Excerpt: So this is a big one. EA’s fastest-selling game ever. A lot of hype in the lead-up to the launch, too. You know how that goes. The launch, of course, was a disaster. Activation problems, connection problems, lag problems, major stability issues, patchy performance… Battlefield veterans expected this; we were prepared to deal with it. Many were not. Even those of us familiar with DICE/EA launches perhaps got a little frustrated, though.
Summary: While Battlefield has long been touted as one of the best online multiplayer experiences out there – thanks in part to furious vehicle and environmental carnage – Battlefield 3 is the first in the series to truly set its sights on Call of Duty’s ironclad single player formula that has captivated the world of gamers and casual players alike. Unfortunately, it misses its mark.
Summary: You can't help to notice that Battlefield 3 has been one of the most anticipated titles of this year, and what better time of the year than to go rifle and grenade against the annual release of the Call of Duty franchise - Modern Warfare 3. The game brings vast open levels; air, sea and land vehicles, and for the first time in this particular series a single player campaign. So a few months after its release, is Battlefield 3 all what it has been hyped up to be?
Pros: A mature and enjoyable solo campaign, Epic online multiplayer battles, Jaw dropping visuals and sound
Cons: Diluted solo campaign vs MW3, Online team play and co-operation can be sparse
Conclusion: All in all, Battlefield 3 provides one of the best multiplayer experiences found in games. The Battlelog system works fantastically and makes this ideal for long-term play, the combat is engaging and the scale is incredible. The singleplayer is largely unnecessary and forgettable, but with the degree of care all other aspects of the game has had this can safely be ignored with no value lost.
Excerpt: Battlefield 3 will without a doubt currently be oscar mike to the top of the charts, but is it worthy of the promotion or deserving of a discharge? Battlefield 3 comes in three main flavours, single player, co-operative multiplayer and competitive multiplayer. Which of these was the main focus isnt hard to tell, especially considering that for the Xbox 360 version the single player campaign is relegated to disc 2 by it self.
Excerpt: It's been six long years between the release of Battlefield 2 and its successor, Battlefield 3. The new interloper once again proves that DICE, when on-song, is responsible for some of the most incredible multiplayer experiences on any platform.
Pros: Awesome 64-player multiplayer. Stunning graphics from the new Frostbite 2.0 engine. Vehicles, controls, classes, unlocks and character progression handled with care and attention. Evocative, accurate audio.
Cons: Forgettable campaign and predictable co-op offer little more than a distraction.
Conclusion: It's hard to review a game like Battlefield 3 ; if it had been offered with the multiplayer only component I would have easily given it a 10 out of 10. It provides a deep and engrossing experience that is addictive, fun and ahead of the pack in every way possible. However we didn't just get the multiplayer, we got served up a single-player campaign that is boring and contrived, and a co-op campaign that offers a similar experience.
Conclusion: Battlefield 3 has an impressive and vast array of weaponry in what is a first rate, online focused (with a great campaign) first person shooter war game from EA Games. DICE's award winning game will release four of its greatest maps in the first expansion pack from December, 2011. Strike at Karkand, Wake Island, Gulf of Oman and Sharqi Peninsula will all be re-released as well as new vehicles, weapons and trophies.