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A new week, a new challenge
This week's challenge is in Battlefield 3 in which I attempt to run over an enemy player whilst piloting an air vehicle. With so many other players ready to blow me out of the sky combined with my lack of piloting skills, this might be just beyond my grasp! If you've got any ideas for future challenges you'd like me to have a go at, feel free to leave them in the comments!

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DICE on BF3 mistakes

DICE: 'We should be slapped' for Battlefield 3 unlocks


Glove slap, baby glove slap
Oct 03
// Steven Hansen
Remember when Battlefield 3 came out and all everyone was doing was impotently running helicopters into the ground? DICE wasn't happy with the its flying learning curve, according to Battlefield 4 creative director Lars Gust...
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Free DLC!

EA makes Battlefield 3 Close Quarters DLC free during E3


Can't beat that
Jun 10
// Brett Makedonski
EA's pretty keen on its Battlefield franchise, and wants to make sure you're as geared-up as possible for Battlefield 4. The best way to do this is probably to ensure that players are still playing lots of Battlefield 3....

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New releases: God of War: Ascension keeps the faith


Plus Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Darkstalkers Resurrection, and more
Mar 11
// Fraser Brown
Another Monday rolls up, acting like it's the boss of the week, so that can only mean one thing: a week of new releases. I'll be saving my cash this week, not really seeing anything to interest me, but I may grab God of War:...
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Battlefield 3 players create 2.3B explosions per day


Michael Bay, eat your heart out
Feb 28
// Brett Makedonski
If you've ever played Battlefield 3, rest assured that EA has tracked everything you've done online and turned you into a statistic -- a pretty cool statistic at that. According to a report from VentureBeat, every day EA coll...

Seven of the toughest games to run on PC

Feb 21 // Brett Makedonski
Battlefield 3 (2011) The Frostbite 2 engine sure is visually pleasing as it showcases some of the best-looking environment destruction in games. However, if your PC isn't in tip-top shape, it's more likely that Battlefield 3 will look like a janky game of Jenga gone awry. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (1996) Back in a time when videogames didn't look all that great, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire boasted a "universe so detailed you [could] see the tow cable around an Imperial AT-AT." Fascinating stuff. The only problem is that it required 3D Acceleration, a feature that was very new to graphics card manufacturers. Ultima IX: Ascension (1999) How difficult was Ultima IX: Ascension to run? It took a few years for most players to be able to finally play it. A need for advanced hardware, coupled with poor optimization, made for a game that most people couldn't play. Not that it really matters -- Ultima IX: Ascension is sort of the black sheep of the series, and most fans refuse to accept it as canon. Far Cry 2 (2008) Far Cry 2 featured some of the most dynamic scenery ever witnessed in games. Between the vast expanses of African wilderness, the realistic and ever-changing wildfire mechanics, and the detailed storm effects, Far Cry 2 was one of the most compelling games of 2008. Unfortunately, it also wasn't one that many people could play on max settings. Myst (1993) Myst is a bit different from the other entries on this list in that it didn't necessarily require a computer with high specs to run. No, its main barrier to entry was just a CD-ROM drive -- something that not many people had in 1993. Grand Theft Auto IV (2008) Grand Theft Auto IV was hailed as one of the grittiest and most realistic open-world sandboxes ever. While this might be the case, many PC players had a tough time immersing themselves in the game, as deficient performance acted as a constant detractor. The consensus seems to chalk it up to a poor port from console versions. Regardless of whatever the real issue was, it took quite the machine to efficiently run this title. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (2011) The Witcher 2 is one of the prettiest RPGs in years, and garnered many near-perfect and perfect review scores. However, it's also one of the most resource-demanding titles, and many are hard-pressed to actually see it in its full glory. But for those that can, it's a sight to behold. These seven titles were/are some of the most difficult games for PCs to run. That being said, there are certainly plenty out there that didn't make the list. Which games have frustrated you due to inability to play them at full-capacity?
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Obviously Crysis-inspired
The Crysis series is well-known in the PC community as being the benchmark of sorts for games that require a high-end computer to run. It began in 2007 with the release of the first Crysis. It's undeniable that the game ...

