July 8th 2009 9:43 am PT

Arcade: Battlefield 1943


boxbattlefield1943[1] Content: Battlefield 1943
Price: 1200 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in India or Korea
Battlefield 1943 is a multiplayer-only game that lets you enjoy the thrills of Pacific WW2 battles! Pick your path – be it as a rifleman, a steel fisted tank commander, or ace fighter pilot dog fighting to protect the skies. Play as a lone wolf or with your friends, coordinating to turn the tide of battle. This game requires the Xbox 360 hard drive for storage. There are no refunds for this item. Multiplayer only. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts. REGISTRATION AND GOLD SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED. EA ONLINE TERMS AND CONDITIONS AND FEATURE UPDATES ARE FOUND AT www.ea.com. YOU MUST BE 13+ TO REGISTER WITH EA ONLINE. EA MAY PROVIDE CERTAIN INCREMENTAL CONTENT AND/OR UPDATES FOR NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE, IF AND WHEN AVAILABLE. EA MAY RETIRE THIS GAME AFTER 30 DAYS NOTICE POSTED ON www.ea.com.


Add Battlefield 1943 to your Xbox 360 download queue


Arcade, Marketplace By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Stryker412

    This is about par for the course for EA.

  • Blue Thunder28

    Still not working for me… back to Prototype then… really disappointed but I know it’ll all work out and the game will be great.

  • Azor

    Due to the issues with EA again and this game, I hope that M$ won’t let EA launch another XBLA game without proper quality control against them.

  • Wickedfool

    well at least you guys can download it. I downloaded the trial this morning and when i went to unlock full version, it crashed. The points were deducted but the full version never showed up in my history. Basically i spent 2 hours on the phone with customer support to finally be told to wait until tomorrow when these “supposed” marketplace issues clear. Lame. I kind of wish I could see the lag. I love how they are always surprised by the fact that people actually want to play their games and yet they refuse to prepare. And in my case, it was great to finally get the “wait and see how tomorrow goes” line from the support.

  • OS Perry

    Not that I’ll never get this game… but tried for a long time tonight to get into a match… so NO, I’m in no hurry to get this game and spend my hard earned money on this kind of deal, if this is going to be the typical EA fiasco. And I may never get this game. Who knows, but it definitely reaffirmed that EA just doesn’t get online… like some companies.

    Nice impression EA.

  • Hawaiian c

    hey MS you should start making big fine’s on if someone screw up like this i mean this is just not good they should expect this its been what 8hr since any one cant get in and what lot of people fork in point’s for this game that they cant play boy i hope the private room is peer to peer hosing and whats the deal with needing 15 players i bet only hand full can get 15 friends online man EA idea’s is so unrealistic that i bet they think the real world is a game that they created… not only its a wast of money and poor planing for a big corporation but MS its putting a toll on your online rep thats how bad it is major and the need to work on there online issues “looking at EA”.. if i was you ea just stick with peer to peer hosting or make sure you do a mass open beta on it before pricing…

  • SeeUInTheFuture

    lol server fail, but hey its EA what do you expect? I’ll get this game when everything is straightened out. A MP only game with no servers? haha failure.

  • psymatiq

    havent been abel to join anything. Atleast i got the main menu <.< .

  • RockStar AV8R

    Very poor job even for EA. $15 and I can’t even play the stupid thing. Login Failed every time… And shame on MS too… this reflects just as poorly on Microsoft for not keeping a handle on their service. People reading this blog may know it is a EA problem, but everyone else just things their “Xbox is broke”. At this point in time things like this should just not happen.

  • Sticky Owens

    Went to “instabuy” it yesterday night, but for some strange reason i thought i would try the trial first, just to be sure, downloaded ok, but i then spent 20 mins searching for a quick match, lol! what the hell is this crap, is this crap running gears of war 2 matchmaking?

    Tried a few times and could never find a game, so went and played some GRAW2 instead :D

    Glad i never spent the points on it now, shame really as i loved bad company :(

  • PiNkEyE69

    Well I had fun last night (sarcasm).
    Loaded the game up only to get “cannot connect to EA online”
    After searching around EA’s site I find out it’s becuase me EA account is old and needs migrating to the new one and the gamertag relinking.
    Did that only to be told that the email to complete the linking process will be sent to the email onmy gamertag – then shows the the email address for my gamertag, but it’s an email address I last had for my gamertag over a year ago and doesn’t exist anymore. grrr.
    Anyway after 2 more hours I finally managed to get them linked…. Then spent 10 minutes button mashing to get into a game.
    However, once in it was fun, lag free and it brought back memories of why I still have BF1942 and Vietnam on my PC.

  • Anonymous

    6hrs after buying it, still couldn’t get into a game, well done EA.

  • Rick Dias PK

    I’m hardly surprised the evil empire botched their own game launch. They run their own servers so they can discontinue play whenever, making games truly ‘disposable’ and forcing fans to buy the next edition. This is unacceptable, when many games allow you to host your own servers. All it amounts to is corporate greed, and completely undisguised greed at that. No sale here, and I’m not sure I’d even accept a free copy of this one if it came up.

  • MajorEzyTarget

    Well regardless of people’s feelings about EA I know I got my $12 worth of fun for the week. This game is really friggin fun and what a deal considering the average arcade game that gets posted. Sure the servers were a mess today but as we all know they weren’t expecting this many hits. Towards the late evening I didn’t have one problem finding a solid game and I played for a good 3-4 hours.

