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

  • WallCandy

    The US flag in the game has 12 stripes and 48 stars. Really? I mean.. wow.

  • ToothlessFrog

    Happy to see this game get the console love it deserved, but very sad to see no AI bots available. So as soon as the game dies down, your money is ill spent because A) you won’t be able to find a game, and B) EA will disconnect the server as soon as the money stops rolling in.

    If this had had AI bots, I would have purchased with no questions asked. Oh well.

  • metallicorphan


    well,what was it in 1943?…i know there should be 13 stripes,but weren’t there 48 stars in 1943?..as Alaska and Hawaii weren’t added until later,right?

  • rowe33

    Right, 48 stars in 1943 but there should still be 13 stripes (red on top and bottom) – haven’t had a chance to play yet to see if that’s right or not.

  • WallCandy

    Yeah 48 stars is correct, but 12 stripes isn’t. :D

  • Sneeches

    who cares about stripes or stars!!! The US sucks anyways! :P

  • TANK 2old2play

    :lol: …. This is why I haven’t bought an EA game since the end of 2006. Their Live servers are suck-tastic. Microsoft letting EA manage their own servers was one of their biggest mistakes. Not sure where the deficiency lies at EA but come on, this is the same nonsense that removed any EA logoed games from my buy list over 2 years ago. EA, there are thousands of IT people out of work now, find a network engineer or three that know what the F*** they’re doing !

  • Anonymous

    3 hours I’m trying to play !!!
    hopefully more servers have been added <- NOT ENOUGH


    1200 MSP games, ads, and the service is getting worse

  • MajorEzyTarget

    Well I was having a ton of fun playing the demo with no problems… then I purchased the game and haven’t been able to get back in and it’s already been an hour… le sigh…

  • Rdeal

    I played the game for about 3 hours and not one bit of lag but i was getting some graphical glitches here and there

  • MyJewlzHurt

    I was going to but it, thought it would be fun online but after reading these comments on the lag and to top it off EA is able to shut down the servers makes me pass….

  • whoshotjr

    The EA 30 day notice thing is basically generic legal text that they put in all their online games. It’s basically there so no one sues them when they close the empty servers of their old sports game.

  • El Boxo

    Just thought I’d balance the comments out, I DLed this right when they put it out on the marketplace at around 4 am today. There was NO lag and it was superquick to find a server and start playing. I just think EA wasn’t expecting this many people to get it on Day 1 so their servers can’t handle it

  • krisxx

    maybe i’ll wait till its a deal of the week, NEXT SUMMER. So when its 800 pts, everyone can cry and bitch that nobodies plays it anymore and they shouldn’t do deals for old games! :)

  • MeS FEAR

    i cant join any game…he is looking after a game but nothing is happening…all the time the same message. BF always have been a great game…i just love the franchise. EA should have know that this would be a big success. So i will never understand why they always have problems with their servers. The same problem has been at BF:Bad Company. So com’on EA…fix the problems pls. I want to play it so bad but all i can do is play the tutorial ALONE. Which is so boring. I really hope they will fix it. But its an awesome game!

  • DesertBear360

    Nice game but the only kick and major flaw is the fact that “EA MAY RETIRE THIS GAME AFTER 30 DAYS NOTICE POSTED ON http://www.ea.com.” Which means that if they retire the game due to poor sales or because they need something to scratch then we lost money since the game is only online multiplayer. They could have given us offline single and multiplayer against bots or even system link. Lets hope that they don’t do an EA screw like they normally do.

  • tominater12

    look at that I bought the game and have not even been able to play on match looks like I spent $15 to look at the start up screen.

  • tabicat

    Note that this game is online multiplayer only, so after EA shuts down the servers (and they will), you’ll be left with a worthless game, and EA will be laughing all the way to the bank.

    A $15 price tag is just adding insult to injury.

  • Darkon X

    Game is great, the connection issues however aren’t. It’s safe to say EA is working hard on this issue.

  • MajorEzyTarget

    Overall Major this is a quality game that’s worth my points. Please forward our enjoyment to powers that be that show what we are willing to pay 1200 points for.

