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Battlefield 3 gets stealthy with brutal knife kills and upgraded dog tag system

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Brutal new knife-kill animations and a revamped dog tag system will reward players stealthy enough to get behind their enemies in Battlefield 3. In Bad Company 2, dog tags were straightforward trophies, in Battlefield 3, they'll act as each player's personal calling card. Each tag can be customised with a selection of designs, and engraved with a stat of the player's choice.

A new post on the Battlefield blog outlines the new tag system. Every time you kill an enemy, they will see your tags, making them the perfect place to brag about your proudest stats. Killed 700 people with a knife? Carve that fact into your iron ID. The numbers update dynamically, too, so your enemy will know if they're knife kill number 701.

New knife kill animations add extra incentive to hunt for dog tags. You can see one of them about 15 seconds into this video . Stealing your enemies' tags will certainly be harder in Battlefield 3, but that just makes them that much more valuable. A picture from the Battlefield blog below shows what you're stabbing for.

Battlefield 3 will be out on October 25 in the US, and October 28 internationally.

Tom stopped being a productive human being when he realised that the beige box under his desk could play Alpha Centauri. After Deus Ex and Diablo 2 he realised he was cursed to play amazing PC games forever. He started writing about them for PC Gamer about six years ago, and is now UK web ed.