Download of the Week: Battlefield 3 free, for a week


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As part of its "On the House" initiative, Origin has just added another high profile title to its list of free PC games. Earlier this month, the service had the original Plants vs. Zombies Game of the Year Edition available free of charge and now they're adding Battlefield 3 to the roster. While Plants vs. Zombies is still available at no cost until June 16, gamers only have until next Tuesday, June 3rd, to scoop up their free copy of Battlefield 3.

For those unfamiliar with the series, Battlefield is a first person shooter with emphasis on open environments. Although the console versions of the game have single player modes, PC editions mainly focus on the online multiplayer component and here is where the game excels. The general consensus is it’s an excellent game with great graphics and the $0 price tag just makes it better. If you want a little more insight from reviews, pros and cons of the game and more, check out our Product Finder page for Battlefield 3.

If you are ready to go but don’t have Origin installed you can download the client here. Once inside the client you should see a prominent ad for the game, or just search for Battlefield 3. The download is almost 20GB in size so it might take a while.

Recommended system requirements include a quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM and at least an Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 or ATI Radeon 6950 GPU. The game is now over two years old so any relatively modern PC should handle it well -- if you are curious, though, we did a performance review back in 2011. Enjoy!

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Yay! Now everyone who has BF4 can join in on BF3 and experience what a partially decent battlefield is like :)
Unfortunately, EA is turning off all the BF3 servers tomorrow. Have fun!

*Disclaimer- Post not to be taken seriously.
Lol, I have not used my origin client for a while. upon learning of the free bf3, I wanted to post the news first in the forums but somebody already posted ahead of me. :)

since I don't have the necessary hdd space for the installer/installation, I just 'grabbed' the game before the 4-day offer expires. bf3 is the third freebie I received from ea's origin (dead space 1, pvz 1, bf3)
It's very sweet and thoughtful of EA to do this (Sarcastic? Me? I'm appalled) but 20 gig is a lot for me to download on a 10 MB/s line. Anyway I might just take them up on the offer.
I tried downloding this but Origin just incredibly sucks. First I can't retrieve my password cause their email doesn't appear in my inbox, then I created a new account and Battlefield 3 download keeps popping up errors every minute, it's impossible to download it...Nothing works in that goddamn Origin.