Battlefield 3′s Aftermath Will Appear December 18th

By Jim Rossignol on October 18th, 2012 at 6:00 pm.


But December 4th for premium subscribers! Yeah, those who pay will get to play just that little bit earlier. But what will they be playing with? Well, the Aftermath DLC contains four new maps, each of which is situated in earthquake-devastated Iran. There’s also a new game mode, which sounds awesome. It’s called Scavenger, and sees players start with just a knife and pistol. They have to go out into the map and search for better weapons to survive. I have to admit I’ve not been back to Battlefield 3 for several months, but the same was true of Bad Company 2, and I still went back and put hundreds of hours into that. Perhaps after Christmas…

The trailer, inevitably, lies below.

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  1. Discopanda says:

    I wish 2005-era me could have played Battlefield 3. Maybe he would have enjoyed it, cause circa 2011 era me certainly didn’t.

    • MiniMatt says:

      Know what you mean, I feel like I played BF2142 forever; suspect it’s little to do with relevant merits of those games and more to do with getting old.

      It’s not you, Battlefield, it’s me.

    • L3TUC3 says:

      My younger brother enjoyed BF3. I didn’t get into it while I played BF1942, BF2 and related mods (pirates, desert combat, PR, Empires, EoD, FH) forever.

      EA seems to have killed off modding pretty well so I haven’t even bothered with BF3.

      I’ve taken to Arma2 multiplayer instead with a community where there’s a wide variety of interesting missions and actual teamplay instead of more splodefest. And if I do crave a splodefest I just hop on to PS2 and assault a biolab or something with a squad.

      I miss the days where you would load up ASE or HLSW, find a server with pretty much any filter you could imagine, load up using the command line and have hours of fun. In-game browsers still suck for whatever reason.

  2. Cytrom says:

    A few weeks ago I wanted to try BF3 again to see how the patches worked out. It wouldn’t start up at all. From the looks of the battlelog browser, its a ghost town anyways.

    • celozzip says:

      did the same thing at the weekend after six months off just to check out the colour correction mod. only had to download 2.5gb to get up to date. same old bullshit, bc2 is still better.

      edit: also, that trailer is a fucking disgrace. as if the game will be anything like that…

      • dotslash says:

        agreed, I always had more fun BC2, I always felt I was trying too hard to have fun in BF3. Anyways, I’ll wait for them to release the DLC for free and then I might try it.

        Also, the trailer may not represent the gameplay you will get (which will in reality will be a load of cheaters with unbalanced teams on badly managed servers) but it was a good bit of machinima and reminded me of a chapter from the BF3 book.

        Yes I read the book, it was a present – hard back and everything.

      • Outright Villainy says:

        I like Bad Company 2 a lot better on the design front. The maps are better, the classes are better thought out, the UI is a lot better, changing loadouts is a million times faster, it’s cleaner looking, the environments are more dynamic. But BF3 feels a lot better. The guns have punch, and really feel like you’re spitting death at your enemies. The sound design is incredible. It’s aggravating mainly because its so hard to go back to BC2 too now, even though I like it more on principle.

    • Koozer says:

      Did the same a while ago. Took me a few days just to get it to launch. It’s still a fun game, but between the horrendous battlelog, buggy Origin and instant-respawn 5,000 ticket servers I’ve lost to will to make an effort.

    • neonordnance says:

      A ghost town? Are you serious? There are still thousands of people playing it every day!

      It might be the dodgy server browser. Try checking all the population options except for “empty,” to filter out all of the empty servers sitting around and doing nothing.

      • TormDK says:

        Yup, there are currently over 150.000 people playing BF3 across the platforms, with PS3 being the strongest platform with over 61000 players.

        For your reference : http://bf3stats.com/

        • BobbyDylan says:

          150 players isn’t all that much.

          • dotslash says:

            lol, pesky europeans with their switcheroo of decimal and commas, how dare they!

          • Post-Internet Syndrome says:

            No form of punctuation has any place in any number except for the decimal comma. Spaces may be used to increase readability, but everything else is an abomination.

  3. db1331 says:

    I played a few rounds last night for the first time in almost a month. It was still fun. I’m a sucker for a crossbow too.