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A closer look at the maps in Battlefield 3: End Game


DICE talks specifics for new maps
Feb 15
// Jordan Devore
Building on what we recently saw of the End Game expansion for Battlefield 3, DICE has another batch of screenshots, this time focusing on the four new maps. "Size-wise, they are comparable to Caspian Border and Operation Fi...
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End Game

Three whole Battlefield 3: End Game screenshots


Air Superiority, CTF, and more in new DLC
Feb 08
// Jordan Devore
With the latest Battlefield 3 expansion pack dropping next month, DICE has a few screenshots to tide us over in the meantime. End Game, as you'll probably remember, is the one that introduces the Capture the Flag and Air Supe...
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Battlefield 3: Aftermath trailer will rock your subwoofer


Bwwwwwwwwooomm!
Oct 18
// Dale North
It's 8am, and I'm drinking my morning tea and going through my press releases and work mail like I do every morning when I find a message from EA pointing me to the premiere trailer for the fourth multiplayer expansion pack ...
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Battlefield 3 Premium Edition out now in North America


Sep 11
// Jordan Devore
With the new Armored Kill downloadable content available today for all Battlefield 3 Premium members, Electronic Arts and DICE are putting out a Battlefield 3 Premium Edition at retail for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. It'...
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Battlefield 3: Armored Kill out for Premium PS3 members


Includes biggest map in Battlefield history
Sep 04
// Jordan Devore
Of the three expansions for Battlefield 3, this impending one, Armored Kill, is finally the one to make me regret not sticking with the core game. Take a look at this launch trailer, which really drives the point home by pri...

E3: Battlefield 3: Armored Kill epitomizes the franchise

Jun 09 // Patrick Hancock
When DICE mentioned that the Bandar Desert map is the biggest in Battlefield history, they weren't joking. This map is absolutely enormous! Once I accidentally clicked the wrong spawn location and had to walk about four minutes to any sort of action. Why don't people driving the buggies ever stop to pick people up?! The map is part desert and part neighborhood, creating both a vast open area and offering plenty of walls to hide behind. It really felt as if this map was its own environment, and not just some arbitrary arena to shoot each other in. There could be multiple conflicts going on all across the map at the same time, so teamwork will be a necessity to claim victory. Naturally, the vehicles, old and new, are a great way of getting around the sprawling new map. It's easy to get flanked in such a large area, so driving in the safety of a tank with your squad members is often times your best bet. There's also plenty of smaller vehicles around in case you need to get around quick, so long as they're kind enough to pick you up. Planes are in no shortage either in the Bandar Desert. I've never been able to competently fly the air vehicles, so I always stick to the ground. Seeing all of this vehicular action combined in one giant playground really gives you the sense of scale that the Battlefield series has always strived for. Watching planes go down as you move with your squad throughout the neighborhood houses is an absolute delight. While I can't vouch for the other expansions, and would even speak against Close Quarters, Armored Kill looks as if it's an easy decision for fans of the Battlefield franchise, and a step in the right direction.
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Battlefield 3: Armored Kill is the third in a series of expansions for EA's military first-person shooter, following Back to Karkand and Close Quarters. Armored Kill has a strong focus on vehicles, introducing five new vehicl...

