Is there any DLC requirement to playing any of the game modes? For example, do I need any specific DLC to play the Scavenger game mode? Does the base game allow me to play ANY game mode?

I'm not referring to playing on a specific map, just a specific mode.

  • I am playing on the XBOX 360 but answers for any platform are welcome
    – user101016
    Commented Feb 2, 2016 at 12:26
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    I'm really not sure, but I recall the "Close quarters" DLC bringing a new gamemode that wasn't available before. Since this gamemode only existed on the maps added in CQ you essentially needed the CQ DLC to play that gamemode.
    – Kevin
    Commented Feb 2, 2016 at 12:47
  • I want to say that Tank Superiority is also part of one, but IDK. They don't really specify. If there are any, they haven't been worth playing for me. Commented Feb 2, 2016 at 17:54

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Yep, nowadays basic game is pretty much useless in terms of playing multiplayer. Maps are tied to modes, by the way. Of course you can always play in servers using stock, but the selection is quite reduced. That's why EA has given stock BF3 for free or almost free several times. Most servers rotate using some of the maps from DLC's, so you can get kicked because lacking such DLC. The server description always states the required DLC however. Here are some specifics.

Basic Game

Back to Karkand

Close Quarters


Armored Kill

End Game

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    It's kind of sad when only 40% of the game modes are in the basic game... Commented Feb 2, 2016 at 22:16
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    @DangerZone Welcome to EA Business Model, we hope you like your stay.
    – Zerjack
    Commented Feb 2, 2016 at 22:19

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