Battlefield 3 Review

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Battlefield 3 Review

Battlefield 3 continues the brilliant multiplayer gameplay of the series.

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This review is based on the 360 version of the game.

Cue the PC Master Race calling the review "flawed", the article "pointless" and the reviewer "soulless" (seriously, every time someone mentions BF on consoles, the word "soulless" is guaranteed to show up, without fail.), with at least 2 more insults about anything else in 3...2...1...

Also: Actually having the audacity to mention the single player and using it as a criticism while the game doesn't have a perfect score.
Cue the comments of "Nobody plays this game for the single player, you're just nitpicking!" but put in a far less pleasant way in 5...4...3...2...

But in all seriousness, this was a good review.

Mr. Omega:

This review is based on the 360 version of the game.

Cue the PC Master Race calling the review "flawed", the article "pointless" and the reviewer "soulless" (seriously, every time someone mentions BF on consoles, the word "soulless" is guaranteed to show up, without fail.) in 3...2...1...

Also: Actually having the audacity to mention the single player and using it as a criticism while the game doesn't have a perfect score.
Cue the comments of "Nobody plays this game for the single player, you're just nitpicking!" but put in a far less pleasant way in 5...4...3...2...

But in all seriousness, this was a good review.

I find your lack of a soul disturbing :)

Heh, that's tune brings back a lot of memories. Pretty awesome.
So basically, good multiplayer, bad singleplayer? Well, you can't get everything right.
Maybe if the game will go on sale someday, I'll get it. Not in a very good financial situation right now, so I'll have to stick with Team Fortress 2. Tho I'd love to fly around in choppers and jets.
So... yeah, that was a pretty good review.

I don't see what people see in this game and really modern FPS's either. I'm terrible at them and nothing makes me want to get better which is what separates them from other multiplayer games, at Brotherhood I started out terrible but it never made me want to stop playing, sure the tutorial was terrible since so many gameplay aspects were not mentioned in it, but the gameplay was so great I learned them as I went along. When I played the BF3 Beta I didn't feel this, getting good at the game felt like all you had to do was practice constantly on the maps, find good hiding places, find ways to sneak around people etc. while it was only Operation Metro the vehicle section in the final game did not make me want it at all if the normal gameplay was as terrible as it is.

The other reason I dislike modern war shooters is that they're so bland, there's nothing they can bring new to the table other than features in previous games (BF3 suffers this especially), the stories have little possibility to be interesting as well and they tend to be overly-patriotic. The only way they are revered as "Good" is in the multiplayer, which again favors those who are good at FPS's and laughs at those who aren't.

All I needed to hear was the "Skip it if you're looking for Single Player".

That, and the fact that a buddy of mine couldn't get it running for a day because of Origin... Very glad I avoided this one.

How cute you tried to claim that people should use that T word to play online....I dont need anyone else except me and my KD RATIO!

/sarcasm/

Wait...

At 1:52 in the video review, did that guy just fall out of the sky?

Worr Monger:
All I needed to hear was the "Skip it if you're looking for Single Player".

That, and the fact that a buddy of mine couldn't get it running for a day because of Origin... Very glad I avoided this one.

Yeah Campaign is not very good. It has glictches, QTEs, boring story and alright gameplay, not to mention its quite short.

Online is simply amazing, very good online!

Dango:
Wait...

At 1:52 in the video review, did that guy just fall out of the sky?

You'd be surprised how often stuff like that happens in BF3 :D

Mr. Omega:

This review is based on the 360 version of the game.

Cue the PC Master Race calling the review "flawed", the article "pointless" and the reviewer "soulless" (seriously, every time someone mentions BF on consoles, the word "soulless" is guaranteed to show up, without fail.), with at least 2 more insults about anything else in 3...2...1...

Also: Actually having the audacity to mention the single player and using it as a criticism while the game doesn't have a perfect score.
Cue the comments of "Nobody plays this game for the single player, you're just nitpicking!" but put in a far less pleasant way in 5...4...3...2...

But in all seriousness, this was a good review.