    • CountVlad says:

      I did the same last night too! (Spooky!) Anyhoo, I realised just how out of practise I was. One kill to twelve deaths is not a good look.
      The new game mode sound really interesting. It might encourage people to work in squads properly a bit more so that there is at least one person on your team in the vacinity with a decent weapon.

      • db1331 says:

        It was like riding a bike to me. I think I went 11 and 2 before the round I joined already underway ended, then like 30 and 13 after that. It will be interesting to see what pistol they give you in scavenger mode. Give me a magnum, and I can beat almost anything but a shotgun at close to medium range.

  4. Ansob says:

    Worth noting that EA have gone and changed the list of what you get in Aftermath and End Game – when they originally advertised Premium, both DLCs included “new weapons;” that is no longer the case.

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      Clavus says:

      I don’t remember they advertised that specifically, they just said “20 new weapons” for the whole of the Premium deal. And seeing as there were 10 weapons in Back to Karkand and 10 in Close Quarters, I thought that’d be it.

      But since they’re adding the crossbow now, it look like they’re adding some extras here and there.

      • Ansob says:

        Nope – the original banner ad for Premium on the Premium mini-site specified “new weapons” for both this and End Game; that’s been replaced with “new game modes” for Aftermath and just a blank space for End Game. :(

        • BrotherCabbage says:

          One of the devs tweeted that there are still new weapons coming. They’re just not listing them for some reason.

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            Joshua says:

            Probably because there is a metric tonne of weapons already. Eventually, one has this big redudancy, as there is basically a weapon for everything already

            An extremely fast firing high recoil weapon – A slightly slower but still very fast firing low recoil weapon, a slightly slower but still very fast firing good hipfire weapon, a weapon that is good at close to mid ranges. A weapon that is good at close to mid ranges but has burst fire. Another weapon which is good at close to mid ranges, which is also burst fire, which has lower vertical recoil, etc. etc. etc.

        • grundus says:

          I noticed that too, all I can say is I’m disappointed but definitely not surprised. Still, the crossbow is a good sign, maybe they’re only adding a handful with each and don’t really want to say ‘MORE THAN 2 NEW WEAPONS!’ because that’s not exactly a big deal. I imagine if it’s less than 10, they don’t want to advertise that it has less content than B2K and CQ.

          I haven’t played BF3 in over a month, mostly due to Borderlands 2. As such, I can’t see this trend changing any time soon, because even though I’m coming to the end of my fifth playthrough out of the minimum of ten that I feel I must do I’m not even slightly bored of it yet, and I haven’t even touched the DLC yet.

  5. MrLebanon says:

    I’ve got 0 gusto for BF3. It’s turned into EA’s CoD.. nothing but a cash cow with gimicky DLCs and premium features and no real flesh and action.

    I enjoyed it up to Karkand, then they went really shallow with premium, it’s content, and the later expansions.

    As said above too… server browser is dying. Unless you want to play 24/7 10,0000 ticket operation metro there isn’t too many options (assuming your playing completely hardcore)

    Aaand what’s left of the community isn’t as enjoyable as the original community. In an MP focused game, community is everything. Most of the players are the type to do nothing but run their mouths on all chat and start internet “who has a bigger epeen” fights.

    I knew it was bad when I started playing CS GO and the community there was more well behaved

    • Radiant says:

      Pretty much described every online shooter community since the new millennium.

      You do know who these games are advertised to right?

      • MrLebanon says:

        I wish every game had a community like RO1. RO2′s actually forming into something decent after the various patches… still needs more maps though

        • BAshment says:

          I wish I could still play RO2 but i’m still having problems with bugs that where in the beta. Spliting the community with the different difficulty modes was baffling. I mean there a 50 other fps games with radars and cluttered huds, why would we need another?

          • MrLebanon says:

            agreed, although realism seems to be the go-to game mode. And the Japan DLC will be designed in such a way that the community will be kept together (the maps will be in regular rotation with vanlla maps, and those who havent bought the DLC will be able to play regardless – just with a few class restrictions).

