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'Battlefield 3' blasts off and blows up at Gamescom

The judges at Gamescom seem to think
The judges at Gamescom seem to thinkDICE/EA

Holy explosive gameplay!

With the Gamescom video game trade show taking place in Germany this week, DICE and EA have unleashed quite a bit of new footage from their forthcoming and highly anticipated first-person military shooter "Battlefield 3."And it seems to have made an impression.

The Gamescom panel of independent judges has just announced that they've unanimously voted to give "Battlefield 3" the "Best of Gamescom 2011" award.

So what is it that has so impressed them? Take a look. 

EA and DICE have unveiled some intense new footage showing off gameplay on a 64-player map called "Caspian Border." Check it out below. You've got guns, you've got tanks, you've got jets!  

And here's some additional live footage from Gamescom of the folks from DICE playing a "Battlefield 3" co-op level on PlayStation 3.

Gamers will get their first chance to lock and load when the "Battlefield 3" open beta kicks off in September. The game officially launches Oct. 25 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

Until then, here are some new screenshots from the game, specially made to make you wish Oct. 25 was tomorrow.

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