Massive Battlefield 3 Patch Is Now Live On The Xbox 360

By: Richard Stalker - April 3, 2012

The hugely massive patch for Battlefield 3 is now live! The huge patch features over 227 fixes including several things that weren’t previously advertised like the ability to quit between matches! You can see the huge amount of details here!

There are also a few other highlights besides weapon balancing and they are gripes that beefers have had about other things in the game, such as a horn for the jeeps, and planes starting out with IR flares. Here is a list of new things from the official Battlefield Blog:

Your server, your rules!

Like the PlayStation 3 update, this also marks the start of the Rent a Server functionality on Xbox 360. This means you can rent your own server and create your personal gaming experience. Check out the trailer below for an idea of the possibilities of this program. To ensure a robust experience, we are launching this feature at a limited capacity and ramping up in the coming days. If you are unable to rent a server, try again at a later date.

Beep beep! We have horns!

Yes! We have added horns to all jeeps in the game! Nothing says “Get in and man the machine gun so we can take back the airfield!” like three short beeps of the horn. Just press [LB] to make your presence known to friendly forces. Warning: Beeping also heard by opposition. Suggest limiting beeping when in enemy territory to keep vehicle in working order. This feature is also present in the PC and PlayStation 3 updates that are live.

Giving all players IR flares

To balance the battlefield and give budding pilots a fighting chance from day 1, we are now giving IR flares to all players. These will be automatically available to you in all air vehicles in the game. So if you’ve had a hard time staying up in the air previously, it should be easier to dodge incoming threats from now on. We hope this small but significant change will mean more players take to the skies and mix up their play style. This feature is also present in the PC and PlayStation 3 updates that are live.

More awards for skillful heli flying

One of the balancing items we have done in this game update is to better reward skillful heli pilots. To do this, we have increased the pilot’s score for transporting passengers who make kills from the heli. The assist score for heli pilots is now 50 points/kill. In a fully loaded transport, four passengers who make 1 kill each will give the pilot a sum total of 200 points. This balancing change is also present in the PC and PlayStation 3 updates that are live.

Making the SOFLAM a passive income gadget

The Recon gadget SOFLAM (laser target painter) has been given a new feature. Now, when a Recon player places it and then leaves it, it will continue to paint targets entering its area of control, continuously giving the Recon player a passive points income. This means a Recon player can place a SOFLAM in a strategic position, then leave it to find a good sniping spot. Combined with fixing a few scoring error in the SOFLAM, it should now be a much more viable source of experience points for Recons. This balancing change is also present in the PC and PlayStation 3 update that are live.

Suppressing is team play, too!

Another balancing change that reflects how we want every player to be able to contribute to the overall effort is the lowered threshold for achieving the Suppression Ribbon. From a previous requirement of 7, players now only need to perform 3 suppressions in a game to be rewarded the Suppression Ribbon. This means the Support Kit player can rack up scores by skillful use of his LMG. We’ve always know suppression helps – now we are more generously rewarding those team players who help disorient the enemy so we can move in for the kill. This balancing change is also present in the PC and PlayStation 3 update that are live.

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  • Jack

    **** the patch. Completely broken game. None of the assault rifles are useful anymore.
    Tanks = tin cans now. genius.

    • bill

      **** you

  • Rent a server sucks

    Rent a server is terrible. I keep getting kicked. Y assholes that think it’s fun to kick people whenever I’m tearing them apart. This is not fair and these people are sore losers. I don’t ask to join their server, the game just puts me in them. I don’t spawn kill, cheat, boost or exploit. I just try to play to win. They need to fix this.

    • shookum

      Agreed. Although i have not yet experienced this problem(i have not gotten on the game yet today, I can see it getting annoying. It’s mainly kids who get their parents to buy the game for them and is using their money to rent it, so i don’t expect more.Rent your own would be a quick fix or just play on dice’s servers

  • Ernest Ross

    The new patch has frozen up my Gears of war 3 Xbox 360!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ernest Ross

    Someone needs to fix this shit,,,,,,,,,,

  • silly_bear

    This patch is pure disgusting. It has ruined the game for me. Its the straw that broke the camels back. I’m switching to call of duty. Its that stupid. Can’t find a ******* decent server anymore. Everything is different and its just retarded. Shame on you battlefield 3 dev. you have ruined a decent game

  • Dabeast

    the patch has messed up Battlefailed some things need 2b fix but now it just sucks

  • Thomas

    i’m wondering why we have to keep paying for such addons that came fluent on the pc, every game on this xbox ive had to pay for addons and such that i should have already bought i payed 70 bucks for this game nearly. why must i pay to make a server, these options in the game should come at no charge, id rather use my internet connection as the server anyhow. the way it used to be and the way it should be like in the TFC days. AND I WANT GOD DANG KEYBOARD AND MOUSE SUPPOST FOR THIS GAME!!! ON THE XBOX360 YES KEYBOARD AND MOUSE SUPPOST PLEASE MAKE THIS MORE EVEN OF A GAME FOR US PC USERS COMMING TO XBOX360!! GIVE KEYBOARD AND MOUSE SUPPOST MY GOD PLEASE FOR ONCE TRY IT AND YOULL MAKE MORE MUNEY IF THATS WHAT YOU WANT!! I GARENTEE ULL HAVE PC USERS FLOODING XBOX AND YOUR BANKS FOR ONLINE PLAY! just doit stop thinkin about it! xbox = good but without a keyboard = fail!

