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On October 18th, 2011 in News

There have been some unfortunate developments with EA Norway and the way they’ve been handling access to Battlefield 3 review copies. According to Norway’s top news outlet, NRK, EA has withheld review copies of Battlefield 3 to reviewers whom they thought would give the game a bad score. A number of Norwegian gaming outlets, including popular ones like Gamer.no, have been refused review copies of Battlefield 3 due to their review scores of past Battlefield games.

Furthermore, EA inquired potential reviewers of Battlefield 3 to see whether they were Call of Duty fans, whether they played the beta and if they were frustrated with the beta. You can see the full list of questions above.

EA’s actions in this case have been criticized by Norway’s top journalists, like Gunnar Bodahl-Johansen from Norway’s School of Journalism, calling EA’s actions “unacceptable”, adding, “It is a sad situation for both EA and game journalism that it appears that this is normal.”

EA has been quick to issue an apology, with EA Norway marketing manager Oliver Sveen saying “this should not have been sent out. We have made ​​a mistake and we apologize. This is not something that neither should have happened earlier or what we intend to continue”.



137 COMMENTS & TRACKBACKS

  1. Freeman
    October 18th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    The fact that this is written on BF3blog — a Battlefield 3 fan site, which is an EA game — is a real showing of game journalism.

    Keep it up guys.

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    • Noobslayer
      October 18th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

      Except it wasn’t very good journalism as Toshiro got the story somewhat wrong. It’s been abundantly clear that some of the Norwegian review sites have been in Activision’s back pocket given the disproportionately low reviews of BFBC2 relative to the average on metacritic. Something was going on.

      Nevertheless this ‘questionnaire’ was a mistake on EA’s part, because the merits of BF3 really transcend ALL these review site politics. When we’re talking about BF3 its like Chuck Norris sending out a questionnaire “do you think I’m sexy” and “do you think I’m bad ass enough”. Would never happen.

      Let everybody review it, whether the competition sent them a big advertisement check or not, because this time around the review sites DONT ACTUALLY MATTER. The word of mouth is off the charts like no game I’ve seen before. Forums full of “building a new BF3 rig”, “which monitor to get the most of out BF3, etc” Endless threads and chatter about BF3, not the competition. It is the new high watermark in gaming, and EA needs to figure this out.

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      • BENBLACKK
        October 18th, 2011 at 9:46 pm

        did anyone at EA play the game?
        what the hell are they scared of.

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      • skjutengris
        October 19th, 2011 at 9:04 am

        its common practice, Nike do it, Adidas do it, Intel did it to amd and payed 6 billion for it, and actavision does it.
        will journalism be a payed thing since today internet have made it clearly abundant that quality and truth seldom go hand in hand. For me, BF3 is a mw3 copy, the rush mode screams cod, the way they made the vehicles in game just is a tad wrong, the conquest mode works to a extent, but will see how the retail version is before making a final call.

        I cant understand how they can make the avatar and not allow it to react to gunfire so the enemy has to adjust since you should be able to move sideways, that is what a soldier normally does under fire, moves from the fire. Its such a arcade adjusted game its sad. the ea buy out did have a bad effect imo.

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        • Implied
          October 19th, 2011 at 10:05 am

          Rush isn’t new to BF3, its been in previous Battlefield Games, so your “MW3 Rip-off” idea fails.

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        • skjutengris
          October 19th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

          You played cod series and mw series and bf series I assume?
          Rush mode is a rip of cod/mw series, sure every developer steals ideas and use them since if its a great idea why not use it?
          However, the buy from ea of dice has shown how they desire to take the crown from cod/mw and actavision to be the nr1 game of fps and to do so we get a game that is more similar than stand out from mw3.

          Its evident in their decisions making, in how they execute decisions and what to make or not make into their game.
          I log into the beta of BF3, and are met with confusing graphics and UI, not being able to lower the shadows due to high contrast giving me and others a headache, the lack of evading bullets trough going sideways, since it shows how evident arcade the game is made.

