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.
Excerpt: Going into the last Battlefield 3 DLC, aptly named End Game, we were excited. Though it wasn’t going to be the ‘end’ of BF3’s superlative multiplayer, it did feel like we’d reached a finishing line of sorts.
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: The Battlefield franchise is well known to PC gamers, as it has a solid reputation amongst massive-multi-player shooters. Although not new to console gaming, the series has taken an abrupt turn to a story driven, single player game (don’t worry there is still a considerable multi-player component) with the arrival of Battlefield: Bad Company.
Pros: Incredible draw distances on large, open maps, Solid frame rate, Comprehensive destructibility of environments, Fantastic sound effects (bone-rattling explosions and gunfire), Action-packed gameplay, plenty of opportunity to make things go “BOOM”!, Game progression is not as linear as most shooters due to open map design, Lengthy maps and objectives, hidden guns and treasure chests make them worth exploring, Solid multi-player
Cons: Hazy and plain textures, Lack of detail with interior environments, Lack of in-game music, Tired mission objectives, Frustrating AI due to enemies having unnatural line of sights, Mundane missions and cookie-cutter shooter mechanics will tire most gamers before the end
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
Battlefield 3: Armored Kill DLC Review - The Best DLC Yet?
9 May 2012
Conclusion: Close Quarters didn’t suffer from being infantry-only since everyone was on an even footing, but with Armored Kill you’ll be waiting around a lot to tool up. The maps themselves are very well designed, however, and the new Tank Superiority mode could be your next favourite game type.
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...