Battlefield 3 – PC Retail DVD Install
So I am currently copying data.z01 to my temp directory from DVD1 along with data.zip from DVD2.Why am I taking such a weird way of installing this game? EA has either broken something, or they’re nuts.
I put in the first disk, it popped up Origin, asked for my code, and proceeded to start the 11G download. Wait… what??? Why did I get the DVDs to save an 11G download when you don’t even install off the disk for a retail copy? I waited for a registration code and two coasters to be delivered?
I am miffed, more then miffed. I could download, sure it will take maybe 20 minutes or less but WHY?!! I am wasting my data quota on a game I have physical media for! I am currently waiting for phone support. I’ve tweeted… I’ll just sit here, huff and puff, and attempt to drop this data into the Origin directory to fool it into thinking it finished the download itself?
Ok – so had I actually checked the network monitor I would have seen that no data was actually coming down. It says 11G. I spoke with support and he didn’t actually know, but he was going to stay on the line with me. I kept him on until about 22%, once I could see it wasn’t downloading and actually streaming it off the DVD I was satisfied. I just seemed like such a waste, and it doesn’t give you any information saying one way or another.
I guess the fact that it slurps in down in mere minutes vs an hour would be the first indication.
So if you’re installing BF3 on the PC – don’t worry. You do have to be connected to the internet but it won’t actually be downloading the whole thing, it gets it from the DVD. It prompts you for DVD 2 about 58%, and then downloads the patch 472mb after installation.