    Though I must admit the EA 30 day notice sort of bothers me, but I don’t expect this to happen with how popular this franchise. At least not anytime in the 8 – 12 months at the very earliest. Great game, looking forward to upcoming map packs (Which you know they’ll do).

  • SumHydroponic

    I would love to comment on the multiplayer part of this game… Sadly the only thing I can do is play the turorial. Seriously did I pay $15 to play a freaking tutorial? When is this going to be fixed? I am dying to kill someone.

  • quikDC

    And once again EA drops the ball….

  • oAssassin Xo

    I am gonna warn you all right now, DON’T DOWNLOAD THIS!
    For years I bought BF games and after enough time they don’t work online because EA stops supporting them. Its BS. The fact they say “EA MAY RETIRE THIS GAME AFTER 30 DAYS” ticks me off. I refuse to buy this game now. I’m sick of buying BF games and then after awhile I can’t play them because there are no servers! Its like buying a car then after a year it disappears and your stuck buying a new one! Just STUPID! MS shouldn’t support such stupid companies.

  • Fullmetal Loki

    Well, it took me 15 minutes to get in to a game this morning after shelling out $20 for some points and then my dumb a$$ logged out to eat lunch. I come back and can’t get in to a game. “Searching for games, please stand by.” Jeez, what the hell? What happened to game makers giving a $@&% about giving people quality stuff?? *sigh* It’s my day off and I was looking forward to playing this game. Sure, they will fix it in a day or two but don’t they care about dissapointing people on the games release day?? : (

  • K04 Passat

    EA may retire the game, due to the dedicated servers. When was the last time you played a game with this many players, this size maps, over live? Not sure how many games on Live have dedicated servers, I only know of Frontlines.

    Honestly, I wouldn’t really sweat it… Not as long as EA can pump out DLC, and people actually buy it. There is easy incentive to leave it online.

  • K04 Passat

    Is it just me, or has this never even shown up on the marketplace? I bought it via Major’s link.

  • CompactDstrxion


    No thanks.

  • Joergen8

    And 10 hours later I havent been able to play a single game. I knew this was going to be a bad experience (EA somehow always screws things up) but I didnt expect it to be this bad.

    Oh and K04 Passat, hello? How about BF:Bad Company having dedicated servers, its basically the same game as this.. or rather this is an official BF:BC WW2 mod.

    The biggest flaw with this and BF:BC is the lack of community dedicated servers (no server runtime released). The best servers on the PC games were NEVER EA SERVERS, but 3rd party servers with gigantic hardware and bandwidth, paid out of the pockets of gaming web sites and fansites. Now that EA is responsible for the hosting, they try to skimp on the costs ending up with situations like this and lag on a daily basis.

    EA and Microsoft are making and ass out of themselves with these failures. Too bad there’s no real competition to this incompetence so we cant choose.

  • Arent Argento

    I downloaded it and gave it a short spin before heading to work. Got into a virtually lag free match and quite enjoyed my first contact with the BF series. Tried to to get into a match again after work but that failed. I’ll try my luck tomorrow, but this handicapped start made a day one purchase turn into a maybe I should get Monkey island instead.

  • KP ScuzzyBunny

    …any EA game has their servers, and for the one’s that come out every year, they “phase out” the old ones. That is why you can’t get online games in Madden, NBA Live, or Tiger Woods for 06 (and I think 07), which, btw, renders some achvs unattainable. I really liked Army of Two and BF:BC, but the server issues and low quality of online games make playing the multiplayer much more of a chore than an enjoyable experience. And to whoever commented earlier…I know MS does not have “dedicated servers” as far as gameplay goes, but they DO have the servers that hold all the stats/ matchmaking/ profile aspect of online gaming, and that is part of what our $50/ yr (or whatever higher price the overseas people pay) is paying for. I don’t see why I pay a yearly fee to MS, a monthly fee to Time Warner, an additional fee for my premium internet, and have to deal with a company that says, right from launch day, that they have the “right” to shut off the online (of an online only game, no less), and that we are supposed to “deal with” laggy games, no matchmaking, and random maintenance because they want to have their own servers. $15…no thanks. And I plan to rent NCAA and Madden, again, so there is another $120 you won’t be seeing.

