Summary: For the past few years, Electronic Arts has desperately been attempting to gain a leading share of the first-person shooter market. Games like Medal of Honor and Crysis 2 have been selected as champions to take down Activision and its Call of Duty franchise, but they've never been considered serious threats. Battlefield 3 represents EA's first real chance at carving out a competing niche.
Conclusion: Armored Kill brings some pretty fantastic maps to the BF3 universe. Those maps alone make this worth the price of admission. The addition of Tank Superiority and new vehicles only sweetens the deal. Armored Kill is certainly another well-placed notch in the BF3 belt.
Excerpt: Tricky review to write, this one. Tricky review indeed. You see Battlefield 3 is really two separate games fighting for attention in the same package. One of them (and arguably the one that most of the series' core fanbase are interested in) is very, very good indeed. The other, despite looking very pretty and seeming to have the best of intentions, is a formulaic, often-shambolic mess of a thing, which stumbles into the territory of the downright broken at times.
Pros: The best, deepest, most epic multiplayer around, Genuinely stunning visuals, even on console, Some really cool moments in co-op
Cons: Campaign is tired, unoriginal and utterly robotic, Having to install the graphics, Possibly not being able to install the graphics on a 4Gb 360
Conclusion: Modern day conflicts are raging both in the real world and on our consoles. We have come a long way with graphics and sound design that the immersion in these games is getting more intense and advanced. The conflicts that are portrayed in Battlefield 3 look pretty close to the ones that are taking place this very minute on the other side of the world with the same kind of soldiers going through nightmarish scenarios and experiencing the horrors of war as you do in the...
Excerpt: EA is at war . Everybody knows this, of course, as an unrelenting year of hype and a multi-squillion marketing budget has made sure of that. Like all wars, it's the people caught in the crossfire who suffer most - and in this instance that's the player. Battlefield 3 is often a giddying experience, but as an overall package it's marred by an insistence on some very unsavoury additions.
Excerpt: After the entertaining but unfulfilled Close Quarters, DICE is back doing what it does best - size . Everything about Armo(u)red Kill, Battlefield 3's third DLC pack, is big. Big maps, big vehicles, big explosions, big noise. It's the experience Battlefield veterans have been clamouring for, and a real statement that this is still the place to be for emergent, unscripted and relentlessly dramatic multiplayer action.