Battlefield 3 trailer details Battlelog

A new Battlefield 3 trailer takes a closer look at the Battlelog feature.

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Now that the Battlefield 3 beta is open to all, it seems like a good time to take a closer look at the Battlelog. The stat tracking and social networking feature takes some cues from EA's Autolog, but adds some features more attuned to the shooter crowd.

In the new trailer, DICE details the post-game chat functions, leaderboards, and competitive incentives. The PC tools are a particular focus, since Battlelog will serve as the game's launcher and friends list as well. The trailer also briefly touches on platoons, which are detailed in the latest Battleblog. Essentially, platoons are gaming clans, with their own platoon-specific stat-tracking, leaderboards, and group chats.

Check out the trailer below for the full breakdown of features.

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    September 30, 2011 9:15 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Battlefield 3 trailer details Battlelog.

    A new Battlefield 3 trailer takes a closer look at the Battlelog feature.

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      September 30, 2011 9:36 AM

      I know some people hate it and would rather have an ingame browser, the Battlelog is kinda growing on me.

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        September 30, 2011 9:44 AM

        A lot of people don't like change. I love Battlelog so far.

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        September 30, 2011 9:54 AM

        I really wished the browser filters worked and it showed the pings in Battlelog. If it managed to do that it would be acceptable.

        Thing I like about Battlelog is the ability to group with friends and have ALL the spaces reserved for the players and join at the same time. This means no more sitting in queue waiting to join a friends server. That said they could have easily added this feature to any in-game browser.

        I really hope that voip isn't an external feature of battlelog because as it stands it is a pain to communicate with teammates.

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          September 30, 2011 10:14 AM

          Pings are listed in the far right column of battlelog. If it shows "-", best to not join that server. Check your filters for locations of servers that you are scanning.

          The filters are fantastic, and you can either hit F5 to refresh, or change a filter setting and keep clicking the view servers button (bottom right).

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            September 30, 2011 10:18 AM

            How are the filters fantastic they don't filter correctly by region and they show full servers when you select show +5 free slots. Sure it might work correctly for the first 10 or so servers then if you try to sort them by free space or name you will see quickly that it doesn't work as advertised.

            I haven't once seen the ping display work in battlelog and neither have my friends that group with.

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              September 30, 2011 11:57 AM

              Works fine for me, and I do not have UAC turned off, though I'll check when I get home.

              Playing from Seattle, WA.

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          September 30, 2011 10:34 AM

          Pings are listed just fine - http://shadowdane.com/public/BF3_Pings.jpg

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            September 30, 2011 10:59 AM

            Just out curiosity do you have UAC or did you get your browser Admin level privileges.

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              September 30, 2011 11:10 AM

              I'll check when I get home, but I don't think I have UAC turned off.

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        September 30, 2011 10:10 AM

        Same here. I'll miss the buildup of having to go through the menus before finding a match, but this is just instantaneous.

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        September 30, 2011 10:15 AM

        it's certainly no worse than their previous server browsing efforts amirite? lol

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        September 30, 2011 10:25 AM

        Yep. I was hating on it in the beginning but it works well and is quite fun.

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      September 30, 2011 9:41 AM

      I didn't think I would like the fact that they've made the launcher a webpage when I heard people discussing it, but I think it's a vast improvement and does making launching the game a lot less hassle especially when doing other things on the computer.

      Only thing I wish they would add features to change your load out and graphics settings within the launcher.

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      September 30, 2011 9:44 AM

      I'm another one who thought I would hate it, but I actually love it..

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      September 30, 2011 9:56 AM

      ...Battlelog was originally designed for use in Steam / Steamworks.

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        September 30, 2011 10:23 AM

        Really?

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          September 30, 2011 12:03 PM

          think about it... it makes a lot of sense that DICE would move to an HTML browser, which would be fully supported in Steam and Steamworks. Just an observation, with only speculation to back me up. EA made DICE rip out the steam integration, and instead force you to open your system's web browser of choice when they announced Origin (which doesn't have a built in web browser).

          Correct me if I'm wrong, but it definitely feels this way. Curious to know if a game-journalist would ask these questions of EA / DICE.

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            September 30, 2011 1:48 PM

            Curious to know if a game-journalist would ask these questions of EA / DICE.

            HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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      September 30, 2011 10:13 AM

      It's amazing, like butter on hot toasted bread...

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      September 30, 2011 10:33 AM

      I don't hate it but I could very much do without it. When you join a server with friends it puts them on the other team, and when they are on the same team its almost impossible to get in the same squad.

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        September 30, 2011 11:37 AM

        That's pretty much how BC2 is on PC anyway. The autobalance system is horrible, your friends will be taken right out your squad and thrown on the other team with the losers (and it usually is literally the losing team because people are constantly leaving that team and the system moves the last people that joined the other team in a pathetic attempt to balance both sides). That is, if you can even make onto the same team in the first place.

        I'm not trying to say that you should just accept Battlelog's messed up friends system, but it's not exactly a step up or down from BC2 which has been around for a while now, while Battlefield 3 isn't even released yet.

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          September 30, 2011 11:38 AM

          BC2 let you pick squads. That's one of the things we need here.

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          September 30, 2011 3:09 PM

          Hate the way teams get stacked in the beta. Average rank on one team is always 1-2, other team is 10+ in all the quick matches I join.

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      September 30, 2011 10:39 AM

      I don't like it yet. If the web shit fucks up, you cannot play the game. And it fucks up a LOT.

      I can't believe they punted from normal client integration to requiring launching from a browser plugin.

      The log shit and wall posts and stats posted to the web and all of that has been around forever. I guess they know their new audience, people that stare at web pages all the time. I still hope XFire or All Seeing Eye can make a comeback and help us get into the goddamn game when the party joining shit fucks half of the group up.

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      September 30, 2011 11:51 AM

      I didn't think I would like it, but Battlelog works well. Origin appears to be completely and totally useless for BF3, though.

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      September 30, 2011 1:46 PM

      Battlelog is fine. What I would really like is the ability to change your EAID name or, failing that, the ability to create a different name specifically for use with Battlefield 3. I'm stuck with a name that I created a long time ago that I don't want anymore :(