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Posts tagged “Battlefield 3”

Battlefield 3 Close Quarters Video Blows. Up. Everything.

When buildings are collapsing and jets are being all "newwwwwwwrhghghghggh", it's easy to forget that the Battlefield 3 engine does small things as well. Subtle explosions. Personal blowey-uppies. I'd imagine that's the reason for DICE making the Close Quarters map pack: to show off their microexplosion technology. They spent hours crafting those mini-bangs, so maps that showcase them are needed: the Close Quarters maps are…

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Heads Up: Three New Battlefield 3 Expansions Incoming

The handsome newshounds of Eurogamer are reporting that DICE have three new Battlefield 3 expansions in the pipeline, as announced at last night's GDC event in San Francisco. The first one of these new expansions will be arriving in June is called "Close Quarters". This will apparently focus on "indoor infantry combat with verticality to the map designs". The new map with this pack is…

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Battlefield 3 Physical Warfare Is Non-Physical

Because it's a download. I mean I guess maybe that is still physical in some sense. It is a configuration of atoms on hard-drives... This is a rubbish line of thinking. Look over there, a free thing! It's out and free, says Battlefieldblog. It's new guns, as trailered below. So are you Battlefield 3 purchasers still playing Battlefield 3? Or has the lustre worn off?

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Feature: The EA Banammer Strikes Back

EA Origin Bans: Update Edition

To keep you up to date with the status of our investigation into EA's dubious banning players from accessing their Origin account games (mostly multiplayer, although we're hearing exceptions), we have, well, no news. Unfortunately, despite repeated attempts to receive a statement on EA's current position on their banning procedure, we have only been met with silence for the last fortnight. After some initial responses,…

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Soldiering On: Battlefield 3 Patched Up

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…

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Feature: A Forum For Debate

EA’s Unwieldy Banhammer: EA Responds

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…

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Feature: The Banhammer Strikes

EA Forum Bans Are STILL Affecting Games

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…

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Kark At This: BF3 Expansion Trailer

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…

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DICE Claim Lag Fix And Promise More

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…

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Feature: Burning, Burning, Burning

Battlefield 3’s Multiplayer review

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…

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

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…

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A Note On Battlelog And Battlefield 3’s SP

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…

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Ok, Playing Battlefield 3 Now

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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