          Its a rip off copy and clone to make a mw3 game if you ask me.
          Their idea of game balance is at best a joke as far beta goes.
          I can only hope for retail fixes a few things but he overall game design, wont.

          I play with friends, so I don’t mind if the game design suck much, it just shows how to met the arcade kids market and the ea desire to become nr1 is driving their decision making which simply sucks for me as a customer and most likely for a lot of others and the esl sports market competition is gonna fail on PC. console who cares?

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        • like a BOSS more than ever
          October 19th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

          oh really…COD copied from Counter Strike… now STFU

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        • Implied
          October 19th, 2011 at 11:40 pm

          So, your Theory is that BF3 rips off MW3 (which in turn is a copy/paste of MW2 with “better” Graphics, which in turn is a copy/paste of CoD 4 with “better” Graphics, meaning you’re basically saying BF3 is a rip-off of CoD 4)?

          And your evidence is Rush, a Mode which was introduced to Battlefield Multi-Player with I believe… Bad Company? I don’t play Console so I’m not quite aware if it was first introduced in the Bad Company Console-Exclusive or Bad Company 2. Either way, those were dumbed down compared to other Battlefield Games. General consensus between Battlefield Fans is that Conquest is where Battlefield truly shines, not Rush. Rush is simply Rush, something introduced with the BC Series when they were making the series more Mainstream.

          Yes, I’ve played CS:S, BF Vietnam, BF2, BF 2142, Crysis, CoD 4, MW2, BC2, Crysis 2, and BF3 Beta. Among other, less relevant Titles. Yes, I’ve skipped the WW2 Titles, they’ve never been of interest to me.

          “Confusing Graphics and UI” – I’m not sure what’s confusing about the UI. You’ve got Mini Map, Ammo, Heart Rate, Chat, and the “who killed who” thing. Its simplistic. If you want less, go Hardcore Mode, it removes almost the entire UI.

          Far as the Graphics, there’s way more options than other Games because this isn’t the hundredth Console Ported PC Game released this year. Its developed on PC, and then ported to Console, so there’s a larger array of Settings. If Shadows don’t go low for some reason, its a Beta Bug. The Beta was crappy and filled with them, we know that, they know that, let’s get over that already. The Beta was simply to test Server Stability, the Build we were playing was massively outdated. Minimum System Requirements to play BF3 are a GT 8800/ATI Radeon 3xxx (or something) GPU. There’s really no reason for you to be having Graphics issues, unless you’re playing on some sort of PS2 level Hardware?

          “Lack of Evading Bullets through going sideways”? Isn’t that just you moving, and the guy who’s shooting at you, still shooting at you? It doesn’t take much to kill someone if you actually hit them. Maybe you got hit with the One-Shot-Kill Beta Bug too.

          I agree however, they HAVE made some ridiculously bad decisions with this Game (Battlelog shoved down our Throats with no In-Game VoIP, the Failbook Social Network part of it is just a ridiculous CoD Elite wanna-be competitor, KillCam (apparently we didn’t bitch enough about that with BC2, fortunately Hardcore Mode disables this) etc.). Yes, they have made this game more Mainstream. Not BC2 level Mainstream, but less Mainstream compared to BF2.

          DICE said they’re aiming for a 95%+ Rating with Critics. That means #1 Priority is to eliminate Bugs. If there’s obvious Bugs, big Bugs, small Bugs, annoying Bugs, any type of Bug that they can come across what-so-ever, that 95%+ is gone, and at best they’ll get a 90%+. Of course, EA needs to get their heads out of their asses and make sure there’s no Server Issues (AGAIN) with this Launch too, so yeah….

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        • Teufel9000
          October 20th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

          and counterstrike copied UT & Quake. COD wasnt the First major fps in gaming you know

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        • EuroScept1C
          October 22nd, 2011 at 8:15 am

          @skjutengris I tried to get your point, but you went just too far… If BF/Rush is copy of CoD, then CoD is copy Doom etc.

