Earthquakes, Crossbows, and Rhinos in Battlefield 3: Aftermath

Battlefield 3: Aftermath is the next piece of premium downloadable content for fans of the year-old shooter to experience, and we got to play it early.

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Battlefield 3: Aftermath is the next piece of premium downloadable content for Dice's incredibly popular shooter. However, working out when you can actually play the thing isn't all that simple. Here's how it breaks down:

November 27 on PlayStation 3 Premium members December 4 Xbox 360 and PC Premium members December 11 for non-premium PlayStation 3 owners December 18 for non-premium Xbox 360 and PC owners

Got all that!? Good! We were lucky enough to play the expansion ahead of its launch, and we can happily report we had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Here's what you need to know.

There are earthquakes!
Remember that bit early on in Battlefield 3's campaign in Iran, where an earthquake brings down a building right in front of you? Well, Aftermath's four new maps take place right after that earthquake--so everything is a wreck, the character models are bruised and bloodied, but you'll feel aftershocks during your matches as well.

New maps
The two maps we got to play were named Epicenter and Markaz Monolith, which demonstrated how red propane tanks open doors to tunnels that can be used to sneak around, creating new routes through the map as you progress.

Of course there's a crossbow
Not to be outdone by fellow EA shooter Crysis 3 and its crossbow, Battlefield 3 now has one too thanks to Aftermath. There are four different tips--standard, scan bolt (proximity), explosive (C4) and balanced bolt, the latter of which is a sniper-like dart that can travel on a straight line farther than the standard bolt.

Three new vehicles
Aftermath's earthquake-stricken maps can be navigated in three new vehicles--the Barsuk, Rhino and Phoenix. These vehicles have been modded in a Road Warrior-esque fashion by the survivors of the ‘quake, so they have a more rough-and-ready appearance than the rather pristine vehicles seen in other maps.

New game mode
Scavenger is a new game mode just for Aftermath. Everyone has lost their guns, so you start the match searching around for weapons. When you find one, you only get the ammo that's in it, so you need to keep moving around to find new sidearms. This also means that BF3's class system is redundant, so everyone’s on the same level, making Scavenger perhaps BF3's purest deathmatch experience yet.

Are you looking forward to Battlefield 3's penultimate piece of DLC? What are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments!

Discussion

82 comments
paddle105
paddle105

Have just been looking through the comments about Battlefield 3 and unfortunately they are not filling me with confidence to go and spend some money and buy it. I think i will look second hand and try to find it cheap just in case it is a bit over rated or  the same as all the others that are floating around at the moment. Lee http://www.streetsesh.co.uk

lordgoregore
lordgoregore

I waited and got this used for $20.00 good thing I did . For some reason this game is just so boring . but then again I've been burned out on FPS since Bad company 1 and GoW 2 .

troy0619
troy0619

looks like all games today have to be post-apocaliptic

chaosbrigade
chaosbrigade

Looks like a well done and fun DLC, but I'm suffering from severe battle fatigue from all these military shooters. No more for me. 

DWhiteLion
DWhiteLion

are there gonna be any weapon patch??? just to know

kelso27
kelso27

This expansion sounds bangin!

GrayF0X786
GrayF0X786

Paid DLC and Premium = CONSUMERISM 

theBeorn
theBeorn

"Remember that bit early on in Battlefield 3's campaign in Iran, where an earthquake brings down a building right in front of you? "

 

No. Never played the campaign.

frodo10
frodo10

It would be great if every server on the P.C didn't have 9 million tickets.

pcty
pcty

The only new weapon is the PSE TAC 15?

luis4800
luis4800

I bought Battlefield 3 on launch day for my Xbox, and this month my Xbox live gold membership expired. I was thinking of renewing my membership to play BF3 but at the end decided to save some money and get BF3 Premium Edition for my PS3 and the best thing about it is I get to play the new maps 2 weeks earlier than PC and Xbox.

BlackSquare
BlackSquare

I saw the earthquakes and was thinking of buying the premium edition. Now I saw the Scavenger mode and I was like yup I'm getting this now.

21hc130hnp
21hc130hnp

 

ANYchance on making Battlefield 3 add on so us solo guys can play the entire game. 

scooterdude@sc.rr.com 

REDDSouljah420
REDDSouljah420

scavenger mode seems like it will be pretty fun!

DeusAlex
DeusAlex

Premium is the best and worth the $50. Better than any season pass. Nothing like BF3, so I don't see any other shooter that will default it in my play time. One of my all time favorites, fa show. I will be buying Halo4, so we'll see how that goes   

Fernin-Ker
Fernin-Ker

Scavenger actually sounds pretty sweet, I'd love to see it combined with some of the other game modes. Scavenger conquest could be sweet.

Taffelost
Taffelost

Too fast for me. I prefer ARMA style gameplay.

slonekb05
slonekb05

scavenger could be good if the guns are put in random places , but if the spots are static that would be like any old school shooter where there are "gun spots"

bluebird08
bluebird08

cant wait to play scavenger mode sounds fun

JJB03
JJB03

More co op missions would be nice.

jidvthe2
jidvthe2

i will now get premium, and the scavenger mode will probably be all i play

kazumashadow
kazumashadow

This was misleading, where are the rhinos?

i_like_space
i_like_space

im ready for crossbow only matches and scavenger on hardcore.

scarletsnake
scarletsnake

Since the initial DLC package B2K, there has been a steady drop in the quality and quantity of content that they put in these packages. Good thing I held onto my money and didn't buy premium when the first two packs were released and everything looked so good.

ChiefReaver
ChiefReaver

Still debating whether to get the premium edition on PC or just wait for BF4.

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

@lordgoregore GOW 2 is not a FPS. I agree BF3 is highly over-rated. Just like BF 2 and the CODMW games.

Peazo
Peazo

 @luis4800 From a technical standpoint as you've played both, is there much difference between the XBOX and PS3 version?

luis4800
luis4800

Correction 1 week earlier, I didn't know they keep changing release dates.

REDDSouljah420
REDDSouljah420

 @Taffelost games not highspeed like that all the time, sometimes it gets very tense in firefights when it comes down to a good stand-off between two equally skilled teams

ME21597
ME21597

 @JJB03 I would like for once to be able to play with someone in my own household, it's so hard to play with people online when you don't have a mic.

Harrydapro
Harrydapro

 @kazumashadow Yeah :(

There was actually a rumor a while back that they would be introducing a Dinosaur Mode.

Psmitty456
Psmitty456

 @scarletsnake I didn't get the premium either but AK is a really nice addition IMO, those three new maps along with the new vehicles have been worth the $15. What's more fun than loading up an ATV with C4 and ghost riding it into an enemy?!

G-Man4ever
G-Man4ever

 @britflik  @GrayF0X786 i like the idea. i mean it's only fair for a company that produces a great game to "milk" it. and for once in billions of years this game actually manages to give you extra content (for cash ofc) but it doesn't make the rest of the players feel like they are left out. everyone has access, the only difference is release time. if someone really likes a game it wil pay in full for a DLC. and for those who don't, they can get it later for free. too bad every company has it's own vision of the term "DLC" and tend to spin it in to something really bad for the gamer.

luis4800
luis4800

 @Peazo None. I am just happy that I saved over $100 dollars. Premium itself cost $50 and one year of Xbox live cost $60. I only spent $60 for BF3 Premium Edition.

Niner0
Niner0

 @Harrydapro  @kazumashadow That was based on the trailer that showed  the single player portion of the game where you are a tank driver holding a toy dinosaur.