Battlefield 3 introduced a whole new dimention of challenges for the gaming community by introducing some ground-breaking innovations. After a brief introduction which demonstrated the power of this visually stunning all encompassing shoot’em, where team work came to the fore and you could actually win the game by helping other team members out without shooting a single enemy which left me felling well impressed, the game enters another mode called updating. I’m not talking about the in-game upgrades of guns and cool stuf to blow things up with which in itself is awesome, I’m referring to the upgrading of the actual game. There have been at least 3 BIG updatdes since the game’s launch on PC. Well, EA at least appear to be supporting the game. One, just before Christmas 2011 stopped the game launching for many players for about 3 months. Then another in early March 2012 fixed it. Briefly. The latest update takes about 3 days .. hours to download, hours and download quota which could be spent playing, only to find this …
… and getting no further. Is it worth trying yet another reinstall and re-downloading the update?
Seems I’m not the only one having problems: http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf3/forum/threadview/2832654489415279303/1/
Perhaps instead of calling this game Battlefield 3, they should have called it “why won’t the bloody game launch”?
UPDATE 12/3/12: Yay, it works again!!!
For no apparent reason, it seems that an Easter break and 11 updates for Windows7 have now fixed what ever was stopping the game from launching. Joy! It launched last night on the first try, I joined 3 games without any problems and I’ve just tried it again this morning. I haven’t really been able to get into this game since just before Christmas because of game launch issues – yet, I’ve changed nothing after trying a full re-install and many other suggestions found online when things first went pear-shaped. Why?
Anyway, now I’ve managed to have another decent play online in Battlefield3, I find this game much more compelling and involving than Modern Warfare 3 which I’ve been hammering in the meantime. Being able to use vehicles aside, there are many more maps, they are by neccessity bigger but without sacrificing detail, there’s far more in-building area’s to explore and the environment is more destructive. Gameplay is more focused on supporting your team and completing objectives rather than simply killing your enemy, which is good for me ’cause I’m a lousy shot 🙂 My preferred class is the medic which involves throwing health kits about for team-mates and running into the heat of battle, defibrillator in hand reviving fallen comrades whilst bullets wizz overhead – or into my head 😦
My only negative comments would be that there is a lot of unneccessary swearing in it and the occasional lag catch-up pause glitch, usually at the most inopportune moments.
IF it keeps working, I’ll keep coming back to this one and provide my enemy with a good target.
EA was recently voted the worst company in America. There must be a lot of bored gamers out there voting, at least EA only manufature virtual weapons. http://consumerist.com/2012/04/congratulations-ea-you-are-the-worst-company-in-america-for-2012.html
It stopped working again a few days after the above post. Firstly I started being disconnected during games, then the BF3.exe would simply fail to launch again after selecting a server from the browser then seeing Origin launch.
Tonight I firstly updated PunkBuster version – nope.
Then I uninstalled and reinstalled punkbuster & restarted on the suggestion of my neighbour (FlyingDubs) – nope.
I tried turning off Antivirus/firewall, and running punkBuster, BF3 and Origin as administrator – nope.
Then I opened Origin, right clicked on the BF3 icon, and selected “repair install” – nope,
So I then restarted and launched again … YAY, it works!!