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Gameplay

Feels more like Battlefield 2 than Bad Company 2. The pace is a bit quicker than in BF2, but it appears it’s because of the map and the Rush mode.
You can now strafe run, which adds a lot more than it sounds.
You can see your legs/feet when looking down or jumping over things. It’s not as weird as it sounds.
No bunny hopping or dolphin diving.
3D spotting has been revised. It feels like you need to be more accurate when spotting enemies than in Bad Company 2.
Classes are a lot better and make more sense (Assault with med kit, Support gives out ammo).
Everything ran very smooth at high frame rates, it gave it a bit of a “Call of Duty†feeling at times.
The game appears to be ready for in-game advertising support (banners etc.). Although it could be just random BF3 banners posted.

Guns

Hit detection feels much better than in Bad Company 2.
Guns look, sound and feel differently from Bad Company 2. It’s more like BF2 than BC2.
Muzzle flash on guns has been reduced compared to BC2, now is on par with BF2.

Audio

Just as crisp and lifelike as in other Battlefield games. It sounds more realistic in BF3, kinda like “war tapes†in Bad Company 2.
There’s still automated chatter from soldiers around you, including enemies (which reveals their position, like in BC2).
No commo rose

Vehicles

There was only one vehicle, the LAV-25 APC. Controls felt like Bad Company 2, but the cannon firing and sounds were much more realistic, as if you’re in a real APC.
It felt like it took a few more rockets to completely destroy the LAV compared to Bad Company 2.

Graphics/destruction

The game looks great, no way around that.
Animations are way ahead of Bad Company 2 or any other FPS.
Destruction feels more limited than in BC2. There are buildings you can destroy, buildings you can’t. There are walls you can destroy, and walls you can’t. There’s no real way of telling which is which.
There is also a lot of cover that would have been destroyable in Bad Company 2, but isn’t in BF3. (UPDATE: according to some, destruction has been limited in the alpha for testing purposes, which would explain what we experienced).
The lighting is amazing, both in doors and outdoors. Also, you can only shoot out some of the interior lights, not all.

Misc

Award pins have been replaced by BF2-style ribbons.
There are a bunch of new guns, like the G36C, MP7, M27.
There are now faction specific weapons and rocket launchers.
When M-Com stations are armed, a C4 device appears on it. When disarmed, the C4 disappears.
100 points are given for a kill, +10 points for headshots, +30 for kill assist etc. You get 200 points for arming M-Com, another 200 for destroying it.

Overall:

The game feels a lot more like Battlefield 2 than Bad Company 2, contrary to what many people think. It was hard to comment on pace, since it’s Rush, limited to 32 players, with tight combat areas — so pacing will naturally be fast. On open, conquest maps with 64 players, I can imagine it feels a lot more like BF2. Also, note that these impressions are for an alpha version — it’s far from a finished product.
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seems like they are getting there act together to me, but this is only one persons impressions. I am still down for the game 100%
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seems like they are getting there act together to me, but this is only one persons impressions. I am still down for the game 100%
They always had their act together, people just take any bit of info and blow it all out of proportion (such as with the "nerfed" destruction).
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Sounds pretty good so far. I was a big BF2 player but was quite disappointing by BFBC2. I think i was expecting to much.

I'm glad they brought ribbons back. I hope that they get rid of all the instant gratification stuff from BFBC2 ranks went by way to fast and badges were waaaaayyy to easily attainable. The BF2 style of working for badges and high ranks appeals to me.

Only thing that has me worried is his comment about the LAV I really hope they reverted back towards the old style of control for Jets and Heli the BFBC2 heli's were a joke.
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EDIT: Never mind, just read destruction was limited in the alpha.
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I'm really bothered about the "some buildings/walls are destructible, some aren't" quote. Sure, some walls in BC2 weren't able to be destroyed either, but a more realistic destruction system was something I was really looking forward to.
Down further in the impressions, it states they did this for the alpha release
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(UPDATE: according to some, destruction has been limited in the alpha for testing purposes, which would explain what we experienced).
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I liked how you couldn't side strafe in BFBC2. Don't know why, just felt more realistic after playing COD. You don't often see people in real life sprinting diagonally.
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I liked how you couldn't side strafe in BFBC2. Don't know why, just felt more realistic after playing COD. You don't often see people in real life sprinting diagonally.
You may not see it normally, but how often are you in a war zone? Strafing is really useful, especially against snipers. It is possible to sprint diagonally btw, so I would think it should make it more realistic.
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"The game appears to be ready for in-game advertising support (banners etc.). Although it could be just random BF3 banners posted."

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I liked how you couldn't side strafe in BFBC2. Don't know why, just felt more realistic after playing COD. You don't often see people in real life sprinting diagonally.
regardless of whats "realistic" you should be able to side strafe even if its judt a few degrees. it just feels...right. it drove me nutty in bc2
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Hit detection is better than BC2?

Good, because BC2 hit detection is just sometimes utter garbage.
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