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EA are killing console Battlefield 3 with Rent a Server tactics

It has been a good while since DICE delivered their controversial Rent a Server patch update across all platforms of Battlefield 3. We hoped that EA and DICE would realise that a lot of gamers are not happy about the changes, but it appears that they are unwilling to make any changes as long as the cash from custom servers keeps flowing in.

There’s no denying the popularity of the custom servers either – EA must be loving it. The one big problem that we have though is that they are continuing to remove official servers at the expense of custom ones, making it harder than ever to find an official server on console.

The option of having custom servers and rules is always nice of course, but when we can no longer find an official server with a full conquest rotation and normal ticket size, that’s when we have a problem. EA and DICE went back on their word when they said that the Asia servers would be live on April 4th. Almost 10 days later, we find that they have finally been switched on, but there is not one official server in sight. We refreshed the server browser to see 25 pages of servers, with every single one of them a custom server and the majority of them offering 1000+ ticket scores.

In other regions it’s not too different either. We had a little success finding some official servers in Australia, but unfortunately there was nobody playing on them. We’ve had a lot of excellent feedback in our previous report on Rent a Servers, but in actual fact gamers are still happily pouring their money into custom servers when in reality they should be concerned about EA’s tactics here.

Some of you have pointed out that the update has just served as a cash scheme for EA and DICE, with no incentive of keeping those who are not paying happy. If there was an equal balance of custom and official servers, it wouldn’t be such a problem, but 25 pages of Asia servers with not one official server on console tells you that EA are just looking to make as much money as possible out of the game now.

Just to reiterate, this is just from a console perspective. We’re well aware that on PC, official servers can be found by simply typing in ‘DICE’ in the server filter. On console though, we have to say that EA are driving the game into the ground with these tactics. We really hope that they are planning to address this in their next update, or they may find their console numbers severely drop from those who are unwilling to play by these new rules.

If you agree or disagree with us on this, leave your opinions below. We would just like DICE to bring back some more official servers across all regions, so it doesn’t feel too bad when players are kicked or switched by admins for no good reason.

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.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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Leopard_lad
Leopard_lad

I have a server which is just like a DICE server on the 360.  I rented one because i dont like the stupid rules and crap map rotatons of a lot of custom servers have along with bad admin. 

SLINKY PENGUIN>Hardcore>Conquest>No Rules>100% Tickets

So for those people who wanna play conquest in the origianl format with no crap weapon rules etc then check it out.

Evansrck
Evansrck

They most likely won’t add in a filter. If they give people the option to separate official servers from custom ones, then I have a feeling an overwhelming majority of custom servers would become desolate. People would quit renting and they would lose money.

11neej
11neej

time to say goodbye to all multiplayer games now, trying to playing fifa ultimate team online and the servers are down, if i rent a server on PSN it will end up getting hacked and my details leaked like a month old nappy. Might build a gaming PC then no PSN down rubbish and no xbox fanboy better say get a xbox as i already do and it has been down for 2 weeks before anyway!! It is a shame as when i was on my PS1 and 2 and the N64, even had saturns etc their were hardly any… Read more »

DC
DC

I agree completely. 

Houseofelliotts
Houseofelliotts

What about casual gamers? I have’nt got endless hours to play. We pay for games to be made for us with some sort of normal setting for general gameplay. Now gamers are paying for servers?  We should have a choice a bit like the choice to play on easy, normal or hard rented or not rented custom or not. If clans want custom games then they can have private matches with all the crazy settings they want. I enjoy playing conquest, 20-30 mins per match that’s enough. There is a health warning about taking breaks whilst gaming EA are not thinking about this… Read more »

Bf3
Bf3

Nothing like breaking the lines of defense and ending up dead by the admin.

Anthony
Anthony

Yep we just need an option For Custom/Dice Servers its that simple.

Kg07
Kg07

I give up, finding an official server for my specifications is impossible now. Hitting the ‘quick match’ button is just complete and utter random guess to what kind of game you’re going to be in. EA have now removed nearly all their servers, so why do we have to pay for ours? For each 5 server you buy, EA take down one of their own (For example). This in turn just equals massive profit for them and you are paying to keep the games multilayer alive. Genius on EA’s part. The Battlefield 3 community on console is a joke, I… Read more »

Cdjjr1973
Cdjjr1973

OMG! You cant please everybody. I play for fun and with friends that I have met online. We are from all over the states and have alot of fun. We then started a clan and play together. We dont care about all the drama that goes on online. We have an average age of 28, most are over 30. So no young unmature kids here, cursing and screaming, just laughing. We are happy they now have the rent a server but still need some work.