            Also if you havent checked out the massive scale custom maps that foster a good 1-2 hour match of teamwork…. i’d recommend giving them a look :) (winterwald and bridges are particularly well done in their beta right now)

          • BAshment says:

            ahh didn’t know there was an official dlc announced, map design looks great.

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      wengart says:

      The problem isn’t that no one is playing BF3 on sane servers. Its that hardcore mode is shitty and no one plays it.

      • grundus says:

        Our servers are sane, check out the [SOD] servers. There’s about a billion but our SOD stands for Sick Old Dogs. We admin cheap bullshit and run reasonable ticket counts on decent maps, always changing and stuff though. We’re also hilarious. Well, I’m not as I haven’t played in a month now but yeah.

  6. Koozer says:

    “There’s also a new game mode, which sounds awesome. It’s called Scavenger, and sees players start with just a knife and pistol. They have to go out into the map and search for better weapons to survive.”

    Incredible! It’s not like we’ve been doing this since Goldeneye, Unreal Tournament, Timesplitters et. al. or anything.

    /grumpily works on dissertation

  7. Synesthesia says:

    i refuse to pay a hundered dollars for a complete game.

    • Meldreth says:

      Which is why you can now buy both Battlefield 3 and Premium for 70 dollars. Sure, that’s not going to be enough for everyone, but at least you can get the whole game for a ” regular ” price. And who’s to say that the game isn’t complete without all the DLCs ? But of course, there are some people out there who’ve bought it full price when it came out, and then bought Premium.

      • MrLebanon says:

        of course the game isn’t complete without all the DLCs. If you have the base game you have all of 3 servers to play on. Splitting the community 101 Make DLC that runs on servers unavailable to people who don’t fork up the cash = profit

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          Joshua says:

          I really do not know what you are talking about – when starting the BF3 server browser, and set it to “List any game with 1-5 or 6-10 free slots”, one does still get a whole lot of servers, and most of those servers run just the base game. It’s the expansion pack servers which are a bit harder to find, but even with the barely played CQ expansion there usually are still 5 viable servers available to jump in at any moment, even during midday when nobody is playing.

    • SkittleDiddler says:

      I got BF3 for free directly from EA (long story), and I paid $34 for Premium at Green Man Gaming. BF3 has been on sale for $10 at various points, and the Premium package can be had for cheap if you’re lucky enough to find a site like GMG that offers discount coupons on a regular basis.

      You don’t have to pay a hundred dollars for the complete game.

      • Cytrom says:

        Or you can get it for free if you steal it from a shop… sales prices don’t really have anything to do with the point he’s making.

        • SkittleDiddler says:

          Sounds like he was just complaining about the price. I didn’t read any “point”.

  8. tsmike says:

    A crossbow? Really?

    Sigh

    • Magnusm1 says:

      What’s the problem?

      • TormDK says:

        It’s CoD’ish, and if it can’t be used to shoot a zipline like in Special Forces, then it has no business in a battlefield game.

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          Joshua says:

          Wait. What? The Crossbow CodIsh? it has appeaered in shooters WAAAAYYY Before CoD featured it – such as Half LIfe.

          To Be honest, I like the idea of a crossbow much better then “Yet Another Bolt Action Rifle”.

          • grundus says:

            I agree for now, when the tomahawk or ballistic knife appear I’m calling CODishness also.

          • MasterDex says:

            It’s the FPS age test! If something is too much like COD even though it’s been done a bunch of times previously, you know they’re too young to remember the examples well enough.

            e.g. “Pfft! Ranking up is such a COD rip-off.”, “Typical EA, copy COD and set a game in the modern era!”

  9. Oak says:

    I like this game.

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    Colonel J says:

    I was disappointed that RPS didn’t manage to fit in a WIT or Verdict on Armored Kill last month. I’m not that keen on the Armored Shield and Death Valley maps but the 64-slot big map shenanigans on Alborz and Bandar are the most fun I’ve had in BF3. You should get in there with some mates soon Jim, I think you’ll like it.

    Just wish I had time to play at all at the moment with all the new releases and the MP betas competing for my attention. Like you say, next year maybe.

  11. int says:

    Why is there Startopia music at 0:50?