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E3: EA confirm Battlefield 3 Premium subscription


Jun 04
// Alasdair Duncan
EA have confirmed the existence of their new Battlefield 3 subscription service, entitled simply Battlefield Premium. Confirming the rumors from last month, Battlefield Premium will cost $49.99 and will get you access to fiv...
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EA confirms Battlefield Premium, claims you are excited


May 31
// Jim Sterling
Looks like the rather hilarious rumors concerning Battlefield Premium are pretty much true. Although Electronic Arts wouldn't discuss the details, it did confirm that Battlefield Premium was indeed a thing, declaring that the...
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Rumor: EA looking to a 'premium service' to Battlefield 3


May 14
// Jim Sterling
With Call of Duty Elite proving a successful endeavor for Activision, it's hardly surprising to learn that Electronic Arts may be looking to copy the scheme in its own shooter franchise. The latest rumblings asset that a subs...
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EA kills free Battlefield 3 servers, pushes paid ones


May 11
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts has yanked a large number of official DICE and EA servers for Battlefield 3's multiplayer modes on PS3 and Xbox 360, leaving mostly privately rented servers in its place. For those wondering, EA's been leasing...

A quick look at the new Battlefield 3 map and mode

Apr 26 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
AUG Assault RifleSCAR Assault RifleACW-R CarbineMTAR-21 CarbineM417 Sniper RifleJNG-90 Sniper RifleL86LSW Machine GunLSAT Machine GunM5K Tactical Machine PistolSPAS-12 Shotgun
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Donya Fortress is the second new map to be shown off from the Close Quarters downloadable content pack for Battlefield 3 and is a small, vertical focused level designed for confined, frantic gameplay. Like Ziba Tower, you ca...

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Live show: Battlefield 3 with Bloodspray on Mash Tactics


Apr 17
// Bill Zoeker
Today is going to be very special for Mash Tactics. King Foom is firing off in Battlefield 3 on Xbox 360 with the one and only, Jon Bloodspray. Bloodspray is an OG in the Dtoid forums, a verified "Legendary Dtoider", and a ne...
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Join Dtoid RIGHT NOW for an Xbox LIVE Community Playdate!


Apr 13
// Mr Andy Dixon
[Update: We're live RIGHT NOW! Come join us!] That's right! Tomorrow at 8 PM Eastern, Destructoid will be hosting its first ever Community Playdate on Xbox LIVE! Four of the most talented soldiers from the Dtoid Community wil...
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Friday Night Fights: Destructoid vs The World!


Apr 13
// Mr Andy Dixon
Tonight's the night! Starting at 8 PM Eastern, Destructoid will be hosting its first ever Community Playdate on Xbox LIVE! You've been reading about it for decades now, so I won't bore you with all the details yet again. Just...

Preview: Battlefield 3ís Close Quarters DLC

Mar 13 // Steven Hansen
Battlefield 3: Close Quarters DLC Pack (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC [Previewed]) Developer: DICE Publisher: Electronic Arts Release: June, 2012 The map I played is called Ziba Tower, a ridiculously swanky rooftop level suite of some sort. There’s a bar, a pool, and a wonderful view, and, I suppose, a lot of heavily armed men running about. Several times I found myself just gazing off into the distance, hoping I wouldn’t get shot in the back, because there seems to be a veritable metropolis below. You can even see cars, albeit not in great detail, driving in traffic on the streets below. And this is just the tertiary, background environment. The map is pretty. Ziba Tower is the embodiment sleek modern design, with its ambient lighting and lavishly cool blues and whites abound, while the brazen reds of bar stools adorning the map’s highest point pop starkly in contrast. It’s a lovely reprieve from the color brown. It also drove me wild, as it let my imagination get a clearer picture of just how amazing a potential Mirror’s Edge 2 could look running in the Frostbite 2 engine. Seriously, that’s a thing that needs to happen. Speaking to how amazing the tech was, I was in awe with the level of destruction the map afforded. The aforementioned red bar stools leaked bronze foam when peppered with bullets while the bulbs of elaborate, ornate light fixtures could be satisfyingly shot out one by one. Glass walls shatter, yielding to gun-toting players taking the quick route onto patios, and rebar is exposed, protruding further and further out of demolished concrete. I constantly found myself pulling out my pistol just to shoot something and see how it would react to being shot, and I was rather delighted each time. Watching the transformation of this luxurious, extravagantly decorated architectural marvel to a tattered, bullet ridden, blood stained killing ground left me curiously bemused each round. The juxtaposition was deliciously droll. The matches I played generally hovered around eight combatants on eight combatants, which is more in line with what I want out of competitive multiplayer, as impressed as I was by games earlier in this generation that crammed a ridiculous amount of players into one game. The interactions were always more personal and the action more taut, with a chance encounter potentially waiting around every corner. The map never felt overbearingly suffocating or overly clustered, but I always felt like I had to be on my toes and that each firefight organically led into the next. Ultimately it’s Battlefield 3 on a new map (and with ten new guns), but that’s strangely enough to distinguish it from the game’s other efforts. Anyone who doesn’t feel the close quarter combat is their scene will be happy to know DICE is working on two more DLC packs to be released before the end of the year, with the next one focusing on vehicular play and some of the largest maps DICE has ever done. As for me, I would love to stay in a rooftop suite in Ziba Tower because it was one classy joint, and I wouldn’t mind playing Battlefield 3 with people on this map. Even if I’m still much more interested in how its design aesthetic might translate to Mirror’s Edge 2.
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I’ve played about 20 minutes of Battlefield 3. I was with some friends and they handed me the controller during a multiplayer match. We were playing on a TV from the early 90’s that would occasionally, randomly,...