No, I thought the review was fair. I got enjoyment out of the SP, but it pales in comparison to the fun that can be had on the MP side of things. I think you're being needlessly preemptive.

I played a lot of BF:BC2 and BF2 and I think that BF3 is a successful marriage of the two. I think there are design issues here and there with balance (IR scopes); the in-game menu interface quite frankly sucks ass and is inferior to previous iterations of the series -- at least on PC. Battlelog is functional, but needs some tweaking and there's some issues for PC gamers using Nvidia 500 series cards which are causing online disconnects at random intervals.

Visually, BF3 is stunning on the PC and performs very well on a range of systems. I feel that the visuals translate well for the consoles, all things considered. I still feel that Rage is the best looking FPS release this year because of the unique detailing and exceptional art directing, but BF3 certainly 'wows' visually.

He he same as more or less every other site "great, but skip SP"...
If it weren't for the QTE all the time in the SP it would been of A LOT better, not great but better...

This review is based on the 360 version of the game... Really o well.. I never play fps on consoles have trouble using the controls... or rather I suck a bit less with a keyboard and mouse...

(Is it only me that find it rather amusing that the "support class" mostly gets an MG and extra ammo for everyone else?... A MG is mostly a lot heavier than the standard assault rifle and you need (a lot) more bullets to it, but you carry around extra rounds for your buddies?...=D)

I do really miss the humor of BF:BC1 though, it had by far the best story, Truckasaurus-rex made me so happy inside.


I'm posting this only out of the sheer amusement of finding it on youtube.

While I myself don't plan on getting BF3 - nor MW3, just throwing that out there to forestall the fanboys - I will say one somewhat unrelated thing about the review. I highly approve of the use of the original Battlefield 1942 theme, especially since BF3's theme music (thanks, YouTube!) is more like a remix taken too far. The bursts of static and other white noise ruin the entire thing for me, even if they're kind of in tune with the (very faint) melody that is prominent in BF1942.

Even if BF3's music is supposed to reflect the more modern war we see these days, just as the game should, 1942's theme always has a place in my heart.

Mr. Omega:
Cue the PC Master Race calling the review "flawed", the article "pointless" and the reviewer "soulless" (seriously, every time someone mentions BF on consoles, the word "soulless" is guaranteed to show up, without fail.), with at least 2 more insults about anything else in 3...2...1...

Even though I'm a PC gamer - I don't own a 360 or PS3 due to financial reasons - I treat console gamers with just as much respect as PC gamers. I don't believe in a master race: everyone is entitled to their own preferences and I respect that. More people should do the same, in my opinion: people have the right to make up their own minds and people with contradicting opinions shouldn't go and start shunning them because they play differently.

I am the 1%.

Mr. Omega:

This review is based on the 360 version of the game.

Cue the PC Master Race calling the review "flawed", the article "pointless" and the reviewer "soulless" (seriously, every time someone mentions BF on consoles, the word "soulless" is guaranteed to show up, without fail.), with at least 2 more insults about anything else in 3...2...1...

Also: Actually having the audacity to mention the single player and using it as a criticism while the game doesn't have a perfect score.
Cue the comments of "Nobody plays this game for the single player, you're just nitpicking!" but put in a far less pleasant way in 5...4...3...2...

But in all seriousness, this was a good review.

Well, anything you have on the consoles, you've got on the PC - which doesn't work the other way around. So yeah, using a console to review this game is not the best option.

And I'm not just saying that as a Battlefield fanboi, there's a couple of BAD thing to say about the PC version. Like how for example, despite DICE marketing every map being playable in any mode and with any amount of players, trying to play a 64 player Conquest match of a map made for Rush - for example Operation Metro - is nothing short of a disaster as it ends up with 32 players on both sides being bunched up. Why? Simple math, Metro is designed to have about 3 approaches, which places about 10 people on each approach on both sides. Putting 10 people in one tiny space with flags close to each other, a relatively quick respawn timer and the ability to revive squad mates rather easily means they're gonna be there and not move for the whole match, every match.