          Of course you’ve some valid arguments in your essays, but some others are extremely invalid.

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        • EuroScept1C
          October 22nd, 2011 at 8:22 am

          And to complete my phrase… The first game which standarised this style, was clearly the “Doom”. After that game, everyone was just “Doom-like”. That was the name of the category. Not even “FPS”.

          That being said, each game has some specific features that differentiates it from other.

          Clearly, setting in Open Beta the “Metro” map, it was intended to atract new, possibly CoD players. The BF players bought the game already. Though, that doesn’t make the Rush mode copy of CoD.

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        • ass44h0lefaceman
          October 22nd, 2011 at 8:37 am

          you sir are a DOUCHE!!!!

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      • Hired_Mark
        October 19th, 2011 at 1:34 pm

        That is not a legitimate reason to refuse a review copy. It is like only allowing people in a gallery if they like the paintings they haven’t seen yet.
        It is just that EA is using its money spent on publicity in the form of trolling the rest of the gaming community, hoping its fanbase is going to follow suit, and so attracts CoD players’ attention.

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      • exploid
        October 20th, 2011 at 9:27 am

        What sites are you talking about? I just checked vg.no, pressfire,gamer.no and nrk. They all gave 8/10, 9/10 and 5/6

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    • The MAN!!
      October 18th, 2011 at 8:26 pm

      I wonder if Dice comes by every now and than to see your guys articles?(not you Freeman)

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      • skjutengris
        October 19th, 2011 at 12:20 pm

        Sure they read some.
        but they moved to twitter as a company for updates.
        I got a infraction on the ea forum since I bashed the community manager when he was out of line.

        I don’t expect any forum responses from dice/ea unless it involves some of the technical things in their game engine, as sounds, how the patches works and so no.

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    • Noobslayer
      October 18th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

      Really a much better read for your BF3 update time today is at IGN: Five Innovations Battlefield Gave The World.

      BF3BLOG shouldn’t even be wasting time on negative and distracting crap like this article that won’t impact our gameplay experience in the slightest.

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      • Liar
        October 19th, 2011 at 2:57 am

        I guess it depends on why you come to this site. I come for GAME news, not gaming politics. But others are interested in such news bits, mostly to keep themselves busy until it comes out. I don’t see harm reporting this, though I suppose I’d rather them get creative and write an article on 5 things to look forward to the most, or 5 things we didn’t know, even if small, or something directly game related.

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        • Implied
          October 19th, 2011 at 10:07 am

          I know most major Companies bribe their way through Gaming Reviews, but its funnier when its actually backed up by evidence, because at that point they need to issue a crappy apology like -

          “This should not have been sent out. We have made ​​a mistake and we apologize. This is not something that neither should have happened earlier or what we intend to continue”.

          “This should not have been sent out.” PR Rule Book Translation: “This should have never reached Public Eyes, we have had a serious Security breach. Our apologies.”

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  2. Don'twhineaboutbf3
    October 18th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    EA so freaking stupid

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    • Ezio
      October 18th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

      Battlefield 3 – “Try to be best cause you’re only a game and a game gotta learn to take it,

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    • Maxbox99
      October 19th, 2011 at 1:10 am

      Seriously fuck EA

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  3. Syuzeren
    October 18th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Haters gonna hate.

    But to be honest, they are only making things worse, by not letting them try the the game.

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    • Ricky
      October 18th, 2011 at 8:42 pm

      You would think that if the game really was a huge improvement from the beta they would want critics to play it to wipe away all the “WTF?” from the beta. Now I just gotta wonder how much of the beta is still “present” in the final release.

      Not that I think (hope) this is the case. Just seems like EA is acting a little bit douchey about a game that they’ve been projecting to be epic. Why screw with reviewers if the merchandise is gold?

