Battlefield 3, or BF3, is a modern first-person shooter by Electronic Arts (EA) and Digital Illusions CE (DICE), released on October 25, 2011.

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When exactly can I revive people in BF3?

When I take the Assault class, I'd like to work as a diligent reviver. But in many cases (about 60% subjectively), although I can see the heartbeat symbol over the lying team mate, I cannot revive ...
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What is the “best practice” on taking down a helicopter with a (single) Stinger?

This is how I usually try to take down a helicopter: If he is too far away, I usually don't even care (longer "lock-on" time, reload countermeasures, etc.) if he is mid to close range I usually ...
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Can I kill people with a defibrillator?

Is it possible to kill people with the defibrillator in Battlefield 3? In Battlefield: Bad Company 2, it was an instant kill (I think).
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How to exit a Battlefield 3 server after a match has finished?

Is there a way to exit a multiplayer game of BF3 on the PS3 while waiting for the next match to start? I've tried the Start and Circle buttons but neither does anything. I know you can exit with the ...
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Is there a way to quickly find a server with many players on VOIP?

I recently bought a new pair of PS3 headphones and wanted to test VOIP yesterday, but to my frustration it was almost impossible to find a server with players using it. On some servers there were 1-2 ...
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Why are there PC players playing in PS3 matches?

I don't know if this is a bug or not but I can prove what I'm saying. In some PS3 match summaries on Battlelog there are also stats from PC players. See here for an example match ...
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What can I do to tackle “Rubber Banding”?

For some reason after I came back to my computer after 10 days away, when playing BF3, on any server, I keep getting lag in the form of me or people I'm aiming at springing back and forth in a manner ...
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Do you need premium to change your gun camo?

I do not have a premium account but I wish to be able to change my gun camo. Do I need to be a premium player or is it just a matter of rank before I can change it?
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Poor Battlefield 3 performance

I have an i5 3.4ghz dual core CPU, a Geforce 650 GTX 1gb, and 4gb of ram, Windows Vista, and I am running on a solid state drive. On multiplayer I am running the game on med/low at 720p with no AA ...
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Is “lag compensation” affecting my performance?

The are lot of complains about lag compensation in other games. I'm playing BF3 on servers having ping of 10-20ms, and I have seen somewhat similar effects (like for example sometimes I see the ...
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Battlefield 3 Origin Install issues - error 262145:5

I recently picked up Battlefield 3 in a physical copy but have had issues with installing it. Install steps so far: Inserted disk 1, created an Origin account, and installed Origin. No issues. ...
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How can I pass the bathroom part in the mission “Enter the Bank” undetected?

I get in the bathroom through the window, but when the Iranian came in it said press O, then he says NOW and it says press R1 but I just can't pass this part. I've tried hitting both constantly, then ...
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Joystick does not turn properly in Battlefield 3

I'm experimenting with the Logitech Force 3D Pro joystick. I have the controls working, but I can't seem to turn properly. With the keyboard I can turn with A and D; how can I turn like that with my ...
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Should I ever use buckshot?

In BF3 I always end up using the flechette ammo because it has a much longer effective range. It apparently has lower damage than buckshot but is always a one hit kill anyway. Why would I ever use ...
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Why does Punkbuster kick me when I join BF3 servers?

I enjoyed Battlefield 3 on Xbox, so I signed up for EA Origins and bought the PC version. However, every time I try to join an online match, Punkbuster kicks me from the game before the window even ...
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Why does my weapon switch to non-automatic in Battlefield 3?

I don't know if I am accidentally hitting a button and not knowing it, missing a feature that I didn't read about, or keep hitting a bug that hasn't been fixed - but my guns sometimes are no longer ...
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Battlefield framerate: is my CPU or GPU the bottleneck?

I have a similar problem with Battlefield 3. In BF3, no matter what I do, the framerate will be in the 15-40fps range. 60fps only if I look into the sky. If I have everything at low and at 640x480, I ...
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can you toggle sprint on BF3 on pc

I currently play battlefield 3 on the PC though have played it on the Xbox 360 where you can toggle the sprint when the left thumb stick is pressed down, and you will sprint until you stop moving ...
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How can I get on the tunnel roof by MCOM A on Grand Bazaar Rush?

I've recently played a number of games of Rush on Grand Bazaar and when attacking I manage to run along the left tunnel, go to arm the MCOM and then get mowed down by people camping above the tunnel ...
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How do I “free look” in jets and helicopters?

I saw a video on Youtube (not sure if it's OK to link it since it has NSFW language) of a player who was able to look around while in a jet using cockpit view. What key/button do you use to do this? ...
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Copying Battlefield 3 files to new machine

Im upgrading my Processor from Intel Q9550 to AMD FX 8350, so its surly going have to format my C drive, and re-installing Windows 7 again. While my Battlefield 3 setup (origin) is on D drive. Will ...
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Unable to play Multiplayer in Battlefield 3 (missing dlcs) PS3

I recently purchased Battlefield 3 for PS3, and I tried playing multiplayer yesterday. I entered the online pass, but when I try to find a server, every server visible to me has an alert symbol with ...
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Do the attack helicopter's heat-seeking missiles lock on to ground targets?

I have had success using the attack helicopter's heat-seeking missiles to take down jets and other helicopters, but I haven't been able to lock on to ground vehicles with them yet. Have I been doing ...
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How does double XP work?

Some weekends, Battlefield 3 has "double XP". I would expect it to either double your base-XP or your total XP, but that appears to not be the case. For instance, in the last game I played, I got ...
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What is a squad leader?

