Battlefield 4 'Handgun Shortcut Kit' available free on PC

Origin is offering a "Handgun Shortcut Kit" for Battlefield 4, unlocking 11 weapons. It seems set to be priced at $4.99, but is available for free through February 24.

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EA is giving away some Battlefield 4 instant handgun unlocks for a limited time, for players of the PC version. Today through February 24, you can pick up a pack that will ordinarily cost $4.99 once the promotion is over.

The 'Handgun Shortcut Kit' on Origin includes unlocks for the M9, QSZ-92, MP443, Shorty 12G, G18, FN57, M1911, 93R, CZ-75, .44 Magnum, and Compact 45. It notably doesn't include any DLC unlocks. The listing includes a "Coming Soon" date and a suggested sale price, so presumably after the promotion is over it will release officially and go up to five bucks.

Thanks, silent prophet.

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    February 18, 2014 9:30 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Battlefield 4 'Handgun Shortcut Kit' available free on PC.

    Origin is offering a "Handgun Shortcut Kit" for Battlefield 4, unlocking 11 weapons. It seems set to be priced at $4.99, but is available for free through February 24.

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      February 18, 2014 10:01 AM

      I think it's disgusting to lock in game content up for a game that's already been paid for, then turn around and charge more money to unlock it. EA isn't the only company doing it, but I swear they're the most egregious.

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        February 18, 2014 10:20 AM

        Eh, it's just a shortcut that you can pay for if you don't want to unlock it yourself. Nobody is forced to pay for this as you can unlock it through gameplay.

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          February 19, 2014 9:31 PM

          It doesn't matter if it's forced or not. If your game is setup in such a way that it's nothing more than a grind to unlock content, it's disingenuous to then turn around and charge your fans more money for access to content they've already paid for. What exactly is the reason it's locked in the game to begin with?

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        February 18, 2014 10:21 AM

        Join a Pistol only server and get it all in less than a couple hours.

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          February 18, 2014 6:42 PM

          Especially on a double xp weekend + 100 or 200 percent bonus xp rewards. Took me less than a couple hours last month when i started focusing on weapon unlocks. Working on PDW's now and saving DMRs for last.

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      February 18, 2014 10:05 AM

      Wow... this makes me totally want to spend $60 on the game to go buy some in game content.
      Get bent EA.

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      February 18, 2014 10:11 AM

      Is this available for consoles?

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      February 18, 2014 10:21 AM

      They plan on offering them for Carbines, DMRs and Shotguns, too.

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      February 18, 2014 10:22 AM

      Thanks for the heads up! I don't enjoy leveling up the handguns as much unless it's gun master.

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      February 18, 2014 10:25 AM

      So what's the best pistol? I like the first one well enough with a ghost ring. It seems to kill people efficiently

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        February 18, 2014 10:43 AM

        compact 45. hands down the best pistol. its as powerful as the 1911, but with a larger clip.

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          February 18, 2014 11:09 AM

          The stats for it show it being less accurate, have you noticed that at all?

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            February 18, 2014 11:36 AM

            I've noticed that the guns I like end up with a high stability and not the highest accuracy... Not exactly sure what that means lol

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              February 18, 2014 11:44 AM

              it means it hits in a general area. think of it like if your crosshair is at a specific pixel. it might have a dice roll of a small O around that where it might actually hit.

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            February 18, 2014 11:47 AM

            its a pistol, if you pull it out. youre gonna be within 50 yards or so of a target. (id assume very close most of the time) it will hit generally where you fire it. Ive barely been playing since november, occassionally getting on to grind my gold-level assignments, and going through and using the other pistols has made me quickly remember why the compact 45 is so much damn better. especially compared to like the 44 mag and the rex, their fire delay is so broken with the stupid netcode you basically have to lead the person youre shooting at in point blank situations.

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              February 18, 2014 2:35 PM

              Yeah thats true. I just tried it over my lunchbreak and it is definitely better. I tend not to use compensator or muzzle brake so far on the pistols, feel like it makes them worse for me.

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      February 18, 2014 10:57 AM

      Awesome thanks!

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      February 18, 2014 11:01 AM

      Worked for me.

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      February 18, 2014 11:59 AM

      I got a receipt for this 5.5 hours ago, but it didn't actually unlock anything?

