Battlefield 2 patched to v1.3

Latest fix-it/add-on for Digital Illusions' modern combat game out now; vehicle airdrops, co-op mode in--"squad hopping" out.

Real-life battlefields may see countless changes over the course of its lifetime, but similar alterations for Electronic Arts' PC Battlefield 2 can easily be counted. The eighth patch for the shooter, which bumps the game up to version 1.3, was released today and is now ready for download from GameSpot (available in incremental or full versions).

The patch also adds game features, settings, and a brand-new mode to the modern combat ruckus. Soldiers out in the hairy parts of the map can now call for vehicular airdrops, allowing them to hop into a ride dropped to their location. The single-player levels can now be played in a cooperative mode with both human and computer-controlled players. Speaking of bots, their frequency and difficulty level can now be set before matches.

The v1.3 patch also has its share of tweaks and fixes. In addition to improved server performances and measures to prevent game crashes, the criteria to obtain certain awards have been changed. Locking weapons will now no longer seek out friendly targets, and abandoned helicopters will no longer continue to fly.

Bad news for "squad hoppers." As the patch's notes put it, "If the player joins a squad while dead, the player will not be able to use the squad leader as a spawn point until they have respawned once." The issue has raised some debate among BF2 players, as several have grown accustomed to using squad hopping to get back into the action or launching quick attacks. Others simply claim it's cheating. EA says their decision to nix the exploit is based on a decision to "refocus game play on team work."

For a full list of additions and changes, check out the patch notes. Battlefield 2 was released in June of last year, is rated T for Teen, and retails for $49.99. For more information on the game, read GameSpot's review.

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53 comments
toxicbill
toxicbill

I heard that this patch comes with a new resolution option, and im not getting it, and i really need it. Anyway, if some one could help me on this, or just give me a link were I can get a higher resolution, that would be great.

ke200
ke200

This patch does no justice to the game. My MEC now have american voices, servers crash frequently (i'm surprised if i don't have at least one crash per day of playing it), enemies show up as allies sometimes so even if you kill them, you get done in for a team-kill. Rockets still go through instead of hitting, and there's a new karkand glitch everyone's been exploiting. The co-op mode was always crap, not ranked and often insanely easy or insanely hard, which is another feature that isn't needed. The only good part is the car drop, which is more useful for taking out enemy snipers as commander than for helping people who want a vehicle, and can even take out enemy arty if well placed. They'd better release 1.31 soon if they want any hope of new players, and had better put new features (we need new MAPS and UNLOCKS, or at least CTF...) or i'll... write another angry review. Thanks EA :S Oh, and i forgot to mention, along with server crashes the entire game has a habit of crashing just as you're about to press the join game button. This REALLY needs to be fixed.

tyrowprice
tyrowprice

how do you fix it where you load a map and you click on join map and it does a twitch of the map then it goes to the las page you were on and then you dont have a mouse cursor

danaubut
danaubut

I have to agree with niSE7EN,this patch just plain stinks!!! I am having the same problems with the game crashing but mine happens during the loading process of a single player game.To me it seems like people like myself that actualy purchase the game are having more problems than the people that are cracking it !!!! PLEASE FIX THIS STUPID PATCH

niSE7EN
niSE7EN

HORRIBLE PATCH my game crashes allllll the time!!!!! HORRIBLE!!

bodypart
bodypart

Vechicle drops on the artillery are just stupid... it blows them up. Why was this problem not sorted before the patch was released?

lazlazlaz1
lazlazlaz1

its never crashed on me since the 1.12 patch. i stayed on the 1.2 for while and just upgraded to the 1.3 patch. now it has crashed 10 out of 12 times trying to connect to servers...and one of the times it did connect it quit after 5 minutes...

luucifer
luucifer

anybody having any performance issues with the patch? it seems to hose down my game. i have a AMD x2 3200 with 7900gt, 2gb ddr400 ram. With v1.2 i was playing karkand at max settings (no aa) at 40-60 fps no matter what was happening, now it's barely playable when there's lots of people on screen.

djkode
djkode

BF2 wont start up anymore with v1.3 patch!

Gorbichov
Gorbichov

Chubbums is obviously a fan of squadhopping :-)

mach-stem
mach-stem

This bug is one of their worst to date. Let's hope their 1.31 hot fix is released soon, or EA/DICE are going to further distance themselves from the BF franchise fans. Let's hope for the sake of the franchise that EA will have learned and will in turn make adjustments in their procedures to release un-bugged games. PEACE

bigpapa123173
bigpapa123173

Stop crying i have never had an issue with BF2 ever ! Yer only a small percentage of people that have issues Its your PC!