  • Alex Atkin UK

    What people are forgetting is that yes, EA do retire their games early when they should not – but there is nothing stopping Microsoft from doing the same with every other game either.

    It will be interesting to see if once the new generation Xbox comes out, how long will Live for 360 remain functioning? How long will we still be able to download our old games? How long will the online patch system remain online? (without it games with DLC like Burnout Paradise, Fallout 3, will no longer work with their DLC)

    This is the price of anything where you are relying on someone elses servers.

  • P00K

    What I don’t like is that if you read the terms and conditions, they say specifically that they’re collecting personal information including your credit card information, sent to them via Xbox Live.
    No Thanks.

  • TANK 2old2play

    I wonder which game is immediately being retired now that 1943 is over capacity and needs servers.

  • TANK 2old2play

    –Even private 16 player matches don’t work, we just tried. Can’t play public, can’t play private. Another quality EA title.

  • M Viper

    I also had to use Major’s Link to d/l the game. And I haven’t been able to play any match at all.

  • Recurring Dream

    Found the solution to my EA account login problems and I suggest you do the same if it keeps giving you an account error:

  • metallicorphan

    it will be interesting to see how the PS3 launch goes tomorrow..hey,maybe if we are still experiencing problems,the PS3 may beat us to the Coral Sea challenge,when it starts on friday

  • Veive257

    Major’s link to xbox.com shows that this costs 90,000 points…

    Battlefield 1943™:
    Full Game – Battlefield 1943™
    Released: 7/8/2009
    Download to Xbox 360

    File Size: 559 MB
    More Details
    Send a Link

  • clarky456

    Its been taken down. They don’t want any more players filling the servers so they have increased the cost to 90,000 points.

  • Quicksilver4648

    Holy crap Major! This game costs 90000 MS points!
    Thats over 9,000!

    Something tells me the product page needs to be fixed.

  • CrazyCougar

    EA is adding servers as we re discussing this. How EA couldnt have forecast the amount of people that would buy this game is a bit baffling to me. They truly were unprepared, but I guarantee that when the time comes that many mroe servers are added folks will absolutely love this game and forget about this frustration. BTW…ALL EA games comr with the retire clause, as well s 2K Sports games.

  • ninshua

    Wow! They sure screwed this one up! This game was supposed to go head-to-head with Halo 3 and COD games for top online play and they couldn’t even beta test it before release or set up enough servers?! EA is horrible!

  • Raiden BR

    I cant download the demo.. I get the “This content is not currently available”. Anyone else having the same issue??

  • ExtremeGamer

    Worst launch of a game I can remember. Online only and the servers don’t even work. I want my 1200 points back as I completely wasted them on a game I can’t even play, just stare at “Searching for games, please stand by” for the last 35 minutes now.

  • Fullmetal Loki

    A little hint to everyone, if you make it in to a game and it doesn’t freeze up on you….stay in that damn game as long as you can. Lol I was in a game 20 min ago and had to leave. Now I’m staring at the “searching…” screen as well. L-A-M-E

  • Anonymous

    Just bought the game. Now hurry and fix the servers EA!!

  • Azor

    I should have looked here first before buying this POS game. What a f’up EA is. And screw you MS for not allowing returns when the publisher is such a f’up!

  • EFE Assassin

    i haven’t even been able to get into a stupid match because it says they are over capacity!
    Figures…should have known better with EA…now I lost 1,200 because I can’t even play it. Major, why do you guys even let this stuff happen, i want my points back, I can’t even PLAY!

  • unreal030

    What a waste of money.

    I told my friends to buy this weeks ago, and now Several of my friends said “THIS IS THE FIRST AND LAST ARCADE game they will ever buy”

    M$ just lost a lot customers for the future through this garbage game that you cant EVEN PLAY after spending 15$

  • MajorEzyTarget

    oh give it a rest unreal… they just didn’t anticipate this many people would buy the game. They will fix it, just give them a day. Would you rather have them halted the amount of downloads vs their server capacity? You’d prolly bitch about that too because you wouldn’t have gotten a copy.