There are a number of hacking tools out there for Battlefield 3, professionally made tools that wannabe hackers have to pay for in order to use. Some even carry a “subscription” and require continuous payment. One hacker, in an effort to prove himself, used a hack to go after DICE developers in Battlefield 3, and knife and grab their dog tags. You can see the result in the video above.
Yesterday developer DICE revealed that they had banned hundreds of Battlefield 3 hackers, and we sincerely hope that the guy above was one of those banned. But the problem lies much deeper, it lies with the way Battlefield 3 is created and its anti-cheat system, PunkBuster, which doesn’t seen nearly as effective as it was in previous Battlefield titles.
There are plenty of hackers who aren’t showing off their “skills” and staying on top of the leaderboards, with hundreds of kills in a single round. The hacks can be turned on and off, meaning it’s much harder for fellow players to spot a hacker by just looking at the scoreboard. DICE cannot rely solely on players reporting each other, and by sheer chance, some great players who aren’t hacking will be reported for hacking as well.
What we need is a much better anti-cheat detection system in Battlefield 3. A “report” button in Battlelog is not enough.