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On August 7th, 2011 in News

Battlefield 3 The Russian
Last month we reported of a mysterious Battlefield 3 book appearing on Amazon and other online retailers. Now EA and DICE have revealed more details about the novel, including an official title. The book will be called The Russian, and will be written by Andy McNab, who has previously written several novels, and, as former SAS Operative, he advised DICE during the production of Battlefield 3.

The story of Battlefield 3: The Russian, which is co-authored by Peter Grimsdale, is a sequel to the single player campaign of Battlefield 3, and follows Russian special forces soldier Dmitri “Dima” Mayakovsky and his missions.

Battlefield 3: The Russian will be released on the same date as the game: October 25, 2011. It’s not surprising to see major game releases getting spin-offs these days. Many games have received books, comic books, and of course, movies.


  1. BF3 Fan8112
    August 7th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    First, and that sounds like an interesting book (Though i never read them) Can’t wait for the game though!

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  2. Impy
    August 7th, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Hopefully if they do end up making it into a movie it won’t be some ridiculous Hollywood joke. On the safe side, hope for no movie at all, seeing as they’ll almost definitely end up nuking it.

    Book sounds interesting though. Possibly interesting enough to buy.

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  3. BenneDoTb
    August 7th, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Atleast just cause of the sick looking front picture :O

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    • NoFreakinIdea
      August 7th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      I wonder if there will be a Hungarian translation though!!! :D

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  4. Bryan
    August 7th, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    is every russian named Dimitri?

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    • MRshootout
      August 7th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

      Or Nicolai!;)

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      • RaptorWildfire
        August 7th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

        Russians are an Orthodox nation. Customs are that parents give their children names of saints and angels more often than in the western culture. Plus Nicolai was a great Russian Tsar (emperor), Dimitri was a great Saint.
        Plus, they represent more generic names just like John or Hans or Pierre. Just fyi.

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  5. PatrickSon
    August 7th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    You’re very late on this news, but good news none the less.

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  6. Nibbit
    August 7th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Please, I just want the game and play 24/7

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    • Luka Mijic
      August 7th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

      what about real life? :O

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      • MiKE_nz
        August 8th, 2011 at 3:44 am

        Real life<BF3

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  7. Blarg
    August 7th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    All the more reason why BF is better than COD.

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  8. Luka Mijic
    August 7th, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    nice picture,but I like more a marine guy from wallpapers walking down the street proudly :D heh

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  9. Tenzing
    August 7th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Maybe DICE might do a singleplayer dlc with this.

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    • Colt_Gun
      August 7th, 2011 at 10:37 pm

      good idea but i’d rather DICE put their time into multiplayer DLC’s, considering a significant number of people will never even touch single player… I would like the idea if it was a Co-Op kind of thing with a storyline… not enough games have those these days.

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      • Materialism
        August 7th, 2011 at 11:25 pm

        i speculate that single player is only to play when servers are crashing at launch.

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      • bacix
        August 8th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

        yeah. no one will ever buy a single player exclusive DLC. I know i won’t.

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    August 7th, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    If the Single player campaign is really intresting, I’ll buy it

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    • Freeman
      August 7th, 2011 at 11:35 pm

      Who cares about the singleplayer campaign? I never played a second of the SP in Bad Company 2, and I have over 300 hours in the multiplayer. I won’t touch Battlefield 3 SP, no matter what everyone says.

      Honestly, I think the SP campaign is just there to satisfy the console crowd (no offense to the console players).

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      • bacix
        August 8th, 2011 at 7:11 am

        I only hope the campaign won’t be a cliche filled holywood action-movie-like blockbuster. But from what i’ve seen and heard so far it seems very likely.

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      • Excision
        August 8th, 2011 at 7:12 am

        not even close…

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        • bacix
          August 8th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

          yeah, right.

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  11. Doctalen
    August 7th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    I guess if the book is a sequel then we know for sure that the games story does not wrap up.

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  12. Mexican Immigrant
    August 7th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    I think they should make an add-on for BF3 where you can play the Russian campaign

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    • Blarg
      August 7th, 2011 at 11:03 pm

      Then you would spend most of the game getting killed by a US marine team of four or five people..

