You There, Come Play BF3 With Us

By Jim Rossignol on November 16th, 2011 at 9:58 am.

Men: best of all the things to shoot.
How does 7pm tonight sound? And how does 7pm UK time AND 7pm US time sound? Eh? What I mean, of course, is not that I have changed the timezones across the world (although I do have that power), but that we have a UK RPS Community BF3 Server in London, and a US RPS Community server in Chicago. Which one is best?! Only you can decide.

And yes, only 32-player servers for now, but if these two get used regularly we’ll see about getting you a great big 64-player server or two for you to play on.

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82 Comments »

  1. sneetch says:

    You’re too good to us, RPS!

  2. Sigvatr says:

    Australia is in the asshole of the planet and we never get an opportunity to participate in these things because the ping is so awful :(

    • Jim Rossignol says:

      I will look into a server down under.

    • Diving Duck says:

      I don’t even want to contemplate what that means for New Zealand then

    • Corrupt_Tiki says:

      Agree, but still, WOO!

      And also, a decent Aussie server, normally the ping is not too bad for Kiwis across the ditch either, and vice versa.

    • toomany says:

      Yes! Please, won’t somebody think of the convicts?!

    • mkultra says:

      Seeing as BF3 uses client-side hit detection, high ping really isn’t an issue. In fact, players with high ping tend to be at a slight advantage.

    • Groove says:

      “I don’t even want to contemplate what that means for New Zealand then”

      It must be a dingleberry.

    • philbot says:

      Yes! Australian server! Please!

    • Nick says:

      “I will look into a server down under.”

      Can you hear the thunder?

  3. westyfield says:

    Aaaww, cheers Jom! (Actually a typo, thought I’d leave it.)
    Are people gonna be Mumbling? *cough* TeamSync *cough*

  4. P4p3Rc1iP says:

    Cool! Won’t be there tonight but probably somewhere this weeken! :D

  5. Valvarexart says:

    Ah, sounds like quite the fun thing! We shall have to try this out!

  6. Baka says:

    Mixed Mode, Conquest or Rush? Looking forward to seeing everyone’s aiming capabilities.

  7. HisMastersVoice says:

    I’ll probably lag as hell from Poland, but hey, might give it a try…

  8. Premium User Badge Garmr says:

    here I was, planning to get some work done this evening,

  9. Jockie says:

    Please take Metro off the rotation!!!

    I’ll probably have a look in at some point.

    • Paxmayne says:

      I really like metro, especially on conquest!

      Metro and Damavand Peak lead to distinct front lines on conquest and game-long battles over the middle points.

    • Knufinke says:

      Yeah, Metro with 32 Player is a little overcrowded but still a very fun map.
      64 Players on Metro however is absolutely rubbish and the hilarity in rocket/revive-spam is silly beyond words.

    • Kadayi says:

      Metro conquest is godawful tbh. Essentially it’s just a nade/RPG fest and it generally requires a monumental effort for the US to push up the stairs and take the ticket area. I’d pass over it on rotation in all honesty.

    • Pod42 says:

      Metro and damavand are clearly designed for consoles with them being straight lines, damn meatgrinders.

    • Inglourious Badger says:

      Motion Seconded (or sixthed?). It’s like playing in a wine bottle

    • Kadayi says:

      @Pod42

      Depends on which mode you’re on about. I’d say both Metro & Daravand are acceptable Rush maps (assuming max 32 players) but aren’t so great as conquest. The former because the US is generally disadvantaged taking the ticket area, and the latter because victory generally relies upon one team successfully managing to infiltrate the oppositions base (and steal points A &B or D&E respectively) via chopper drop rather than punching through the tunnel (which given people have advanced up to IRNV scopes is nigh on impossible).

      From the conquest perspective I’d say, Bazaar, Krang, & Caspian are all good choices. Seine can very much turn into as turkey shoot if one team really gets the upper hand (once the opposition capture A, B or D it become very hard to recapture either point with respawning as there’s limited access) and Tehran highway tends to favour those with IRNV. Firestorm is great, but there’s not a lot of scope for assault given its Tank/Engie angle. Canals, can be fun if you’re able to establish a beachhead, but death tends to come from being endlessly shot in the back rather than engaging in firefights I find, as there’s a lot of open ground to cover.