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      • Charles
        October 18th, 2011 at 9:02 pm

        I think the concern was with those who played the BETA and approached it like certain other games, got killed repeatedly and then rage quit, that sort of frustration rather than falling through the ground.

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  4. Sjaak
    October 18th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    lol always the same…

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  5. AwMan
    October 18th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Hm, thats pretty disgraceful. EA is really full of themselves to even think this was exceptable. People should be allowed an honest opinion on a game rather then haveing faulty ratings just to make an awesome game look better. tsk tsk EA.

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  6. BaxterX7
    October 18th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Fuck you EA! Douchebags… Some people over there need a good 50 lashes. EA’s marketing actions just seem to get more and more ridiculous the closer we get to release. Battlefield fans will buy and play bf3 even if it gets a 1 on Metacritic.

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  7. DARKANGEL1296
    October 18th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    what the fuck O.o

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  8. RollieThePollie
    October 18th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    well done EA

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  9. Roshawn
    October 18th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    to be truthful I dont blame EA companys like ign rate every CoD with a high score and everybody knows this if its not CoD its not good, its the same for everything including Intel and AMD, people bash AMD cards because of drivers but its really not even AMD drivers that are bad its the people that dont know what they are doing, reviews are so inaccurate anyways, never believe some else that rates a game just go out and rent it to see if you like it everybody is different

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    • Squall_Rinoa89
      October 18th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

      It’s AMD and their drivers. If a driver Update still doesn’t fix your problems you’ve been having for 6 months it’s the drivers.

      Just had someone on FFXIV in my guild switch their 6970 Graphics card out for a nVidia 560 GTX due to AMD’s drivers.

      When they got done they were relieved that the problems they were having with the 6970′s graphics were gone after he installed the GTX 560. Don’t make excuses for AMD’s rehab work.

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      • young_gunnerz
        October 18th, 2011 at 8:19 pm

        I have never had trouble with AMD drivers.

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        • young_gunnerz
          October 19th, 2011 at 12:14 am

          Alot of people use the early drivers that come on disk with their gpu. This is not recommended because they are often early drivers that have bugs just like any other software. They need to download the updated drivers from the vendors website which will have the known bugs, glitches or crashes resolved. Both Nvidia and AMD/ATI have the same issues and not just them but any software building or engineering company will have unforeseen bugs that were missed during alpha testing and thats why we have beta testing. HAHA we are the beta testers and its up to us to report the issues so they can get resolved.

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        • Gundam288
          October 20th, 2011 at 3:54 am

          I’ve never had problems with AMD Drivers. to date I’ve only had a problem with 1 GPU card. and that was an ATI Visiontek 4600 or a 4800. died on me within 6-8 months. but that was just a bad card. Running a HD 5750, haven’t had any problems.

          bad products can affect people’s stance on a company.

          Haven’t had any problems with Nvidea ether, I’m just rolling with AMD since I have an AMD CPU atm. If I had an Intel CPU I would be using an Nvidea GPU.

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      • JimmyB
        October 18th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

        Neither have I.

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      • J35T3R
        October 18th, 2011 at 9:16 pm

        amd drivers crap u must be joking i had to revert bc2 to dx9 for a friend with dual 580gtx because of tearing due to crap nvidia drivers try uninstalling the old driver first and reinstalling duh

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        • InfamousRabbiTT
          October 18th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

          Punctuation is a good thing.

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        • BaxterX7
          October 18th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

          The 580 is an Nvidia card dumbass.

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        • InfamousRabbiTT
          October 18th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

          He’s trying to say that Nvidia cards are worse than AMD

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        • J35T3R
          October 18th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

          no the cards are ok the drivers are crap however and baxter you need to learn to read with a youtube chanell like yours i would have expected you know how

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  10. Other Brian
    October 18th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    As disappointed as I am by this, I fear it’s kind of becoming the norm in game journalism. Definitely not the first story I’ve heard about publishers using shady tricks to manipulate scores.

