seen on PC? The EA Press Conference didn’t answer this question yet, but E3 itself will be revealing this for once and for all, with a PS3 demo of the game available on the floor.

What did you think of the new single player gameplay trailer. Are you going to be signing up for the Battlefield 3 open beta?

Battlefield 3 will be released for the PC, PS3, or Xbox 360 on October 25, 2011.

Stay tuned to Game Rant for more news and updates as E3 2011 continues through the week.

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