EA Inc. this week released the open Multiplayer Beta for Battlefield 3 for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3, Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 and the PC.

The Multiplayer Beta includes the Operation Metro Map and the Rush Game Mode.

First introduced in Battlefield: Bad Company, Rush is an objective-based mode in which attackers have to detonate pairs of M-COM stations to unlock the next area and next pair of stations.

Attackers only receive spawn tickets every time they destroy a pair of M-COMs, while defenders have unlimited spawn tickets.

Finally, Rush Mode includes transport vehicles, armored vehicles, helicopters, and jets.

This week, Amazon.com Inc. this offering a Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand expansion pack free with the pre-order purchase of Battlefield 3.

Battlefield 3 includes the Frostbite 2 engine, online vehicle warfare with land, sea, and air vehicles, and combat across the U.S., Europe, and Middle East.

It will be released Oct. 25.

Sony in Aug. price cut the PS3 160GB SKU to $249.99.

In addition, the PS3 320GB Move Bundle now sells at $349.99.

The new Playstation 3 320GB Infamous 2 Bundle includes the PS3 320GB hardware SKU, Infamous 2, a 30-day Playstation Plus trail membership and Dualshock 3 Controller at $299.99.

Finally, the Playstation 3 320GB Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Bundle will sell in Nov. at $299.99

Microsoft in Sept. began sale of the limited edition Xbox 360 320GB Gears of War 3 Bundle at $399.99.

The Xbox 360 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Bundle, to be sold Nov. 8, will include an Xbox 360 320GB SKU with custom Modern Warfare 3 graphics and sounds, two custom wireless controllers, special Avatar items, Bluetooth Headset, and a copy of Modern Warfare 3 at $399.99.

In 2012 it will sell the Xbox 360 Limited Edition Star Wars Kinect Bundle at $449.99.

Current Xbox 360 stand-alone SKUs include the Xbox 360 250GB hardware at $299.99 and the Xbox 360 4GB hardware at $199.99.

Bundle SKUs include the Xbox 360 250GB Kinect Special Edition Bundle at $399.99 and the Xbox 360 4GB with Kinect bundle at $299.99.

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