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I purchased this way back in 2011. I was quite looking forward to it coming out. I pre ordered it at a well know online retailer and it came a day before release date, so I was very pleased with the service!
Now onto the game itself.
I already played this a month or two before I received it. After I got invited to a special beta event.
Must admit, I wasn't too impressed with the beta. So I was hoping some of the bugs and glitches within the beta would be sorted before the game actually got released.
The cut a long story short, most the bugs were fixed. There were still an odd few which still made it onto the main version. But, nothing to the ruin the experience.
The graphics on this game are very good. Not as good as some other titles at the time. But, this was due to the vast amount of content within the game.
It came with a HD pack which could be installed onto the Xbox 360 hard drive. It didn't take up too much space, just a few MB.
The HD pack improved a few of the landscape and building graphics as well as keeping all the aspects of the gameplay intact. So, I was glad they added this onto the disk.
Overall, the graphics don't compare to anything you see on PC gameplay footage. But it's still very impressive.
The detail which has gone into every map is pretty breathtaking to be honest. From the destruction of buildings, to the details on the vehicles. You can tell a lot of effort and hard work was put into this game.
I would give the graphics a 7/10. This is just a comparison to games released at the time.
The gameplay within this game is truly spectacular. It's definitely my favorite game I own.
I think what makes it so great is, no game you play is the same. There's something different each time.
It's either a really quiet sniper game or a game which has tanks and helicopters shooting at you. It really is something!
One of my favorite things about the gameplay is the destruction of the buildings. Around 70% of the buildings, bunkers and vehicles are totally destructible. There are some which are still indestructible, but this only a handful. Buildings can be destroyed a few ways. Either shoot a few rockets at it to see it fall or maybe use that helicopter of yours to fire down onto the tower blocks? Or, the old fashioned way. Drive a jeep into it. The possibilities are endless!
Each map has a limit of around about 12 players per team, so it can seem a bit crazy at times. I could go on forever about what I love about the gameplay, but you have to try it to experience it, Very impressive!
-- Lifespan --
How long this game lasts is entirely down to you. I still play this game now, and it's going on two years since I purchased it!
I must admit though, I have purchased every single DLC which has been released. There's around about 5 or 6 expansion packs. All offering something totally different.
One DLC has motorbikes and capture the flag game modes. Another one has the largest maps in Battlefield history and another one has close quarter combat. It's very good value for money for what I paid. I think I paid around £30 for all the DLC.
-- How it compares with other shooters --
This game is no Call Of Duty. I'm not some sort of fanboy saying, "Oh, don't purchase COD, play this instead". I'm saying this because it's a totally different game.
Call Of Duty is more of a pick up and play type of game. This is an all out tactical war game. Each have their own advantages and disadvantages. So, don't let this make you choose out the two.
Battlefield compares with Battlefield. If you played and enjoyed all the previous titles. Such as Bad Company, Bad Company 2 and so on, then you'll like this. Simple as that.
-- Overall --
If you like all out action gameplay and unlimited multiplayer fun, then this game is definitely for you. Yes, the graphics can sometimes let it down. But when you're running from a tank it's hardly noticeable. In fact, it's only really noticeable when you sit right next to the screen.
But out of ten, I'm going to give it a ten. No other game has this uniqueness about it than BF3. I'm certainly looking forward to BF4 later on in the year!
Thanks for reading my review!
War. What is it good for? Well, online multiplayer video games for a start. For the purposes of this review I will ignore the single player element (solid, fun but otherwise unremarkable) and focus on the online aspect.
Graphics - You have to install the separate HD textures as part of the set up process. It somewhat detracts from the "shove disk in and play" aspect that attracts me to the console but it is a painless process. To be honest, I initially thought the graphics were a bit of a step down from Battlefield Bad Company 2. They felt slightly blockier and less refined. After playing for a while these concerns left me and I became immersed in the gameplay. The graphics are still good, don't get me wrong. This may just be down to personal preference and having been so used to BFBC2.
The sound is great. Explosions shatter the air and bullets crack past your ear. In the midst of a game take a moment to lie down (something you couldn't do in BFBC2) and just listen to the battle raging around you.
Gameplay - As important as they are graphics are only one element. Gameplay is, in my opinion, king and BF3 delivers great gameplay in spades. All the main game modes are here - Rush, Conquest, Team deathmatch etc. You can jump in for a quick game and be thrust into whatever server happens to come along first or you can spend some time preparing a server list with your preferred maps and settings and choose to go there.
