Excerpt: Here’s a quick tip for enjoying the Xbox 360 version of Battlefield 3: if you really want to enjoy the console version of the game, then don’t play the PC version. Ever. I know that sounds pithy and a bit on the arrogant side but playing the game on the console was one of the best console multiplayer FPS experiences I’ve ever had. The problem is that fact was ruined by the knowledge that a bigger, better version exists.
Conclusion: If I was forced to rank the expansions greatest to worst, Aftermath would be at the top just inching out Back to Karkand . The variability this expansion brings is stunning and makes for a rich gameplay experience through and through. While the vehicles are a bit disappointing, the new maps, weapon, and game mode are a blast to play with. If you were to get only one Battlefield 3 expansion, this should be the one.
Pros: Great map design, lots of verticality and flanking routes, satisfying crossbows, fun Scavenger mode.
Cons: Disappointing vehicles, questionable longevity for Scavenger, generic Markaz Monolith.
Excerpt: Since Battlefield 3 was released late last year, it's taken hold pretty well on PC, but there sure is a lot of competition out there. From free-to-play shooters like Tribes: Ascend and Team Fortress 2 to Valve's revival of Counter-Strike in this summer's CS: Global Offensive , EA and DICE are having to put some serious work in to their DLC to keep Battlefield 3 players interested.
Excerpt: Most people would think of Battlefield 3’s latest expansion, Armored Kill, as a return to the franchise’s roots. Jets flying overhead while tanks destroy everything in their path below and infantry try their best not to be seen – that’s what Battlefield is all about! Except Armored Kill isn’t just a return to the game’s roots. It takes those roots, welds steroids onto their armoured exteriors and delivers an experience unlike any other.
Excerpt: Many games today have the promise of DLC (downloadable content) to extend the gameplay once the original mission or levels have been "played out," but Electronic Arts has truly gone above and beyond the call of duty with Battlefield 3 Premium , a service that offers special perks and items to the game’s 15 million+ players.
Pros: More maps, more modes, truly expands on the Battlefield 3 action, and offers the promise of two more modes in 2013.
Cons: With new maps the old ones are starting to feel like abandoned towns, suggesting longevity of some servers could be in question. Not exactly newbie friendly at this point.
Excerpt: One major advantage the Battlefield brand has held over the Call of Duty franchise is its incredible vehicular combat that’s embraced the series from its humble beginnings. Battlefield 3 proved to be no different with its wide array of tanks, choppers, ATVs, and much more. DICE’s first set of downloadable content for the popular first-person shooter, though, shied away from this component, catering to close-quarters gameplay – which proved to be successful we must add.
Conclusion: Battlefield 3 is a game of contrasts, starting with mediocre, in the form of the single-player story, building up to decent, with the pretty short co-op campaign, and finishing up with excellent, in the form of the competitive multiplayer. It’s one interesting ride, to say the least, but if you stick with it, Battlefield 3 will deliver one of the best and most visually advanced shooter experiences of the year.
Excerpt: If you're a hardcore Battlefield 3 player, chances are you've already picked up the map packs offered in the Premium subscription package, getting every dose of first-person shooting you possibly can out of them. However, what if you're a vehicle person? You're probably a little bit bummed that you can't motor around in a tank or dive bomb enemies from above in a zippy jet. Not to worry, though. Your turn will come next month when the next piece of Battlefield 3...
Excerpt: It seems that the war between Activision and EA/DICE is just as intense as the battles portrayed by each of the companies’ games. Of course, this means that both companies are kept on their toes and are always trying to release content that will manage to snatch a few players from their rival’s hands.