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DICE ships out massive Battlefield 3 PC patch

Tuesday, 22nd November 2011 09:24 GMT By Johnny Cullen

DICE has unleashed a massive update for Battlefield 3 on PC, as promised last week.

The list of changes includes new Battlelog features, auto-login into Origin if you aren’t signed-in already, sharing your stats through social networks and more.

Also included are general improvement fixes, such as speedier loading times.

The main meat is how the new update will make it easier for gamers who wish to play with friends or platoon mates.

The patch will come to PS3 and 360, but is currently going through certification at Sony and Microsoft.

Get the full list of updates from the update below.

—- Client-Side Changes:

– Visuals, Stability and Performance Fixes:

• General performance and loading time improvements
• “Black Screen” fix for an issue occurring on some PC Configurations
• Stereo and Rendering Support for Nvidia and AMD Graphics Cards
• Adjusted the “stuttering” encountered on some PC configurations.
• Fixed several Crashes when joining MP and Co-Op sessions
• Fixed multiple problems when using multiple monitors (Eyefinity / Surround).
• Fixed visual corruption issues on certain Nvidia Cards
• Improved loading times for certain textures
• Added console command “GameTime.MaxVariableFps” to limit max FPS
• Added console command “UI.DrawEnable” to hide UI for screenshots / videos

– Balance and Gameplay Adjustments (PC)

• Fixed a problem with high speed mouse movement
• Added back some missing Growlers on Kharg Island Conquest Large
• Added back EOR sound for SQDM and TDM
• You should no longer be able to damage a friendly vehicle when sitting in an open position
• Grenades now drop to ground if you get killed while attempting to throw it(note the affect this will have on Hardcore mode!)
• Spawn protection now should work in Conquest. You should no longer spawn on points too close to enemies
• You should no longer spawn too close to enemies in TDM and SQDM
• Combat areas on Kharg Rush tweaked in order to disallow defenders to access the carrier ship after 1st base is taken and being able to enter the AA gun
• Fixed a problem with revived players not suffering suppression
• Fixed a problem with the camera when being revived in COOP
• Added joystick deadzone setting
• Fixed sound for when climbing ladders
• Fixed an issue with some weapon sounds in first person
• Fixed a swim sound loop error
• Increased the damage of Helicopter Miniguns, AA guns, and Jet Cannons against infantry
• Increased the damage of Helicopter Miniguns against jeeps.
• Reduced the physics impact of AA guns and Jet Cannons, players under attack from these weapons should no longer lose control.
• Increased the damage of the 44 Magnum slightly.
• Increased the range and minimum damage of the .357 Round from the MP412 Rex.
• Increased the range of all .45cal and 9mm weapons.
• Slightly increased the range of the P90 and MP7 and PDW-R.
• Slightly increased the range of the 5.56mm PDW-R and decreased the minimum damage at long range.
• Slightly increased the minimum range of the Mk11, SVD, and M39 EMR 7.62mm rifles.
• Decreased the maximum damage and maximum range of the G3 and SCAR-H 7.62mm weapons.
• Reduced the damage from FIM-92 and SA-18 IGLA missiles against aircraft.
• Increased the damage and range of the 40mm BUCK rounds.
• Reduced the damage .50cal weapons do against Helicopters.
• Updated T90 canister shell tweaks to match Abrams canister shells
UI Changes (PC)
• Added round duration and ticket summary at EOR
• Advanced squad polish – should be more intuitive
• Significant changes to the Join Squad functionality (see below)
• Fixed a problem regarding keybindings while playing
• You should now get a better error message when being disconnected via Battlelog

—- Server Update Highlights

• EOD Bot exploit fix
• Several crash fixes
• Anti-stat padding measures taken, disallowing ranked servers to run obscure settings
• Improved team kill kick configuration
• Support for unranked servers. Unranked servers do not report players’ scores to Battlelog, but server administrators can freely control all settings

– Share your profile and stats with new Battlelog functionality

• Ability to share your Profile and Stats pages to Facebook, Google+, and Twitter
• User Profile and Stats pages on Battlelog can now be accessed without being signed in to Battlelog if you know a user’s URL
• Single sign on from Battlelog to Origin. If you’re not logged in to Origin and join a game server, Battlelog will automatically sign you in to Origin in the background and join the game server

– Quick notes on Squad changes in the Nov 22 update

• Removed FIND ME A SQUAD option
• Allow players to join empty Squads alone, thus having 1/4 squad members
• Change order of options to LEAVE SQUAD, INV A FRIEND, SWITCH TEAM
• Disable Privacy flag when 1 man squad
• Reset Privacy flag from Private to Public when squad drops to 1 player
• All occupied Squads will now show up colored blue on the Squad Selection screen
• Players who choose not to join squads will also show up as Blue in the “Not in a Squad” line
• Squads that are currently empty will display as white — if you wish to join an empty Squad, you can choose the first one marked with white text

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  1. Chockster

    ‘Tis 430meg, give or take. I’m going in.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Takeshi

    Damn, should have waited with going through the campaign till this was out. Seems it’ll run much better now.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. freedoms_stain

    I wonder what it will break :-p

    Disappointed there’s no mention of the infra red scope which really needs to be less effective in daylight.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Heinekeno

    Where can I get legal BF3 CD-KEY for cheapest? Link and price are recommended. Thx

    #4 3 years ago
  5. jacobvandy

    @3 Daylight doesn’t effect it because that’s ultraviolet light. ;)

    #5 3 years ago
  6. CyberMarco

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    Pick one that fits you best! ;)

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Fin

    @4@6

    It’s a bad idea to buy a key from a shady website. You don’t know where the keys come from, if they’ll ever arrive, or if they’ll continue to work in six months.

    Buy a legitimate retail (or digital) copy if you want the game.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Takeshi

    #4

    GreenManGaming.com at £34 is really the cheapest I have found.

    http://www.greenmangaming.co.uk/games/shooter/battlefield-3/

    #8 3 years ago
  9. freedoms_stain

    @5, in the day time there is more ambient heat which should vastly reduce the effectiveness of an infrared scope.

    As it stands I’ve seen entire servers where the IRNV is pretty much the only scope used because all you have to do is shoot anything that glows rather than have to identify targets yourself, which is pretty cheap and nasty imo. Dice made an effort to uncheapen the spotting system, it’d be a shame for them to replace it with an even easier auto-spotter.

    I’d like to see a higher level of background noise in lighter environments so that the scope is balanced – powerful in dark environments, weaker in light.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. DSB

    There are a few good things there, but it looks more like a prepared post-launch polish than a real patch. Not a single balancing move for the AEK-971, and not a word about the cheaters. That still doesn’t solve a lot.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. CyberMarco

    @7 For me the key arrived in about 20-30min from the moment I paid for it and was fully working as expected!

    I can’t understand why I have to pay 60€ for a game when I can grab it for 25€ or less. Also on those sites there is user feedback so you have a clue on what’s going on and if the products are legitimate!

    #11 3 years ago