Revealed back in February, Battlefield 3 has had one exciting year. From E3 showings to the “Fault Line” video series, EA and DICE have been putting on the pressure to release a game deserving of the “Game of the Year” title and possibility dethroning Call of Duty. But we are not here to talk about all that, but rather to talk specifically about Battlefield 3 and whether or not it is worth your time. The answer is yes.
Battlefield 3 starts it strong with a high, action packed single player. With a campaign completion time of five hours, it is quite average. Much like Bad Company 2, DICE has you running around in all sorts of environments from the deserts of Iraq to the streets of Paris. DICE also gives you several hands-on experiences with vehicles such as a tank and fighter jet. The sound in Frostbite 2.0 is unparalleled. DICE actually takes their time to go out and record real life situations, weapons, tanks, jets, you name it. They recorded a very nice soundtrack that captures the key moments of the single player almost perfectly to keep you on your toes.
Without giving too much away, the story follows SSgt. Blackburn, who is being interrogated by what seems to be CIA agents. They want the truth regarding the People’s Liberation and Resistance (PLR) and their leaders. More importantly, they want details regarding a couple of nukes that Blackburn and his squad found during one of his missions in Iraq. This is a very action packed experience that showcase the beautiful Frostbite 2.0 engine as well as the amazing sound that DICE puts a lot of hard work into.
While single player will give you something to do when you are bored, the main highlight of any Battlefield game is the multiplayer and Battlefield 3 is no different. The game ships with 9 maps (unless you preordered for Back to Karkand) and 5 game modes which are playable on all maps. Three game modes are ones we have seen before: Conquest, Rush, and Squad Rush; but we have two new ones joining the fray as well: Team Deathmatch and Squad Deathmatch. The game supports up to 64 players on the PC and 32 players on consoles.
DICE switched things up a little bit in regards to classes. We have four classes in this iteration: Assault, Engineer, Support, and Recon. The Assault is gaining the ability to heal and revive people, which was the Medic’s role in Bad Company 2. The Engineer is virtually the same as before, with an emphasis on destroying vehicles. The Support is your light machine gun user who can now deploy out ammo crates. The Recon is exactly the same as he always has been from what I can tell.
Gameplay for Battlefield 3 is almost identical to Bad Company 2, but with some slight altercations. It has the feeling of being slightly faster paced, but still slow enough to still be tactful. It is still no where near Call of Duty in terms of pacing, so for those of you wondering about that, there is your answer. There isn’t much more to say about the gameplay to be honest, it is a FPS and your purpose in this game is to play the objective and support your team. Remember that, play the objective, your KDR means nothing.
Graphics have undoubtedly become one of the staple points of reviews nowadays and Battlefield 3 is beautiful. Frostbite 2.0 can easily be classified as a next-gen engine for the types of visuals it can produce. The console users would be wise to install the included HD Texture Pack, or else your game will NOT look half as good as you would like. PC users might have to grab a new video card to be able to run this one on max, the demands needed for a game like this are very high with the new smoke effects, lighting, and textures that make this game beautiful.
Battlefield 3 is definitely worth picking up. DICE put a lot of hard work into this game, and it shows. The graphics, sounds, multiplayer, and even single player are extraordinary experiences that most gamers would find enjoyable. The only downside to all of this is the forceful inclusion of Origin and Battlelog. Both of these services feel as if they do not belong. Origin is EA’s way for combating Steam (which is why Battlefield 3 is missing on Steam). Battlelog is essentially the server browser and stat tracker removed from the actual game itself. While they aren’t exactly bad, they definitely should have been thought over a little longer before decisions were made. All in all, this game IS worth your time and a worthy contender for Game of the Year.
I would also like to add that my buddies set up a Battlefield server for the PC. It is 64 players and you can find it here assuming you have access to Battlelog.
Disclaimer: I purchased this game on day one for the PC. I am running the game on its highest settings and I played through the single player and multiplayer portions for several hours before writing the review. This review is as unbiased as I could make it and it is the expressed opinions of only myself. If you have any opinions, please feel free to comment, and try to be mindful of others and avoid fanboyisms.