Happy Birthday Stadler!

Happy B’day Stadler!

Today is a special day for Battlefieldo… Our site was founded nearly a year ago by Erik “Stadler” Zuuring. It all started here on Erik’s Tumbler. Erik has grown Battlefieldo into the largest Battlefield 3 Online Community in just over 4 months of being alive. He steers us staff members in the right direction on development, and has more drive and focus on providing the community with their needs than I have ever seen in any video game I have ever played. Erik is the ultimate community manager, and we honestly wouldn’t have such a great, world leading community site and community without him. Erik has recently also been added as a Battlelog Moderator, and also serves the community on the Battlelog forums. We have some pretty big things on the horizon for our site, and our community following, and I know we all rest easy at night knowing Stadler’s at the helm. Happy Birthday bro, and thank you so much for the sweat, blood, and tears you put into the site, and the community.

 

On a less serious note: Be sure to check out Stadler’s “Confession” in our staff confession post. =)

 

 

Announcing STARWARSO.com

Announcing STARWARSO.com

The Battlefieldo Team is happy to announce the addition of our sister site: STARWARSO.com. STARWARSO will be kicking off as a blog originally and will then evolve into what is to hopefully be the world’s largest online Star Wars community. We have so much planned and are so excited to expand our resources and experience over to a new site and a new game. We have so many things on the horizon for not only Battlefieldo, but now also her sister STARWARSO. We’re expanding our team, and if you’re interested in becoming a part of STARWARSO contact us HERE with your resume and online community or technical experience.

 

Stay in touch with our Development and be apart of the founding membership!

You can follow us on Twitter: @STARWARSO

“Like” us on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/starwarso

New Spotlight Series: “DO IT LIVE”

Announcing Series: “DO IT LIVE”

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I’m proud to announce the expansion of the “Community Spotlight” section of our community into what will become a daily segment for us, its called “DO IT LIVE”. The spotlight can be oh so bright sometimes… especially the spotlight of the worlds largest online BF3 community (yea… that’s us). So far.. it seems like our “Articles” section in community spotlight is lacking, while the Videos & Artworkis thriving! I’d love to see you guys putting more content out on the community spotlight, because starting tomorrow I will be picking videos, articles, and artwork out of our spotlight section to highlight on our newest installment “DO IT LIVE!” and give you the Battlefieldo Spotlight you so clearly deserve!

 

Perks:

We’re going to tweet your content

We’re going to Post it on Facebook

We’re posting it on our “News” homepage

You get max Battlefieldo exposure, and mad street cred.

Profit?

Can’t wait to start giving you guys the audience and attention you deserve! See you on the spotlight!

@PR3SIDENT_

Community Spotlight: Cookie

Community Spotlight: Cookie

For those of you guys who haven’t had a chance to meet Cookie, you’re seriously missing out. Cookie is one of the funniest most personable members of our Battlefieldo community. He cracks me the hell up all the time, and has this personality that just makes you enjoy being around him. I’m pleased to announced that Cookie will today be brought on board as our first official ”Clan Recruiter/Welcomer”. In this new role he will assist Grizzle and myself with the recruits, trialists, and driving membership to the clan. Please congradulate him when you see him.

Bio

Cookie, aka Michael, comes from Belgium. He’s still a student and is currently in his final year of High School. He has plans to study IT after High School at university and achieve a Master in Networking Management and Distribution. He keeps him busy with school with his final essay about Cloud Computing and loads of other work. Once a week he goes to MusicSchoolas well (he’s in his final year of it). He has a nice Keyboard to play on, for the experts a Yamaha PSR-1500.

Cookie fell in love with FPS Games from the beginning. The same counts for PC-Gaming. Consoles were never his thing. The first real game he had was Call Of Duty 2, a clean and simple World War 2 Shooter. He signed up with at a non professional clan and made a few good friends up there, but he never got into Call of Duty that much afterwards. He did buy “Black Cocks” to give it another try, but soon realized only the Zombie Mode was descent enough. He also played a few Age Of Empires’ and some Half Life 2 based Mods. After a while he discovered Battlefield, Bad Company 2. Instantly he left Call of Duty buried in dust. As he was searching for updates about Battlefield and the upcoming, he stumbled upon Battlefieldo and signed up.