The game is, by and large, very balanced. Although weapon and equipment unlocks can take some time to achieve the progression is paced well and even players with the starting equipment are competitive and can contribute to a team.
And it is the team or squad element that differentiated the BF series. You are part of a squad and although "lone wolf" actions are possible you will quickly find that operating well as a squad will reap the most benefits from the game. Going up against coordinated squads in a game becomes very apparent as the MCOMS fall one after the other and half your squad is continually sent into spawn limbo. Teamwork is the order of the day and it allows you to build in that extra layer of tactical gameplay that is missing from most other online shooters. But don't let that put you off getting the game if you have no friends to team up with. Teaming up with randoms is possible and can be just as much fun even if you can't directly communicate. Often you just know what you need to do - there is an unspoken bond with your new squad.
There are 4 classes to choose from and they have been slightly re-jigged from BFBC2. Assault now carries the med packs, Support has the C4, Recon can set spawning beacons and Engineers do all the repairing and anti-tank/aircraft work.
Vehicles are plentiful - some maps lend themselves more to vehicles than others - and the unlock progression is fairly balanced. Tanks are not too overpowered and there are shoulder launched anti-aircraft weapons available to help deal with the circling helos of death that could often kill a BFBC2 game. Bottling teams up in spawn points is still possible but much harder to do and will often be down to the bottled team being comprised of non-coordinated squads.
Camping snipers are also easier to deal with as the designers have added in scope glare that can give away a sniper's position. This has been toned down as the game has been patched and it's not as obvious as it once was and I think they have achieved a good balance between keeping a sniper concealed but not so well hidden that he/she can continually frustrate the attacking team.
Some maps are better than others but this will be down to personal preference. There is a good mix that caters for infantry or vehicle oriented players. New map packs have expanded on this. I personally find the best games to have a mix of vehicles and infantry.
Large sections of the scenery are destructible. Not quite as much as there was in BFBC2 but enough to keep games interesting. Long conquest games really take their toll on the scenery with previously lush forests reduced to barren hillsides and buildings either missing large chunks of wall or completely flattened. It really adds to the immersion and gives you the feeling that you are slogging it out with a determined enemy.
The gameplay is a joy and you keep coming back for more. There is so much variety on offer in terms of equipment and tactics that you may find yourself sitting at work wondering where the best place is to set up C4 or how you can't wait until you unlock the bipod for the M60 so you can pour destruction on the enemy.
This is a great game. Even if the amount of players is lessened compared to the PC version the game is still a blast. And when you play with friends it's even better. The Frostbite 2 engine is the best on the market, and brings out great visuals. The game has a long single-player campaign compared to other first person shooters. The story isn't that bad either and is packed with a ton of action. But the multiplayer is where it's at. Everything exploding around you. Bullets wising past your head. A great buy, and the limited edition is even better since its the same price as the normal edition but comes with the first content pack with great maps from Battlefield 2. This game is a must buy for any battlefield fan or just a first person shooter fan. This game will keep you playing for a long time. Worth the money and time.
I really wasn't sure what to expect coming into Battlefield 3. I've got a pretty good history with the Battlefield First-Person-Shooter series, I enjoyed Battlefield 2 on the PC, as well as Bad Company on the consoles. Both were good games, but always seemed a bit too slow for my tastes. I much preferred the fast shoot 'em up action and explosions in games like Call of Duty 4 from around the same time. However, when Battlefield 3 was in its pre-release period, there was much talk that it was going after the Call of Duty crown, in both sales and post-release success. Everyone has their FPS preferences, so I will refrain from comparing the two in this review. Although I am a Call of Duty player primarily, I was still able to enjoy this game very much, and there's no reason that others can't too.
The first Battlefield games to feature a single player campaign were Battlefield: Bad Company and Battlefield: Bad Company 2. I can't vouch for Bad Company 2 since I have yet to play it, but as for the first Bad Company, I found it enjoyable yet repetitive. Add on top of that the fact that it really was not meant to be about the single player so much as the multiplayer, and you get essentially the same result with the Battlefield 3 result. The campaign is good, but there's nothing really remarkable about it that will make you want to play it more than once. The story is loosely thrown together in an attempt to justify the random changes in scenery and locations around the world, as well as to help explain the huge explosions and nuclear bombs going off everywhere. Unfortunately it really does not do a good job at this, so it becomes extraordinarily difficult to follow the storyline or to get into it and become attached to characters or feel effected by the events that occur. All in all, the single player portion of Battlefield 3 is worth a rent for a weekend. What's cool though is if you don't play online, the single player comes on a separate disc, so if your buddy has a copy you can simply borrow it from him.. and return it a few hours later when you're finished, for while the campaign isn't necessarily bad, it is very brief.
