Battlefield 3 is the successor to the acclaimed game Battlefield 2. It includes advanced and innovative features like Frostbite 2, the incredible technology that takes animation, destruction, lighting, scale and audio to new heights, Feeling the impact of bullets and explosions, dragging your fallen comrades into safety, and mounting your weapon on almost any part of the terrain, and unparalleled vehicle warfare.

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6 comments by St0rmified on Oct 7th, 2011

Battlefield 3 holds the weight of the gaming world on its shoulders. With the unavoidable comparison to Call of Duty, all eyes are on DICE and EA create something awesome. Since June, we've seen little to no news of progress beyond several demos of Operation Metro, a touch of the campaign, and a glimpse of what it's like to fly jets. Additionally, the public beta birthed widespread concern over whether or not the game can live up to the hype. With just over two weeks until the game arrives on store shelves, this dearth of info served as a red flag -- until now. After tackling a combination of single player, co-op, and multiplayer in a fresh build of Battlefield 3, I must say I'm pleasantly surprised.

Is it as glitchy as the beta? Not in my experience. If you've noticed, the beta hasn't updated on consoles and the build available to the public is over six weeks old. My time spent with these maps on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 flowed smoothly the entire time. I never saw anyone fall through the map and no long-neck avatars squirmed across the ground twitching. Not only that, enemies appear to take more damage to kill -- another qualm I had with what I'd played before the latest demo. Steady aim is paramount to success and I'd often have to run down a wounded player to finish them off. I too escaped death a few times after absorbing some damage and rushing to safety.

As a match faded in on a level called Operation Firestorm, I breathed a sigh of relief. The map is enormous. Built for 64 players on PC, this Conquest map screams Battlefield through and through. Tanks, jeeps, and buggies rumble across the desert while jets and helicopters tear through the skies. Burning oil fields decorate the horizon with black smoke, and the sheer scale of the experience feels like a return to the series' roots. Running (as well as driving or flying) from point to point to raise my team's flag felt great and I couldn't help but forget my growing concerns from what I'd experienced of Battlefield 3 in the past.

This feeling continued on a smaller map called Grand Bazaar that featured tanks rumbling through the town square, and tight nooks and crannies dotting the shuttered store fronts of the level's marketplace. Fighting through the objectives in this map showed off destruction, allowing you to blow holes in walls to make your own doors and get through buildings quickly. The balance of tight corridors and a wide open center area made for a great balance, and again a better representation of the series' aim than the narrow length of Operation Metro.

While it's too early to make any calls on Battlefield 3's narrative, a few campaign levels show a familiar storytelling device. Set against the interrogation of a Sergeant Blackburn, the actual campaign levels are memories the Sergeant recollects to two suits prodding him for info about a New York terror plot. Remember how each level of Call of Duty: Black Ops played out as a memory of the protagonist?

Without spoiling the story, there are a few key elements of the single player experience to discuss. The levels do force a certain linearity that strays from the more open levels of Battlefield: Bad Company 2. But after seeing a greater portion of the game than our last preview, the levels do break into larger, open firefights. The only problem is that the enemies then spawn from set points and seem to suffer from a Medal of Honor-ish "enemy dispenser" problem.

You can't buzz the tower (in campaign).

One fun level from the campaign showed off an interesting approach. Stepping into the shoes of a female pilot you take the backseat of a fighter jet, taking off from an aircraft carrier and shooting down enemy Migs north of Tehran. While you're not in control, you're tasked with spotting jets chasing you, releasing flares to avoid incoming missiles, and locking on to bad guys when you have the shot. It's a refreshing balance to the levels set shooting your way through tight Middle Eastern marketplaces and rubble.

Still curious about more ways to play? Meet co-op. Co-op levels are separate from the single player campaign but revolve around scenarios linked into the main story. I'd liken the experience to a roaming survival mode. Each map has an objective or task, and you and your partner need to stay alive to accomplish that feat. Thus, you need to stay alive as enemy after enemy burst through doors and try to take you down -- at least in the level entitled Hit and Run that I played. With only a handful of time spent in this mode, it feels like fun additional content to keep the fight going outside of the main story.

The streets aren't safe.

The final version of Battlefield 3 still isn't ready for us to review and DICE have been frantically implementing notes from the beta into their current build. What I experienced of the game still revealed some minor glitches, but it's come a long way from the beta you might be playing right now. While the campaign may hold shadows of familiarity and clich´┐Ż, the multiplayer places its best foot forward and looks to please longtime fans of the Battlefield series itching to drive and fly to online glory.

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yaik7a May 19 2012, 3:21pm says:

**** EA for not creating mod tools.

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ollie16 May 21 2012, 5:32pm buried:


they already spooke about that,it is cuz frostbite 2 is too complex to create mods.

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Muntaqim_313 Jan 13 2014, 2:06am replied:

Do you think so? I have a link of a mod I made. Unfortunately, thanks to Dice's new authentication system, this mod can only be used on a cracked Single player.

+2 votes     reply to comment
Muntaqim_313 Dec 14 2013, 1:40pm replied:

So they're saying that the modders are too dumb to use their tools?

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Giuseppe May 26 2012, 1:46am replied:

thats ********,EA knows that everyone gets tired of a game and goes for mods of the game or DLC having no mods make the only way to get more fun is by DLCs , making they earn more

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Melik May 23 2012, 11:53am replied:

Thats ******** and you Know it
Most of the Time the Moders make the games bether in Looking and working
Take sins of solare or Gothic 3 for example
The comunity patches fixed Manu Problems and so the Producer made an real Patch with the Features from the comunity patches

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Alex_L Apr 13 2012, 9:13am buried:


I say Battlefield 3 is the best game ever made.

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FoxFort Aug 18 2012, 5:25am replied:

No Skyrim is the best game ever made, in order for Battlefield 3 to be the best game it needs MODS support!!!

***Unlike BF3, Skyrim doesn't need high end PC in order to play.

+7 votes     reply to comment
balck May 11 2013, 7:37am replied:

in YOUR opinion....

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reptiledude Mar 11 2013, 9:39pm replied:

Skyrim? lel You're funny.

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ollie16 May 12 2012, 5:57pm replied:

no it is tibia...

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adfjkndjklnhdfs Mar 25 2012, 6:49pm says:

Damn them for not making it Windows XP compatible, I want this damn game!

+8 votes     reply to comment
Muntaqim_313 Dec 14 2013, 1:42pm replied:

This game calls upon DLL library functions that don't exist in Windows XP. It doesn't need an x64 system either. They just want us to buy the new Windows. That's all.

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SveaRikeSoldier Apr 16 2012, 3:54pm replied:

Well then they would have to scale down the Frostbite 2 engine.

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scopedknife Apr 30 2012, 7:16pm replied:

No, it works on consoles that have dx9 and they said it own't be on xp because it doesn't support dx9, ******** eh? it would have been simple to make it dx9 compatible on PC also.

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Highest Rated (11 agree) 8/10

Great: Playing BF3 with one or more friends. The gameplay of the Battlefield franchise has always been awesome. The return of jets. Okay: Playing BF3 with publics and no friends. Can get boring or frustrating because of the lack of teamwork, which is (almost) a must in this game. The co-op missions are enjoyable, but they're short, kind of uninspired and there are only six of them. Meh: The singleplayer component. I would rather play multiplayer against bots than play a generic singleplayer 'story…

Dec 15 2011, 6:08pm by Metalspy

Lowest Rated (3 agree) 1/10

Ruined the entire series. EA really screwed DICE up :(

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