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      • DJWebb21
        August 8th, 2011 at 1:58 am


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      • bacix
        August 8th, 2011 at 7:17 am

        there’s no need for 5 marines. 1 is more than enough to kill an entire russian platoon.

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        • Excision
          August 8th, 2011 at 7:19 am

          Did you know: No person who has ever operated the M1 Abrams tank has ever died? Not one.

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        • Colt_Gun
          August 8th, 2011 at 7:42 am

          lol you make it sound like it grants whoever opertates it complete immortality.

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        • Blueberry
          August 8th, 2011 at 11:49 am

          Wow that’s the dumbest comment I’ve ever read ‘Did you know: No person who has ever operated the M1 Abrams tank has ever died? Not one.’

          Of course people who have used the A-1 Abrams have died, are you living in some sort of fairy tale world?

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        • sgtmoody1944
          August 8th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

          Excision, I’m pretty sure there has been at least one incident reported in the news where an A1 Abrams traveling over a bridge spanning a river in Iraq fell in and the crew perished.

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        • Looming Debt Crisis
          August 8th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

          Still believing that propaganda huh? The tank has been penetrated plenty of times, (Iraqi insurgency has shown this) and not to mention that it’s bad publicity for a country’s MBT-supposedly the most advanced in the world being defeated by homemade explosives or tubed rockets.

          Shaped IED’s:


          The Pentagon is quick to hush up anything regarding their prized Cold War tank for today’s problems.

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        • Excision
          August 8th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

          geez you could have just said no, there were deaths and provided a link that didnt have anything to do with stupid government conspiracies. But i guess IM the troll… grow up kids.

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        • Excision
          August 8th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

          oh and looming debt CHRISIS… as you spelled it before… there were no photos, no reports of anyone dying in an M1 Abrams tank whilst operating it. it has nothing to do with gov’t trying to cover it up, because if they did cover it up, the families of the people who have died operating these tanks would have been outraged and went to the media complaining and would have caused some type of response from the gov’t. This has happened before. but what i meant is that no one has died… EVER. maybe wounded and penetrated, but never killed. So shut up before you make yourself sound like more of a moron. Post me a link with some proof that someone has died and ill shut my mouth. Im looking for: Photos… that is it.

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        • Elitemane
          August 8th, 2011 at 10:36 pm

          M1-abrahams are penetrable by heat or by up under then base of the tank, so yeah a m1 abraham can be destroyed EASILY, another think is you don’t even need to do all of that, just blast away at the tank, whoevers inside of will have to get out or else they die of suffocation or heat stroke, so yeah its has its ups and downs,plus what prevents damage is that theres a locking mechanise (shown on Lock’nload)love that show i got all the seasons but anyway onces its damaged its becomes a “rock” that cannot be damaged no more but its still useless.

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      • Looming Debt Crisis
        August 9th, 2011 at 2:14 am

        Well since you’re so keen on grammar typos from the past are you by any chance the same person who misspelled “carpal tunnel” for “carpel tunnel” or “it was MEANT” instead of “its was MEANT”?

        “Im looking for: Photos… that is it.”
        You want a picture of a destroyed Abrams? Here:

        ^Picture (Operation Iraqi Freedom) obviously illustrates catastrophic failure to protect the crew from dangers (IED). Let me guess you’re going to deny the fact that this 60 + ton tank was unmanned and the crew was having a jolly-walk down the street?

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      August 8th, 2011 at 10:07 am

      No just ask Dr. Hax. (youtube gmod the idiot box.)
      Battlefield 3 will not get a bad hacker company campaign. it will get Battlefields, not 4 person vs 1000 other.

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  13. Dmitry
    August 7th, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    story of russian soldier written by ex-SAS? guess it will be another stupid and angry drunke-commie with ak-47. which is of course typical russian=)
    PS sorry for my english)

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    • Cowwie
      August 8th, 2011 at 9:59 am

      Russians get a bad name when it comes to alcohol but seriously wtf lol @

      “Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a bill that officially classifies beer as alcoholic.

