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.
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: 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: 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.
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.
Summary: A stunning and explosive first-person shooter, Battlefield 3 doesn't quite tip the scales with innovation, but its multiplayer and overall presentation is enough to give its competition a run for its money.
Pros: Looks and sounds like a Hollywood blockbuster, Multiplayer battles are epic and explosive, Multiplayer maps are well-crafted
Cons: Single-player mode is generally mediocre, Poor A.I. leads to frustration, Some graphical pop-ins and minor texture issues
Excerpt: More than any other graphics engine today, it's a complete package, featuring scale, scope, spectacle, on-foot detail and in-airplane elbow room, multiplayer, meaningful destruction, and absurdly good animation. Absurdly good. The animation is so good you probably won't even notice it. Of course the characters move this way because that's how real dudes move. What's the big deal?
Excerpt: Battlefield is the real deal. The series has been around for a while, mostly existing within some exciting PC-oriented niche that employs large scale warfare in the online space. It outdates most current big name franchises by a sizeable margin and with over a decade of critical acclaim, it’s time for Battlefield to put up and find the masses or recede back into their comfortable niche, cutting in and out like so many abrasive advertising campaigns.