If you're interested in trying out the Battlefield 4 Beta, here's a handy video that serves as a primer.
Whether you're a long-time Battlefield vet or you're just getting your feet wet in the exciting world of destructible environments and squad-based tactical combat, there's something new for everyone to learn in the video.
The overview above gives you info on the Beta and informs you that you'll be able to participate in two game modes on the Siege of Shanghai map. You'll either be on the American or Chinese team, tasked with pushing out the opposing team by any means necessary.
The two modes explored in the Beta are Conquest and Domination. Conquest entails capturing points on the map on foot or by utilizing any of the many land, air and sea vehicles available in the game. Is running around on the ground too boring for you? Then take to the skies in a chopper! Would you rather have stability with great firepower? Then hop in a tank!
The video points out that the most valuable capture point is on the top floor of the tallest building on the map, the TV station. You can either swarm the top with your forces and take out the team that currently holds it -- or you can bring it down to the ground. Thanks to Levolution, you can aim all of your heavy fire at the foundation of the building to have it come crashing down.
Domination Mode is similar to Conquest, except that it's infantry-only and feels a little more like a King of the Hill game. If any team controls at least two capture points, the opposing team bleeds tickets. Tickets are like "lives" for your team. The team to run out of tickets first loses.
Check out the video above and get set for the Beta to begin on Oct. 4. If you're a Premium member, you should already have early access to the Beta. Battlefield 4 itself will be released on Oct. 29 on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The next-gen versions will launch with their respective consoles.