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  11. FDSDH 011i
    October 18th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    damn you EA! I would have done it through another company all independent and not told the reviewers which game it was, that would mean there would be less bias (the reviewers would probably still have a good idea at what game it was though)

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  12. shamE
    October 18th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    this is why we can’t have nice things

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    • plumokin
      October 18th, 2011 at 8:53 pm

      XDXDXDXDXDXD

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  13. FDSDH 011i
    October 18th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    probably not as bad as activision they must pay the reviewers or something i saw mw2 rated 9 out of 10 thats impossible it was terrible, noob tubes, small maps, overpowered smg’s, killstreaks, far fetched story, sprinting, perks…. i think i just hated everything

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    • morshu
      October 19th, 2011 at 1:48 am

      Ah yes I was wondering where all the cod haters were. Anyway if your unbiased and mature you can clearly why mw2 got an 9 out of ten. Best graphics of any game, compelling story, and in the during the reviewing there was no tubing, UMPs, ect until much after. If it was absolute crap everyone would of dropped mw2 when bf2 came out. I would agree however that I would have no interest in playing mw2 now,

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      • Implied
        October 19th, 2011 at 10:14 am

        What the fuck are you talking about? BF2 came out before even CoD 4: MW, never mind MW2… Or maybe you mean BC2? In which case you’re some sort of Fail Fanboy, since BC2 looked way better, and had way better Visuals than MW2.

        Frostbite 1.5 Engine > Infinity Ward 4.0 Engine.

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        • RebornShadow
          October 19th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

          Its not even their own engine. :P
          It’s id Tech 3 (HEAVILY modified) or id Tech 4. I think it’s a shame that they claim it to be their own engine. They’ve just bought the source code.

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        • morshu
          October 19th, 2011 at 8:55 pm

          What did I say about bias and maturity? Look down the sights of a gun in mw2 and bf2. MW2 graphics are clearly better, and thats a FACT. Main reason im brother saying anything is because Im hearing stuff from battlefiedl bandwagoners that is CLEARLY NOT TRUE. You know what ask your parents (yes your parents) to look at mw2 and bf2 and let them tell. It least they will not be EA manipulated robots who deny anything bad anybody has to about battlefield.

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        • morshu
          October 19th, 2011 at 9:12 pm

          You are dense beyond anybody ive every seen on these forums. I just wait for you to become an exbf3 fan like the rest of these guys on thus forum.

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      • RebornShadow
        October 19th, 2011 at 11:42 am

        BF 2 came out before MW, duh.

        And if I’d have to do an unbiased review than I’d give it a 6.5 out of 10. The graphics are outdated, the engine is from 2003 and overall the story is way to short.

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        • morshu
          October 19th, 2011 at 9:03 pm

          Look, you people are excellent at trolling. Mw2 came out Nov 10th 2009, Bf2 came out March 2010. Look it up. You actually just gave me an example of what I was saying up top about BF bandwagoners saying stuff that is CLEARLY NOT TRUE. NUFF SAID.

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  14. Travis Gamer
    October 18th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    LoL EA lost a bunch of Pre-Order’s because people are too retarded to realize that a Beta is not a Demo, now they are selling shitty clothing at an outrageous price and this ontop of all that is still gonna make me not care even more, I’m gonna play the shit outa BF3 as long as they dont milk the DLC which they will because EA is run by a bunch of pussies that would rather make a shit ton of money instead of making consumers happy.

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  15. silverbullet
    October 18th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    hmm i can see were ea are coming from with the “are you a cod fanboy?” review sites (not naming names) tend to give cod perfect scores without fail, whilst giving other games lower scores for things that are just bloody rediclous compared with the horrible copy paste, buggy, unbalanced games cod keeps coming out with

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    • henry
      October 18th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

      cough cough IGN cough cough

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  16. Arkitera
    October 18th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    No problem for me

    Battlefield 3 is one of the best game ever made

    **** reviewers who are going to give bad scores to be popular

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    • morshu
      October 19th, 2011 at 9:15 pm

      10 months from now. “Battlefield 3 was one of the worst games evermade”. Its your destiny to say this.

