Crossbow Beats Helicopter in ‘Battlefield 3: Aftermath’ Launch Trailer

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Yesterday we flew through Talah Market to explore one of the four brand new urban maps coming to Battlefield 3 in the latest DLC pack Aftermath. Talah Market, like the other three maps, is set in post-natural-disaster Iran where an 8.1 magnitude earthquake has made ruins out of several urban centers and the remaining soldiers are left to scavenge for whatever weapons and makeshift vehicles are available.

This is the theme of Aftermath which just released yesterday for premium members playing BF3 on the PS3. To celebrate the long-awaited fourth expansion to Battelfield 3’s multiplayer component, EA and DICE have released the Battlefield 3: Aftermath launch trailer, another video which sells itself on in-game visuals and gameplay footage.

The first BF3: Aftermath trailer entirely missed the point of what makes the game and its marketing unique: gameplay. All of the Battlefield 3 trailers to date have looked and played wonderfully, and all made use of in-game footage, footage that cannot be crafted in other shooters due to its unique use of vehicles and the Frostbite 2 engine. Instead, that first trailer for the DLC used the Frostbite 2 engine and assets, but instead showcased a pre-rendered cut scene of soldiers battling it out in the “shattered districts, streets and cities of post-earthquake Iran.”

Fortunately with the launch trailer (up top), they’ve gone back to what works best and the video makes use of captured in-game footage of what it’s actually like to play the Aftermath DLC maps.

Battlefield 3 Aftermath Launch Trailer

The major highlights for the trailer are the new vehicles, the destructible environments and of course, the use of the new crossbow weapon and its multiple bolt types, which of course include explosives. There’s also a lot of intense and risky use of helicopters weaving in between (and sometimes inside) structures and a quick demonstration of the new Scavenger game mode.

Battlefield 3: Aftermath is included as part of Battlefield 3 Premium. It can be purchased separately as well.

  • PlayStation 3 (Battlefield 3 Premium members): November 27
  • Xbox 360 and PC (Battlefield 3 Premium members): December 4
  • PlayStation 3: December 11
  • Xbox 360 and PC: December 18

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TAGS: Battlefield 3, DICE, Electronic Arts, PC, PS3, Xbox 360

  • jwalka

    does anyone still play this ? i got sick of all the rejects a month or so before that massive patch and rent servers kicked in (stupidest idea ever to give console d***s more power). i dont play games to get pissed off and rage at f***nuts that dont know wtf they’re doing, so the smartest thing was to quit.

    if they move ahead in time like *sigh* CoD then they will dominate the fps market b/c they did good with 2142 and now they have even better tech to make an even better modern sci-fi shooter.

  • Coco

    ^ Dafaq did i just read sci-fi is shit. Cod had some shitty ass guns, They need to go back to wwII

    • jwalka

      you must be one of those people that dwells on the past and turns his face away from the future. news flash genius, the past is the past – it’s done and dealt with, look to the future and embrace it.

  • Ken J

    Why do you people insist on using this video player? It is, by far, THE WORST video player ever made… Everytime you guys have a video here I’m interested in, I end up just going to youtube to look it up and watch it there…

    • Tim

      hahaha i feel 100 % the same way…i always rage when i see that player too, i thought that was just me though haha

      • Ken J


        Yah, seriously, even when you click “HD” it still looks like crap, and it always lags, even if the video is fully loaded, it’ll still lag somehow while playing the video… I have a Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, I mean, seriously, there’s absolutely no reason for it… I even prefer quicktime over this… Do you realize how bad this must be for me to prefer an Apple product over it??? Heck, even Real Player is better. Yah, that’s right, I just said it…

    • jwalka

      we can be the three musketeers 😛

      • Ken J


        I’m sure there are many others who feel the same way, but are not saying anything… No way there’s anyone out there in their right mind who would actually like this player…

    • boogoo

      That’s weird. It plays just fine for me.

    • Matt

      I was going to say the same thing on this article. xD I finally got fed up enough with it, and then you say what I was going t say lol. I have the exact same problems, and I always go to YouTube to watch the same videos. GR, PLEASE switch to YouTube videos.

    • Rob Keyes

      Well, we had to for Age-Gate purposes. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t have access to the assets. It also provided an ad for us, but I don’t like it either.

      We’re going to focus on using YouTube as much as possible even though it’s a loss.

  • Jack7

    dice sure does know how to make awesome trailers. helps that the game is awesome too

  • Matt

    Awesome launch trailer, awesome DLC. Without going into detail (which I’ll do on the next Open Discussion :P), I think Aftermath is fun, the maps are cool, and while they aren’t totally unique, they do add something to BF3.

    • Rob Keyes

      I think I’m going to review this one when it hits PC next week. Armored Kill was a bit of a letdown.