  12. HisMastersVoice says:

    I see BF3 is the new CoD in terms of public reaction to things that should not concern said public in the slightest.

    A free ride on the hate choo choo with all your little spades and buckets is always nice I guess.

    • neonordnance says:

      I lol’ed. But to be fair to both franchises, COD was far more bereft of ideas for several years than BF3 was; the gameplay of BF3 did a good job of updating classic gameplay, and subsequent DLC’s had fun with the setting in a way that I would have assumed RPS would appreciate. After all, isn’t that the point of a good DLC? To experiment with new ideas in the same setting, rather than more of the same?

      And again, to be fair, CODBLOPS2 actually looks pretty sweet. Kudos to Treyarch, just a couple cycles ago the redheaded stepchild to Infinity Ward’s square-jawed quarterback, to actually introduce new and brave concepts while Infinity Ward is running in circles.

      • Domino says:

        I am the only one that remembers the time when it was fun to play any type of game without getting bashed for playing one game over another?

        The days of playing Soldier of Fortune on 56k dial-up, along with various other games at the time then I moved onto CoD/Battlefield at the same time and no one cared about what was the most popular, was played for what it is – a game and to be played as such. Now it all seems to be a pissing contest without any real innovation.

        Rant over, toodles – back to playing Hitman.

        Note: This wasn’t aimed at anyone person in particular, just the attitude that seems to of taken over in the gaming industry. One can co-exist along side the other as they both have their own play styles.

        • Outright Villainy says:

          “I am the only one that remembers the time when it was fun to play any type of game without getting bashed for playing one game over another?”

          I’m assuming this is a time before we had the internet then?

          • EPICTHEFAIL says:

            I`m assuming this was a time before videogames actually existed then?

  13. neonordnance says:

    Well, it’s a BF3 post, so prepare the inevitable backlash. One man, one musician, NEON ORDNANCE, will STAND ALONE against the TIDE OF HATERS and declare that Battlefield 3 is an EXCELLENT GAME and that Premium is WELL WORTH THE MONEY and that this expansion pack looks RATHER GOOD.

    • SkittleDiddler says:

      You’re not alone, neonordinance. I will stand with you.

    • philbot says:

      I totally agree.. The people that bitch about this game are the ones that have hardly played it, or, they haven’t played it at all. The game has its issues but people seem to make a massive deal about the smallest things. And to the people that say it’s like CoD, can get screwed, the games are completely different.

    • Post-Internet Syndrome says:

      I actually agree, though with a bit of reservation on “well worth the money”. Premium is a bit overpriced to be sure, but sort of worth it to me personally since I’ve put such an insane amount of hours into the game.

      That said, BF3 is probably one of the best FPS games ever. The gunplay and physicality of the engine is simply unmatched. There are plenty of weaknesses and faults and pure idiocy to be sure, but that doesn’t make the good things not true.

  14. Larios says:

    I hoped there were zombies :(

  15. tomek says:

    Best online shooter atm gets nice expansion pack. I like how they redesigned the playermodels to look a lil shaken ;)

    • Magnusm1 says:

      “Best online shooter atm”
      Ha-ha-ha.
      No.

      • rawtheory says:

        Actually yes. Its the best shooter of the last several years. In fact its the best shooter since BFBC2. Most rewarding gameplay experience with regards to gunplay, variety of game modes, and a legit learning curve that rewards the dedicated.

        • An Asian Dude says:

          Serious Sam 3 would like to have a word with you.

          • grok23 says:

            Serious Sam 3 isnt even in the same league. lol

            Also to all the anti crossbow people…. BF2 Special Forces already had a crossbow in it, you used it when setting up a zip line. There are plenty of videos of it in action.

      • Brun says:

        Name a better one that uses the same general format.

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          Goodtwist says:

          L4D, L4D2, COD4 (ooh, shock!) for example

          • EPICTHEFAIL says:

            Um… what? How is L4D in any way similar to this? Or CoD4, for that matter (there was a time when MW didn`t suck ass, after all)?

            BF is a vehicular and infantry FPS. CoD is an infantry-only close-quarters FPS. Left 4 Dead is a co-op zombie shooter for fuck`s sakes.