Battlefield 3: Tactical Light, Repairable Jets patch update coming soon

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If you are a regular player of Battlefield 3 online and have become increasingly frustrated in the way which the tactical light accessory works, we have some good news for you. EA DICE has confirmed that they will be tweaking the tactical light after a wave of criticism from gamers.

For those of you that are not aware of the problem, gamers are angry since the tactical light is overpowered at the moment, in the fact that it still blinds players even if the person with the tactical light equipped is miles away. In reality, the tactical light should only be effective up close, but if you play multiplayer now you’ll see that it still hits players from a long distance.

The good news is that EA DICE has acknowledged this problem and are working on a patch to fix things in a future update to the game. What’s better, is that one of the designers for Battlefield 3 has uploaded a few images onto Twitter which gives you an idea of how the tactical light will look once the game has been patched up. Here are the images below thanks to Alan Kertz, as reported from VG247:

As you can see, that looks a great deal better and many BF3 gamers will be very pleased if the final result looks like the pictures above. Other changes that we’re hearing will come into effect include the mobile AA machines dealing less damage, and also changes to give jets the ability to repair themselves – we’re not quite sure what to make of that last one at the moment. How can you repair a jet in mid air? Unless they are talking about grounding it first, which will require some of the best Maverick Top Gun pilots for sure.

What are your thoughts on the upcoming changes to the tactical light – are you happy about this or not?

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  • Dynasty2021

    Well, the jets have the ‘exhaust’ perk, where air is blasted through the engines when you’re below 50% health, so you get hit, blow out the fire, and your health instantly jumps back above 50% but then there’s the cooldown, so get hit again and you’re done for.

    Cant remember if the health of jets regenerates as you fly, like tanks do on the ground, maybe that’s what they’re reffering to.

    And reducing the flashlight due to whiners?  Oh dear.

    Reducing it to that 2nd pic at distance? Sure, thats ok.  But if it’s that small when you’re up close, then it’s pointless even having it.  So gamers will then whine as ‘what constitutes being close?’  ie, over-nerfing it.  You’ll never win, no matter what changes you make.  Gamers are idiots.  By nerfing the flashlight and now only half-blinding someone?  Why bother using it?  In that second pic, you can see the guy who is shining you…removing the need for the flashlight to blind people as the whole DAMN POINT is to not know exactly where the guy using the flashlight is.  You’re supposed to spray at him while he takes aimed shots at you. 

    Surely nerf the IRNV scope first?  ie, bloody get rid of it as it is skill-less.  Only a matter of time before the last 40-or-so % of people are using it as well.  Worst scope ever. 

    • Oshkubob

      To the “flashlight whiners”. Dude look at the Tac-light in CLEAR DAYLIGHT. Way too overpowered. What kind of bulbs would be in there to be brighter than the sun? It would make more sense for those lights to have intensity in a reallllllly dark room. There is no reason those lights should be that bright outside of being in a pitch black room and they shine it directly in your eyes. Even though they are dimming the the tac-light i honestly don’t think it should even be that bright out in daylight. They should only be effective in darkness.

      • Ryezen

        Like Oshkubob said, in plain daylight, the thing shouldn’t even be as bright as it is in the new photo.  
        American’s (and I am one) are such douches…   I didn’t even see the Tac-light all that often on the 360, but now that they state they’re going to patch it because it’s way overpowered (which it is), TONS of people are using it.  I swear, if someone finds an exploit in a game, tards flock to use it like drones.  I remember reading how the developers of a Japanese-based MMORPG stated something about how they had to change their patching regime, as once the game was also released in the US, the Americans tried to jump on every exploit (known and unknown) to try and “cheat” in any way they could.  Why is it that our society makes it seem “cool” to cheat?

    • Anonymous

      Fully agree with you on the IRNV scope issue. Tried it out recently with the SCAR, I was saying to myself, ”surely it’s not THIS easy to get kills is it”? That scope gives you a major advantage over players without it.. if they are willing to nerf the tactical light, they may just do the same for this.

  • Dynasty2021

    Well, the jets have the ‘exhaust’ perk, where air is blasted through the engines when you’re below 50% health, so you get hit, blow out the fire, and your health instantly jumps back above 50% but then there’s the cooldown, so get hit again and you’re done for.

    Cant remember if the health of jets regenerates as you fly, like tanks do on the ground, maybe that’s what they’re reffering to.

    And reducing the flashlight due to whiners?  Oh dear.

    Reducing it to that 2nd pic at distance? Sure, thats ok.  But if it’s that small when you’re up close, then it’s pointless even having it.  So gamers will then whine as ‘what constitutes being close?’  ie, over-nerfing it.  You’ll never win, no matter what changes you make.  Gamers are idiots.  By nerfing the flashlight and now only half-blinding someone?  Why bother using it?  In that second pic, you can see the guy who is shining you…removing the need for the flashlight to blind people as the whole DAMN POINT is to not know exactly where the guy using the flashlight is.  You’re supposed to spray at him while he takes aimed shots at you. 

    Surely nerf the IRNV scope first?  ie, bloody get rid of it as it is skill-less.  Only a matter of time before the last 40-or-so % of people are using it as well.  Worst scope ever. 

  • John Truong

    Pretty certain light still blinds at close range combat as intended.

    As for IRNV scope could possibly be more dazzled in outdoor daytime environments but I think its fine as it is. Its quite a late unlock for most guns anyway.