If I were you I'd just get bf4. But bf3 is still great. I disagree with the person who said it's dead with the COD losers invading the game. I find great matches every time I go on. I'm sure the game will still stay active for a long time, but only for vanilla stuff... I only have the vanilla game and I thoroughly enjoy it. I think around 300 hours so far
There was just so much more then vanilla and now it's mostly gone --- http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf4/soldier/N7Titan/stats/211621967/ps3/ PSN:N7titan
People nowadays mostly play on vanilla. And there's a decent number of players on close quarters maps too.. so getting that DLC is a good idea. --- "The whole point of playing video games is to waste time, not to be honorable." or something like that...
1. You dont need premium, theres hardly any servers anymore that use the map packs. But if u still want to buy 1 anyway, get back 2 karkand, aftermath, or end game.
2. No, you dont need the online pass. It used to be that you did, but about a year ago they changed it so you dont need it anymore. I think EA did that to all their games that needed an online pass. --- http://bf3stats.com/stats_ps3/aCid_mEltdoWn_