6me1
6me1

If this one has bugs its no big deal cuz then there will be another patch to fix those, sure it gets anoiying to always download patches but atleast Dice and EA are trying to make it better unlike some ppl.

mrcivic
mrcivic

When are they going to get rid off Punishing for Team Killing? Every tom, dick and moron punish for anything not intentional. >_>

pastimegamer
pastimegamer

The patch rocks your claymores now blow you up...

kreynolds
kreynolds

The broweser was never very useful, but now is less so. I like the airdrop situation, thats a nice add. I don't find the squad change to be significant, since I generally stay put. It will probably annoy clan players who hop in and out to keep a live spawnpoint, and players that switch squads when all flags are in the enemies hands, but I don't do this. With all of the other broken game issues and gameplay issues, I'm suprised that they found this very important. At worst, the new change is a mere annoyance.

Maxor127
Maxor127

The issue I noticed right away for this patch: messed up pings in server browser. It's an obvious problem and I have no idea how it was missed and it's inexcusable. Basically, when you sort by ping and click on a server it will either update the ping normally but re-sort the list so that the server shows up elsewhere in the browser in which case you have to look for it again, click on it and it will jump again in the browser list. OR you'll get a grossly inaccuate ping such as 0 or 250000. Makes browsing for good servers pretty much impossible.

bulldog7
bulldog7

i'm happy with the patch, but why in the world was this game EVER released with SOOOOO many bugs. it crashes way too often.

Hawk00825
Hawk00825

Woohoo!!! Finally. I've been waiting for this. Hope there's less bugs.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

>what do you suggest Dice should do?? not make patches?? Well, they sure as hell are not for the 360 Battlefield. That game is a mess and EA even spins the headset problem so as to imply only a couple people are effected by it.

GreyFoxV1
GreyFoxV1

EA Games: Making our games easier to win if enough people suck at it.

ktecumseh
ktecumseh

I have no idea what any of you are talking about, I have never been team killed for being confused by color, I have never team killed anyone from that either. My game never crashes or freezes, and after the first map loads, the rest load in 20 sec flat. This game is great, and after each patch, I have never had a problem. I think some of you need to go check the specs and check your hardware, or stop running spyware and crap in the background. Cannot wait for the next game, and its long list of "bugs."

ROCKINGFOOL
ROCKINGFOOL

after almost a year ive came to one conclusion battlefeild2 =eternal bugs :)

ThrillhouseLive
ThrillhouseLive

maybe they will release a patch that makes it not take forever to join a server!

PandaOps
PandaOps

Ahh, the cooperative mode seems pretty cool. Seems they want to compete with other games who have similar mods and tactics. I wonder how bots look when they fall off a building ;-)

sgtsaville
sgtsaville

I agree...hope it works....heck they still have the red-blue bug. I must have gotten Tk's 6 times in one game last night.

Chubbums
Chubbums

??? I get modded but not the guy calling me an idiot!!

greks224
greks224

I hope they improve their "revolutionary" VOIP. HL and HL2 games have always had it, and it works really really well. And anyway, people seem to barely use it. But other modes look good, but i'm watching out for a patch 1.31 coming soon...

mikemil828
mikemil828

I mostly quit playing the game, not because of the bugs, but because of the incessant amount of people moaning about the bugs on voice. Babyfield 2, check out what the crying's all about today!

loveb
loveb

This patch already has problems. BF2 now crashes more then ever. And it takes longer to load.

bored88
bored88

Exactly. So.... chill out. 28 minutes left till I can see how much of an improvement it is.

kingofps3
kingofps3

Bugs love to roll the Dice too.

gellis1981
gellis1981

I know what Chubbums was referring to bored88...it wasn't patches in general, it was Dice's lack of a decent patch releases.

smbius
smbius

Every game...even console games have bugs.

bored88
bored88

Actually chubbums is not an idiot. Almost every "patch" they release is full of issues, and the patch is patched a week later. I bet you next week they will release 1.31

gellis1981
gellis1981

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Merl57
Merl57

I like the bug fixes. I like the vehicle drops because they are not lethal vehicles really. I don't like the weakining of the helicopter and the lock on fix because the helicopter has less ammo and the enemy will always hit you with missiles instead of just shooting and caring about where they land. I don't like the squad change. I still wish it wasnt so easy to TK in a vehicle.

Incognito
Incognito

havent played that game in forever

bored88
bored88

Finally! I wonder how many bugs this one will have!?!??!