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Battlefield 3 Premium Edition Coming September

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If you've been holding off on buying Battlefield 3 for price drops, this edition might be worth your while.

Battlefield 3 is expensive.

Well, Battlefield 3 is expensive if you feel like getting your hands on the whole package. With each DLC pack running you $15 apiece and five DLC planned in total, getting your hands on Battlefield: Premium, which contains all DLC, for $40 almost seems like a deal.

To those who haven't picked up Battlefield 3, EA's finally made your wait worth your while. With Battlefield 4 confirmed and on the horizon, the appeal of Battlefield 3 is beginning to dissipate. No doubt to generate renewed interest and pick up sales, EA's announced Battlefield 3: Premium Edition for $69.99. Buyers will gain access to the premium service for a little less.

Not enough to entice you? EA is also throwing in a "Multiplayer Head Start Kit", which includes "15 different weapons, gadgets, and vehicle upgrades", presumably so you won't feel too behind playing at Rank 1 while everyone else astronomically ahead of you in levels.

Battlefield 3: Premium Edition will be hitting Xbox 360, PS3, and PC this September, and is already available for preorder.

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    assasin32 , August 16, 2012 3:52 AM
    I miss the days of old before DLC. When we had expansion pack which were almost and entire new game added or was (guild wars for example) instead of $15 for a few maps and a couple guns so we go "ohh shiney" and pay up to keep up with the competition.
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    randomizer , August 16, 2012 3:37 AM
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    With each DLC pack running you $15 apiece and five DLC planned in total, getting your hands on Battlefield: Premium, which contains all DLC, for $40 almost seems like a deal.


    No, it just shows how overpriced the DLCs are. ;) 

    I've never been able to get BF3 to launch since I bought it (no, it is not minimised). I'm sure that if I cut out Origin and Battlelog I'd be able to, but there are just two many rusty links in the chain to getting the game to start reliably on all systems. I'm glad I didn't pay full price for it.
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    walter87 , August 16, 2012 4:03 AM
    assasin32I miss the days of old before DLC. When we had expansion pack which were almost and entire new game added or was (guild wars for example) instead of $15 for a few maps and a couple guns so we go "ohh shiney" and pay up to keep up with the competition.

    Sadly that day is long gone and will never see anything like that from all the major developers/publishers. Ridiculous skin/weapon addons for a couple bucks each or $15 for map packs on CoD and BF3. People need to speak with their wallets, but unfortunately most of petty consumers willing to pay for that letting the developers get away with and and persist and push petty DLC to even further lows to see just how much they can sqeeze out of the consumer.

    Atleast their are still developers like Valve and CD Projekt that deliver free DLC. A bit of a shame too considering CD Projekt is one of the last decent developers out there and among the number 1 pirated games.

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    randomizer , August 16, 2012 3:37 AM
    Quote:
    With each DLC pack running you $15 apiece and five DLC planned in total, getting your hands on Battlefield: Premium, which contains all DLC, for $40 almost seems like a deal.


    No, it just shows how overpriced the DLCs are. ;) 

    I've never been able to get BF3 to launch since I bought it (no, it is not minimised). I'm sure that if I cut out Origin and Battlelog I'd be able to, but there are just two many rusty links in the chain to getting the game to start reliably on all systems. I'm glad I didn't pay full price for it.
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    greghome , August 16, 2012 3:43 AM
    Hopefully, the other 2 expansions coming out after armored kill won't be a crap and actually have more than 4 maps.....

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    phamhlam , August 16, 2012 3:44 AM
    The game is so good and DICE puts a lot of work into it. I don't think $15 is too much. Have anyone seen Armored Kill. The maps are amazing.
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    assasin32 , August 16, 2012 3:52 AM
    I miss the days of old before DLC. When we had expansion pack which were almost and entire new game added or was (guild wars for example) instead of $15 for a few maps and a couple guns so we go "ohh shiney" and pay up to keep up with the competition.
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    walter87 , August 16, 2012 4:03 AM
    assasin32I miss the days of old before DLC. When we had expansion pack which were almost and entire new game added or was (guild wars for example) instead of $15 for a few maps and a couple guns so we go "ohh shiney" and pay up to keep up with the competition.

