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Postby Metalrodent » 03 Oct 2013, 17:23

so is it just that one skyscraper that comes down, or can the others be toppled too? Will kinda suck if they can't, having one destructible building would seem kinda kinda pointless
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Postby OXM ETboy » 03 Oct 2013, 17:24

There's only one skyscraper you can knock over, yes - the map would probably be a nightmare to balance if you could destroy all of them.
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Postby Metalrodent » 03 Oct 2013, 17:31

OXM ETboy wrote:There's only one skyscraper you can knock over, yes - the map would probably be a nightmare to balance if you could destroy all of them.

Fair point, just seems a little dissapointing how they're advertising their next gen engine, yet still half the map is just invincible
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Postby OXM ETboy » 03 Oct 2013, 17:34

True! Jim Boone from Volition has some interesting thoughts about DICE's destruction tech in (blatant plug) our latest issue. Basically, they realised early on that fidelity for its own sake is pointless - it's all about where you deploy it, and how you frame it.
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Postby Plamsa wing » 03 Oct 2013, 17:50

Doesn't it seem odd that Bad Company 2 has better destruction, in that most things can actually be destroyed?
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Postby OXM ETboy » 03 Oct 2013, 17:55

In fairness, BC2's maps are much smaller and less vertical than those of BF3/4, and the destruction isn't as naturalistic as it seems - you're basically triggering a pre-scripted collapse sequence by blowing out pre-determined bits of terrain. I think people forget that BF was about scale before it was about deformation - it was always going to be tricky, balancing those priorities.
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Postby Metalrodent » 03 Oct 2013, 17:56

Plamsa wing wrote:Doesn't it seem odd that Bad Company 2 has better destruction, in that most things can actually be destroyed?

Don't forget the awesome craters (unless they've been bought back for this)
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Postby GHOSTY05 » 04 Oct 2013, 10:23

OOOOO....

I forgot about this.

Runs to download!!

But wait...nothing there.

Anyone know when this beta is available?
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Postby stee01 » 04 Oct 2013, 11:40

It might not be on the dasboard yet. Use bing and type battlefield 4 demo it should bring it up. Iam downloading now. Finally got beta or demo but I can't seem to play cause it can't connect to EA servers :(
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Postby andy30241 » 04 Oct 2013, 11:56

I've played about 7 hours or so in the last couple of days. It is fantastic I love all the Battlefield games and for me this just continues with another perfect example of a war game.
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Postby Pompey78 » 05 Oct 2013, 20:59

I've played the Open Beta for about 90 min so far over a few games and so far I'm quite impressed.

The last battlefield Beta I played (2 or 3) put me off purchasing the full game, however this hasn't I'm glad to say. :)
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Postby Metalratex » 07 Oct 2013, 14:51

32 players for current gen? Confirmed? That would help.
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Postby mackered » 07 Oct 2013, 19:06

I played a bit yesterday and was quite impressed. Could have done with a few more people on though as 4v4 was a bit pointless on the map (2 in helis and two in tanks when I dropped in so only two killable players on the other side lol. Aiming was a bit of an issue (because of lag I guess) but I enjoyed it. Can't wait for the full xbone version.
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