Product Type: Electronic Arts PC games
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Great game but broken by Origin DRM
Battlefield 3 - Limited Edition (PC)
Member Name: wonkybox
Battlefield 3 - Limited Edition (PC)
Advantages: Fantastic absorbing exciting military shooter
Disadvantages: The damn thing is broken
Battlefield 3 is the latest modern-era FPS that is the only real contender to the Call of Duty series.
I paid nearly fifty pounds for this game, and whilst it's very good, there's also a lot wrong with the tech that has hindered my enjoyment.
In single player you take the role of various people around the globe as you fight against the baddies (this time it's Russians and terrorists). There's some excellent set pieces, a nuke goes off, you have to fight your way out of ambushes and are involved in some exciting chases. These intense FPS sections are split up by sections flying jet fighters, conducting UAV bombings and blowing stuff up in a tank. There's enough guns and variety in combat to keep you excited.
The gameplay is enhanced by some very advanced graphical tech using the Frostbite 2 engine. Even my powerful gaming machine loses FPS on maximum settings, but the character models look fantastic, and the special effects are really good when everything starts blowing up. Bullets zip and ping around you convincingly, and the firearms are well-realised acoustically, so you can often guess what armaments you're up against by sound alone and plan accordingly.
I got to the seventh mission or so before the game crashed. I loaded it up again and played to the same point and it crashed again. To date I have got to this exact point five times and it's crashed every time, so it's stopped me from making any progress.
But screw single-player. I bought this for the multiplayer. In multiplayer you can join a war online with up to 63 other players and fight it out using the weapons, tools and vehicles. There's an RPG style unlock path included so by playing well you unlock new guns, abilities and gadgets.
New to Battlefield 3 is the co-op mode, where players are all on the same side fighting against CPU controlled opponents. Again this has an unlock system and looks like good fun.
When multiplayer works, it's great fun. But often it doesn't. The game uses a heavy-handed DRM interface masquerading as an online shop and community called Origin, and it's hell to get it to work. It crashes when joining a game. It crashes whilst I'm in a game. It crashes between game rounds. It's very frustrating. Origin is owned by EA who won't admit that there's any sort of problem, all of my attempts at contact have just been ignored. It usually takes me around seven attempts to get to an online game, and then I still run the risk of being disconnected from the EA servers, which happens frequently.
Once more, in their haste to prevent game piracy EA have penalised regular users. If I go to any torrent site I can find a working version of the game for free, but I get a broken game because I coughed up the money?
There's thousands of users like me having the same issue apparently, and the general consensus is EA rushed out Origin and Battlefield 3 without finishing it properly. I imagine the issue will get fixed eventually but until then this game-breaking tech forces me to give the game a very low score.
You asked for a lot of money for this game EA. The least I could expect would be a functioning product, but no.
Summary: Wait until they've fixed all the issues before buying