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Battlefield 3 item unlock shortcuts on sale

Beginners can pay up to skip the unlock process

Battlefield 3 players can now pay to unlock items that would normally take lot of playtime to acquire.

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Item and weapon shortcut packs will go on sale today via the PlayStation Store and in-game shop, allowing new players to quickly get all the good gear that long-term players are using, which might help prevent you getting your arse handed to you (or at least eliminate the age-old excuse 'they've got better guns').

There are 10 shortcut items available, including the following:

- Kit Shortcut Bundle: Immediately unlocks all items unique to the four playable classes
- Vehicle Shortcut Bundle: Immediately unlocks all items for all vehicles
- The Ultimate Bundle: Immediately unlocks all items from all other available shortcut packs

Developer DICE also tells gamers who own the Back to Karkand DLC on PS3 to re-download it if they've not yet done so since March 13. "The new revision of Back to Karkand that went live March 13 contains a bug fix that fixes the weapon animation bug on Back to Karkand maps. It also has some critical fixes to our back end code that ensures a smooth compatibility with future expansion packs such as Close Quarters and Armored Kill," it explains.

This follows a massive free update released for the PS3 version today.

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