Posts Tagged ‘Battlefield 3’

Actually, Let’s Do A Similar Battlefield 3 Poll

By Jim Rossignol on November 22nd, 2011.


Because why not? It’s Tuesday, after all. And I am not even going to make a bet with myself this time.

DON’T hit vote til you’ve ticked all the boxes, because it bugs out. But actually if you refresh you can still vote on missed ones. So it’s okay. Sort of.
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Soldiering On: Battlefield 3 Patched Up

By John Walker on November 22nd, 2011.

Sure, this is from Kirkland, but what the heck do I care?

Battlefield 3 has patched itself on PC now. Remember when we all used to scream and shout about games that needed patching after release? It was this massive faux pas, and we’d all condemn any who released a game “unfinished”. And now sites report the “news” that a patch is forthcoming for a game, as if it’s a free DLC bonus feature for us lucky players. Well, hey. That’s what you get when you don’t revolt in the streets. So it is that the free bonus patch for BF3 is now out for PC, and brings with it a raft of changes, which I’ve meticulously repeated below.

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EA’s Unwieldy Banhammer: EA Responds

By John Walker on November 17th, 2011.

YOU ARE BANNED FOR LOOKING AT THIS IMAGE

For the last week I’ve been sending quite a few emails to various people within EA, trying to get to the bottom of why gamers receiving forum bans are finding they do not have access to their Origin online gaming. My goal has been to get a clear understanding of their current policy on the matter, since the company’s actions don’t appear to match the statements made in 2008, and March this year. On both occasions they have made it clear that forum bans should not affect access to games, and yet it’s quite obvious that’s not the case. So what is going on? We’re getting closer to understanding. While we’ve still no clear idea what their current policy actually is, EA have promised me that they are “planning a policy update which will include more equitable rules”, with a view to having “the time fit the crime.”

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You There, Come Play BF3 With Us

By Jim Rossignol on November 16th, 2011.

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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EA Forum Bans Are STILL Affecting Games

By John Walker on November 14th, 2011.

What a bunch of e-peens.

You may remember, back in March this year, a story that threw EA forum user Arno into the limelight. Having violated the rules of the EA forums he was given a 72 hour ban on his forum account. But found that he was also unable to play online with any of his games attached to his EA gaming account, nor activate his single-player Dragon Age II. This led to quite the brouhaha, which eventually resulted in EA’s announcing that the ban had been “a mistake”, and the promise that not only would Arno’s gaming rights be restored, but they would fix the issue to prevent this happening again. They haven’t.

We are receiving information from a number of gamers who have received forum bans for a variety of reasons who are finding they’re unable to play Battlefield 3 (or indeed any other game tied into the EA user account), and worse, when they try to contact EA for help sorting this out, they are either ignored or told it’s tough. So what’s going on?

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Kark At This: BF3 Expansion Trailer

By Craig Pearson on November 7th, 2011.

This just in: Battlefield 4 will also probably charge for these maps.

I’ve spent the last ten minutes trying and failing to make the Battlefield 3 noise with my mouth, but it has too many digital effects over it and my mouth, as I’ve just discovered, is analogue. Such mimicry is my usual reaction to squelchy electronica, and I just watched the trailer for Back to Karkand, the first expansion to EA’s five-million and counting selling lawnmower simulator. Join me below in watching it.

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DICE Claim Lag Fix And Promise More

By Jim Rossignol on November 4th, 2011.

They need to fix it so there are more explosions.
The Battlefield blog has some details on what DICE have fixed or are planning to fix. The quick match thing will be improved (ie made any use at all), squad functionality is to be addressed, and apparently the worst of the lag issues has already been issued a fix: “Some users are experiencing lag and rubber banding, mostly tied to Conquest mode on Tehran Highway and Caspian Border. This was due to a bug in the network code that has been identified and eliminated in today‚Äôs console server patch, resulting in a big improvement in these cases. For PC, this issue was improved in an earlier server patch.” I was still rubber-banding on Caspian Border at 10pm last night, so I am still a bit sceptical as to whether this has definitely been “fixed”.

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Wot I Think: Battlefield 3’s Multiplayer

By Jim Rossignol on November 3rd, 2011.

Hello there!
Over the past few days I have, along with tens (perhaps hundreds) of thousands of other people, been blasting my way through the initial hours of Battlefield 3‘s post-launch multiplayer. The game has certainly benefited from the time spent in beta, but it still has some way to go before it reaches the kind of polish and balance we’re going to enjoy in the coming years. Nevertheless it’s been predictably thrilling, and getting to grips with this new Battlefield has been one of the highlights of my year so far. That said, it’s also provoked some other, bleaker thoughts…
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The Gadget Show Plays BF3 Better Than You

By John Walker on October 31st, 2011.

The face of a man driven insane by gaming.

This is how I’m going to play all games from now on.

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Byte vs Brick: Foot-to-ball vs Battle-to-field

By Alec Meer on October 31st, 2011.

Last week was a big, big week for on-off gamer-enrager EA, with the absurdly highly-promoted Battlefield 3 finally launching – but to mixed reviews, technical woes and bewildering media outlet favouritism. Was it enough to put DICE’s latest at the top of the charts? In the UK, that’s a resounding ‘yes’ – it topped the all-formats charts as well as the PC chart individually, with list-compilers Chart-Track revealing that its week-one sales exceed those of all 17 previous Battlefield games/expansions put together, and that it’s the tenth biggest-selling week-one game of all time in the UK. Crikey. And an alarming sign of how little reviews, or the lack thereof, can affect the success of heavily-marketed games. C’est la billboard-based vie.

What about Steam? Well, with EA and Valve still at quiet loggerheads, BF3 didn’t show up there – leaving the way clear for a game about a man in a tie to take the top-slot instead.
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A Note On Battlelog And Battlefield 3’s SP

By Jim Rossignol on October 27th, 2011.


Earlier today I mentioned, via the tweetohorn, that I was having trouble launching Battlefield 3’s single-player because the Battlelog website was offline or something. My confusion came about because the game’s single player directs you to a web page to launch itself. But it turns out that actually you just have to switch Origin to “offline” mode to get it running. Ha. Yeah. It’s a feature, you see.

Sigh.

It should also be mentioned that while all the stat tracking and stuff is a-mazing, Battlelog also the server browser, for some reason. Yep. The server browser for the game, is in your internet browser, and is a website. Not that we’re unused to external apps, but… well it’s no All-Seeing Eye, I tell you that. I miss you, All-Seeing Eye.

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Wot I Think: Battlefield 3’s Campaign

By Jim Rossignol on October 26th, 2011.

I wonder how tanks survive in the wild?
I’ll get to that multiplayer stuff soon enough (although not until I have Europeans to play with), so for now let’s have a bit of a think about Battlefield 3’s single-player campaign. (No significant spoilers.)
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Ok, Playing Battlefield 3 Now

By Jim Rossignol on October 25th, 2011.


Initial question: why do these US military guys have a nice green pot-plant on their war-planning table?

Initial thought: I like the Johnny Cash soundtrack bit. Good choice.

Pot-plant update: there are pot-plants on every flat surface in this part of the game. I guess the marines had them there because they’re buried in the things.

MORE BLOGGINGS BELOW, AS THEY HAPPEN.
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