Battlefield 3 also features special missions separate from the campaign that you can complete with a buddy. If you have played "Special Ops" mode in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 or Modern Warfare 3, then you'll be right at home here (I know I said I wouldn't compare the two series but I really can't think of anything as comparable for this.) Missions are very varied, just as with the campaign. You can choose to play with people off your friends or random players online. Friends will probably make it easier though, regardless of skill level, because you will need a lot of communication and teamwork to get through these, and even then the harder difficulty levels will still make you pull your hair out at times.
And now we've reached it- the bread and butter of Battlefield that we were all waiting for. If you've played previous Battlefield games, then expect things to work a little differently this time around though. Battlefield 3 is much more fast-paced than the action you saw in games past. This is true whether you are playing the new Team Deathmatch mode (with large portions of the massive maps cut out to make for very tight engagements) OR the traditional Conquest / Rush game modes. Developer DICE has just done an awesome job of solving the problem that plagued their work before... no longer will you have to wonder where the action is, or have to sprint around for 10 minutes to find an enemy. Furthermore, the maps are very well done so that they can benefit any type of player. If you like to sit back with a sniper, it's still possible, but watch out for people that like to rush with shotguns, because the maps are set out to help them now as well.
It's really kind of admirable- no matter what kind of weapon you like to use, it can be done if you navigate any of the maps correctly. Assault Rifles, Submachine Guns, Shotguns, Snipers, Light Machine Guns, they all have a purpose. Of course, sometimes in Battlefield your weapon is not as important as your equipment and your knowledge of it, and that is no exception here either. The Assault and Medic packages have been morphed into one setup, and it works far better than I ever expected it to. Personally I think it makes the game far more fast paced. As Assault players rush up and leave medkits behind, support players can be healed as they progress through the map as well. Teamwork has always been a key part of doing well in Battlefield, and that value has not been lost in the flurry of changes DICE has worked out in their newest release. You are still far better off helping the team then trying to lone wolf it yourself, even if you are using one of the more powerful (perhaps even a bit overpowered?) guns like the F2000.
If the vehicles is what you love about Battlefield multiplayer, don't despair, they are still here and a key part of the gameplay. Some of them may be a bit tricky to use and will require quite a bit of practice (I died as a chopper gunner many a times due to my friend flying our helicopter into buildings or mountains) but a good pilot on your team will still benefit everyone greatly, as the air superiority is still very important to the success of your mission. There are plenty of land vehicles or standing turrets to man as well, and they all vary from map to map. Furthermore, if you purchase the Back to Karkland DLC expansion pack (included free with the pre-ordered Limited Edition of the game) even more maps with new vehicles and things to explode are introduced.
.:Close Quarters DLC:.
I know that I only briefly went over the Back to Karkland DLC. So why am I dedicating an entire section to the second DLC drop- Close Quarters? It's simple really- it completely changes the game. If the reason you prefer Call of Duty to Battlefield is you like the fast-paced action, then I encourage you to purchase the Close Quarters DLC. This makes it truly possible for players to enjoy Battlefield in the same way that they enjoy Activision's blockbuster gaming hits. Close Quarters is a series of small maps without vehicles, which may seem rather counter-productive... what's Battlefield without vehicles? However, after playing Close Quarters more and more, and continually dumping hours into these new maps, I've found that Battlefield without vehicles just ends up making for a really exciting game. Turns out DICE's new Frostbite 2 engine will work just fine for both tight shotgun battles or cross-map sniping.
I can almost guarantee that if you go into Battlefield 3 with an open mind you will enjoy it. It doesn't matter if you enjoy Call of Duty, this is a fresh break from it, and Battlefield boasts exciting moments in its multiplayer that are both different yet still a blast to play out in their own right. It is perfectly possible (and contrary to popular belief by fanboys of either series, healthy) to enjoy both of these multiplayer series. Battlefield 3 showcases enough new content, and brings more than enough to the table to make it an enjoyable shooter for any type of player.
Well well well, another great game to add to the collection of war games! Although i would rank BF3 as the top game i have ever played (Of its genre). The single player campaign is good, but almost seems like a rushed product. The chapters seem to be all over the place, so if you're looking for any kind of story you could forget a bout it.