I see things about the squad leader come up during games and I have heard of it before. What changes when you are it?
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Can exploding ammo crates cause damage?

It was suggested to me by a friend that I shouldn't put an ammo crate down next to my mortar as it would cause damage if it was destroyed by enemy fire. Personally, I doubt that destroying one of ...
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What is the fastest way to level the Support class

The other classes seem to be really easy to level in Battlefield 3, but how can I level an Support guy? All I seem to have is a rifle and some ammunition that nobody really takes? Ultimately I want ...
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Does Battlefield 3 stop you from spot-spamming?

Does the game have a built-in safeguard from spot-spamming (pressing the spot button repeatedly, while aiming in suspicious/distant/smoke-filled locations)?
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When is buckshot preferable to slugs with shotguns in Battlefield 3?

In what situations is it better to use buckshot than slugs with shotguns in Battlefield 3? In close quarters battles, 6/11 pellets need to hit for a 1 hit kill… and that falls off quickly, to the ...
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No vehicles in Team Death Match?

Are the vehicles just available in certain game types then? I've never played BF before and it's keeping me busy until 11/8. I only like TDM as I'm not much for objective capturing and I have yet to ...
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Can I play the PAL version of Battlefield 3 on a NTSC xbox360?

Can I play Battlefield 3 PAL on NTSC-U XBox 360? Is it region free or locked? Does anyone have a hands-on experience doing this? I tried finding information, but didn't find any so far.
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What is the best game type to level up in?

I'm not sure how I feel about the campfest that is BF3 just yet. I'm giving it an honest go, but I want to get some more weapons. What is the best game type to level up in or are they all mostly the ...
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When using SOFLAM, do lock-ons require less time?

When someone has the target painted using SOFLAM (or possibly CITV station), does locking on with JAV or Guided Missile require less lock-on time?
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In which game modes/maps do I get airdropped IFV?

I'm having hard time doing the Fatal Drop assignment, since I don't get to use airdropped IFV too often. Seems that it's only available on limited number of maps/game modes combinations. So which are ...
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You have died from… 'Bad Luck'… What actually killed me?

I have died from multiple opponents and near by explosions. Sometimes, these causes cannot be traced by the battlefield 3 system and, therefore, I get prompted 'Bad Luck'. Usually, I am okay with ...
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Why do I always get kicked by PunkBuster in bf3 half way through the game? [duplicate]

Game disconnected: you were kicked by PunkBuster. Stated reason: PunkBuster kicked player 'playername' (for 0 minutes) ... This PB Server Requires (A1386 C2.331) - Error loading pbcl This is what ...
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Bf3 on pc won't start up

I bought bf3 recently on disc and installed it to my computer. It took about 4 hours (strange?) but when I tried to start the game it took abou 10 seconds untill this message popped out: This file ...
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Battlefield 3 Network Problems (Lag)

So a few weeks ago, I was playing BF3 as usual when everything suddenly stopped moving, everything froze and the game was shut down. I also got a blank error message on Battlelog which did not help ...
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What Class determines Class Time Spent in Battlefield 3?

If you play as a class in a Battlefield 3 map, obviously whatever class you spawn in as will receive time spent as that class towards the service medal. But what happens when you pick up another kit? ...
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Why are shotguns banned in a lot of Xbox servers? [closed]

I have been on a lot of servers recently as I am a new player and I have noticed on most servers there is a shotgun ban. Is there any particular reason[s] a lot of players tend to ban the use of ...
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Where does attack helicopter's rockets land?

Some people say it is the "I" sign, others say it is the "crosshair" and some say it is somewhere in the middle. It would be good to clear this issue up once and for all. Please don't just write "I" ...
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Giving the “attack/defend the flag” command

In conquest mode, normally when you are not at the flag cap area, you can give flag attack commands. But when you are inside that area, it doesn't work anymore. Is there a way to give a flag attack ...
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What XP do you lose when you exit a game mid play? [duplicate]

I was wondering what you lose of the XP and progress you have made from the round you disconnect from.
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Highlighted Vehicle Icons

Why are Tank Destroyer and Mobile AA icons highlighted as can be seen on the screenshot?
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Trouble connecting to Battlefield 3 servers

I'm hoping someone can help diagnose what my problem is trying to connect to servers playing Battlefield 3. For some reason, for example, I can only connect to about 2 out of 10 servers. I have a ...
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How can I set vehicle sensitivity to work for both tanks and jeeps?

I have adjusted the in game vehicle sensitivity options so that when controlling a tank the turret moves at a good speed. However, driving a Jeep my look sensitivity is too fast. Is there a way ...
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IFV and AA vehicle locations on console maps

Would someone be able to list which console maps have IFVs (LAV-alike) and AA (Tunguska-alike) vehicles and where they are located (and in which modes)? I am trying to level up those two but they ...
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What maneuvers can be employed to shake a jet from my six?

Say I'm in a jet and start getting pinged by the machine gun fire of a jet directly behind me. He has me in his cockpit view and without some serious flying...I'm dead. What specific maneuvers make ...
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Comparison JNG-90 vs m98b vs M40A5 sniper bf3 [duplicate]

How do these 3 sniping rifles compare in accuracy, damage, reloading speed, bulletdrop, rounds per magazine,...?
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Is there any way to play Battlefield 3 multiplayer from more than one xbox 360 it's installed on?

Is there anyway to play battlefield 3 from various xbox systems just by recovering your gamertag? I hope so... Currently I am trying to play battlefield 3 on xbox 360 at work. We have in office ...