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  17. D I.P
    October 18th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    yawn

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    • Yep
      October 18th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

      Pretty much. It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that most, if not all, publishers do this sort of thing occasionally.

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  18. Vyper
    October 18th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I don’t blame EA, Game journalists/reviewers have been in the pocket of Activision/cod for so long, I wouldn’t want any mindless COD zombie reviewing my game either.

    On the other hand EA should have nothing to fear as Battlefield’s quality will always shine through in the reviews.

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  19. jjjj
    October 18th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    maybe if there were more reputable gaming journalists out there instead of opinionated scumbags this wouldn’t happen.

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  20. Mufasa
    October 18th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    At least Activision doesn’t do stupid shit like that although i fucking hate both publishers. Dice should publish their games themselves unless they have a contract with EA or something.

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    • henry
      October 18th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

      EA bought DICE witch means that DICE cant just get out and leave that would be breach of contract

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  21. Kevin Blueberry
    October 18th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Smooth.

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  22. P3rsia
    October 18th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    I dont care what EA done ! the important Side that i can see is if Activision was in EA shoe in this situation what DID It do ?

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  23. Binksss
    October 18th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Please EA, dont do anything more until the game is released please. Not even breathin’ would be cool…

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  24. dj
    October 18th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    you really think any corporation in which they are trying to sell a product is going to use BAD REVIEWS to help sell it? NO!! what EA is doing is exactly what all corporations do…its called MARKETING STRADEGY…. EA just so happend to get caught……big deal…move on

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    • Spruce
      October 18th, 2011 at 9:10 pm

      It surprises me over and over that some of you people actually keep siding with EA when they time after time show their true, ugly faces. In your post, you’re actually apologizing on their behalf for this unacceptable behaviour masking it as just an attempt of honest marketing strategy!

      Why anybody would think it okay to manipulate the reviews like this is beyond me. The only explanation I can think of, is that many in the gaming community get so attached to the game, wanting it to succeed, that they lose their common sense. That’s fanboyism for you, allright.

      It’s people just accepting such behaviour by either not caring or justifying it through such fanboyism who let these companies keep on doing what eventually will hurt all customers. Compulsory installation of Origin with it’s EULA is another such issue which by being rotten to it’s core hurts the whole community in the long run.

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  25. The MAN!!
    October 18th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    This is the last straw, EA keeps fucking Dice and it really effects the game. this event alone is going to give reviewers -0.1 score, gee thanks Ea you took 0.1 out of the perfect 10 bf3 will have, don’t be surprise if bf3 gets 9.9 for this.
    Theres a list of shit Ea has done that keeps degrading Bf3!
    1.Making Origin madatory and having 1 soldier.
    2.Ripping of MOH buyers with their “Early BF3 beta Access” Scam.
    3.Fucked Up EA dedicated Servers.
    4.Not knowing when to shut the fuck up and let the game proves its better.
    5.*Gets so mad forgets what rest of list.*

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    • NoFreakinIdea
      October 18th, 2011 at 8:15 pm

      I agree. EA GO F*CK YOURSELF CAUSE I HATE YOU SINCE I BOUGHT BF2 YOU SONS OF ************* ****************!!!
      That f*cking game made me rage so bad. It’s registration and everything… i bought the complete collection then I had to realize that 2 of the DLCs are actually free, I cant install the 3rd one and i paid extra costs for it.
      Then their EULA, the rest of the shit you mentioned… now this…
      EA = Activision for me, no matter what anybody says.

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    • Jason
      October 18th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      I hope you’re kidding about the 99 metascore thing, because if not you’re going to end up sorely disappointed :-(

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