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[Update: Some new info has been added to each expansion pack, plus we've added a new image.] Last night, DICE revealed three new upcoming downloadable content packs coming to Battlefield 3. The first of the new packs is calle...

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Possibly the best Battlefield 3 kill, part two


Feb 18
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Remember the guy who performed that amazing rocket launcher kill after diving out of his jet? Well he's back with another amazing -- and lucky -- kill after diving out of his jet yet again. I literally screamed out loud "F*CK YOU!" from disbelief and anger at Stungravy's skills. Tops everything I've seen in BF3 [Reddit]
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Good news for Battlefield 3 players; DICE has released the first in what looks to be a month-long series of updates. So far, update 1.03 has fixed voice chat issues that PS3 players have been dealing with since launch. W...

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EA using First Amendment to keep helicopters in BF3


Jan 09
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts has filed a preemptive lawsuit against aircraft manufacturer Textron, hoping to invoke First Amendment laws and justify the use of real-life helicopters in Battlefield 3.  Three helicopters appear in the ...
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The DTOID Show: Kingdom Hearts 3D & Star Wars: TOR


Dec 21
// Max Scoville
Hey guys! Here's our last regular episode of The Destructoid Show of 2011! We're still gonna have episodes going up next week, but this is the last one that's our usual news-related journalism-program TV format. Today's topi...

