One of the nagging complaints about Battlefield 3′s multiplayer were the flashlights, or tactical lights as they’re known, which seemed far to powerful and blinding regardless of the circumstances they were used in. DICE has listened to the feedback, and flashlights will be adjusted in an upcoming patch.
DICE’s Alan Kertz has provided some comparison screenshots, showing the flashlight effect before and after, and the change is dramatic — you can now actually see the person behind the flashlight.
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The animal rights movement, represented by PETA, have issued a press release in Germany criticizing Battlefield 3 over “animal cruelty”. Specifically, PETA points out a singleplayer mission (mission 3) in Battlefield 3 where the player has to stab a rat, and toss it away.
PETA states that the killing of even a virtual animal could inspire young people to do such acts in real life. According to PETA, recent animal cruelty cases in Germany, where youngsters engaged in animal cruelty, were inspired by video games and movies. As PETA puts it in the press release:
The realistic computer game “Battlefield 3″ treats animals in a sadistic manner. The game gives players the option to kill a rat with a combat knife in the back in order to then lift it by its tail, then toss it away. Killing virtual animals can have a brutalizing effect on the young male target audience. There have been repeated cases of animal cruelty in Germany, where young people kill animals. Inspiration behind these acts often came from movies and computer games.
You can find the full PETA statement, in German, here.
BF3blog.com has teamed up with the guys from Blockbuster for a competition giving gamers a chance to win a copy of Battlefield 3 signed by the developers at DICE. We’re giving away one signed PlayStation 3 copy, and one signed Xbox 360 copy to lucky winners.
Here’s how to enter the competition: Follow BF3Blog on Twitter and simply re-tweet this page. The winners will be picked randomly. The competition is only valid for entrants from United States, and ends on Wednesday, November 9, 2011. Winners will be notified via Twitter.
UPDATE: The competition is now over and the winners have been picked via Twitter. Thanks to everyone for participating, we’ll have more competitions shortly!
EA has launched a web page where players can check the server status for Battlefield 3 back-end servers. The new page displays the server status for all 3 platforms — Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and PC — plus a status for Battlelog as well. We don’t know how necessary a service like this is, considering that Battlefield 3 has had very little downtime since launch. It might prove useful in the future though.
Recently, EA announced that Battlefield 3 had sold 5 million copies during its first week, an impressive number even for an AAA game. Now additional data from third party sales trackers reveals the breakdown of the sales, i.e. how many units were sold on each platform, in approximate numbers.
It’s clear that the Xbox 360 version of Battlefield 3 has taken a considerable lead, outselling the PlayStation 3 and PC versions by a huge margin. In fact, the Xbox 360 version outsold the PS3 and PC versions combined.
Xbox 360: 2.2 million
PlayStation 3: 1.5 million
The numbers aren’t 100% accurate as some digital retailers, including EA’s Origin, haven’t disclosed their sales numbers, so it’s likely that the numbers for the PC version are higher than reported. Just after Battlefield 3 shipped, EA reported that 10 million units were shipped.
EA has started its Back to Karkand marketing push over the past week, revealing screenshots and a nice trailer, but they didn’t mention how much gamers will have to fork over for the expansion pack. Now, the Origin store reveals the price tag: $14.99 in the US, €14.99 Euros in Europe, and $23.95 AUD in Australia. But if you pre-ordered Battlefield 3 on Origin, you’ll get the expansion pack for free, naturally.
Those who pre-ordered Battlefield 3 on Origin received 4 extra weapons and accessories: the Type 88 light machine gun, the DAO-12 shotgun, the Flash Suppressor for the SKS rifle, and Flechette ammunition for shotguns. The Physical warfare pack is available via a code that’s sent to players.
Now EA has announced that the Physical Warfare pack and its contents will be available to all players in the future, although they didn’t mention when exactly players will receive the new items.
It’s been around two weeks since the release of Battlefield 3, and the hype for the next release begins: Back to Karkand has gotten an official gameplay trailer, and it looks just amazing. Back to Karkand will include 10 new weapons, 3 new vehicles, and 4 new maps: Strike at Karkand, Wake Island, Sharqi Peninsula, and Gulf of Oman. The expansion back will be released next month in December. For now, enjoy the trailer, and don’t forget to subscribe to BF3Blog’s YouTube channel.
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