On your second point, while I don't care about Escapist reviews and didn't even notice they had a score, the singleplayer is a problem in this review. Know why? Cause it took over the review. The reviewer spent most of the time talking about the singleplayer and only said "yeah, it's good and unstructured" about the multiplayer. There is so much more to be said about the multiplayer, which makes you wonder, why doesn't this have a 2 part review like most other shooters in the past?

As someone who has played and is still playing BF3, I can tell you that this review barely even touches on what the game is and doesn't provide nearly as much information as it should to anyone watching it to get a clearer picture of what they're getting - this review doesn't provide you with any more information about BF3's multiplayer (which I think we can agree is the main part of the game) than any retailer would with the description that's straight from DICE. But then again, I can't say that's too uncharacteristic for Escapist reviews.

edit: Oh and it doesn't say a word about the co-op, interestingly enough.

Skip it if you're looking for Single Player

Very well said. Honestly, I just wish they wouldn't even bother with the campaign, would've preferred they either spent the extra resources on the multiplayer or just got it out a few months early.

But yea, the multiplayer really is excellent, though I do keep having some weird rubber-banding issues online. Dunno what that's about.

Oddly enough, the PS3 version I have has yet to lag once, campaign or otherwise.

Grey_Focks:
But yea, the multiplayer really is excellent, though I do keep having some weird rubber-banding issues online. Dunno what that's about.

That's lag.

OT: Still haven't finished the single player, too busy trying to beat my 547 meter head shot record...

Vrach:
On your second point, while I don't care about Escapist reviews and didn't even notice they had a score, the singleplayer is a problem in this review. Know why? Cause it took over the review. The reviewer spent most of the time talking about the singleplayer and only said "yeah, it's good and unstructured" about the multiplayer. There is so much more to be said about the multiplayer, which makes you wonder, why doesn't this have a 2 part review like most other shooters in the past?

As someone who has played and is still playing BF3, I can tell you that this review barely even touches on what the game is and doesn't provide nearly as much information as it should to anyone watching it to get a clearer picture of what they're getting - this review doesn't provide you with any more information about BF3's multiplayer (which I think we can agree is the main part of the game) than any retailer would with the description that's straight from DICE. But then again, I can't say that's too uncharacteristic for Escapist reviews.

edit: Oh and it doesn't say a word about the co-op, interestingly enough.

By word count, I actually spent more time talking about multiplayer than I did single player. Perhaps it merely feels like I focus on the singleplayer because I left it for last.

Certainly I could write another 1,000 words on BF3, like how there is no easy way to practice flying helicopters and jets (the older titles at least had bot matches) and that some upgrades really should have been unlocked at the start, but ultimately that doesn't encapsulate much of my thoughts on Battlefield 3. I don't necessarily think it's a great experience because of x, y, and z. It's the unique opportunities to play the game beyond just K:D that makes it good, like stealing that tank as I mentioned.

CounterAttack:
I highly approve of the use of the original Battlefield 1942 theme.

That simple theme drums up so many memories across this series, so I had to get it in there somewhere.

I enjoyed the single player. Not for the story, but for the killing and the odd frustrations(in my ability, it wasn't too easy) the only thing that really got me was the similarities in storytelling that I got last year from Black ops. it was way too similar for my liking. there was the odd frame rate drops at rather inopportune times but I survived. lets face it though, I don't play battlefield for the story though. the multiplayer is fantastic and has kept me engaged since I started playing. I had reservations after the beta, but I'm glad I bought the game. the multiplayer gameplay is virtually flawless. I have no complaints other than the odd "man I totally shot that dude in the face and he didn't die!!" which I would say is more my fault than the game. that being said, the game invites could use some work. stop pitting me and my squad against each other you bastards, we want to play together. we want to play in the same squad as well. all in all a solid game that fills my need to drive around in a tank and blow stuff up, running around shooting people in the face and knifing smarmy snipers. I just really enjoy the team aspect of the game, if I was all about being me first and killing is the only thing, I'd play COD. I'll always prefer a game where K/d ratios aren't as important as supporting your teammates. having a great team makes all the difference in the world in this game, and what makes it stand out. Another thing, don't ever let me get in a jet, I will only disappoint you.