    • Lamb Chop says:

      But at least it doesn’t have vehicles. BF3 is awesome but vehicle to footsoldier combat is totally asymmetrical, especially in open spaces, and that’s not fun for those of us who don’t like driving around. And all of the maps that are infantry focused have a killzone somewhere that makes it really rough (e.g. stairs/escalators on Metro, the alleyway in Bazaar). Regardless, this game is great. It just needs to come out with some better maps (dare I say that that was the one thing MW2 had going for it?). See you US folks tonight.

    • Brun says:

      Metro on Conquest is just free points for whichever team gets the RU side. It’s incredibly one-sided which makes it very obvious that it was built for Rush.

    • Nick says:

      Metro sucks in conquest (and Rush sucks in BF3). Point at the top of the stairs is closer to the Russians than the US, totally unbalancing the map with bleed from the very start.

  10. Premium User Badge Vandelay says:

    Dang, can’t do tonight! Look forward to some other time though.

    • Premium User Badge Vandelay says:

      Lies. Heading on there now, but on for about an hour or so.

  11. One Million Monkeys says:

    Ah… A server where I possibly will not get slaughtered by people a third my age, but by people my own age.

  12. aircool says:

    To be honest, I think the game is better suited to 32-40 players. I know of quite a few people who should be around this evening :))

  13. Sp4rkR4t says:

    Will be there on the Uk server.

  14. papabear says:

    Not hardcore?

    Meh.

    • westyfield says:

      Damn, and I was so looking forward to getting repeatedly one-shotted in the chest by snipers too.

    • Baka says:

      And watching them crawl backwards slowly in the killcam afterwards. Oh dang, that’s deactivated, too.

    • HisMastersVoice says:

      Unless something changed from the last time I played recon on a hardcore server, no weapon OHK you on a chest hit, with the exception of RPGs and grenades.

    • Vagrant says:

      Why do people want hardcore mode in Battlefield? It seriously broke Bad Company 2; Only a couple weapons were worth using at that point. Hell, people didn’t have enough health in normal mode.

    • Nick says:

      hardcore is ironically for noobs who want easy kills, just like it was in BC2.

  15. BoZo says:

    Not hardcore? Eugh…

  16. perfectheat says:

    Woohoo! I’m so game for this. Would be really nice if people started using the Unofficial RPS Community VOIP. Usually there is about 5-8people in the BF3 channel. So much more fun.

  17. hjd_uk says:

    Dunno why people are complaining, I find its perfectly simple enough to die instantly on Normal.

  18. TheTayl0r says:

    Got to put the kids to bed, but should be there come 8pm!

  19. mondomau says:

    Can’t do this until sunday, but you just wait – I can die horribly with the best of them. Seriously though, I’m fucking terrible at multiplayer man-shoots.

  20. gornmyson says:

    Woo! Thank you hive-mind..however there is no one on the server just now… sadface.

  21. cHeal says:

    64 player isn’t so good tbh. Gets far too crowded.

    Won’t be around for a couple of days but RPS is favouritized!

    • Nameless1 says:

      This. Also IMO is far better with ff on, no regen and no killcam (without going hardcore).
      A lot more tactical and rewarding cooperation :)

  22. mod the world says:

    Say about Battlelog what you want, but i like the way i could add these servers to my favorites without even have to start the game or origin.

    • mondomau says:

      Of course, that won’t do you much good if they’re busy, what with the inexplicable removal of queuing…

  23. nubbuka says:

    Just yesterday I was thinking to myself: “I wonder if there is an RPS server running about.”
    I searched. It wasn’t about. And here we are :3
    If my time conversion skills are accurate, at my little village (not actually a village) the time is 2:40 PM (lets say its 3:00 PM (15:00)).
    According to the UK times the match should begin in… 21:00 PM?
    Too bad no one’s playing right now. Hope to see you guys there.

