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E3: Battlefield 3: Armored Kill epitomizes the franchise photo
E3: Battlefield 3: Armored Kill epitomizes the franchise
by Patrick Hancock

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 vehicles and a Tank Superiority game mode. There's also Bandar Desert, the biggest map in Battlefield history.

I got some hands-on time with Armored Kill at E3 and the focus on huge areas and vehicle warfare made it feel more like Battlefield than ever. I had played Close Quarters prior, which felt more like "Shootin' Dudes Till They Die: The Game" than anything remotely Battlefield related. Armored Kill was much better crafted, I'm glad to say.

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3:49 PM on 06.04.2012

E3: EA confirm Battlefield 3 Premium subscription

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...

Alasdair Duncan

10:30 AM on 05.31.2012

EA confirms Battlefield Premium, claims you are excited

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...

Jim Sterling

6:00 PM on 05.14.2012

Rumor: EA looking to a 'premium service' to Battlefield 3

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...

Jim Sterling

12:00 PM on 05.11.2012

EA kills free Battlefield 3 servers, pushes paid ones

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...

Jim Sterling



A quick look at the new Battlefield 3 map and mode photo
A quick look at the new Battlefield 3 map and mode
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

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 can't straight up obliterate all the walls, beams, floors and other key elements. You will, however, be able to put holes through walls and see lots of debris and objects getting kicked up into the air as the bullets hit. You can't use vehicles here at all plus you'll be limited to just 16 players, as anything more would be too much insanity for how small the maps are.

I also got to check out the new game mode called Conquest Domination. It's like Conquest where you have to capture multiple points, but due to the tight nature of the maps you'll be capturing points within five to ten seconds once in the vicinity of the flag. The end goal is the same as regular Conquest, hold the three points longer than the other team while whittling down the enemy's tickets.

The map was pretty fun, and offers something for players who can't handle the vehicle focused nature of the main maps. Close Quarters will also be adding ten new guns (listed below) and ten new assignments for players to clear. All this will run $14.99 and will be out in June 2012 for all three platforms, with PlayStation 3 owners getting the new content a week early.

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5:30 PM on 04.17.2012

Live show: Battlefield 3 with Bloodspray on Mash Tactics

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...

Bill Zoeker

7:00 PM on 04.13.2012

Join Dtoid RIGHT NOW for an Xbox LIVE Community Playdate!

[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...

Mr Andy Dixon

3:30 PM on 04.13.2012

Friday Night Fights: Destructoid vs The World!

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...

Mr Andy Dixon



Preview: Battlefield 3ís Close Quarters DLC photo
Preview: Battlefield 3ís Close Quarters DLC
by Steven Hansen

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, flip the display upside down, requiring someone to hit the thing to right the picture. It was rather brown, I shot a guy or two, got shot a bit more, got blinded by a flashlight as bright as the sun, and spawned in a jet piloted by a teammate that would awkwardly crash into the ground seconds later. Then I gave up the controller, presumably to go do more fun things.

That being said, I enjoyed playing Battlefield 3’s Close Quarters downloadable content at GDC last week! Though I only got to play one map in the DLC pack, the scaling back that is inherent to a confined, close quarter space was right up my alley, simultaneously reminding me of the local multiplayer of yesteryear and impressing me with modern, hi-tech contrivances.

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GDC: Three new DLC packs coming to Battlefield 3 (Update) photo
GDC: Three new DLC packs coming to Battlefield 3 (Update)
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

[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 called "Close Quarters" and will be out this June for all three platforms with the PlayStation 3 getting a week exclusive early release. These maps will be focused on tight, infantry and vertical style gameplay. They'll be adding more layers to destruction and ten new weapons with the new pack. We'll have a preview of one of the new maps from this expansion next week.

Sometime after that, the third expansion pack will be released and is called "Armor Kill" which is all about the vehicle experience set on the biggest open maps DICE has ever built. You can expect new vehicles such as tanks, ATVs, mobile artillery and more. This expansion will be out in Fall.

The last of the announced expansions was called "End Game" but there was no info on that released for now, but you can expect it this Winter.

Additionally, DICE will be releasing a rent-a-server program for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Battlefield 3. Yeah, you read that right. This is the first time anything like this has ever been offered for console players. You'll be able to customize and set up your servers however you like. Never thought I'd see the day!

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1:00 AM on 02.18.2012

Possibly the best Battlefield 3 kill, part two

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]

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Battlefield 3 patch fixes voice chat, not much else photo
Battlefield 3 patch fixes voice chat, not much else
by Jason Cabral

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. Weighing in at just 11MB, and with no official changelog, the patch seems to be solely focused on the PS3 voice chat issues.

DICE spoke up earlier this week about the other issues that they want to address in upcoming patches. On the top of the list seems to be nerfing the USAS-12 shotgun and frag round combo, and also addressing the difficulty of receiving defender points in Rush mode.

As for the input lag that many players have noticed, Community Manager Daniel Matros commented on Twitter, "Sorry but we're still working on it. No updates from my end unfortunately." Odd that a game with such a large focus on multiplayer and co-operative play took so long to fix the voice chat issues. Keep an eye out for additional patches from DICE later this month.

New Battlefield 3 patch fixes PS3 VOIP issues [Eurgamer via MP1st]

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11:00 AM on 01.09.2012

EA using First Amendment to keep helicopters in BF3

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 ...

Jim Sterling

9:30 PM on 12.21.2011

The DTOID Show: Kingdom Hearts 3D & Star Wars: TOR

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...

Max Scoville



Review: Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand photo
Review: Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand
by Allistair Pinsof

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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