“Instantly I knew that this was the place I was searching for. 
Quality and Mature are keywords that are present up here. ”

Although Cookie doesn’t have the best rig, he still manages to get pretty descent gameplay… He has an AMD Athlon X4 620 Processor @ 2.60Ghz, A Nvidia Gefore GTX 460 1Gig and a  650 Watt Power supply

He takes life easy, and enjoys some peace and quiet once and a while. One of his favorite quotes is: “We think too much and feel too little”.

Interview:

What were your thoughts on the BETA? And now, with the final being published for about 3 weeks, were you impressed or disappointed with the final build looking back?

 Before the BETA even was released, I was already stunned by the graphic quality of the game. I was excited what the new Frostbite 2.0 engine had to offer. The BETA just confirmed my expectations. Although some complained about game play issues, I didn’t have any problems with it because I didn’t want to complain about the details as it was a BETA. Now the final game has been released I’m just enjoying it even more. I do expect more from the game as its final built, but I’m sure DICE will bring up the updates to fix the bugs as quick as possible. I am stunned… From the beginning ’till the end.

What is your favorite class? Favorite weapon loadout?

My favorite class is Assault. I love the M16A3 with a red dot on it. It’s also a good looking weapon and shoots pretty accurate in my opinion. I’m getting into the support as well with an M249, but that’s when I’m playing as a Russian, ’cause I don’t have the ability to choose the M16A3 then x)

You’re most memorable moment in Battlefield 3 thus far?

I don’t really have my most memorable moment. I like it every single time I play the game. There might be some more memorable moments, but I think they will be there when we start playing BF3 on a tactical, advanced, strategic way. Then I might get some memorable moments (of epic-ness).

Rush vs Conquest? Offensive play style or defensive play style?
I like them both. It depends from time to time which one I’d like to play. Rush is a game I’ve been playing less, but still amuses me a lot. Conquest is a classic one that never gets bored. Lately I’m getting into TDM mode. I’m having this eager to just walk around and practice my shooting. – Some Quick Action. I’m mostly the defensive guy, but try get bypass the enemies and get all of a sudden offensive and pwn them from behind. I’m proud when that plan succeeds  (which is not that often x] )

How long have you been a die-hard Battlefield fan?

I’m not a die-hard Battlefield Fan actually, although Battlefield convinced me quite quick. The first Battlefield I bought was Bad Company 2. Enjoyed it every single time! One of the best games ever back then.

If I was going to give you a copy of Modern Warfare 3 for free, would you play it?
I might play it, just to check it out. I won’t be too amused with it though. After a few days I would just swap back to Battlefield 3. In my opinion Call of Duty has gone the wrong way in innovative FPS Gaming. It’s time for them to notice what DICE pulled off and what they’re up against.

You’re one of our top forum posters, what do you love the most about the Battlefieldo community?

What I love most about Battlefieldo is that there are much space for a good laugh and some jokes, but also can become serious when needed. A good example was the first Clan Meeting. Everyone jokes around in Team Speak, but when it comes to discussing serious matters, we all change in a way to be the most productive community out there. Battlefieldo is built upon a good team that has the abilities to keep a community running. That’s what I admire the most.

 

Thanks to Cookie for his time and hardwork he puts into being an active contributing member of our community.

Community Spotlight: Cookie

Community Spotlight: Cookie

For those of you guys who haven’t had a chance to meet Cookie, you’re seriously missing out. Cookie is one of the funniest most personable members of our Battlefieldo community. He cracks me the hell up all the time, and has this personality that just makes you enjoy being around him. I’m pleased to announced that Cookie will today be brought on board as our first official ”Clan Recruiter/Welcomer”. In this new role he will assist Grizzle and myself with the recruits, trialists, and driving membership to the clan. Please congradulate him when you see him.

Bio

Cookie, aka Michael, comes from Belgium. He’s still a student and is currently in his final year of High School. He has plans to study IT after High School at university and achieve a Master in Networking Management and Distribution. He keeps him busy with school with his final essay about Cloud Computing and loads of other work. Once a week he goes to MusicSchoolas well (he’s in his final year of it). He has a nice Keyboard to play on, for the experts a Yamaha PSR-1500.

Cookie fell in love with FPS Games from the beginning. The same counts for PC-Gaming. Consoles were never his thing. The first real game he had was Call Of Duty 2, a clean and simple World War 2 Shooter. He signed up with at a non professional clan and made a few good friends up there, but he never got into Call of Duty that much afterwards. He did buy “Black Cocks” to give it another try, but soon realized only the Zombie Mode was descent enough. He also played a few Age Of Empires’ and some Half Life 2 based Mods. After a while he discovered Battlefield, Bad Company 2. Instantly he left Call of Duty buried in dust. As he was searching for updates about Battlefield and the upcoming, he stumbled upon Battlefieldo and signed up.

