Laggy Visit To Battlefield 3's Massive Caspian Border

The second map being unlocked for Battlefield 3's open beta is Caspian Border, a massive 64-player conquest map filled with planes, jeeps, and if you get the right server, tons of lag.

The Caspian Border servers (in the PC version, at least) are currently password protected, but the nice folks at DICE are rather free with those passwords (thanks Mrsoftey2!), so this morning I had a chance to hop into a match and bounce around for a few minutes.

As you can see, there was much bouncing.

I attribute the lag in the server I was on to a mass of European and North American beta testers desperately trying to get a taste of the massive map. The servers were all full, all the time, and I suspect the only reason I got in this one was because folks got sick of the rubber-banding and left.

Later I got into a much less laggy version of Caspian, where I stood around the airstrip with seven other guys, waiting for the jet to spawn. Everybody wants to be a jet pilot.


    The map looks awesome, shame about the lag but what do you expect, the map just got unlocked and every person and their dog will be hammering all of the servers.

    Turn your torrents off before you record ;)


      That porn aint going to download itself man.

    I played this on console yesterday, first 3 games just locked up while loading the map, next 2 games I got into I couldnt even move cos of the lag got rubber banded back to the same spot every time, prob played about 3 games eventually out of attempted 10, thought it was a bit of a mess, reminded me of MoH rather than BF, is it just me or is the destruction gone? didnt notice any holes being blown in walls etc.

      They have stated some destruction was turned off for the beta, don't worry sir.

    I think theres gonna be a lot of 24 hour caspian border servers popping up when this is released. Can't Wait XD

    This article sums up the bulk of my Battlefield experiences. Rubber banding and not having a vehicle on a huge map. Good times. When BF isn't doing those things it's amazing, but it does those things a lot (to me at least).

    Don't Need a vehicle. Play as team stick to your squad and spawn on your squad mates and win the matches! Less people farting around and wasting vehicles the better.

    "where I stood around the airstrip with seven other guys, waiting for the jet to spawn. Everybody wants to be a jet pilot"


      War, War never changes...

      It's the KFC Partyserver all over again...

    I've seen around that every now and then EA will be giving out codes to play this level on some of the servers, the thing I don't understand is that the level never appears anywhere. It's always the metro level that appears and that's it. Even when you set it up in your filter

    bet he was on a sever for like russia or something instead of a local one

    typical dodgy EA servers, i would expect no less.

    "where I stood around the airstrip with seven other guys, waiting for the jet to spawn."

    I see nothing has changed since BF1942.

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