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Battlefield 3 Review

/ Jan 24th, 2012 1 Comment

Battlefield 3 - XBOX 360 Review
Battlefield 3 is the award winning FPS game from EA that has firmly planted it’s foot in the ground as one of the best game franchises in the industry today. First person shooters have come a long way lately, if we look at where they were back in in the Dreamcast days of Quake and others – frankly, the entire experience has changed. BF3 takes if up a notch with top of the line graphics, an iffy campaign but topped off with one of best multi-player experiences anyone’s had in a while. EA adds to a huge list of games that made 2011 one of best years for game releases in recent memory. Gaming Illustrated takes a look at one of 2011’s best releases in this review.

Video Review

Gameplay

Battlfield 3’s mixture of great sound, graphics and multiplayer features practically set a new standard. BF3 sets a precedent now and adds to amazing lists of games released in 2011, if you contemplating passing this up because of the plethora of quality games out there recently hopefully I can convince you otherwise, to join the millions who helped make this game one of the biggest sellers of the year.

While I give this game a lot of praise to start there might one minor flaw that shouldn’t detract but is should be addressed. The Campaign follows a lot of clichés and I saw a lot of influence from several military movies such as Black Hawk Down where your character is named Blackburn, named after Orlando Bloom’s character who played a minor role. One of the investigators was also who reminded me of Glenn Morshowerone, who was of the pilots in the film. In the campaign your character is being asked about a series of events in which your chasing down Al-Bashir and as your uncovering the mystery of his location you find WMDs and learn some back story of other characters and lose comrades along the way. I wasn’t blown away by the plot but the voice acting was impressive and helped a rather average story.

What I didn’t like though was how in fights it seems your enemies were focused on your character alone. Heck, your squadmates could run right next to them and they couldn’t give two cents about them. The AI basically forces them to think, “hey, lets get the player hiding behind the giant brick wall.” Some of these glaring hiccups might annoy you but still you’ll probably press on and not think twice about it.

Multi-player

This is where BF3 shines. Whether you picked this game up on launch day or when you get your next paycheck, word spread quickly about how amazing the multi-player was and it’s easy to confirm. You have your team deathmatch and territory games. You also have conquest which offers larger versions of each map you play in other game modes. All I have to say is these maps are huge, I felt like I was at summer camp and it was the end of the season camp-wide water balloon fight – you never knew what you could run into over the next hill, on say, a map like Caspian Border. If you are late to the party and are trying to learn all the nuances about multi-player on the go, as long as you’re familiar with FPS you can surprisingly hold your own. Yes I did find myself in a couple of games where I had crappy K/D rations like 5-11 7-13, but you never felt overwhelmed by the competition all the time. I was also discussing it with a friend and what we agreed upon was if you bring a knife to a gun fight, your supposed to lose that scenario 9-10 times if your charging the guy and he’s looking at you. It didn’t seem that way in OTHER games. Here it’s the opposite. You also get to an array of weapons and upgrades which could take a while to unlock but it doesn’t put you at too much of a disadvantage. Another key aspect is the vehicles. Talk about a good time, players can control tanks, F-18s helicopters and many more that adds so much to the game.

Sound

One of the few games out there where gunfights sounds exactly like you hear it on the news. You know when your being shot at. Explosions come out of nowhere and hearing squad mates curse and swear as you try to get cover from enemy RPGs is well done.

Graphics

While the Frostbite engine isn’t the newest out there that doesn’t stop from this game looking gorgeous, watching the streaking like of gun shot painted over a nighttime backdrop, or watching your tanks gunfire blow up a bunch of dirt next to your intended target to gas stations blowing up the game is easy on the eyes. My only hiccup was every once in a while going through the campaign the game would freeze but that was far and few between.

Overall

This is a must own title. Though you can be distracted with all the great titles out there now its just to figure out how to invest your money. Plain and simple invest in this game. Even if your picking it up late your not to far behind in the multi player curve. This game alone could keep you busy for months.

Footage used in the video review was captured using the Roxio Game Capture device.

Battlefield 3 – Game Ratings

Graphics:

9/10

Gameplay:

10/10

Sound:

9/10

Multi-Player:

9/10

OVERALL SCORE:

93%

Campaign Video

Multi-Player Video


Carl Armstrong

Carl Armstrong

Associate Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Carl Armstrong has been with GI for over four years, serving as a review writer, on-site reporter and Associate Editor. He's worked as an award winning radio show producer for The Mighty 1090 sports station, Xtrasports 1360 and was the executive technical director for the San Diego Chargers radio network from 2008-2012.

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