“Instantly I knew that this was the place I was searching for. 
Quality and Mature are keywords that are present up here. ”

Although Cookie doesn’t have the best rig, he still manages to get pretty descent gameplay… He has an AMD Athlon X4 620 Processor @ 2.60Ghz, A Nvidia Gefore GTX 460 1Gig and a  650 Watt Power supply

He takes life easy, and enjoys some peace and quiet once and a while. One of his favorite quotes is: “We think too much and feel too little”.

Interview:

What were your thoughts on the BETA? And now, with the final being published for about 3 weeks, were you impressed or disappointed with the final build looking back?

 Before the BETA even was released, I was already stunned by the graphic quality of the game. I was excited what the new Frostbite 2.0 engine had to offer. The BETA just confirmed my expectations. Although some complained about game play issues, I didn’t have any problems with it because I didn’t want to complain about the details as it was a BETA. Now the final game has been released I’m just enjoying it even more. I do expect more from the game as its final built, but I’m sure DICE will bring up the updates to fix the bugs as quick as possible. I am stunned… From the beginning ’till the end.

What is your favorite class? Favorite weapon loadout?

My favorite class is Assault. I love the M16A3 with a red dot on it. It’s also a good looking weapon and shoots pretty accurate in my opinion. I’m getting into the support as well with an M249, but that’s when I’m playing as a Russian, ’cause I don’t have the ability to choose the M16A3 then x)

You’re most memorable moment in Battlefield 3 thus far?

I don’t really have my most memorable moment. I like it every single time I play the game. There might be some more memorable moments, but I think they will be there when we start playing BF3 on a tactical, advanced, strategic way. Then I might get some memorable moments (of epic-ness).

Rush vs Conquest? Offensive play style or defensive play style?
I like them both. It depends from time to time which one I’d like to play. Rush is a game I’ve been playing less, but still amuses me a lot. Conquest is a classic one that never gets bored. Lately I’m getting into TDM mode. I’m having this eager to just walk around and practice my shooting. – Some Quick Action. I’m mostly the defensive guy, but try get bypass the enemies and get all of a sudden offensive and pwn them from behind. I’m proud when that plan succeeds  (which is not that often x] )

How long have you been a die-hard Battlefield fan?

I’m not a die-hard Battlefield Fan actually, although Battlefield convinced me quite quick. The first Battlefield I bought was Bad Company 2. Enjoyed it every single time! One of the best games ever back then.

If I was going to give you a copy of Modern Warfare 3 for free, would you play it?
I might play it, just to check it out. I won’t be too amused with it though. After a few days I would just swap back to Battlefield 3. In my opinion Call of Duty has gone the wrong way in innovative FPS Gaming. It’s time for them to notice what DICE pulled off and what they’re up against.

You’re one of our top forum posters, what do you love the most about the Battlefieldo community?

What I love most about Battlefieldo is that there are much space for a good laugh and some jokes, but also can become serious when needed. A good example was the first Clan Meeting. Everyone jokes around in Team Speak, but when it comes to discussing serious matters, we all change in a way to be the most productive community out there. Battlefieldo is built upon a good team that has the abilities to keep a community running. That’s what I admire the most.

 

Thanks to Cookie for his time and hardwork he puts into being an active contributing member of our community.

BF3 PC Gets Universal Acclaim From Reviewers

Reviews for the PC version of Battlefield 3 released today in North America are pouring in, and thus far the game has garnered universal praise and critical acclaim from reviewers working for gaming websites and magazines.  BF3 holds an impressive score of 93 on both Metacritic and GameRankings currently, with about 20 reviews tallied for each.  Reviews for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions are only just beginning to come in, but the handful that have already been published average about 85 for both platforms.

