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
Excerpt: In a genre filled with arcade style, the Battlefield series has always done its best to stick to realism when it comes to combat. The series’ latest installment, Battlefield 3 , brings that battle authenticity to the next level, with flaws. An incredible online experience, stunning visuals, and convincing sound design are bogged down by technical glitches and a disappointing campaign.
Summary: In Battlefield 3, players step into the role of the elite U.S. Marines. As the first boots on the ground, players will experience heart-pounding missions across diverse locations including Paris, Tehran and New York.
Summary: When it comes to virtual battlefields, nobody does it quite like the Battlefield series. It has a long history of creating sprawling conflict zones where players have an exhilarating range of ways to make powerful contributions to the war effort. Yet it wasn't until the Bad Company games were released that Battlefield really made a splash on consoles.
Pros: Deep and varied multiplayer competition, Awesome array of vehicles, Many attractive environments, Rewards teamwork handsomely
Cons: Campaign is disappointing and dull, Only six cooperative missions, No way to practice jet flight outside of multiplayer
Conclusion: There is one last thing that, due to words spoken and gauntlets thrown, everyone's going to want to know: who's won the war of the FPS this year. Whilst Battlefield 3 is an incredibly strong contender, it's a little bit rough around the edges, and some facets of its make-up may not be able to stand against the competition. Call of Duty does do what it does extremely well, it has to be said. But at the end of the day, they both kind of cater to different crowds anyway.