      Until now anything containing less than 10% alcohol in Russia has been considered a foodstuff.”

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      • Dmitry
        August 9th, 2011 at 5:31 am

        yeah, we have that beer problem here. cheers!

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  14. elitist fail
    August 8th, 2011 at 12:00 am

    ah coo! more for da money

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  15. Dan
    August 8th, 2011 at 1:57 am

    I just thought of a game that can change gaming as we all know it. My idea is like Dust 514, only in the way that PC gamers and ps3 gamers play together. My idea is the PC gamers are in charge of around 10 to 20 guys and ships that the ps3 players use. Engineer are the drivers and repair and the PC gamer in charge of the ship must repair what they don’t with online money. The PC gamers give his crew missions to take over planets and for doing that the PC gamer gets resources like oils and metals, gases for new technology for weapons for his crew. The class the ps3 gamer chooses is the character the must use, and go up in rank in that area for data reasons. Classes assault engineer medic assault would be using assault rifles support weapons and snipers. Engineers would use smgs and rpgs medics use same as assault for weapons but can’t uses air strike future c4. Class healing KDR and repair will all show for the PC gamer and the better the KDR Healing repairs and missions that player does shows for a rank. This all may seem dumb but had to hear from people what people thought of a game like this.

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    • Colt_Gun
      August 8th, 2011 at 7:46 am

      Very interesting concept, I like the idea of cross-platform online play. Different platforms having completely different roles might screw things up a bit though.. I think you could have explained it a bit better.

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    • Blarg
      August 8th, 2011 at 11:26 am

      Maybe when the PS4 comes out we’ll see more connectivity with the PC in games like BF, of course only if Dust 514 works out as planned

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      • Dan
        August 8th, 2011 at 7:22 pm

        I did make it kinds confusing on how I wrote it. Its, much easier to explain in person than trying to write it on my phone …lol

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  16. maxbox99
    August 8th, 2011 at 2:49 am

    The Russians again? I mean, I have nothing wrong against em, but damn how original is that? I would prefer to see some sort middle east coalition or something… There was russians in BC1, BC2, a lot of CoD games… Thats just my opinion though… Kinda bored of em…

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    • unclewolf
      August 8th, 2011 at 7:15 am

      The trouble is, who else could be a serious threat against the USA?..only really Russia or China in reality. Besides playing as spetsnaz is cool!

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      • NoFreakinIdea
        August 8th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

        The thing is, that even Iraq’s and Afghanistan’s random terrorists almost f*cked up your almighty forces with old AK47s, RPG7s and home-made paper tanks…. Don’t be such an egoist prick, just because they “save the world” in video games it doesn’t mean its reality. (Damn they couldn’t even beat the Vietnamese! WTF, America?)

        Ahhh yess, I’m really looking forward to the sh*tload of “dislikes”.

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        • Jack of All Trades
          August 8th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

          I’m not saying our american military is all powerful and always right but the reason we got skrewed and are getting skrewed is because of political restraints on our military, I dont think the U.S. has waged full total conventional war since like Korea I am probably wrong about that but in these wars Vietnam, 1991 gulf war, And todays war on Terrorism There are restaints for instance we can’t just bomb a whole section of a city becase U.S. soldiers got shot there. today’s wars are about precision these restraints on the U.S.armed forces keep us from beeing totally barbaric on the Battlefield The Military leaders answers to the civilian leaders and that is how it should be I am positive if America used it full Military capacity Ruthlessy and mercilessy Iraq and Afganistan would be nothing but sand and mountains But we arn’t evil bloodthirsty animals (I hope) so yeah… wait why are we talkin about this? Battlefield 3 will rock my socks off!!

