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Do You Have A Flag? Battlefield 3′s End Game

By John Walker on January 31st, 2013.

I do hope you hold an opinion about Battlefield 3. It’d be awful to found without one. If you’re lacking, can I suggest: “I really think they made it fall too graphicy since Battlefield 2,” or, “While the tanks may roll more impressively, it’s hard to forgive the angle of the helicopter blades.” Those should get you by. Or you could see if there’s something new you can pick up in this End Game trailer, March’s final expansion to the series that’ll reintroduce flag capturing, and dirty bikes.

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Christmas Cracker: Battlefield 3: Aftermath On Dec 18th

By Jim Rossignol on November 28th, 2012.

Sigh. Someone get a broom.
Battlefield 3′s next DLC (and possibly final DLC? It’s at least the last announced one I am aware of – Oh, no, there’s also End Game, which has motorcycles, apparently) will arrive just in time for Christmas. The new maps, set in an earthquake-ruined middle-eastern city, look pretty fancy, and they provide a playground for new weapons and a host of modified vehicles. All this underwrites a new game mode. DICE explain that Aftermath “sees the debut of Scavenger mode – an objective based conquest where players must brave the environment armed with only one sidearm, as they try to find more powerful weapons in an attempt to survive with their squad.”

Big fancy Aftermath trailer below, and there’s a bunch more information here.
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Listen, Shut Up, DICE Are NOT A Battlefield Factory

By John Walker on November 21st, 2012.

As the decidedly not very good Medal Of Honor: WARFACEFIGHTER received its critical pannings, one refrain was repeated again and again: they’re the games EA puts out on the year’s DICE don’t have a new Battlefield ready. That may well be true, but EA are now at pains to point out (not necessarily in reaction, I should say) that DICE are not “a Battlefield factory”. (Imagine a non-gamer reading those words. “Dice are not battlefield factories? And you say FPS games HELP your minds?”) There’s more to the Swedish team, they insist to OXM today. And in response rumours that Mirror’s Edge 2 is in development have once more bubbled to the surface.

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DINOSAUR ALERT: Battlefield 3 Aftermath’s ‘Epicenter’

By Nathan Grayson on November 6th, 2012.

The sun has smartly positioned itself behind cover, so as to avoid taking crossbow fire.

Well, this is a bit unexpected. Not the fact that more Battlefield 3 maps are on the way. Those will apparently be hewn from the Earth and flung at the microtransaction-loving masses until the end of time. But this new look at BF3: Aftermath’s earthquake-pancaked Epicenter map is oddly serene. Usually, these things are all about the shooty shooty bang bang and Inception BRRRRRRRRRZTs, but this one? It’s different. Maybe one day, this one will go out into the world and make something of itself.

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Battlefield 3′s Aftermath Will Appear December 18th

By Jim Rossignol on October 18th, 2012.


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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Highly Scripted – Battlefield: Bad Company’s TV Show

By Nathan Grayson on October 9th, 2012.

Is this an expression of woe or a knee-slide air guitar solo? I can't tell. Leaning toward the latter.

There’s a joke somewhere in here about the current state of first-person shooters and the idea that this is a natural evolution seeing as we’re already basically watching them anyway, but I’m not gonna touch it. And also, that was the whole joke. Battlefield: Bad Company (which is actually quite good; that’s why I didn’t want to peg it with a lowball gag, you see) is coming to oversized living room PC monitors near you by way of EA and Fox. If nothing else, it stars the main characters from the game and isn’t getting Hollymorphed into – I don’t know – the gripping, fart-ripping tale of two buddy cop bros (both played by Mark Wahlberg) and their talking dog, Dubstep. That’s promising, right?

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Battlefield 3′s Armoured Kill Looks Like Quite The Thing

By Jim Rossignol on August 22nd, 2012.

Tanks, grazing on the plain.
Our news-pumped chums at VG247 recently talked to Patrick Bach from DICE about the upcoming Armoured Kill DLC for Battlefield 3: huge maps on which tanks and other vehicles do endless full-metal biff to each other. There’s a bunch of new footage of the maps and modes in the video, which you can see below, albeit largely filmed from a screen. This DLC is actually tipping me back towards playing Battlefield 3 again, since I’ve been pondering which multiplayer game I need to lurch my way into in the winter months. Additionally, “Tank Superiority mode” sounds like something I need to spend some time with.

Check it out, neathwards.
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A Thrilling Minute Of BF3: Armo(u)red Kill

By Craig Pearson on August 15th, 2012.

Putting the 'whee' in 'wheels'

I’m just going to pretend that this is a full trailer for Battlefield 3′s Armo(u)red Kill, and not a video showing how you can buy into their crummy Premium service. So why don’t you, me, and that guy over there all agree that the first 38 seconds of the trailer’s 1.53 runtime is just white noise, or Joe Pasquale telling a joke – it doesn’t exist. It a glitch in the Matrix. To make this work we’ll just have to live the lie. Can you do that? For me? I don’t ask for much.
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Battlefield Battle: BF3 To Be Supported After BF4′s Launch

By Nathan Grayson on July 28th, 2012.

Come on, Soldier! You've got a giant multi-million dollar gaming corporation waiting for you back home.

EA’s policy with sequelized franchises tends to mirror that of an over-excited puppy or me when I’m talking to anyone and an over-excited puppy prances into view: out of sight, out of mind. Servers quietly disappear, DLC dries up entirely, and empires (mostly of the sporting variety) crumble. DICE, however, swears the same fate won’t befall Battlefield 3. It’s going strong right now with Armored Kill, Aftermath, and Endgame still on the way, but apparently, their end won’t signal the endgame of this game’s endgame. Endgame!

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Paradox’s DLC Policy: Don’t Piss Off The Community

By Nathan Grayson on July 25th, 2012.

It’s easy to feel cynical about DLC. John took a stroll through that particular minefield a couple days ago, and while he found plenty of good buried beneath all the righteous fury, worrisome practices still abound. Day-one DLC, season passes, and the like litter the current landscape, and – despite what some might claim – business models do influence game design. It’s unavoidable. With some fervent passion, Paradox senior producer (and former Battlefield maestro) Gordon Van Dyke, however, argues that this doesn’t have to be a bad thing, and lets rip at others who make it one. It’s only when companies lose sight of what’s best for their communities, he told me during a recent interview, that we have a serious problem.

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Killing’s In The Name Of: Battlefield 3 Armored Kill

By Nathan Grayson on July 19th, 2012.

This time, even the environment itself is an enemy. So shoot it a bunch.

I have, I must admit, spent a worrisome number of hours pondering the exact nature of the phrase “Armored Kill.” Is it a kill you score while wearing armor – perhaps in the fashion of a medieval knight who’d rather die than admit that, yeah, that’s a tank? Or is the kill itself – the very act of forcibly removing another man from his mortal coil – clad in some form of armor? Am I, say, throwing pieces of armor at my unsuspecting foes, sort of like a weaponized Super Ghosts ‘n’ Ghouls? Or maybe I’m simply killing armor that’s, like, been possessed by a ghost or something. Maybe it turns out there was no ghost at all, but that it was in fact Old Man Jenkins clearly running out of ideas. Fortunately, EA’s sent along a new trailer of Battlefield 3: Armored Kill in which all questions are answered. (Hint: there are tanks. So I was sort of basically entirely correct. Yep.)

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