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        February 18, 2014 1:55 PM

        I think you have to start the actual game for the unlocks to register, not just battlelog (if you haven't done that already). Then they will show up in battlelog.

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          February 18, 2014 2:13 PM

          I played (part of) a match at lunch, a few hours after getting the receipt. Maybe they're just hammered and it's delayed.

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      February 18, 2014 12:01 PM

      This game sucked. It was riddled with bug and obviously unfinished. I hope there bottom line suffers as a result of selling junk to gamers.

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        February 18, 2014 12:06 PM

        Rather doubt it, BF4 and even Premium have sold quite well, and to be frank, its been much improved since release.

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          February 18, 2014 12:22 PM

          I guarantee you they sold less than they could have, and I know for sure that a lot of people will not preorder any more titles from EA. I'm baffled when I see people preordering Titanfall

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            February 18, 2014 1:35 PM

            What percentage of people know who publishes or develops a game? Don't assume that because you know these things that most gamers do.

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            February 18, 2014 7:06 PM

            this is true... I know Id love the game but refuse to buy it

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            February 18, 2014 7:12 PM

            The average EA consumer buys into a game's hype, bitches about its broken state on the Internet, swears off all future EA purchases, and then buys into the next game's hype only to repeat the cycle.

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          February 18, 2014 12:31 PM

          No it hasn't. I reinstalled this weekend and every TDM server I joined had no sound until a map change.

          That's not a minor bug, and from what I've heard it was introduced (along with other bugs) by recent patches. The game is partially fucked and everything they try to do to make it better makes it worse.

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            February 18, 2014 6:39 PM

            Its a known issue, and it only affects TDM, for the first round

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          February 18, 2014 2:46 PM

          "Much improved" in some areas ... excluding the return of the looping sound crash. I'm not going to even bother trying to play until they fix that bug (yet again).

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            February 18, 2014 4:42 PM

            My fix is to play on Conquest Large - China Rising Only servers. Dumb, but at least no crashes.

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        February 18, 2014 7:39 PM

        Agreed.

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        February 18, 2014 11:19 PM

        I have bought every Battlefield game and barely looked at 4. I don't have a problem with profit but the "pay to unlock" scheme they're using is just too much to stomach.

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      February 18, 2014 6:03 PM

      It's free on PS3 & PS4 too:

      PS3: http://goo.gl/0iih8q

      PS4: http://goo.gl/P3tIGF

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      February 18, 2014 6:45 PM

      It took me about 2 nights of playing on pistol servers to get all the pistols, this isn't hard

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        February 18, 2014 9:09 PM

        Wonder how the pistol servers are going to be after this, I got my pistols from them too, it was actually pretty damn fun

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        February 18, 2014 9:11 PM

        Are there pistol only servers in the console versions?

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        February 18, 2014 9:14 PM

        It is actually super useful for us PS4 players as really, outside of going gangbusters on Locker with the pistol, there are no "pistol servers" so unlocking pistols takes for ever. Everything else is pretty reasonably paced though.

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        February 18, 2014 11:15 PM

        2 nights of grinding pistol only servers is imo not fun in any way, its hordes of dudes spazzing around with their pistols in chaotic/random deathmatch. the unlock system is broken and it encourages shitty gamemodes ala pistol only and metro style meatgrinder maps which is a waste of the players time and server capacity that could go into some proper gamemodes and players learning the maps/mechanics of the game.

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          February 18, 2014 11:20 PM

          <~~ exactly this.

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          February 19, 2014 12:10 AM

          But to be quite honest who gives a shit about pistols or pistol unlocks? I don't even really think about the pistol when I am playing this game. Outside of the guns I don't use I have unlocked just about all of the regular guns (I never really cared about pistols or DMRs, which I have unlocked from the website)

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            February 19, 2014 12:18 AM

            pistol switching is pretty much a necessity if you go on a killing spree,wipe a squad etc. the g18 for example can replace you primary gun in most close quarter situations, it will mow through folks faster than they can react. other guns are viable midrange weapons. as for unlocks, the suppressor is a vital unlock that will change the way you play.

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      February 18, 2014 6:51 PM

      DMR shortcut is available now for premium members too.

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      February 18, 2014 11:02 PM

      Is there a background check?

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        February 18, 2014 11:04 PM

        Also, buy the game you bought for double so your e-peen will grow until the next game. Repeat.