    Looking forward to playing with some friends soon and remembering the good ol’ days of BF42 action.

    Kudo’s to Dice for making a really great update for a classic game.

  • MajorEzyTarget

    Now we just need them to update Medal of Honor =)

  • psymatiq

    EA get ya freaking servers up… i play for 15 seconds and then lose connection to the server….. waste of money so far.

  • noddegamra uk

    I hate EA..

  • Gr00by

    Hmm, there is really something wrong.
    Take a look at : http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/games/media/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8025841097e/

    it cost 90000 MSP!

  • MeS FEAR

    it cost 90 000 Points cuz microsoft dont want that more ppl buy it. I think the Game is broken.

  • Gr00by

    So they should remove it, maybe someone got these points and accidentally buy the game ? (ea stays that refunds are not possible)

  • Huddy72

    It never ceases to amaze me that companies underestimate how popular their games are going to be. Surely MS and EA are in communication with each other and can estimate the number of players that will be queuing up to play this game on launch day.

    @Gr00by: Nice thought but I seriously doubt anyone has 90,0000 points in the account – that’s $1,100 (£765).

    Slightly off topic, but related to large amounts of points, did you know you would need 491,038 MS Points to buy everything on Live (http://www.mspconverter.com/). That’s just over $6,000 or £4,000. That’ll keep you gaming for a while….

  • Rixxar 06

    at least in europe there are now enough server to guarantee a good connection. and man its one of the best XBLA title out there.

  • Chickiquin

    30 minute demo – Not enough gameplay for me to buy it. Way to go EA/Dice

  • Wickedfool

    I hope Microsoft knows this is making them look pretty foolish. If the release goes smoother on PS3, then the press should have a field day. I dont see how an Online Only game is not prepared for the release. Servers should not be why the game is unplayable. Microsoft needs to step in and force EA/Dice to step it up.

    Major, what is the deal with the Marketplace issues? If you go to xbox.com/Support, the Marketplace is showing RED (may experience problems). When is that going to be fixed? Its been that way for at least 24 hours now. Lack of info is getting old.

  • Blue Thunder28

    The game is extremely fun, I absolutely love it, so glad I purchased it.

  • CatchableCloud

    Still haveing issues, connected, then no game, loading then we couldnt find any games, good old EA never changed messing the consumer about, well this is my last time buying EA products, period.

  • CatchableCloud

    Oh and one more thing EA enjoy my hard earned 12 pounds you bunch thieves.

  • Sticky Owens

    Arghhhh, tried the trial again this morning and managed to get into a game, so i assumed they had fixed it!

    Just came home from work, paid to unlock it and now it still wont find any feckin matches :(

    BattleFail 2009

  • MajorEzyTarget

    If there was a way to hold you to your statement CatchableCLoud I would… because I bet you’ll be buying an EA game soon enough, whether you like it or not.

  • PsYcHoFILTER07

    Its just really frustrating to see this happen, You should put there online standards higher by making sure there is plenty of servers at launch. There obviously wasn’t enough so why have they launched unprepared? This isnt the kinda standard you would expect these days, Its an amazing game when it runs well. I hope this gets fixed soon and in future gets prevented, especially on a notoriously famous popular franchise like battlefield!!

  • HYpKrOniC DuDe

    Had some issues in the early going (yesterday). No problems since!! Nice game, plays well, looks good…well worth $15.00. Hope EA doesn’t pull the rug out after the 30 days!

  • BrooksterMax

    Hmmmm, was an insta-buy for me now with these connection problems its a little frustrating. You may forgive a 400 game, but 1200…

  • Anonymous

    This was one of the games I was really looking forward to but $15 dollars for only 3 maps, the massive connectivity issues, and EA’s “disclaimer” is keeping me away. Sorry, but I have a very unfriendly history with EA and the Battlefield series since they officially pulled the “30 day notice” on Battlefield: Vietnam so they could market Battlefield 2. I don’t trust them to not dump BF43 since they’ve prominently added this disclaimer, nor do I trust them to add REASONABLY PRICED DLC. $15.00 for this with 3 maps when I can get almost ANY Battlefield title for the PC for under that (except Vietnam *grumble*) and play on dedicated servers that are run better than EA’s ever were? No thanks.

  • Big Scooby 82

    I dunno, does anybody else here have a hard time reading any of the text in this game? Everything from the in-game font/text that shows the guy you killed or got killed by, anything in the help files where you can read up on how to play this game(or cannot read in my case) Even the stats screen is unreadable.. its like the same problem with the lost and damned gta 4 dlc.. the font is so tiny and “fancy” that the words seam to stick together and blur between the letters making the word/sentence unreadable… Anybody else have this problem? BTW im playing on an HD setup with 1080p via hdmi..


    Time to get a bigger TV. It’s an unfortunate trend in games these days, but the fonts are getting smaller and smaller to cater to people with huge HD setups.

  • Big Scooby 82

    just give me more money… then i’ll get a bigger tv

  • DesertBear360

    Has anyone received an error message stating “You are not authorized to access this page.” when you click on “My Soldier” on the Battlefield 1943 website even after being logged in.

    I guess EA doesn’t like me. Guess I’m going to stick to Mass Effect 2 and 3 being my last EA titles.

  • BLiTZ Rahul

    Sucks to be India cuz of this very reason :(