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1GB Battlefield 3 'Patch' Goes Live, With Server Renting

Really interesting.

Anyone on the team with any kind of remotely passing interest in Battlefield 3 is either sat out in the sun having a cheeky cider or they’re hiding.  I’m trying to feign interest in all this, but instead ended up feeling a bit miffed that everyone’s calling this thing a patch.  A GIGABYTE patch.

I remember when all this was just fields, etc.

Anyway, whatever, Battlefield 3 (the game were you stab a rat and then a bit later sit in the back of a fast airplane and go oooooh at the clouds) has got a big fat update, which apparently contains “more tweaks, fixes, and additions than you can shake a stick at” and gets your whites whiter than white.

Things that mean almost nothing to me in no particular order: a 5-flag Conquest Assault variant for PS3 on Wake Island, the ability to rent your own server (£1.19 a day or £20 for a month) and a big pile of shortcut items that cost money but remove the need to actually play the game.

I love this generation.

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82 Comments
  1. Forrest_01
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    1GB???? Jeez.

    Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 14:03.
    • MadBoJangles
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      Yeah thinking the same, been meaning to get back into BF3.
      1gb is more of an expansion than a “patch”??? :|

      Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 14:19.
    • david24
      Member
      Since: Feb 2011

      just downloaded the pc patch, 2.6GBs!

      Comment posted on 30/03/2012 at 00:01.
  2. teflon
    Community Team
    Since: May 2009

    Hmm…

    Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 14:05.
  3. Forrest_01
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    So alongside the tweaks & fixes that were touted a few weeks back, they are also adding… A shop?

    Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 14:05.
  4. Bilbo_bobbins
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    5 flag on Wake, finally ! Well done DICE. Small fix to input lag too which people are saying is helping a little bit, but not fixed it. All this DICE have just “patched” should of been sorted on the final release, its a joke really.

    At least its finally sorted, lets hope it doesn’t cause more bugs/problems with the game. Also, you can quit during the loading screen instead of having to start a new match. Wohoo !

    Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 14:05.
    • nofi
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      Should have asked you to write the post!

      Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 14:06.
      • Bilbo_bobbins
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        got carried away sorry. Just glad bf3 is now a little more playable.

        Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 14:24.
    • zb100
      Member
      Since: Aug 2008

      F*CK ON! Huzzah.

      Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 23:59.
    • Dazbobaby
      Member
      Since: Aug 2010

      no input lag fix for me, I still have to play at 576p for snappy controls.

      Comment posted on 03/04/2012 at 13:29.
  5. Smallville2106
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    Rent your own server? Is that a joke? Or serious?

    Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 14:07.
    • Eldave0
      andUandU
      Since: Aug 2008

      Serious. You can then create custom game types, etc. Obviously this idea is used a lot in PC games (a mate and I used to rent a CS server a lot) but this is a first for consoles :)

      Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 14:11.
      • Smallville2106
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        Ah, thanks for the info. Never knew that this took place in PC games.

        Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 14:12.
  6. 3shirts
    Member
    Since: Aug 2008

    Wow, is there any sarcasm left in the jar for anyone else at TSA?

    Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 14:08.
    • nofi
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      Hope not.

      Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 14:10.
    • F022Y
      Member
      Since: Sep 2010

      Yeah, it reads like TSA asked a COD fan boy to write it. If you think a GB patch is excessive i had to download a patch for DC universe on PS3 the other night at 4.5GB, suddenly 1GB isn’t so bad.

      Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 14:17.
      • nofi
        One for all.
        Since: Forever

        Promise you, I’m NOT a COD fanboy.

        Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 14:19.
      • BrendanCalls
        Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc - YOHIMBÉ!!!
        Since: Forever

        I can vouch for that, nofi much prefers Haddock…..

        I’ll get my coat

        Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 14:23.
      • MICKY17
        Member
        Since: Dec 2008

        It seems there’s no Plaice for fanboyism on TSA…

        Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 14:27.
      • F022Y
        Member
        Since: Sep 2010

        No offense meant there and i hope none was taken, just reads kinda bi*chy lol

        Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 14:27.
      • Bilbo_bobbins
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        Nofi has been put between a “Rock” and a hard “plaice”

        Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 15:25.
      • BrendanCalls
        Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc - YOHIMBÉ!!!
        Since: Forever

        LOL! He’s also playing a little bit “Koi”

        Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 15:35.
      • Sympozium
        Member
        Since: Aug 2009

        Fanboyish? doesn’t seem that way.

        Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 15:41.
      • hazelam
        Member
        Since: Feb 2009

        people, chill, all this arguing serves no porpoise. ^_^

        Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 15:43.
      • The Lone Steven
        Never heard of him.
        Since: May 2010

        It’s Nofi being his usual mysterious self. (Read:Sarcastic and strange humour) *flees to avoid getting killed by Nofi*

        Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 15:56.
      • Ben
        Friendly
        Since: Mar 2009

        Come on guys you’re just krilling it now!

        Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 23:17.
    • MrBlack
      Member
      Since: May 2010

      Calm down, try listening to tuna turners shrimply the best.

      Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 23:52.
      • nobby3687
        Member
        Since: Jan 2012

        What a load of pollocks

        Comment posted on 28/03/2012 at 11:36.
  7. Jacko
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    I really wish DICE would do smaller and more regular patches, instead of one massive one. Patches always take ages to download compared to something from the Store, for example. For me, anyway.

    Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 14:14.
  8. BrendanCalls
    Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc - YOHIMBÉ!!!
    Since: Forever

    As long as they sort out the shuffling of game types on the servers with this patch I’ll be very happy, whatever possessed them to implement that, I can only think they must’ve been high.
    Server renting is outrageously stupid and I’ll be very surprised if anyone will even give it a 2nd glance.
    As for the shortcut packs, its just stupid, where is the incentive to actually play the game or even practice hard enough to get good and enjoy the game.

    Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 14:14.
    • X-Pensive Trash
      Member
      Since: Jan 2011

      Prepare to be very surprised then. You’ll find lots of clans renting servers so they can organise proper clan matches, not to mention groups of friends renting a server for a day for 10 odd pence each.

      Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 14:22.
      • BrendanCalls
        Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc - YOHIMBÉ!!!
        Since: Forever

        Really? I cant see it taking off, stands a better chance on PC, but my instinct for console gamers is that they just wont bother

        Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 14:25.
      • yogdog
        Member
        Since: Feb 2010

        I’d bother just so I can make a TSA tournament on it!

        Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 14:44.
      • Forrest_01
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        Yeah, that was my thought – Depending on numbers, the TSA meets can be quite hard to organise purely because you are trying to get 10+ people into a public server.

        Usually has to be drip feed affair where a couple get in & the rest have to join as & when, but this would solve that.

        Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 15:04.
      • BrendanCalls
        Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc - YOHIMBÉ!!!
        Since: Forever

        Seems like I’ve underestimated the appetite for private servers then, have to say I am now surprised ;-) I know its a decent thing to have in a game, I just never realised how big the call for its inclusion was…especially to the point where people would pay for the use of them.

        Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 15:22.
      • Forrest_01
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        Oh, don’t get me wrong, i am a skinflint & i pay for as little as possible, but at least they are trying to come up with solutions.

        It’s just a shame i have to pay! :D

        Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 16:24.
      • david24
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        rent-a-server has been on the pc since launch and’s included in nearly all pc games now, i believe there’s no officel dice or ea servers on pc. it one of the best features of the pc version imo since you can chose to play only air maps with instant vehicle spawns, no shotguns, explosives or snipers, infinite tickets, alternating between rush or conquest etc etc..

        Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 17:41.
  9. MICKY17
    Member
    Since: Dec 2008

    Have just downloaded this and the tweaks are greatly appreciated. Quite annoyed that the game said I have to redownload the Back to Karkand maps though. Another 1.3gb to add to my bandwidth allowance :(

    Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 14:22.
    • jbni
      Member
      Since: Apr 2010

      Good grief. I’ll be downloading all night by the sound sof things.

      Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 14:29.
    • david24
      Member
      Since: Feb 2011

      thats to fix a bug with two of the dlc guns. when playing on the dlc maps the mg36 and the other lmg were held behind your head rendering them useless.

      Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 17:44.
      • MICKY17
        Member
        Since: Dec 2008

        Oh right, thanks for clarifying that.

        Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 18:51.
  10. jbni
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    Now, here’s the billion dollar question: does this fix the ridiculous ‘squad splitting’ aspect of it?

    There’s nothing stupider than joining a game in a squad with friends, only to start up and find you’re in different teams.

    Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 14:31.
    • Forrest_01
      Member
      Since: Jun 2009

      Probably not – I just consider it a challenge now. If you can all get into the game in one squad, you win teh internetz.

      Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 15:05.
    • Amphlett
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      I can think of lots of things which I would class as ‘stupider’ than that. But, I suppose it’s a subjective matter.

      Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 15:08.
    • david24
      Member
      Since: Feb 2011

      if your in a squad of four and you join a 10 v 10 server obviously there have to split you up…

      Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 17:45.
      • jbni
        Member
        Since: Apr 2010

        Fair enough, but I’m not even thinking about 10 v 10 games. On TDM or Rush, which I mainly play, if a squad is put together it should surely be obvious that they’re together for a reason and want to stay that way. Therefore, selecting the ‘Quick Match’ option should take you to a game that has space. In those instances it shouldn’t even consider letting you join a 10 v 10 game.

        Comment posted on 28/03/2012 at 15:26.
      • david24
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        the quick match will find servers with four spaces rather then four space on one team. the reason dice gave was if it searched for four spaces on the same team your then likely to get put on a 16 player or less server. i just use server browser with squads to avoid this.

        Comment posted on 28/03/2012 at 16:00.

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