    Sadly that day is long gone and will never see anything like that from all the major developers/publishers. Ridiculous skin/weapon addons for a couple bucks each or $15 for map packs on CoD and BF3. People need to speak with their wallets, but unfortunately most of petty consumers willing to pay for that letting the developers get away with and and persist and push petty DLC to even further lows to see just how much they can sqeeze out of the consumer.

    Atleast their are still developers like Valve and CD Projekt that deliver free DLC. A bit of a shame too considering CD Projekt is one of the last decent developers out there and among the number 1 pirated games.

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    bigdragon , August 16, 2012 4:08 AM
    Toms is looking more and more like an advertising solution for Blizzard and EA. I'm disappointed. Where is the mention of all the hacking? You can get killed by another player's ammo boxes from across the map on the PC version. On the 360 there's a new team wipe hack. Anyone coming into this game at rank 1 is severely disadvantaged even with an unlock pack. The game is designed to compel you to pay for hacks. Let's also not forget how badly implemented this game is. I have RAID 0 SSDs and it still takes the game 2 to 5 minutes to get onto a server due to all the logins it has to do to EA's unreliable backend. Normally it always fails the first time with "could not connect to EA online".

    BF3 is a huge ripoff. It's best to be avoided. Hell, I bought it to play with 9 other friends. We never got to work as a team and actually spent most of our time avoiding each other because of the unlock disparities. The game would never put us on the same team or even in the same squads despite being in a party. I remember having to avoid shooting at a friend's helicopter because he didn't have flares unlocked and getting killed while trying to figure out how to revive someone (I didn't have defibs unlocked apparently). If you don't have the game by now it's best to avoid it even if they give it away for free. Go back and play that wonderful co-op mod for BF2 where you could have 92 people on a server, custom maps, and every unlock.
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    iamtheking123 , August 16, 2012 4:32 AM
    @bigdragon, I've got 25 hours in the multiplayer so far and haven't had a single issue with hackers or not being able to get into a server. I too have raided SSDs, and I just timed it, it took me 1 minute 28 seconds to start Origin, start Internet Explorer, login to battlelog, join a server, and spawn. Never ever seen "could not connect to EA online". Sounds like you need a better computer.
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    aznguy0028 , August 16, 2012 4:44 AM
    bigdragonBF3 is a huge ripoff. It's best to be avoided. Hell, I bought it to play with 9 other friends. We never got to work as a team and actually spent most of our time avoiding each other because of the unlock disparities. The game would never put us on the same team or even in the same squads despite being in a party. I remember having to avoid shooting at a friend's helicopter because he didn't have flares unlocked and getting killed while trying to figure out how to revive someone (I didn't have defibs unlocked apparently). If you don't have the game by now it's best to avoid it even if they give it away for free. Go back and play that wonderful co-op mod for BF2 where you could have 92 people on a server, custom maps, and every unlock.

    I have over 200 hours on BF3 and I never had any of your problems, my M4 SSD loads it up very quickly. It sounds to me that the problem lies behind the computer with you and your friends. Not knowing the game/what to do is not an excuse for saying it's bad. My friends and I are always in the same squad, even when we are on opposite teams, just switch over, unlock your squad and everyone is good to go.
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    buckcm , August 16, 2012 4:49 AM
    bigdragonToms is looking more and more like an advertising solution for Blizzard and EA. I'm disappointed. Where is the mention of all the hacking? You can get killed by another player's ammo boxes from across the map on the PC version. On the 360 there's a new team wipe hack. Anyone coming into this game at rank 1 is severely disadvantaged even with an unlock pack. The game is designed to compel you to pay for hacks. Let's also not forget how badly implemented this game is. I have RAID 0 SSDs and it still takes the game 2 to 5 minutes to get onto a server due to all the logins it has to do to EA's unreliable backend. Normally it always fails the first time with "could not connect to EA online".BF3 is a huge ripoff. It's best to be avoided. Hell, I bought it to play with 9 other friends. We never got to work as a team and actually spent most of our time avoiding each other because of the unlock disparities. The game would never put us on the same team or even in the same squads despite being in a party. I remember having to avoid shooting at a friend's helicopter because he didn't have flares unlocked and getting killed while trying to figure out how to revive someone (I didn't have defibs unlocked apparently). If you don't have the game by now it's best to avoid it even if they give it away for free. Go back and play that wonderful co-op mod for BF2 where you could have 92 people on a server, custom maps, and every unlock.


