In Battlefield 3, players step into the role of the elite U.S. Marines. They will experience heart-pounding single player missions and competitive multiplayer action ranging across diverse locations from around the globe. Powered by the innovative technology of Frostbite 2, Battlefield 3 takes First Person Shooters to a whole new level.
It's unfortunate to see so many negative reviews for this game. When Battlefield 3 was in the "Pre-Release" stages, the game looked promising enough to finally knock Call of Duty out of its undeserved throne over other FPS's. Now that it's released, and after playing it extensively, It's clear that DICE and EA only did half the job (and really messed up the game's debut). But I don't think people give the game enough credit.
After reading previous reviews, I've noticed almost every complaint is about the Campaign. Let me make it clear, right off the bat. Do NOT buy Battlefield 3 for the Single-Player mode. It is very short, I beat it on Normal difficulty in one 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. sitting, Most other games take me longer. I didn't notice any large technical problems (and i've never seen so many people get angry about not being able to shoot through a car window. I'm failing to see why they can't just move around the car?), but that's not to say the Campaign isn't without flaws. Every mission is very guided, some of which are even on-rail missions, like the fighter jet one. (For those who don't know, "On-Rail" refers to a type of gameplay in shooters where the player doesn't control the movement of the character, just the firing of weapons. Most shooters back in the days of quarter arcades were On-Rail. The player always knows where they have to go, and they have one route to take. But the fact that all missions are guided means a more "interactive-movie" type of feel to the Campaign.
This is reinforced by Battlefield's unbeatable sound and graphic design. Every street you run down, every gun you use, every bullet you fire sounds, looks, and feels AMAZING. I'd especially recommend this game to the owners of surround-sound systems, it'll blow the roof off your house. I remember riding towards the front line in online mode, on the back of a russian jeep. The humming of the engine and the sounds of the vehicle rattling as we flew up and down hills, the sound of every shot from the 50 cal. machine gun echoing of the mountainsides, and the chopping of helicopter blades and whining of jet engines were all flawless. I felt like I was there. No joke, in multiplayer, I can actually tell what class an enemy is and what weapon they are using, from the other side of the map. It's that good.
Speaking of which, where Battlefield 3 falls short in story, it makes up for in Online Multiplayer, ten times over. The choices of weapons, the variety of vehicles, the scale of the maps, are all stellar. Classes of soldier (Assault, Engineer, Support, and Recon) are very well balanced and each one takes a specific skill set to master. No matter which class you are, you can easily be countered, and counter other players. The Campaign may not provide a significant challenge, but Multiplayer does. Because of the scale of the maps, their colour scheme, and the terrain of the maps themselves, each one requires a different mindset and tactical skills to function effectively for your team. Being an Assault class gives the player a class which works in any situation, a delightful selection of assault rifles to unlock, and the ability to drop med-kits to heal teammates, The chest paddles (unlocked after using the class enough) allow you to revive fallen team members in battle. Engineers use SMGs (Submachine guns) and rocket launchers, making them deadly in close quarters and against vehicles. They also have the Repair Tool, which lets them fix damaged vehicles when they get into a tight spot. Support Gunners have an arsenal of LMGs (Light Machineguns) and can drop ammo boxes to resupply the other classes. Lastly, Recon players get a variety of semi-automatic and bolt-action sniper rifles (Bolties are unlocked as you play), and can utilize a radio beacon that lets them re-spawn wherever it is placed, and a tracer dart (unlocked later). The dart reveals the location of whatever enemy it hits, whether it be soldiers or armour. Each class has more unlocks of course, but for the sake of saving time and space i'll leave it at those. Flying the Helicopters and Jets can prove to be extremely challenging to a novice player, and without the ability to create private matches online, finding the time (and the vehicles themselves) in order to practice is a war in itself. However, there are always Tanks, APCs, and Light Vehicles (hummers, jeeps) to drive around in, and running towards to war can be adrenaline-surging at times.
As for the Call of Duty vs. Battlefield debate, it boils down to this. When Battlefield began (Battlefield 1942), it was an online-only game. Only recent games have actually included a story mode, so naturally DICE hasn't quite nailed it yet. In that way, C.O.D trumps Battlefield, because C.O.D started as a single-player experience. But because of Battlefield's constant focus on the Multiplayer aspect, it wins in that category. Simply put: Campaign: Call of Duty beats Battlefield Online Multiplayer: Battlefield beats Call of Duty
Despite it's subtle flaws, there is no better Online experience right now than Battlefield 3. If you want to fight in an immersive, challenging, wide-scale battle, then you NEED this game. The smallest tweaks and effects that DICE included make the game all the better, making it the best FPS i've ever played. Is it a Call of Duty killer? No. But it sure as hell leaves a bleeding gash. Only time will tell if C.O.D can fill it in. 4/5!Read more ›