Let the scapegoating continue. Adam Lanza, the person who shot and killed 26 people at Sandy Hook elementaryin Connecticut last month, reportedly played Call of Duty, among other games. So for quite a while now, pundits and politicians have been drawing links between his heinous actions and the video games he played.
Most recently we have Senator Chris Murphy, a newly-elected Democrat in CT, who spoke yesterday during a press conference to introduce a bill on assault weapons.
“I think there’s a question as to whether he would’ve even driven in his mother’s car in the first place if he didn’t have access to a weapon that he saw in video games that gave him a false sense of courage about what he could do that day,” the senator said.
This is probably a good time to remind the world that there is no scientific evidence linking violent video games and violent behavior.
Developer DICE today released a lengthy list of tweaks, bug-fixes, and significant changes coming to Battlefield 3. The update, which has no set release window, applies to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC versions.
The most notable improvements include instant vehicle kills for unguided artillery rounds, higher damage for long range hits for numerous weapons, and less lethal spawning locations. In addition, players will no longer take damage for short drops, smoke grenades will explode on impact, and suppressors no longer reduce damage when equipped.
Like this, but better and stuff.
Some fans upset over the problems this update hopes to address recently began a call to arms in the form of Blackout Battlefield. The protesters state EA and DICE “have a very long list of things to work on,” and are calling for websites to shut down and stop covering the game until EA and DICE announce what’s coming.
Now they have it. These changes come alongside more than 100 major and minor changes to Battlefield 3’s core multiplayer gameplay, vehicles, weapons, attachments, and UI, and modes. Community Manager Daniel Matros notes that this is an incomplete list of what will be an even larger set of repairs when the update is finally deployed in the near future.
For the complete list, check out DICE’s Battlelog blog.
by Stephen Lambrechts IGN AU
Did you vote in our shooter polls? Here’s a breakdown of the results.
Last week, we asked IGN readers around the world to tell us how they felt about the huge crop of first person shooters released in 2011. Whatever your FPS preference is, chances are you got your fix this year. And if you didn’t, what’s the deal? Why are you so hard to please? I guess that’s a topic for another poll.
Thankfully, we got an enormous number of votes telling us exactly what you liked about this year’s shooters. Continue reading Battlefield 3 is the Shooter of the Year
EA released the gameplay trailer for the Gulf of Oman level. This map will be included in the Battlefield 3 expansion pack: Back to Karkand, which is due out later this month. The trailer shows off some of the enhanced destruction, jet gameplay, and map layout. We also got teased with a new, unannounced vehicle for Battlefield 3: the forklift, which can be seen in the trailer below.
Back to Karkand is set to be released next month, the Asian division of Sony’s Playstation website posts the release date on December 7th for PS3 players. PS3 users were granted one week of early access to all of Battlefield 3’s DLC, so PC and Xbox 360 players will have access to the Back to Karkand pack starting on the 14th.
DICE/EA has yet to comment on the matter, but seeing as it’s an official Playstation website, the information on here should be very accurate.
Gamespot UK got hands on with the Back to Karkand expansion pack which features new footage and commentary for all four of the maps. You can check out their opinions on this new Battlefield 3 DLC below.
The videos below are of SBG Memebers JERSEY REBEL & Jesmonkey69 (ME) doing a quick run thru of Battlefield 3’s 1st 2 Co-Op Missions “Operation Exodus” & “Fire From The Sky” (video is in 2 parts) on Normal. I’m the chopper pilot!! I have only flown a few times but i got the job done!!
If you want to have access to a complete armoury of weapons to take online in Battlefield 3, you’re going to have to dive into the game’s co-op mode first. Battlefield 3’s co-op producer Patrick Liu has said that the game’s co-op mode contains exclusive weapons that can be used in the game’s multiplayer once you’ve unlocked them in co-op.
The video above is the easiest way to quickly unlock All Exclusive Weapons in Co-Op on Battlefield 3 for use in multi-player, choose 4th mission Hit & Run, set the difficulty to easy (Doesn’t Affect Your Score), kill as many enemies as possible while running through the mission as quick as possible (Around 7 Mins or Less) finish the round, earn 10,000+ Points, Wash-Rinse-Repeat until all desired guns unlocked. Check below for all seven (7) Battlefield 3 CO-OP unlockable weapons listed by required CO-OP score: Continue reading Battlefield 3 Co-Op: Exclusive Unlockable Guns For Multi-Player Use (Quickest Way To Get Them)
PS3 users are getting Back to Karkand one week before their gamer counterparts, but they were also promised the wildly successful DICE game as well: BF1943. EA announced that PS3 gamers will receive one week early access to DLC, but without BF1943. PS3 players won’t get BF1943, but instead the get one week of exclusivity to the latest BF3 DLC, sounds like a fair trade off. Here’s what the official Battlefield Twitter said to a community member asking about the PS3/BF1943 situation:
The Battlefield 3 beta date was announced yesterday and was an expected date (late September). September 29th is when the open beta starts and September 27th is when the closed beta starts. The closed beta is for those who pre-order Battlefield 3 through Origin or pre-ordered Medal of Honor. But there has been a lot of questions concerning many aspects of the beta. We’ve compiled verified facts on top of EA’s announcements to help you better understand the Battlefield 3 beta.
So How Do I Gain Access To The Beta?
If you pre-order Battlefield 3 on Origin or pre-order Medal of Honor then you will get access to the beta 48 hours prior to everyone else. If you’re on the PC download Origin and check the demo page (your early beta access code will be emailed to you).
PS3 users can check the Playstation Network Store for the beta. Your code will also be emailed to you.
Xbox 360 users will look in the Xbox Live Marketplace and will also receive their early access code via email. Users for all three platforms who do not qualify for the 48 hour bonus will have access to the beta in the described stores/pages on September 29th. Currently, only Swedish users have been emailed! No information on when other nations will start to receive their keys.
What’s this Battlelog stuff I keep hearing?
Battlelog is a free service operated by EA that allows you to not only track your stats, awards, and game progress, but also allows to you socialize with friends and plan your next Battlefield 3 match!
Continue reading Battlefield 3 Demo Announced So NOW WHAT?? (Demo Q&A)
EA’s Gun Club has revealed the veteran weapon for BF3. By joining the Gun Club, which is entirely free, you’ll get access to the M1911 Pistol in Battlefield 3 Multiplayer. The pistol will also be available to all registered Battlefield veterans.