*The Hard covered Collector’s Edition will feature a photo tour of DICE studio, interviews with the Battlefield 3 developers, and a novel excerpt from Battlefield 3: The Russian, penned by ex-SAS operator and author Andy McNab. Also included is access to our Exclusive Online Class Objective Tracker (O.C.O.T.). This digital tool allows you to access and track every ribbon, dog tag, achievement and trophy.
*Dominate all online multiplayer maps with strategies from the pros!
*Teamwork tactics to make your squad an effective combat unit!
*Choose the right tools for every job with breakdowns of all classes and weapons!
*Labeled maps with waypoint, vehicle and fixed turret locations!
*Step-by-step walkthrough to assist you and your fellow Marines survive missions in the USA, Middle East, and Europe.
Table of Contents
COLLECTOR'S EDITION CONTENT
Battlefield Boot Camp
Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs)
Main Battle Tanks (MBT)
Stationary Anti-Vehicle Weapons
A Crash Course in Cooperative Play
Fire From the Sky
Hit and Run
Drop ‘Em Like Liquid
The Eleventh Hour
Fear No Evil
Rock and a Hard Place
The Great Destroyer
Table of Contents
Battlefield 3 leaps ahead of its time with the power of Frostbite™ 2, the next installment of DICE's cutting-edge game engine. This state-of-the-art technology is the foundation on which Battlefield 3 is built, delivering enhanced visual quality, a grand sense of scale, massive destruction, dynamic audio and incredibly lifelike character animations. As bullets whiz by, walls crumble, and explosions throw you to the ground, the battlefield feels more alive and interactive than ever before. In Battlefield 3, players step into the role of the elite U.S. Marines where they will experience heart-pounding missions across diverse locations including Paris, Tehran and New York.
About David Knight
David Knight has been an avid gamer since the days of the Atari 2600 and Commodore 64. His first foray into the gaming industry came in 1995, as a scenario designer for SSI's WWII strategy game Steel Panthers. As online gaming communities sprung up across the Web, David lent his enthusiasm and design skills to many fan sites. In 1998 he co-founded and co-hosted Game Waves, a weekly webcast featuring industry news and game reviews. David's involvement with Prima Games began in the late 90s as a technical editor. After co-authoring a couple of guides with his brother Michael, David authored his first solo game guide in 2002 for Rollercoaster Tycoon 2. Since then he's written more than a dozen guides for Prima Games, including books for Battlefield 1942, Star Wars Battlefront, and SWAT 4.
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Hardcover Collector’s Edition!
The Collector’s Edition comes in hardcover with beautiful cover treatments. If you want to learn more about the production of Battlefield 3, look no more. This section contains development team interviews; a photo tour of the EA DICE studio and a chapter excerpt from the Battlefield 3: The Russian novel by Andy McNab and Peter Grimsdale.
Choose the right tools for the job!
In Battlefield 3, there is no all-purpose class or weapon capable of dealing with every threat you face during online combat. Therefore, you must analyze the threat and choose the appropriate tools for defeating it by selecting your class and customizing your soldier’s loadout. Stating on page 19, all classes and weapons are covered in detail, including unlock criteria for each. Each class also has special equipment capable of giving your team a big advantage. Deployment tactics for each specialized piece of equipment are discussed, helping you get the most out of your gear.
Fight on land, sea, or air!
What sets Battlefield apart from the crowd are the vehicles. Battlefield 3 doesn’t disappoint, providing a wide mix of light vehicles, IFVs, tanks, helicopters and jets. New to Battlefield 3 are vehicle unlocks. Each vehicle type has its own unlock progression allowing you to customize your ride with new upgrades, gadgets, and weapons. Flip ahead to page 54 to begin reading-up on every vehicle, complete with unlock details and vital gameplay tips for each.
Plan your attack!
Knowing the lay of the land gives any soldier an upper hand. In Battlefield 3 there are nine multiplayer maps each supporting six game modes, including Conquest, Conquest 64, Rush, Squad Rush, Squad Deathmatch, and Team Deathmatch. Spanning nearly 200 pages (starting on page 72) the multiplayer maps section is huge, covering every map and game mode in detail. The labeled maps show the locations of every flag, M-COM station, and vehicle spawn point. Breakdowns of every control point, zone, and M-COM station are also provided, discussing attack and defend tactics as well as revealing the respawn times for vehicles at each location.
Find the path to victory!
When you’re not busy roaming the battlefield with your squad, try tackling the challenging co-op missions with a friend or dive into the intense single-player campaign. There are six co-op missions waiting to put your combat and teamwork skills to the test. To survive each mission you must leverage every piece of equipment at your disposal while working together. The Co-Op section (page 266) offers a detailed walkthrough of each mission, helping you defeat the onslaught of hostile forces. A comprehensive walkthrough of the single-player campaign (page 290) is also provided. In addition to covering crucial gameplay tactics, both the co-op and campaign sections offer tips on where, when, and how to earn the achievements and trophies associated with each mode.
The spoils of war!
Regardless of the game mode, there are plenty of rewards awaiting you in Battlefield 3. The Battlefield Compendium (page 338) is your one-stop quick reference source for every unlock, award, achievement, and trophy. The criteria for every multiplayer rank, ribbon, medal, and dog tag is covered as well as their associated unlocks. The multiplayer scoring system is also listed, helping you determine which actions net you the most points.