Battlefield 3 screenshot
Battlefield 3 screenshot

Battlefield 3 has today introduced new "shortcut items" to its in-game store making it possible for players to buy items which otherwise would need to be earned through gameplay.

10 different shortcut items are available today.

"If you're new to the game, this is the perfect way to gain some ground on the veterans online," explains DICE. "Or if you'd love to get some more air time in the jets but want to equip those AA missiles straight away, this is for you."

The 10 shortcut items are available now from the PlayStation Store and the in-game store and include:

Kit Shortcut Bundle: Immediately unlocks all items unique to the four playable classes
Vehicle Shortcut Bundle: Immediately unlocks all items for all vehicles
The Ultimate Bundle: Immediately unlocks all items from all other available shortcut packs

The items will come to Xbox 360 when the latest patch rolls out.

VideoGamer.com Analysis

We're not sure what the hardcore Battlefield players will think of this, but it's likely anyone who plays the game to a really high level won't need to pay for unlocks anyway.

EA has provided item unlocks for many of its games via DLC purchases, but Battlefield 3 differs in that players can then take these items online to compete with players who haven't artificially boosted their ability in-game.

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draytone

I don't think really matters to be honest, Gaston makes a good point on the podcast that no matter what gun you have if you can't shoot straight or can't get used to shorter bursts to minimise recoil then you'll still be as bad.

Like you said, some of the best weapons are unlocked early in the game... so it doesn't matter if people can buy the later unlocks.
Posted 11:13 on 29 March 2012
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extravagantnonsense@ Veganpolice

come play with my platoon - squad deathmatch is a doddle when you play with friends, and really good fun. psn Geekboy78 if you are interested.
Posted 10:19 on 29 March 2012
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extravagantnonsense

this is rubbish. the weapons in BF3 are pretty balanced - now they have fixed the USAS12 Frag issue I get killed by lots of different guns, and some of the best weapons are unlocked very, very early in the game..... this is just a way of people taking a short-cut through the game. anyone who has bought these should have a $ sign above their head... what i think BF3 should have done is made the gaps between the levels smaller. then the hardcore, who are always going to get to the top, still would, but progression would be quicker for the more casual players.
Posted 10:18 on 29 March 2012
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draytone

I can see how this would benefit the game, especially several months after launch. If your a new player then you can get owned by people who have been playing longer, and least this way it may help for new players to stay with the game.
Posted 13:53 on 28 March 2012
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dudester@ Wido

It is but at the same time it makes newer players to the game at a massive disadvantage, unless they really enjoy the title who wants to grind 10 hours of being killed over n over because people have more free time and better gear?
Posted 13:42 on 28 March 2012
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Wido

What? I can see the sense in 'WHY' people would want to purchase in-game items, to save them from going through the rank up system etc to unlock it. Isn't the basis of all FPS multiplayer's, as of late, want players to go through the progession rank up systems to unlock all the best weapons? Making it more rewarding?
Posted 19:09 on 27 March 2012
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Clockpunk

But of course...
Posted 17:08 on 27 March 2012
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Veganpolice

I'm torn about this. On one hand, it sounds like I'll finally be able to unlock and try out the l85a2 (Squad deathmatch is a cruel mistress if you're not playing with friends) and the mk3a1 (DPV jeep kills? Really?). On the other hand, it'll mean more low level players equipping some of the more OP weapons earlier on. Although, I guess it'll all even out being that skill is more important than kit most of the time. =) Cool feature DICE!
Posted 17:02 on 27 March 2012

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