Reviews// Battlefield 3

Posted 31 Oct 2011 12:26 by
Games: Battlefield 3
Modes of play can be slightly confusing at first, especially if you haven't played a Battlefield game before. Conquest mode has been a fan favourite since its introduction in Battlefield 1942. It is a mode that combines survival and Capture the Flag, the aim is to capture an area in order for the opposing team to lose lives or 'tickets', as they're called here. The more bases you control, the faster their tickets drop. The first team to lose all their tickets loses the game.

Once you understand it, it's an amazingly fun game mode but close games are all too rare with one team usually ending with over 100 team tickets left unused.

Rush is my personal favourite. The attacking team tries to take over two bases in order to push their enemy back to another part of the map. The defending team try to reduce the attackers' tickets. Using them all up means a win for the defenders. Places are then swapped.

Deathmatch modes are also available but they seem to remove the battlefield from Battlefield 3. Teamwork is still encouraged but you'll feel more of a lone ranger as you try and take a different route in a hope that you'll get your own kills away from the squad.

Battlefield 3 may seem a little lacking in game modes but to me that's a huge bonus. Fewer game modes means less fragmented groups of players and more people playing by the same rules. Getting a server full of people who understand the task required to win makes for some exciting and tense game-play.

I was, for example, frustrated when my team just missed out on a win. I was equally as delighted, however, when they dominated. Therefore I am made to come back for more regardless of the outcome.

Sound and Vision
Visually, Battlefield 3 is stunning. Frostbite 2 is an engine that seems to get that little bit more out of consoles than its rivals. It manages to look realistic enough to impress but doesn't slip into any uncanny valleys.

The lighting is as realistic as I've ever seen in gaming. Be it street lights or daylight, it brightens the environment in a natural way, making even the most uninspiring locations look picturesque.

The level of detail is astonishing too, thanks to the HD Texture Pack that comes preloaded in all versions apart from the 360. A shame really as when it's not installed it looks like an awful Playstation 2 game. As it requires a 1.7GB install, older Xbox 360s will need some space freed up.

This is a minor gripe when the game looks this good. With the lighting and detail coupled with the environmental destruction and vastly improved animation, Battlefield 3 is one of the most visually pleasing games to ever hit the home console. It looks even better on a decent PC rig.
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Trigger 31 Oct 2011 13:14
Rated too low!

Had the game only been a multiplayer game (lets be honest, it is!) what rating would you have given it out of interest?
Jimmer 31 Oct 2011 14:36
I really want this on PC but can't afford 3000 for a new uber-rig. Guess I will play the ploppy console version...
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Missingpixel 31 Oct 2011 14:45
@Jimmer its a complete myth that gaming rigs need to cost 3000 to play this on full graphics, I built one for my friend from scratch and it only cost 450 with a 22" monitor. It plays it on full everything at 1920x1080 at a nice and steady 60fps. =]
captainpugwash 1 Nov 2011 19:38
2 major problems with the game:
1. No instructions with game, aaaarrrrggghhh (first time to ever play bfbc)
2. Only 1 person can play online, any additional players need to pay for a pass
Apart from that the game seems very good.
EA should stop been cheapskates
Brandan 2 Nov 2011 12:35
Is this a joke?!?! Has this been copied from a ten year old child?s blog or is this a genuine review? There is not even any mention of the newly introduced six mission co-op campaign, which incidentaly has unique unlocks that can then be used in multiplayer. Is it good? Was that even on your copy?!? In fact two pages of the review are spent explaining how to play a team based shooter and tell me nothing about the changes from BF2 to BF3.

What?s Battle log like? How many players are in a game at once? How many maps are there, where are they set and what are they like? How?s the new destruction? What?s the single player campaign about and where is it set? How have the classes, scoring and all the unlocks changed? How?s the new console server browser? What are all the new vehicles like? What are all the new weapons like? Is it well balanced? Is it worth buying if I have Bad Company 2? How are the servers working? Apparently everyone knows what a QTE is? What?s extra with the limited edition? etc etc Fail
. 2 Nov 2011 14:35
The lighting is as realistic as I've ever seen in gaming.

elmo 3 Nov 2011 13:47
Brandan is that a joke, you really want me to list what extras you get with the limited edition of the game?

My job is not to list every little change, every unlock, every class. My job is not to go on and on and on. I have to be brief and to the point. I have to tell you whether a game is worth buying, not try and jump into your mind and try and answer every FAQ you might have in your head.

Sounds like you like Battlefield though, so to answer one question you've asked. You should aboslutely buy this game.
Trigger 3 Nov 2011 16:28
See, you've shot someone down again Elmo. He has some valid points you know.

I like you, but you're coming across really bad with this.
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