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Battlefield 3: Are IRNV scope users cheap or not?

We recently told you that EA DICE are planning to tweak the tactical light in Battlefield 3‘s online multiplayer mode, but now we have some news to bring you in reference to calls for the IRNV scope to be nerfed as well. It looks like you may get your wish.

For those of you that haven’t unlocked it yet, the IRNV basically gives the player a ‘Predator’ view of everything around him or her, allowing them to see the enemy at long distance for an easy kill depending on which weapon you have unlocked the scope for.

Obviously, many players feel that this is overpowered in the game, and takes away a huge skill element in actually finding the enemy for yourself. A player with a IRNV scope obviously can get the first hit in, and by the time the enemy realizes that they have been spotted, they are usually already dead.

Also, many believe that the IRNV is even worse when combined with the suppressor attachment, making bullet fire silent and keeping the player hidden. You can imagine some of the frustrations that gamers are having when the IRNV + suppressor are combined together – so should EA DICE patch it up?

Karl Magnus Troedsson, the CEO of DICE had this to say about the IRNV scope in a recent interview with GameSpy:

”Based on player feedback, we have made some tweaks to the IRNV scope to make it more balanced with the rest of the accessories in the game. The change is planned to go into a future update of Battlefield 3, and we will have more details on this update at a later date.”

Perhaps a more meaningful question would be – How would they patch it up? You can’t remove the IRNV scope altogether as that would be silly. And if it doesn’t provide a night vision view, what other purposes does it have? One possible solution is that DICE can just tweak it so you cannot equip the suppressor with it together. That way the person using the scope without a supressor will show up on the minimap for everyone to see, so it at least makes them aware that the user is around.

If you have unlocked the IRNV scope and use it regularly, let us know your thoughts on this. Do you consider it to be cheap compared to the other weapons or not, and if it is going to be tweaked by DICE – how would they go about it? On a side note, don’t forget to check out our info on ‘flying snipers’ here.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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CD33
CD33

Using the irnv scope in daylight has some disadvantages the seem balance it just fine. it is difficult to get used to and that is just as fair as using any other scope.

Garylee Monjay Hall

I used that scope all the time to catch those campers and snipers. I’ve got so many knife because of it you guy made it useless.

Disgruntled Customer
Disgruntled Customer

So now campers who had been ruining the game have cried so hard that they’ve ruined the game and wasted my money. And anyone who complains about IRNV and claims they don’t camp is full of sh*t, unless you actually want to make it difficult for yourself to see campers, which would just be retarded. So, if you aren’t camping you shouldn’t have any problem with being spotted. Massive Fail…

Billy20
Billy20

Leave it alone. It is a great defense against campers, who are the only ones crying about it anyway. And it does not make the people using it cheap, I only use it to spot campers and snipers like most other people. I don’t know anyone who uses it all the time. And besides that, it is there for everyone to use, if they can get enough kills to get it. So quit crying, and just enjoy the game or go play MW3 with the rest of the crybaby campers, you can have a campfest and not have to worry… Read more »

gUest
gUest

LOL! it´s not overpowered to kill? some of you guys kidding me… i got 750 kills with the scar-H just thanks to the IRvN, it´s just LAME, i even use it to spot enemies hidden and launch them rockets, BF3 is just unbalanced, untested piece of marvelous graphics that tries to mix BF2, Bad Company and Call of Duty players… i falled in love day by day with Bad Company 2, BF3 is just more crappy and crappy everyday i played it more…

CONGRATULATIONS DICE, you made me return soon to single player games again…

i-dont-troll
i-dont-troll

just reduce the “view distance” of the ifrnv

Nuttylamb
Nuttylamb

It doesn’t need to be made more “balanced” at all as its perfectly balanced. It has fairly short range (1x zoom) and vision is effected by smoke and debris, not to mention the reticle is a teeny tiny dot that sways all over the place. Its a good scope for spotting people for your other team mates, but using it does not guarantee you a kill by any means. If you don’t want someone to spot you, hide behind a tank, it has a bigger heat signature than you. The IRNV scope is fine as it is. Please don’t change it.

Nathan
Nathan

I very much like it on dark maps, but I must say that it’s easy to lost track of your surroundings if you’re using it on a sniper. Additionally I have never been able to see through smoke with it.

diecampers
diecampers

i cant imagine anyone having such a huge problem with this attachment other than being a seaoned camper. you have a problem with me using it on broad daylight, which u can see me in too… i should only be able to use it in dark areas, i do… so in conclusion the only sort of hate you could hav for this attachment is if ur tired of being seen in ur precious bush or whatever you try and blend in with… that or you dont want to be seen while ur sniping miles off from the battle field and… Read more »

Fred
Fred

If they get rid of the IRNV then wlecome to sniper & camper hell.

Leave it alone. It has as many negatives as positives.

Nico_2008
Nico_2008

Well it is too overpowered. And HTW in daylight the soldier can have such site on the battlefield – come on, this is infrared night vision. On dayligh everything should be hot and too shinny. But this scope gives the same view as on night maps. And now i use only this scope because it gives me a lot of kills. IRVN should be forbidden!!!

DarthDiggler
DarthDiggler

I have seen a total of 1 person using this attachment.  It’s not all that great you miss out on lots of things going on around you with your face in that scope.

Anonymous
Anonymous

IRNZ is not over powered coz IRNV offers limited view when shooting and users are at a disadvantage in shorter distances and close quarters as compared to a holographic that offers wider view, easy and faster aim. IRNV is countered by the spec ops camo, and quite difficult to kill the camoed enemy because he blends with the surrounding Magnification is the least compared to all scopes and shooting an enemy from a distance is difficult and if using suppressor almost impossible because of less damage Least used scope, I have not played a game where majority, a number or… Read more »

Jonathan Stoffregen

it would be good if it was for specifically for night maps but there are only 1 map that’s nighttime

Jruiz0387
Jruiz0387

there was this time in conquest, the map was seine crossing. and it was checkpoint Alpha. there was a tree down and a enemy was proned on the tree and without a IRNV you wouldnt be able to spot him. i luckily had it equipped on my m16 but without a supressor. and i was able to take out a camper hiding proned in a tree. its not overpowered, those who complain are campers and are mad that they cant camp anymore because this awesome attachment gives them away.

Chrischalek
Chrischalek

Great for clearing snipers, a bit overpowered but I don’t see a disproportionate number of players using it, oh did I mention its great for clearing snipers…not recon which is what the class is called and supposed to be played as, just little camping sniper punks.

Dynasty2021
Dynasty2021

Oh come on it’s a huge advantage.  Everyone has to use it now to make it a level playing field. You can spot people through smoke, you dont have lens flare blinding you, you can instantly see how many people are in x-location.  Worst scope ever requiring NO skill. The 1x magnification makes no difference, and is not a balance, as you can still snipe people from half way across the map as you’re just shooting at an orange blob with a green background. They just need to nerf it to be USELESS outside.  Like full on blind if you… Read more »

Bucketnate
Bucketnate

Nope it is not overpowered…they made it 1X magnification to balance it

이상도

nah its good we don’t need any patch for that, out there are so many campers try to fix that if u want to remove this one.

Joah
Joah

it makes it easier to stop enemies that are well hidden, but other then that it’s not that big of an advantage….

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