Excerpt: EA and DICE where proud parents to send over code to check out Close Quarters, the new DLC for the Battlefield 3 franchise. After playing around with the game and the modes and battling through the different maps, I say proud they should be.
Excerpt: In late 2011, the clash of two major FPS (First Person Shooter) franchises shook up the shooter market. The intense competition for the best FPS title was culminated by the publisher of the Battlefield (BF) franchise, as Electronic Arts (EA) had increased the stakes at which it would attempt to overcome the competing Call of Duty series and its popular Modern Warfare (MW) shooters.
Conclusion: In a time where Call of Duty seemingly runs the gaming world, the question every year come up of just who is going to take down that juggernaut. Here comes Battlefield 3 hoping to be the title to bring down the Goliath of gaming known as CoD. With a proven track record, DICE has the tools, but can they find the right chemistry to make Battlefield 3 King of the FPS?
Excerpt: There is a creature in Greek mythology known as the Chimera. The Chimera was an unholy patchwork of a beast, a combination of lion, snake, and goat. Battlefield 3 is the software equivalent of a Chimera—a beast of a game stitched together from disparate parts. Battlefield 3’s single-player campaign is undoubtedly the goat.
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.
Excerpt: The idea behind Battlefield 3 was to go back to basics with the Battlefield franchise and to create a true sequel to Battlefield 2 . The end product is a game that looks as good as Crysis 2 , with a single player campaign that plays out like a Michael Bay blockbuster feature film and has the multiplayer legs to compete with the likes of anything else out there at present on the PC. However it also has its share of issues too.
Pros: By far the best looking military shooter on the PC ever! A worthy sequel and an ideally defining game to relaunch the Battlefield franchise with on the PC. True 64-player online multiplayer military shooter gaming on the PC has never been better thanks to Battlefield 3 .
Cons: Single player campaign is for looks and only sets the stage, coop also seems like an after thought, not to mention that the jets and helicopters seem pointless in execution. Trying to turn the game interface into a Facebook-like interface with Battlelog was totally unnecessary.
Conclusion: accelerate into the ground. Ejecting is an option but it's not one I've exercised that often. I heard from multiple gamers that jets are deadly in the right hands and with some coordination on the ground moreso. It speaks to the problem with Battlefield 3's multiplayer in the early days. This review is coming less than 30 days after the initial launch, and a lot of players are still experimenting, figuring out strategies, or just plain learning the controls.
Excerpt: In all the hubbub about Premium subscriptions, week-long exclusivities and internet-fuelled EA bashing, it's easy to forget there's an actual expansion pack out for Battlefield 3. And with over 15 million players having shot-and-spot their way through the game last October, that's a hell of a lot of people who care far more about these new maps and modes than any other bluster. What exactly do you get in exchange for the first chunk of your Premium payment?
Conclusion: We recommend this M-rated title for grown-ups and some teens, just beware the online players. Some of them can be more offensive than the game itself. War, what is it good for? Fun with friends, a constant challenge and the controversy inherent making a game about war a fun thing to do. Whether you want your kids playing depends on how you see war play. Is it a fun cathartic way to deal with horror and dread? Is it fun challenging times with friends?