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        • unclewolf
          August 9th, 2011 at 7:27 am

          Well thanks for a well thought out reply..nothing like impassioned ignorance is there ;) ..Im British by the way,but despite you not liking it,it is a fact that the US is the only super power at the moment, and in a no holds barred war very few countries could stand against them. Anti american arguements always bring up tired old ‘examples’ of the US getting beaten..Nam, guerilla actions in Iraq/Afghan..they havent been beaten in either of the later countries and US forces left Nam in 1972..thr country fell to communist forces in 1975 after a brave but futile stand by thr ARVN.
          Your whole arguement is a tanker ship full of fail, and clearly born of ignorance and a fair amount of anti-american bias. Case closed.

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        • unclewolf
          August 9th, 2011 at 7:36 am

          Apologies to all..the above was ‘freakinidea’..aptly named :)
          Jack of all trades..i agree mate,and no your forces arent amimals,their pros

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    • Blarg
      August 8th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      Then it’d be like Seal Team 6: The game >.<

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    • ThexDLolNoob
      August 8th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

      Well you know what? I’m tired of USA always being the hero of the day in every game! Why is the US Military involved in every single FPS?! WHY?!
      Why can’t it be once Russia or Great Britain or China? Why always things get messed up and BAM, here comes the US to save the world.

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      • Elitemane
        August 8th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

        america, isn’t really a hero, the reason why barely no-one fucks with us that much is because WE’RE the only country to use a nuke in Agression and actually kill innocent people,look what we did to japan,vietnam ,now they are our Allie ,would you want to be in war with us, now were fighting terrorist and getting our asses kick on both sides, if i was president, it would be NATO’s problem

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      • kelleroid
        August 8th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

        Maybe because storywriters are unoriginal or don’t have time/enough wage to be original? Or people minds are just fixed on seeing Allies and NATO as the good guys after WW2 and Vietnam War?

        It’s as simple as that, you just go and switch “good” with “bad”, but this could just make ‘merican potreotitstic people rage about this, and you know there’s alot of them.

        By “potreotitstic” I mean those, who take patriotism too seriously. Way too seriously.

        Not to mention I’d like to see much more games where Russia and CIS countries are the good guys (outside of historic games).

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      • joongoon
        August 9th, 2011 at 1:43 am

        because Great britian couldnt win vs russia or china, PLA is the largest armed force in the world, there only downfall is there out dated tech. the american airforce and navy are doubled or even triple the size of china (not ground forces). the only thing that could beat us is if Turkey, russia, and china all went blitzkrieg on us. (by they way there planning on doing that lol watch ur news) let me put it to you this way, if the galactic imperial army attacked us we would destory them. (that was a joke, we would get our asses handed to us.)

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    • Colt_Gun
      August 8th, 2011 at 10:30 pm

      wtf i had a really long comment about playing against a middle eastern terrorist group and BF3 blog deleted it probably because i mentioned al qaeda. That is sad.

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      • Colt_Gun
        August 8th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

        alright i’ll try again…

        A Terrorist Group would be fun to play against and with if you played as the USMC on one team, with advanced, modern weaponary, and the Terrorist Organisation on the other, which had outdated AK’s, Classic RPG’s without lock-on and scope, Molotov’s instead of grenades, Homemade bomb’s instead of C4/ATmines and other common/cheap/improvised weapons. If the maps were designed to give an advantage to the team with worse weapons (such as choke points, mounted weaponary, and ambush locations), and made it so you play the same map twice (once as each team) it wouldn’t be imbalanced and it would really add a ‘flare’ to playing as, and against them.

        I do not like terrorists, I am not a terrorist myself and I mean no offence in this message. It is just a suggestion that I thought would make BF3 an overall more immersive and better game. I am very sorry if this has offended you somehow.

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        • Blarg
          August 9th, 2011 at 2:15 am

          Did you not see the whole debate with playing as the Taliban in MOH? I highly doubt people would let that game go without any probs

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        • Colt_Gun
          August 9th, 2011 at 8:12 am

          yea that what i mentioned in my old comment, which i think was the reason it got deleted. It’s just a game.. im not saying they should be called the taliban just some sort of terrorist group.

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  17. plumokin
    August 8th, 2011 at 2:57 am

    the announcement for the book just got me excited for the single player more than anything lol

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  18. ThatGuy
    August 8th, 2011 at 3:40 am

    In regard to the campaign, that’s the first thing I’m going to do. Once I finish a games campaign, then I go to MP.

