The Battlefield 3 experience is constantly evolving through the release of expansion packs. Through the release of the Premium offering from EA, if you are new to the battlefields or a hardened war veteran, you have a simple and cost effective way to continue to benefit from these releases.
Purchasing Premium for Battlefield 3 gets you early access to all five themed digital expansion packs. That means right now you would get access to Back to Karkand and Close Quarters, with Armored Kill due out in September. That’s a staggering amount of content and has a diverse amount of gameplay. Whilst you are getting to grips with those expansions, you can still look forward to Aftermath which is due out in December 2012 and End Game which will be released in March 2013.
Premium also provides exclusive in-game items like the ACB-90, special dog tags, soldier camos, weapon camos and Assignments. Going a bit deeper into the experience now, you’ll be able to reset your multiplayer solider stats to start with a clean slate. To help you get into online matches faster you’ll benefit from priority ranking on server queues, be able to choose from 10 new Platoon emblem decals and favourite up to five of your Battle Reports for permanent storage.
Levelling up is exciting, and to help with this you get access to exclusive Double XP weekends and some members-only events through your Premium membership. To further assist with becoming the uber kick-ass solider everyone wants to be there are a bunch of playing tips and strategy guides you can access to improve your abilities.
Premium is available now and comes in two flavours. You can purchase it as a download if you already own the game and just want in on all the expansions and special content. If you just found out about Battlefield 3, then you can purchase the Premium Edition where the game comes bundled at retail with all the access codes to a get you in on the action in style. It includes a head-start pack to help you be competitive against all those who are already playing. You’ll get some much needed vehicle upgrades, weapons and accessories.
Coming this September, Battlefield 3: Armored Kill is the next digital expansion pack in the Battlefield 3 series, focussing on tank warfare and large terrains, as well as introducing a host of exclusive in-game content, new vehicles and assignments. Admittedly my favourite expansion so far is Close Quarters, because my general preference is exactly that – close, personal combat. Nevertheless I tackled the Armored Kill hands-on at gamescom 2012 with an open mind, and as it turns out I had the sheer joy of spending an all too brief 30 minutes with the new expansion.
With Armored Kill it really feels like a return to the classic Battlefield experience. You have these epic, really big maps and tons of tanks waiting around for you to jump in and wreak havoc. It’s all-out vehicle warfare and, as I found out the hard way, not much fun if you try running around as a solider. Securing a vehicle is essential, no matter how nimble and camouflaged you think you are. The map we played was called Death Valley, and how apt a title.
Leaving the relative safety of the hills to capture the centre of the map leaves you very vulnerable. Being set at night, it’s an intense experience because there was reduced visibility and yet you saw the flashes of tank fire across the valley. It was beautiful, and then I died whilst admiring it.
We played the Tank Superiority mode which is akin to Conquest that we all know so well. You capture a point to bleed tickets whilst killing as many opponents as possible. The tanks handle perfectly as we have come to expect from Battlefield 3, with everything feeling just right. The mix between authentic tank and fun “we are playing” a tank game has been done just right. I enjoyed every minute of Armored Kill and look forward to playing it before everyone else thanks to my Premium membership.
Watch the new gameplay trailer for Armored Kill below. You can also browse through El33tonline’s previous coverage of Battlefield 3, and flip through a few extra screenshots from the new Armored Kill maps, Alborz Mountain, Armored Shield and Death Valley, below.