Battlefield 3â„¢: Aftershock

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Battlefield 3: Aftershock Removed From App Store

EA has done the only sensible thing and removed their atrocious multiplayer game Battlefield 3: Aftershock from the App Store. If you downloaded it when it was available and try to play it now, you’ll see a server message and get stuck on an endless loading screen.

In an article about the game’s removal, IGN quotes EA as saying:

EA Mobile is committed to delivering mobile entertainment experiences that are on par with the content and quality users have come to expect from their favorite EA gaming brands. To this end, we have decided to remove Battlefield 3: Aftershock from the App Store and are currently re-evaluating the app in response to the consumer feedback we’ve received. We thank all the fans who have downloaded the game to date.

Who knows if or when we can expect the game to reappear, but if it does, we’re hoping to see a whole lot of improvements. Read our review for a full run-down of all the game’s failings and shortcomings.

[Via IGN]

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Battlefield 3: Aftershock Has Been Scrapped

According to The Verge, EA has finally decided to scrap the monstrosity that was Battlefield 3: Aftershock. In other words, the game, a free multiplayer first-person shooter that was released last month and then pulled on account of unanimous complaints, will not be coming back to the App Store.

In a statement to The Verge, EA said:

In the interest of bringing consumers only the highest level of quality mobile entertainment, EA Mobile has decided to suspend development and support of Battlefield 3: Aftershock and refocus its resources on other titles. The Aftershock servers will be live through March 31st, 2012, and customers who have already downloaded the game can continue to play until then.

We should note that while it’s still technically possible to play the game if you downloaded it while it was available, we still can’t recommend it any more than we did at launch. As of this morning, the online matches we played were still plagued with extreme amounts of lag.

We can’t say we’re sorry to see it go, but if they had squashed the bugs and eliminated the lag and connection issues that made the game unplayable, it might have had potential.

[Via The Verge]

Battlefield 3: Aftershock Review

EA messed up big time by releasing Battlefield 3: Aftershock in its current state. There’s no possible reason that this laggy, unplayable piece of software should have been let loose on the App Store. It’s a frustrating mess that will bring you nothing but headaches and gamer rage.

The only things this game has going for it are the graphics and controls. It looks decent and one of the three control options will probably suit you just fine. Aside from that, it’s a cluster bomb of failure. There’s only one map, it takes forever to load, and every single match we’ve joined has been so laggy and awful that there’s not even a speck of fun to be had.

Battlefield 3: Aftershock is a multiplayer first-person shooter, so the goal is to run around and kill enemies while avoiding being killed yourself. This is an ad-supported free download, and it only contains a single map and a single mode (deathmatch). We’re not sure why they decided to release a Battlefield game so light on content, but since it’s free we can’t complain about it too much.

Itchy trigger finger.

What we can complain about is that you’ll have to stare at the loading screen for up to several minutes before your match actually begins. Once you get into a match, you can move fairly smoothly through the environment, but the lag is so enormous that most of the other players don’t appear to move at all. They’re frozen in place like statues, making the game absolutely pointless to play. The players who do move generally seem to teleport from point to point before disappearing entirely.

You can pump every bullet you have into an enemy’s head, and toss your grenades right at their feet, but nothing ever happens. You might see some blood, but they don’t stumble back, and they certainly don’t die. It’s an embarrassing technological failure, and it drags the Battlefield name through the mud, right along with the products the game advertises.

It’s amazing to us that EA hasn’t pulled this game from the App Store and apologized to everyone who downloaded it. Battlefield 3: Aftershock is an unplayable mess that should be avoided at all costs until they get it working properly. If they implement any fixes, we’ll be sure to update our review. Until then, get your multiplayer fix from a game that works, like Modern Combat 3.