Dentice99
Dentice99

Custom servers suck balls. All these crazy high ticket games just make my system crash. If they were trying to make the game unplayable congratulations, they did

Fakulty
Fakulty

Custom servers is the only way to go homos, QQ

john
john

I love the new update and rent a server this game has never been better. You don’t have to rent one just play on someone elses if you don’t wanna pay.

James
James

All of the people saying ‘Switching back to CoD’  Good Battlefield doesnt need 12 year olds like you anyway…

Robluny
Robluny

FYI: if you play Bad company 2 and just choose quickmatch you’ll get a game quite quicikly….might be a little empty at first but soon fills up. 

Robluny
Robluny

Server rental is a cynical money making ploy
So, i can no longer just quick match into a DICE server / game type /
map of my choosing. theres no way to filter out weird player owned
rules?
so basically EA have given people the option to play game
their way and forces the rest of us to play them unless we take our time
text searching for DICE server.
In doing so it completely removes the option to jump into dice servers and filter out the player owned games.
Seems like EA have completely changed the goalposts in order to cash in.

Conquest gamer
Conquest gamer

I agree totally! The custom servers have ruined the game for me. 

Some_Kid
Some_Kid

Its a shame EA are money grabbing, but nothing will make me switch to COD! Adapt and fight! Thats all I have to say 🙂

Thethreefacesofeve
Thethreefacesofeve

Well, its interesting reading the comments here. I play on PC, and I dont think I have ever played on a dice server. I love the fact that when you join a custom server you are thrown into a unique combat situation: is hard core on or off? Do I have to look out for friendly fire? Are rpg’s allowed? What is the ticket count? Can I spawn on my squad members, or only the squad leader (like in bf2) etc., etc., The same map can play out very differently with just a couple of different settings: compare a hard… Read more »

AYBABTU
AYBABTU

one thing you can do is if you find an ea server or a normal server you can favourite so that you don’t have to sort through them for instance theres a server called blueberryville on the ps3 that uses normal settings most of the time though they might kick you if a blueberryville platoon member is trying to join the game its worth a try 😉

Ryan 'Harrison' Lavin

While I don’t agree that the game is unplayable…you just have to either up your technique with the weapon you’re used to, or find a new favourite weapon…I DO agree that the suppression feels a little too much to me right now.  The other thing that bugs me which you touched on; I was in a game and was on the same team as the owner of the server…over his headset he was discussing kicking one or two players from the game purely because he was on a streak and hadn’t died for a while. That’s the problem here, people… Read more »

brwnboy7thst
brwnboy7thst

i cant believe im saying this, but this patch has ruinied the game completely and i am actually going to switch to COD now until this ridiculous game gets fixed. it was perfect pre-patch!!! now the hit detection is off, suppression is stupid. servers are stupid, i rarely use sniper guns but they are as useful as shooting a water gun at someone.  admin. kicking you out of a game because you’re better than his team. or because you rpg his squad. thats bs!!

Glenn Colley
Glenn Colley

Tried and failed 2 out of 2 sessions to find an ea server in aust. not happy

Jon Campbell

I wasn’t too keen on playing on rented servers until I stumbled across a 3000 ticket conquest server.  It was awesome.  It was no longer a battle, it was a fully blown war.  I think there should be a balance of rented and official servers though.

Dynasty2201
Dynasty2201

So, you want a server with LESS tickets? Err, why? 1000 ticket server still only lasts for around 45 minutes.  I joined a 10,000 ticket server the other night, 2 hours in on Caspian and we were still around the 4k mark, 32 players on the PC with people coming and going. Custom servers are better anyway.  You can control friendly fire, kick people for using the damn m320, kick for RPG on infantry, set it to classic Battlefield settings and make the game better. And I have never typed ‘DICE’ into the server search on PC.  I just join… Read more »

Monkeybutt
Monkeybutt

Typing DICE in – NOTHING ticked – gets me a total of five servers. ONE of these is called DICE Gaming BF3 Public, and it is in America. The rest are not official DICE servers. I’m in Australia, but I didn’t tick any particular region. This is even worse than I thought..

SJC73
SJC73

You can still search for Dice on the Playstation server filter.

Frost_blast
Frost_blast

Game spoiled switching on COD

Luis Manuel Roca

Im F**ing tired of this rented servers  I want to play on EA server… but can’t find them = (

MrWIMPY
MrWIMPY

It’s ea! All this money grabbing can’t have come as a surprise. There’s a reason they where vote worse company.

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