Single Player campaign lacks polish. Glitches and blah blah. I'd say they actually did a better job on Medal of Honor's campaign, both in writing and execution.

Co-Op? Reeks of an underdeveloped Spec Ops from CoD MW2. I like it, but CoD did it better. Although adding guns for multiplayer that are unlockable only by beating Co-Op was an interesting move.

But yea. Multiplayer is where it's at. Anyone that's played a Battlefield game ever knows this is where the focus was. And that's ok. Love me some anti tank mines.

Slycne:
I don't necessarily think it's a great experience because of x, y, and z. It's the unique opportunities to play the game beyond just K:D that makes it good, like stealing that tank as I mentioned.

That's one thing that drives me nuts about this generation, everyone seems to want to play nothing but Deathmatch and rub themselves to their awesome KDR. If I wanted to play a Deathmatch game, I'd go back to Unreal tournament. I can't think of a decent team based shooter that doesn't have "Battlefield" in the name, excluding TF2 of course.

Still Life:
snip Battlelog is functional, but needs some tweaking and there's some issues for PC gamers using Nvidia 500 series cards which are causing online disconnects at random intervals.

Visually, BF3 is stunning on the PC and performs very well on a range of systems. I feel that the visuals translate well for the consoles, all things considered. I still feel that Rage is the best looking FPS release this year because of the unique detailing and exceptional art directing, but BF3 certainly 'wows' visually.

So it is my GTX 580 that is causing my disconnects? Bugger. I hope that is patched soon, as that is the only problem I have with BF3. Port Forwarding and disabling UPnP hasn't helped so far.

I guess the review is accurate, I haven't played the campaign beyond the rat, but I'm willing to judge the whole single player experience as crap based on what I have seen so far.

However there are a lot of destructible structures. Caspian Border stands out, you can pretty much raze Hilltop to the ground. Just don't mess with shipping containers, those things are solid.

Waaghpowa:
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That's one thing that drives me nuts about this generation, everyone seems to want to play nothing but Deathmatch and rub themselves to their awesome KDR. If I wanted to play a Deathmatch game, I'd go back to Unreal tournament. I can't think of a decent team based shooter that doesn't have "Battlefield" in the name, excluding TF2 of course.

Enemy Territory? Either one is good. Day of Defeat maybe? Definitely Enemy Territory though, and one of them has been free longer than TF2.

Is the bot MP?

I feel like that's the only way I can really get myself ready for online play.

octafish:
Enemy Territory? Either one is good. Day of Defeat maybe? Definitely Enemy Territory though, and one of them has been free longer than TF2.

Sorry, I should have said "recently" because that's what I was thinking in my head :P

tanis1lionheart:
Is the bot MP?

I feel like that's the only way I can really get myself ready for online play.

Disappointingly, no there isn't. I would have preferred unranked bot matches to the single player campaign.

CounterAttack:
While I myself don't plan on getting BF3 - nor MW3, just throwing that out there to forestall the fanboys - I will say one somewhat unrelated thing about the review. I highly approve of the use of the original Battlefield 1942 theme, especially since BF3's theme music (thanks, YouTube!) is more like a remix taken too far. The bursts of static and other white noise ruin the entire thing for me, even if they're kind of in tune with the (very faint) melody that is prominent in BF1942.

Even if BF3's music is supposed to reflect the more modern war we see these days, just as the game should, 1942's theme always has a place in my heart.

Yah I loved 1942's theme, but I don't feel that BF3's theme music really has the same effect, it makes modern war look like a computer based type of warfare, but in BF3 it really isn't possibly aside from the airplane section. Sure the HUD is pretty technologic, but the gameplay itself is still the same ol' same ol' in 42.

But I'm more pissed that they didn't have 3 AD combat as the title would suggest! C'mon 1942 had WWII era gameplay and I don't think the Romans had jets!

Slycne:
By word count, I actually spent more time talking about multiplayer than I did single player. Perhaps it merely feels like I focus on the singleplayer because I left it for last.