    You're full of crap. This isn't to say EA's back-end is perfect, but it works fine mostly for me. I don't have problems with hackers. They did a far better job on BF3 than BC2.
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    Anonymous , August 16, 2012 5:44 AM
    As much as I hate to defend EA, with premium, you're actually getting a whole exp pack / full game over the course of nearly a year. 20 maps, lots of new guns, vehicles, etc.
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    akamrcrack , August 16, 2012 6:29 AM
    Good thing COD doesn't ever have any hackers on it.

    Because no1 plays cod

    ba dum tis
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    ojas , August 16, 2012 6:53 AM
    I kind of feel a bit ripped off, pre-ordering the game. At least i got B2K...
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    leeashton , August 16, 2012 6:58 AM
    iamtheking123@bigdragon, I've got 25 hours in the multiplayer so far and haven't had a single issue with hackers or not being able to get into a server. I too have raided SSDs, and I just timed it, it took me 1 minute 28 seconds to start Origin, start Internet Explorer, login to battlelog, join a server, and spawn. Never ever seen "could not connect to EA online". Sounds like you need a better computer.

    true mines the same as yours
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    apache_lives , August 16, 2012 7:44 AM
    errrr i have had premium for months here in Australia...... WTF
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    greghome , August 16, 2012 8:07 AM
    Bf3plyrAs much as I hate to defend EA, with premium, you're actually getting a whole exp pack / full game over the course of nearly a year. 20 maps, lots of new guns, vehicles, etc.

    Problem is it's like you have to pay for Premium to get the Full Game + Counter Strike.

    admittedly, I myself have bought Premium and have just realised it was a bit of a mistake considering I don't even know the quality of the next 2 expansions and I don't even play Close Quarters
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    giovanni86 , August 16, 2012 8:09 AM
    I have 250+ hours in game and i can honestly say its a great game, i like it, i play it, haven't had a issue with Origin and with each new update to origin it's starting to look and feel like what steam was back when it first launched. My machine is 4 years old but still has what it takes to at least launch the game on Ultra although my memory does slow me down( 4GB's =S) But besides that seeing them drop the price doesn't hurt me much, whatever it takes to get people in. I've lost tons of money from not waiting, but theres a win and a loss to it from my view. Everyone's different so i take the price drop with a grain of salt since there aren't very many titles of games I'm really looking forward to, the only bug i have is like everyone else just in all honesty it won't ever go away this whole DLC thing so you can boycott it all your life and die and never play any DLC but this DLC i bought it day one for the game because i honestly am a big fan of BF and its worth every penny to me. My opinions expressed are solely mine and don't cover everyones perspective on the matter so don't take it personally.
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    goodguy713 , August 16, 2012 9:18 AM
    in reality origin isnt much more different then steam is .. and battle field 3 is freaking awesome .. the only thing that really ever bothers me about that game is that that hard core is not really hard core and that its more like regular mode and regular mode is more like noob super easy mode a full clip plus a few rounds just to kill some one short of a rocket or grenade and even then your best bet is to either run them over or blow them up with c4 .. they have serious balance issues in that game .. but thats my only gripe because like vehicles weapons and all that stuff graphics are great its just he mechanics of it that they keep tweaking for people who cry about every little issue .. and ruin the game for every one..
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    marcolorenzo , August 16, 2012 9:24 AM
    This is a terribly written article. Seriously, do some editing before you post this shit up.
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    Anonymous , August 16, 2012 12:20 PM
    Level up pack? Leveling up was the only reason I played the game! The day I maxed out all the vehicle upgrades I stopped playing. BF3 really isnt all that great. Not even close to BF2.
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    halls , August 16, 2012 1:04 PM
    I was really upset when they announced this because I had just upgraded to Premium a week before. Oh well, win some lose some. Can't wait for Armored Kill.
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