Following are a handful of snippets from some of the more high-profile reviews so far:

IGN: “When you shut down Battlefield 3 and let the Frostbite 2-powered dust settle, it certainly has some problems. But DICE’s adoration of and expertise with the online experience permeates every aspect of its multiplayer. Regardless of the narrative missteps or the occasional glitches, 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.”
Final score: 9.0  (read the full review)

Joystiq: “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. It’s not revolutionary, but it’s the best Battlefield game, and that’s saying a lot..”
Final score: 4.5 stars  (read the full review)

1UP: “Battlefield 3 is a game that’s informed, not bound, by both its predecessors and its competition. It takes what made the series great in earlier games and marries it to the innovations from more recent BF titles. The single-player and co-op campaigns both have their issues, but the multiplayer component is worth the price of entry alone. “
Final score: A-  (read the full review)

GameInformer: “Battlefield fans hoping for the most polished entry in the series won’t be disappointed by this massive sequel. Multiplayer maintains the high level of quality DICE is known for, and the campaign is the best in franchise history. Outside of the annoying Battlelog and a tacked-on, uninspired co-op mode consisting of six short standalone missions, the only downside to Battlefield 3 is the lack of substantial changes to the multiplayer formula. However, that shouldn’t stop longtime fans and newcomers from enjoying one of the best FPS experiences in gaming.”
Final score: 9.5  (read the full review)

CVG: “Battlefield 3 then, from a campaign perspective, delivers the goods and then some. It’s not perfect, but it’s bloody close… infinitely more impressive than Bad Company 2 and irrefutable proof that DICE have now firmly stepped into the hallowed ranks of the absolute top-tier developers. COD or not, this deserves a place in your collection – not to mention a place in your heart.”
Final score: 9.2 (read the full review)

GameSpy: “For PC gamers at least, the decision by Dice to lead on our beloved platform has resulted in a game that delivers a truly next-generation feel. BF3 is an absolutely massive experience, but it’s the explosive multiplayer mode that makes this the must-have FPS of the year. There’s simply no other shooter that lets you wage war on a scale this huge, but even better is the infinite number of satisfying ways to lay the hurt down on your opponents. See you on the Battlefield.”
Final score: 5 stars (read the full review)

Not half bad!  We’ll put up another article detailing reviews of the console versions of BF3 for Xbox 360 and PS3 once more of them are out.  In the meantime, here are some other reviews of BF3 on PC:

AtomicGamer
GameTrailers
AusGamers
Gamereactor Sweden
Gamereactor Denmark
GameStar
3DJuegos
Eurogamer Spain
Meristation

Community Spotlight: Grizzle

Welcome to the very first “Battlefieldo Spotlight”, the spotlight will be a way that we highlight particular members, their artwork, videos, achievements, and submissions. This gives our beloved members a great opportunity to showcase their work, and also gives us here at Battlefieldo a chance to give back to our awesome following. For more information on the Community Spotlight read THIS post in our forums.

Spotlight: Grizzle

Today I’m sitting down with one of Battlefieldo’s most active and respected members, Grizzle. For those of you who don’t know Grizzle, here is a little Bio on him…

German born, Grizzle has been living abroad for 20 years and is currently living in Shanghai, China. He graduated from a British School in Shanghaiand is now working as an Event Organizer, Event Promoter, Photographer and DJ. In his free time he loves to play PC games and really loves the Battlefield series, started playing back in the BF:Vietnam days. The only down side he has to go through is the Chinese internet. In order for him to play lag free on servers is with the help of VPN software, which helps him out a lot. In September Grizzle heard about the BFO community, joined immediately and is having one hell of a good time with the BFO members on TS and in-game. Often people ask him a lot how he ended up in Shanghai, China. It’s because of his dads business, where ever his dad goes, the family tags a long. Before Shanghai he lived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, the city where he was born. Now the time comes, where he has to decide where he will end up next, due to University options. It currently stands at Florida, US or Singapore, Singapore. We will see where he will end up, next year march.

Grizzle’s L33T Videos:

BF3 Beta – Engineer & Support Class Gameplay

BF3 Beta – Assault Class Gameplay

BF3 Beta – James Bond Moment

BF3 Beta – Remembering The Beta

 

Spotlight Interview: 

PR3SIDENT: What is your experience with video editing? Background? Self taught?

Grizzle: I was part of a game filming community called The Blue Entertainment Group. They still exist and they are great guys. We used to sit down and plan out proper video ideas. Our videos were mostly based of the Battlefield series; I had a lot of fun with them. Through this community I got into video editing and it is still very basic, but everything it that I do in the program is self taught. Unfortunately I slowly disappeared from the group, the main reason being the school and ever since the hype for Battlefield 3 started I thought to myself, now this would be the time for me to get back into video editing and in-game recording.

 

PR3SIDENT: Dude, you have 888 posts on our forums as of right now… that’s a pretty wild number, what are your thoughts on the community as a whole being such a large contributor?