Boasting its brand new graphics (Frostbite 2.0) the game makes you feel as if you are there! And the realistic factors you have to take in during long range sniper shooting is incredible. You will not find this in any other war game (apart from other BattleField's).
Being the limited edition review you get to unlock a selected few weapons, include L85A1, L96, G53, Famas (and more). This game is the only game i have seen with the L85A1. This appeals to the British players as this is a British Armed forces issued weapon.
I recommend buying the limited edition, as it is alot better than any other war game (in my opinion) and you would be a fool not to!
Over the past few years, Call of Duty has become the daddy of all shooters, however, there has always been the whispered rival, the one which all the true gamers flock to as opposed to the light gaming masses. Battlefield 3 comes out with the sole intention of showing Call of Duty exactly what a shooter should be, but does it manage it ?
Released in 2011 Battlefield 3 is produced and developed by EA , one of the biggest names in the gaming industry. Made as a direct sequel to 2005's Battlefield 2 and developing the technology and gameplay features of Battlefield Bad Company 2, the game hosts a powerful and exciting game engine, known as Frostbite 2. An earlier version was also used in EA's other shooting franchise, Medal of Honour.
The Frostbite engine gives a lot more depth and graphical power to the game, and allows Battlefield an edge over its competition. Some of its main triumphs include refining the destruction physics (allowing for better and more realistic building destruction), increasing the depth of field (meaning things look just as good, even if there further away) and work on shadows and lighting, which are used to great effect in the game, both environmentally and tactically.
The game has 3 main modes of play across its 2 discs. One holds the campaign, while the other holds Co-op and online, as well as the HD content.
The campaign involves the story of Sgt. Blackburn, a US marine trying to prevent a terrorist plot in New York. The Story is played out similarly to Call of Duty Black ops, in which Blackburn is being interrogated, albeit in less harsh conditions, and the missions are played through memory. The initial sequence into this is very smooth, as one moment your watching a train speed along and the next your standing with a pistol and a broken handcuff, with masked men hunting you down. This fluid transition really gets you engaged into the close quarters combat.
The story continues seeing you play in a squad of 4, touring in the modern day middle east, fighting the PLR. Playing through set pieces which see you pinned down in a car park, as well as being involved in a huge earthquake, leading to you to evade capture with only a knife and to try to make it back to any surviving members of your team. All whilst seeing your fellow soldiers being carried off screaming or being killed.
A great aspect of the story is the fact that it's not afraid to slow down, and this lets the gamer build a link with the game and understand what's going on further than just shooting the bad guys. For example, one of my favourite pieces of the game isn't even really a shooting section, it's a interactive cut scene. At the beginning of the level your standing in a boat getting instructions, your then led up to the deck and climb into a jet, all whilst rain is pouring and smoke is billowing from the boats around you. But it's the slow set up that lets you see all this, and the pre flight checks point out to you the care thats gone into the game, even down to the scratches on the glass of the canopy from previous dogfights, to the visible nuts and bolts that hold it down. I do however wish in this section there was a little more pilot action, than being kicked to the back seat to fire rockets.
The Co-op made is available to play online with friends, and contains several missions. The missions themselves are actually based around you playing in slightly different areas linked to the main story. Fpr example, in one of the missions your involved in a firefight with the PLR, and when your playing the main story your provide back up for this fight, as well as hearing about it over the radio.
However these missions are too short, and there isn't enough of them for it to be anything other than a nice addition.It also gives you assignments to complete to unlock new weapons for online play, this offers an incentive to play it, but again there aren't enough of these to fully support the mode.
Online is of course where a lot of the main action takes place with up to 24 players online. The game ships with 9 maps which all support 5 game modes, the maps are varied and cover a range of urban, field and desert warfare, all bringing their own unique differences and skills required to play well.
The 5 modes also interact with the map, by changing the size and way it changes. For example in the conquest mode (Involves capturing various points with your teams flag) you will see a certain map, however if you replay this map in rush (A game mode in which you need to destroy certain targets or defend them) the game will show a larger area and you will get to see or fight in places you might not of before, which helps increase the longevity of the game. Other modes include single squad rush, and deathmatch variations. In addition to this, if you have the limited edition you'll get 4 maps for free to play which include new weapons and vehicles.
The game allows you to pick from 4 classes (Assault, Support, Engineer and Recon) which have their own weapon sets and abilities. The main aim with playing Battlefield is to work as a team, with this is mind, each class has items to aid each other, be it assault who can revive and give health, support who can provide ammo, engineer fixing vehicles or recon spotting enemies. By playing as a class, you gain points through kills and supportive actions, these unlock more guns and tools for that class. There is a really wide range of weapons and additions, which give the game a lot of depth, but also gives you a sense of identity, as you can personalise your camouflage and dog tags to what you want.
