Tom “The Syndicate Project” and gaming buddy Joel “Incredible Orb” dropped by the Battlefield 3 booth at GamesCom today. This is their first impression after having played Tank Superiority in Battlefield 3: Armored Kill.
Tom and Joel are two great guys and Battlefield fans who stopped by our booth today. The former is probably best known as “mrsyndicate” and has 1.2 million subscribers on his gaming YouTube channel. They both caught our attention at the booth by their tight team play and loud cheering. After the gaming session was over, we caught up with them to hear their thoughts on our September expansion pack.
Hey guys. You’ve just played Tank Superiority on Armored Kill. What’s your first impression?
Joel: Fun! A lot of destruction!
Tom: Fast, action-packed and loads of tanks so you can jump straight back into the action.
Joel: You would think that there would be like a …
Tom: … A calm moment.
Joel: You think you would shoot their tank and it would take some time before it respawns, but they’re right back in there with another tank and it’s just straight combat to combat to combat.
Yeah, the DICE team has set spawn times to virtually zero specifically for that effect in this game mode.
Tom: It was amazing. One minute you’re like: ‘Oh there’s just one tank, we’re having a little battle’. Next minute you look to your left and it’s four tanks driving towards you and you go: ‘I better drive off pretty quickly, otherwise I’m gonna get destroyed!’
So what’s your take on the new Tank Destroyer vehicle class?
Tom: The new vehicles are amazing. So much faster …
Joel: I like the different levels [on the map Death Valley] too. On one side there was this kind of little hill …
Tom: … Take the higher ground!
Joel: Yeah, exactly.
Tom: Take the higher ground, or take the crazy battlefield in the middle.
There’s also that bridge in the middle of the map.
Tom: Can you get on it?
Joel: I could swear I saw a sniper up there.
Yes. You can drive a tank up there on the bridge if you want to.
Joel: I totally missed that!
Tom: It’s a really good map. It’s probably one of the funniest Battlefield games I’ve ever had, that.
What are you looking forward to the most with Armored Kill?
Tom: Honestly, I often get sniped a lot. You’re up against some really good players who are good at gun combat. I prefer driving. When you’re in a tank, there’s no getting sniped. It’s my driving skill and accuracy against yours, and it’s more of a one versus one situation.
Joel: I think it’s going to be a good balance, because you have Close Quarters that is super close combat and now it’s more tanks and …
Tom: … It’s like close combat with tanks!
Joel: Yeah, total mayhem! Total mayhem, but with vehicles. God, I can’t wait. I had a ton of fun in there.
Tom: You could hear and see us screaming and shouting!
Joel: It’s so hectic.
Tom: It’s a fast-paced and awesome game. I can’t say anything different.
What are you looking forward to in the future for Battlefield 3?
Tom: Motorbikes. That’s what I’m looking forward to. Everyone’s just going to be doing tricks everywhere. You need to put a ramp somewhere. Hidden.
Motorbikes have been revealed and confirmed as present in the fifth expansion pack End Game, coming March 2013. We’ll bring Tom’s ramp idea back to the developers in Stockholm. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, guys. Stay tuned everyone for more daily updates straight from Europe’s biggest games show.
Tom on Battlefield
“I’m really a multiplayer kind of guy. You know, playing with a good squad. [Battlefield 3] is a game that you can submerge yourself into, and it’s more about the win than your kill to death ratio. Be a team player.”
Joel on Battlefield
“I started with Battlefield 1942, and then Secret Weapons of WW II. I played that like a ton, obviously when I was a lot younger. And then I went from Battlefield: Bad Company 2 to Battlefield 3. I definitely enjoy Close Quarters, because even though [Armored Kill] is super fun, I usually want to run around and shoot people. So Close Quarters was like amazing to me.”