  • Thomas

    The ability to go into a empty game by yourself and practice flying or blowin stuff up on a timely basis without worry of ruining ur scores would be a nice option also… i just sayin

    • Daniel

      Learn how to use an Xbox 360 controller. It isn’t rocket science. lol

  • Thomas

    dog tag bundles.. why are we having to pay for dog tag bundles also, this stuff is in the game the tags im referring to from preorder packs and such that can only get by the options we dont have anymore. why are we getting licked for every cent we g ot for INGAME stuff, commonm microsoft some of us bought the Limited edition box, we shouldnt be paying for this crap at all. please get real for a change.

  • zGalaxy

    Tanks are just useless now it,really pisses me off.

  • joey

    Well the game completely blows now I downloaded absolutely everything and haven’t been able to play a match yet because it cannot find a server for me to play in, very disappointed in the way this turned out call of duty blows ass and now so does battlefield I guess ill just play forza until a new game comes out

  • Tim

    To those of you complaining about not finding a decent server or getting kicked. You do know you can browse servers instead of doing a quick match and choose a DICE server and never fear of anyone kicking you correct?

  • Jedi

    BEEP BEEP! Horns!

    Great patch. A lot of butthurt people on here that don’t know how to choose which server they want to join. QQ more n00bs. lol

  • Grant

    Freaking STUPID!!!! Why would you go and ruin a great game. Fing morons. I’m sick of getting kick from servers!!!!!!! STUPID GAME NOW!!! Did call of duty buy you out and this is there way to get their fan base back?!?! Smart idea!!! Give me an option to choose a non rented server. You guys are **** and fing stupid. Way not to think things through. I cant explain to you how gay this is. NO FUN ANYMORE!!!!!! A HOLES!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Mallrat

      Actually you CAN choose a non rented server. You’ve always been able to choose a server. Just go to “server browser” in the multiplayer menu and then click the right stick to set your limits, including server types, levels, minimum number of players, server location, etc. You’re complaining for absolutely nothing. Search for a DICE server and get on with your life.

  • gabriel

    I cant snipe anymore because of this patch.

  • Grant

    I think the tanks are too weak, but everything else is good. Its realistic people lol you think you can fire a .223 fully automatic and keep it on target ? (Famas) I know there are 277 actual fixes or whatever haha but a lot of them I enjoy. The SKS is Sweet the helicopters are so hard to kill now with an Rpg. Most of you complaining should read the in detail patch list! Not perfect, but its not a Ruined game . . .if you want a hollywood shooter go jump COD ! LOL…

    • Grant

      ***I mean not so hard to kill now

  • xfatalxzero

    Alright I understand your frustrations and it’s not just DICE it’s EA. I hate that we have to rent servers cos in BC2 we didn’t have to, but also then we couldn’t edit it if we tried. So it has it’s advantages. As for bullet contact its harder and more realistic. I’m a tactical shooter and starting a realistic Team with some friends I’ve known for years. 4thMSOTReg on battle log platoons. xFaTaLx ZeRo gamer tag. I can teach you the best way to attack the enemy from the ground to air. I have people for every vehicle to train you in, even the jeeps. This Team is legit and so far we are only a few, but a strong few. We’ll help you get used to these new settings. We play and practice hardcore. From 16 yrs ok on up the age doesn’t matter but you need to be mature as well as no bad feedback on the mic and no yelling, and no background noises. Thanks and be sure to check us out. Battlefield 3 Xbox 360

  • koshi

    i have tried and tired, to find a DICE server, i have gone into all different sorts of matches, and chanaged everything, i cannot find any server to play on, cant even find one to get kicked from, or experience half the dad stuff everyone else is talkin about., i want to know if there is any way that now that i can no longer get on the multiplayer portion of the game, and have already beat the game itself, if i can get my money back? it is rediculous that there are all these complaints, and nothing on google on how to fix it or anything, i am currently stationed in germany, and was hooked on COD for a long while, then got turned onto BF3 by a buddy of mine and got hooked, then once i started finally getting better, and what not, i am no longer able to play, and damn i do have a lot of free time that i can be pplayin this game and buyin unneccesary stuff for, but seeing as though i cant get online to play, i guess i can save some money now huh?! whatever, FIDO right?

  • johnybgood

    YOU CAN PICK WHAT SERVER YOU WANT!!! If you haven’t figured that out yet, you don’t deserve to play such a fucking awesome game. Just go to “Browse Servers” and then find a DICE owned server and join it!! Other than that, I really enjoyed the patch. The SOFLAM thing can get annoying; but I’m glad tanks are now useless.. except for on maps like “Tehran Highway” on Rush, where you NEED to use tanks to take that first base.

  • awsum

    At first I absolutely hated this update, but I got use to it just like I did when I first got BF3, the only problem I have is the rent a server isn’t relay working for me -.-

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  • Jake

    I like killing people from a tank :(

  • Dan

    Patch froze up my XBox! Had to unplug the brick to turn it off! Had a chance to play after update! The game seemed off, but then again I only had time for one game before my son woke up from nap! Just don’t mess with my tank options I fought so hard to get! Oh, rent a server! We’ll see how long that lasts! JURY IS STILL OUT!