A big part of the online matches is vehicle warfare, through tanks but also through jets and helicopters, all of which are player controlled and do take some getting used to. Like the class system, the more points you get , the more you can upgrade that vehicle, to have things such as rockets, radar and better maintenance.
Obviously everyone will have a different experience online, but personally I would say the online game is well made and is easy to get lost in, although it does have a learning curve if your new to this type of game.
The gameplay certainly has a lot going for it and this comes down to three things, simplicity, excitement and level of depth.
The screen set up whilst playing is clear and simple, Objectives appear in the corner as does a map in online play. There is also a compass which comes in handy when communicating with your squad, and an ammo counter. furthermore the spotting system remains from Bad company 2, meaning if you see an enemy you can hit select to show them up to your team mates.
The gameplay as a whole is also very fluid, with all the destruction and action running with ease. However, the use of quick time events and slow-mo moments does tend to pull you out of the action, which is a common problem among many games. But the game does know how to throw you into the action, during a patrol one of your squad is hit by a sniper bullet and instantly it descends into a rushed duck and cover set piece. This is supported by the use of a few clever techniques such as suppressive fire, which cause your screen to go slightly blurred if your under heavy fire. Also the use of flashlights and laser sights as a way of throwing off your enemy or used to blind your view, is an excellent way of adding that bit more intensity and excitement.
Controls are easy to pick up, thanks to a high level of customisation meaning you can tweak it what is most comfortable. This is especially important when using the jets or helicopters, as it allows you to perform more difficult manoeuvres or fly in a way that feels more natural.
The graphics in this game are simply beautiful, and even better on the PC where it borders on lifelike. The use of lights to create atmosphere when your on the train or a building and they flicker is simple but effective, as well as useful for example, when the sun catches a sniper rifles scope allowing you to spot them as well as flares in the story mode, which cast a florescent glow over the fight albeit very lightly.
With the focus on destruction, smoke is done particularly well and they have captured the essence of the thick plume quite well, and this isn't just scripted, the way it happens when a plane or helicopter is flying is amazing.
The small additions though make the story mode for me, the backgrounds really are alive with action too, as in one of the levels where you can see a man who has been arrested being marched off by two soldiers. This lets you know that their is a world going on around you and lets you feel like a part of something bigger.
Of course the graphics would be nothing without a well made sound to wrap it together. And it's just another area where Battlefield delivers, the guns are recordings of their actual counterparts, the explosions have depth depending on where you are in the map, and most importantly your squad sounds alive. They will make calls about where a tank is, or if they need help, this isn't just for effect, the game needs good sound because in order for the game to have it's depth, players need to be able to hear where the bullet came from and who needs ammo.
Battlefield 3 is available to buy from £25 and I highly recommend it.
I am new to this game series and have not tried any demos of it prior to getting this game with my xbox, as I have played the likes of modern warfare etc I was a bit dubious as to the game being any good. After playing about half of the single player I can say that the game play is great and equals to the modern warfare series. There are many different things for you to do like first person shooter, weapons in a jet fighter etc. because of these changes it helps the game play as it gives you some variety, which a lot of these games lack. The story is enticing and keeps you fixed as you play through. The controls are very simple, only issue I have found is that when clicking the left stick to run it occasionally throws a grenade which isn't very nice as you are usually following your commander.
For the multiplayer/online game I cant say anything as I don't play these very often, I can confirm that the game comes with a second disc solely for online play, which leads me to believe the game is more kited out for online play.
If you didn't buy this game because you didn't like the beta you missed out, the beta in my opinion was good, but because of the graphics and the choice of map, many people ended up not buying this game. The final game is nothing compared to the beta, all the problems have now been fixed.
Great online multiplayer, the reason why everyone plays Battlefield 3, it features maps of varied size from small close range maps to larger maps for flying Jets and Helicopters. Almost every map features vehicles and the are awesome. I have a day and a half playing time on multiplayer and every moment has been action filled.
I have not yet completed the singleplayer because I have found it boring, and repetitive, yes this is the first game in the Battlefield series to feature campaign but in my opinion it is terrible. However the Co-Op campaign/missions are better, it features you and friend trying to do varied missions whether it be flying a helicopter or secretly trying to save a hostage. The co-op makes up for the poor singleplayer.