Grizzle: Haha yeah, I’m very active on the forums. It’s a lot of fun no doubt. I really love the humor, the discussions and the creativeness that is flowing through the forums. The community itself is very friendly and helpful, when some one needs help we are more than happy to help that member out. No matter what the situation is. “No one gets left behind” pops into my head. We are a growing community and we are growing fast. We can see that every day. Like today for instance, we reached the 10000 posts mark, which is quite impressive for a forum that is still so young. I love it here!

 

PR3SIDENT:  What did you think of the Beta?

Grizzle: I found that the Beta was a lot of fun, even with the bugs and glitches. I mean that’s what a Beta is for, it is there for the community to test it and report certain things to the developer so that they can make it even better and more enjoyable for us, when it’s being released. Which I’m pretty sure that EA/DICE will nail. Hands down. It was sad to see so many ignorant people rage quit the Beta because of so many little things, that DICE fixed within a few days after the Beta has been opened to the public. That’s also a thing that I’d like to address, the speed that DICE worked at to make sure that the Beta is as stable as possible… which it was after few Battlelog forum discussions. I really love their support towards the community.

 

PR3SIDENT: Your Favorite Battlefield Moment?

GrizzleMy favorite Battlefield moment… I think it was the first time I actually stepped foot into my first Battlefield Vietnam Multiplayer game. Yeah that was it, my very first Battlefield multiplayer round… I was just amazed, how awesome it was with all the players, maps. It was different, it was unique with all the teamwork that was involved, the vehicles the sound. I still remember that day as if it was yesterday. That’s also how I got addicted to Battlefield franchise. Fun times back then in the ‘Nam. Haha

 

Grizzle’s Youtube

Grizzle’s Twitter

 

That’s it for this Community Spotlight, for more information on how to get your content featured in our Spotlight visit THIS link.

 

Operation Firestorm and Grand Bazaar: Multiplayer Gameplay

As Promised, IGN have published 2 new videos showcasing two new Multiplayer maps of Battlefield. The first video is of Operation Firestorm, showcasing some great footage of flying the littlebird. This map sure kicks you back to Playing Gazala or any Desert Combat Mod maps.

 

“As a match faded in on a level called Operation Firestorm, I breathed a sigh of relief. The map is enormous. Built for 64 players on PC, this Conquest map screams Battlefield through and through. Tanks, jeeps, and buggies rumble across the desert while jets and helicopters tear through the skies. Burning oil fields decorate the horizon with black smoke, and the sheer scale of the experience feels like a return to the series’ roots. Running (as well as driving or flying) from point to point to raise my team’s flag felt great and I couldn’t help but forget my growing concerns from what I’d experienced of Battlefield 3 in the past. “

Now here is Grand Bazaar, more of a Infantry Focus map. This is a great sample of the lighting in Battlefield 3.

“This feeling continued on a smaller map called Grand Bazaar that featured tanks rumbling through the town square, and tight nooks and crannies dotting the shuttered store fronts of the level’s marketplace. Fighting through the objectives in this map showed off destruction, allowing you to blow holes in walls to make your own doors and get through buildings quickly. The balance of tight corridors and a wide open center area made for a great balance, and again a better representation of the series’ aim than the narrow length of Operation Metro. “

 

With only two weeks and 3 days till release of Battlefield 3 and now the Caspian Border servers open, looks like this is going to be a great game to go into with such a wide selection of Maps.

Here is also a stunning selection of screenshots thanks to Planetbattlefield 

BF3 Players have a shot at $1.6 Million

Virgingaming in Partnership with EA/DICE have announced the opening of registration for a $1.6 Million Battlefield 3 Tournament. As of now, it is open for Playstation 3 / Xbox 360 players. We are uncertain if this will be featured on the PC. It’s great to see a tournament with large prizes being announced even before the game is released. Goes to show that competitive gaming for this game should be a success. With groups like MLG and now Virgin gaming backing it.

You can register your team on the BattlefieldMillions page for a chance to win big with Battlefield 3

WITH $1.6 MILLION IN CASH AND PRIZES ON THE LINE, THE GAMING WORLD IS GOING TO WAR LIKE NEVER BEFORE…

The biggest, most realistic, room-shaking FPS ever demands a tournament that will always be remembered. That’s why Virgin Gaming, and EA DICE have come together to bring you an online competition you’ll be telling your grandkids about. So strap on your boots and check your magazine—when the spoils of war are this rich, you can bet things are gonna get messy.