  24. Donjo says:

    DAMN YOU COLLEEEGGGGGGGEEE

  25. perablenta says:

    I will be there, Dibs on the Jet on Caspian!

  26. RoXoR says:

    Only 32 players? I’m mildly disappointed. I WILL STILL ATTEND

  27. Pod42 says:

    I’ll be there at 6:45!

  28. Yog-Sothoth says:

    US time? Silly Brits, the US covers six time zones. Haha, your country is tiny.

    P.S. That was meant to be good-natured.

  29. André Bergei says:

    And not a single comment on the travesty of the disabled friendly fire? I’m disgusted!

    • Pod42 says:

      The amount of times I’ve ran round a corner and my own team mate shoots me…
      I completely avoid FF servers.

    • Kadayi says:

      If you shine a flashlight in my face I will shoot at you, fact. In such situations having FF off is a good thing for your K/D.

    • Jeremy says:

      Public FF servers are the worst. I’m so glad it’s off.

  30. Knufinke says:

    Tonight it’s time for a big pile of dead me… *sigh*

  31. Crainey says:

    Sure I’ll shoot you in the face.

  32. Shortwave says:

    I’m in the US server now from Northern Ontario and getting a nice 44 ping.
    Sadly noone is there but I am going to just idle / dink around and hopefully help it get populated.

    Yayo!

  33. Vagrant says:

    I am largely indifferent to 32 vs 64 player servers. But if it’s going to be a 32 player server, why is it running Conquest Large maps? I have a hard enough time finding people to shoot already! Even 64p servers feel like a ghost town most of the time.

  34. Post-Internet Syndrome says:

    Why tonight? :( Doing finishing touches on important worky worky, but I’d love to play you at some other point. Though I assume the servers themselves will stay up continously?

  35. Jeremy says:

    Spoiler alert: GPA only matters in 3 careers. Play BF3.

  36. Bobtree says:

    My nice long message about the crashing BF3 servers seems to have been eaten by the spam filter.

  37. NthDegree256 says:

    Okay, for all of the hate Battlelog has gotten so far, I have to say this in its favor – it was pretty convenient to pop open the server link up there and add it to my Favorites list, despite the fact that I’m at work without a BF3 installation in sight.

    I’ve mostly been playing on 64-player servers… maybe Operation Metro will be less of a nightmare on a 32-player one?

  38. Telemikus says:

    Nice 1 RPS. I’m usually a 64 player kind of chap, but to run alongside the RPS massive, I’ll be all over that. Faved!

    • Post-Internet Syndrome says:

      Yes. Several of the maps are actually quite unsuited to 64-player play. Metro, bazaar, crossing. They all become choke point fests. (Though bazaar really doesn’t need to; everyone just clusters in the middle alley just because.) With 32 players you actually have a bit of a chance to break through. It’s especially silly since the choke points divide the maps into uneven parts, so one team has an inherent advantage right at first spawn.

      EDIT: Did I post on the wrong comment or did you gratutously edit your post while I was typing?

  39. Mirdini says:

    Alas, the server is full.

    Time to play the “camp the server page” game.

  40. CDTJ says:

    Aww, I want to play so bad! I was never a part of a good community, even for all those years that I played CS:S. Only lightly involved with a couple, nothing like a regular group. I want to be a part of a group! Dangit!
    Why does Skyrim have to be so expensive? Whyyy?!

  41. TheTayl0r says:

    http://goo.gl/DWjXt anyone to pass the time?? PC Gamer UK server? Currently 0/64

  42. Yosharian says:

    Still waiting for patch to fix this BROKEN game!

    But I’ll definitely join you guys once it’s working =(

    Kinda hard to get into a squad with my buddies, though.

  43. Fergus says:

    Had a grand ol time today, especially in my big angry house, even managing to shoot down planes and helicopters. What larks! What japes! What big manly shooting in the face was had!

  44. Fergus says:

    posting fail

  45. frewster says:

    Uh, the US has multiple time zones for those of you who’ve forgotten. Which one will it be for the US game?