New Battlefield 3 patch problems begin with ‘useless’ IRNV scope

By Alan Ng - Dec 1, 2011

Earlier on we informed you that DICE had sent out a huge 756MB patch update for the PlayStation 3 version of Battlefield 3. Prior to the patch, a lot of people were complaining about how the IRNV scope was ‘overpowered’ and although it isn’t included in the official patch notes, it looks like the IRNV has well and truly been nerfed by DICE.

To say a lot of you are unhappy with the changes is an understatement. We’re seeing a lot of feedback from you guys saying that the patch has ruined the game, not only because of the IRNV changes, but also many other aspects of gameplay too.

The popular SCAR-H weapon has also been tweaked to be less effective as well, but for now we’re going to concentrate on what changes DICE has made to the IRNV scope. If you play a game now after installing the patch update, you’ll find that the IRNV is a lot more difficult to use, somewhat inconsistent even as you’ll see that the scope no longer spots all enemies, either in broad daylight or on night maps.

We’ve seen in game that in some cases, the IRNV will work as normal and you’ll be able to spot enemies, but other times you’ll be aiming down the sights with your scope with the enemy right in front of you and he or she doesn’t show up. Here are some of the hundreds of complaints that are coming in on Twitter:

”@Battlefield nerfing the IRNV scope just ruined the game for me. This PS3 patch really is pathetic. #BF3EpicFail”

”@zh1nt0 i’m addicted to the IRNV scope too. shame it had to be nerfed but, all good things come to an end! #stillgotskills”

”@Battlefield wow the update destroyed the IRNV scope, I can’t see anything, all I can c is extremely close range”

”The IRNV scope nerf is hilarious. Can’t see anything. xD”

To show you the problem at close hand, we’ve even got a short video clip to show you which gives you a solid look at the changes to the IRNV scope following on from the patch update. The gameplay is on Operation Metro and you can clearly see that you can no longer spot players with the scope now giving players a ‘foggy’ sight, as opposed to the heat radiation prior to the patch.

If you have installed the recent patch update for Battlefield 3, let us know your thoughts on the changes. Are you happy that the IRNV scope has been nerfed like this or not?

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