Possibly, but what I mainly meant are two things:
1) Why didn't this get 2 reviews like other games that have two significant components?
2) It's odd to spend that portion of time (even if it's only 50%) talking about the singleplayer when the multiplayer is gonna take up a lot more of both the player's time and interest.

Slycne:
Certainly I could write another 1,000 words on BF3, like how there is no easy way to practice flying helicopters and jets (the older titles at least had bot matches) and that some upgrades really should have been unlocked at the start, but ultimately that doesn't encapsulate much of my thoughts on Battlefield 3. I don't necessarily think it's a great experience because of x, y, and z. It's the unique opportunities to play the game beyond just K:D that makes it good, like stealing that tank as I mentioned.

The problem is that you don't offer anything in your review that I can't get off from the back of the box and there's so much more to be said about the game, both for the good points and bad (for the record, I love BF3, even though I wish some things were a little different and see room for improvement). If you don't say anything more than I can get off the back of the box when I'm buying the game, what's the point of writing a review on it?

Mainly I believe the problem is in the fact you only gave BF3 half the time it('s multiplayer) deserved (well, less than that, but I'm talking compared to Escapist review lengths). You could've placed singleplayer and co-op in one review (and you'd have enough to fill it out) and multiplayer in another, having enough time to properly talk about it.

Slycne:

CounterAttack:
I highly approve of the use of the original Battlefield 1942 theme.

That simple theme drums up so many memories across this series, so I had to get it in there somewhere.

Indeed, the BF1942 soundtrack is one of the most epic gaming scores ever. I'm not totally averse to the BF3 adaptation either though (full versions starting about halfway in):

While the original is certainly better, I like the ambience the new version creates. It's a shame the singleplayer couldn't live up to it, it really had some potential (the 2 seat plane level took my breath away for the first few minutes)

Warforger:
But I'm more pissed that they didn't have 3 AD combat as the title would suggest! C'mon 1942 had WWII era gameplay and I don't think the Romans had jets!

I see what you did there. I approve.

O.T: First, listening to the original theme brings me immediately back to my friend and I buying the game on release day. So awesome. Second, as much as I love Battlefield play, I found that BF:BC2's online play was a bit laggy. Unless you had home server advantage, or a mammoth machine, attempting to shoot someone was like trying to nail jello to the wall. The fun level never fully surpassed the frustration level.

The only problem i have with the game is Team Deathmatch which isn't enjoyable, Way too many campers, and jets handling like wet fishes in slippery hands. i fucking hate jets.

really a nice review. i wanted to get my self this game but well......origin. dint care for the SP though, i was really more interested in the MP. but as long origin is the devil, i rather have MW3 on my pc.

At around 1:20 in the review he says "blowing up walls and killing people behind them never stops losing its appeal"

So the experience of destroying the environment constantly gets less and less interesting? Most be some kind of mathematical function that approaches, but never reaches, 0.

lag when enemies spawn in the single player? ... wait ... ohh! there's your problem right there! you're playing it on a 360.

tell me if you have the same issue on a ps3 or YOUR pc. i never had that issue.

fps qte's are ruining this genre's campaigns.

I had an issue with the section in which your captain says 'get down on the ground'.

DO I get down on the ground? oh! i'm not supposed to? okay, thanks for the heads up game!

Also, for those whiny pc gamers avoiding this due to origin, it's not half bad ... i've had no problems. i get into great games quickly and i've only had one glitched out match in which explosions were the only way to kill an enemy. that was on day 2. i assume it's been corrected.

"And firing a grenade launcher, exploding a section of wall and killing the guy on the other side Never stops losing its appeal."

Nice double-negative there, I'm guessing this review didn't follow a script per se?

Warforger:

The other reason I dislike modern war shooters is that they're so bland, there's nothing they can bring new to the table other than features in previous games (BF3 suffers this especially), the stories have little possibility to be interesting as well and they tend to be overly-patriotic.

There is so much truth to this. If anyone picks up one of the original CoD or MoH games from the early 2000s you'll see that games like BF3 offer exactly the same experience with updated game engines

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