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: In comparison to its competitors, most notably Call of Duty , the Battlefield franchise has been synonymous for spacious, yet action-packed maps that allow for vehicular combat within large quarters. It would seem weird, then, that DICE would detract from that formula and release an add-on pack that focuses around “Close Quarters” combat. But instead, DICE has crafted an exhilarating experience that plays true to the Battlefield 3 game.
Summary: So, is the Chimera that is Battlefield 3 held back by its worthless goat element and its sneaky snake component? Yes, but not all that much. Battlefield 3’s unparalleled immersion factor and fantastic online modes render it the go-to multiplayer FPS well into the foreseeable future.
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.
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: We live in an odd world. If, for example, Russian Special Forces were to overrun the cities and nations of the western world, most of the young people of those civilizations would, I’m sure, show a remarkable aptitude for the weapons and tactics they require to fight back against the onslaught.
Review: Battlefield 3: End Game is DICE's final stamp on one of this generation's most action-packed titles
7 November 2011
Excerpt: As the curtain slowly closes on a generation filled with stunning experiences, it’s only a natural to reminisce on the games that made this generation so spectacular. For many, Battlefield 3 is one of those experiences. Forget about story -- DICE set out to capture massive multiplayer battles in the form of guns, tanks and helicopters, and they did so magnificently.
Excerpt: First off it’s great that we get to see more maps and more themes for Battlefield 3. Better yet those themes so far have been coming with a few new weapons and tweaks to enhance the game play and fun factor. Armored Kill brings vehicles more into the mix. Not just with tanks, but a different vehicles to cause mayhem with such as ATV’s. Fast and maneuverable they are perfect to get you across the battle field.
Conclusion: Easily vying for the position of best multiplayer game on PS3, Battlefield 3 is fantastic online and shows DICE’s mastery in the field. The less said about the ignorable single-player, the better. It’s not a game to buy for offline alone.