Review: Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand

Dec 17 // Allistair Pinsof
Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand (PC [reviewed], PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)Developer: DICEPublisher: Electronic ArtsReleased: December 6, 2011MSRP: $14.99 / 1200 Microsoft PointsRig: Intel i5-2500k @3.30 GHz, 8GB of RAM, GeForce GTX 560 GPU (SLI)Assuming you didn't receive the pack for free with your Battlefield 3 Limited Edition purchase, B2K requires an investment on your part. So, you probably want to know if it’s worth it. Well, that depends on a couple things.I love Battlefield. I loved Battlefield 3. In fact, it’s my fourth favorite game of the year. Yet, I haven’t loaded the game up in a month because things are crazy between school and new releases. From this perspective, B2K offers a welcome reason to jump back into the game. Wake Island and Strike at Karkand are two of the best maps in the series and you won’t be let down with these reimaginings. Wake Island remains the perfect Battlefield map. The island’s slopes and hills provide vantage points for snipers, areas for ground troops to sneak, and space for tanks to roam. Every match on the map can be tackled in a new way, unlike some of the disappointing corridor crawls that came with Battlefield 3. For all the talk EA made about improved destruction in BF3, it felt like a major step back from Bad Company 2’s destructible multiplayer maps. The maps in the B2K expansion address this issue and give players lots of trees to tear down and bunkers to explode. Strike at Karkand is a much better close quarters map than most of what Battlefield 3 had to offer, so it’s nice to revisit it in this engine. It’s a much more versatile map that gives players lots of vertical advantages along with hiding areas. Do you take to a rooftop and fire down on a capture point or do you sneak through the alleyways and flank? The map is further improved with detailed buildings. However, I came across a pretty nasty glitch that some players were exploiting. I guess that’s par for the course, isn’t it? Gulf of Omen feels like a weaker Wake Island. Likewise, Sharqi Peninsula feels like a weaker Strike at Karkand. Both maps are good and keep a balance between large and small scale battles in the expansion, but I’d prefer to see some Bad Company 2 favorites in their place -- perhaps, EA just doesn’t want us to realize how similar these two games really are. Visually-speaking, B2K is about what you expect. It strips the old maps of their color -- remember when games didn’t look like dogshit? -- and fills them full of tress, buildings, and skyscrapers. Some of these buildings are stunning in their structure and height. As a result, these maps feel a bit smaller than they were in Battlefield 2. Part of this has to do with the fact that they have so much more detail -- no longer are you looking across a long plain of nothing. Another factor is that draw distance is much improved, these days. Remember the nasty fog most players had to experience in order to run BF2? I give EA the benefit of the doubt that the maps are close to the size of their originals. Even if they aren’t, they feel well tuned for Battlefield 3’s pacing.Along with four new maps, B2K offers a new multiplayer mode, three new vehicles, and ten new weapons. Well, new to BF3 at least; like the maps, most of this content is taken and updated from BF2. Conquest Assault is a pretty basic modification of Conquest. The only difference is that one team starts with all the captures points and the other starts with a home base and extra tickets. It certainly makes the beginning of a match more exciting/stressful, but it’s all the same by the match’s end. This mode is only playable on Wake Island and Strike at Karkand.The vehicles are also slight variations of ones you’ve already controlled in BF3. You get one new tank, jet, and buggy. I didn’t even notice they were new additions until somebody told me, which should tell you everything. It’s a nice addition, nevertheless. The same is true of the weapons that you have to unlock by completing assignments (for example, reviving ten comrades). The glorious PP-19 returns which makes me happy. There is nothing about B2K that screams must buy. As a whole, this pack fails to give me nostalgia for BF2 which seems like its main purpose. BF3 looks and plays too different to do that, unfortunately. However, Wake Island and Strike at Karkand are fantastic maps for both veterans and newbies. If you want an excuse to jump back into BF3 or you want to play Wake Island again, you should pick up this expansion. You’ll have fun and you’ll give that 2.7 GB of data a purpose to exist on your hard drive.
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You may not be aware of it but EA just took a 2.7 GB dump on your hard drive. Within the latest patch for Battlefield 3 lies its first expansion Back to Karkand (B2K, brah!) Far less ambitious than the Vietnam expansions of the series’ past, B2K is an effort at mixing some old maps (all taken from Battlefield 2) with some new tech and ideas.

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Neato! Google's most searched gaming terms in 2011


Dec 15
// Dale North
Google has released its 11th annual Zeitgeist lists of the most popular and fastest rising search terms. They're a lot of fun to look through, and some of the results are pretty surprising. You're going to sh*t when you ...
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Possibly the best Battlefield 3 kill you will ever see


Dec 10
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Yeah, going to be really hard to top this. There's an extended version showing more of the battle so you know it's not faked. Also, that's some really damn great piloting skills. Bravo, RendeZook. Video game moment of the year nominee [Reddit]
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Battlefield 3 patches only available via Origin


Dec 09
// Jim Sterling
Gamers who wanted to patch Battlefield 3 using standalone files are in for a disappointment, with EA confirming that Origin will be the only way to update DICE's shooter.  EA recently served a sizable 3.6GB patch fo...

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