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  19. Death
    August 8th, 2011 at 3:46 am

    I want to play singerplayer…

    I want to be high ranking in multiplayer…

    What do I do?

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    • Elitemane
      August 8th, 2011 at 3:54 am

      Play the single player first so you can a feel for the game, then go to the multiplayer,p.s not everyone will be pro and there going to more cod noobs coming than ever, so you’re probably get lucky kills because the noobs are going to clueless how tactical battlefield is and run straight towards your base thinking they can camp until you blow a hole threw the walls and eventually through their skull.

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      • Death
        August 8th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

        Yes that’s commonly what I said to people before I witnessed the birth of a multiplayer game. That first match I will be in, at the stroke of midnight when everyone is a complete noob, will be magnificent and unforgettable. I can play the singleplayer anytime. That moment is once per multiplayer video game. I guess it’ll also happen 48 hours before the beta goes live, when all of us moh buyers and origin preorderers are on before anyone. It will be stupendous!

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  20. Elitemane
    August 8th, 2011 at 3:49 am

    cool i love reading,i think it would be interesting to see both sides of the story besides being a one-sided campaign,now lets see the bad things americans did,……

    P.s i did nothing wrong here but I already know some of you haters are gonning dislike on defeult,regardless of what i say,even if i said i’ll kill myself

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    • Elitemane
      August 8th, 2011 at 3:50 am

      FML, my spell checker wasn’t working.

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  21. FPSxPR-youtube
    August 8th, 2011 at 4:14 am

    look at my fan made bf3 trailer

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    • Elitemane
      August 8th, 2011 at 4:33 am

      i love it, and i was waiting until someone finally used machine gun over a bf3 trailer, nice work ,but you should have shown some more action

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      • CoolyFrost
        August 8th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

        BF3BLOG FTW!

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  22. first man
    August 8th, 2011 at 5:41 am

    this might become a DLC expansion pack for battlefield 3 in the future.

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  23. Excision
    August 8th, 2011 at 7:16 am, can you make this into a large view image thats 1080i so i can put this as my desktop? Or is there not a big enough res?

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    • Excision
      August 8th, 2011 at 7:17 am

      Plus everyone else would probably enjoy it too, i like the gas mask, reminds me of the one i use to smoke my weed in! lol *thumbs up if you do the same, thumbs down if you’re paid to thumbs me down…*

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        August 8th, 2011 at 9:00 am

        Kids. don’t do drugs… you end up being an annoying person and get thumbed down on video game forums.

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        • Alloyy
          August 8th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

          wow you are stupid.

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      • plumokin
        August 8th, 2011 at 7:18 pm


        i dont smoke weed, so i cant click the thumbs up…

        and i dont give u thumbs down for no reason

        so is there a third option or something…. lol

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        • kelleroid
          August 8th, 2011 at 10:21 pm

          You already chose it. Do nothing.

          I did that too.

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  24. unclewolf
    August 8th, 2011 at 7:24 am

    I look forward to reading to reading this book..the storyline sounds great and a book written by a UK special forces vet ,who is actually a reasonable writer and knows what hes talking about, can only enhance our bf3 experience :)

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    • Colt_Gun
      August 8th, 2011 at 8:17 am

      Call of Duty is getting a book aswell. It features approximately 12 pages full of swear words, exclamation points and Justin Beiber lyrics… It’s apparently some kind of strategy guide for the average CoD player.

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      • leiter
        August 8th, 2011 at 9:52 am

        ….OMG DUDEE thats called a game manual… cod cant write they can only camp :P

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      • unclewolf
        August 8th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

        Lol i can see it now..and with free crayons for colouring it in ;)

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    August 8th, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Andy McNab is awesome!! I have a book about him, and a movie too… he is heaps cool.

    Unrelated, I heard that you can redeem your Steam copy of Battlefield Bad Company 2 on EA Download Manager / Origin.. so I tried it out and it worked :o

    Origin is still in Beta =_=

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