E3 2011, a new trailer for Battlefield 3 is shown and it quickly becomes a must buy. Before this, I've never played a Battlefield game with the exemption of the Battlefield: Bad Company series. I bought those games for the destruction and change of pace from other FPS multiplayer games, the same reason I bought Battlefield 3 a couple days ago. Excited, I put the disc into my PS3 and anxiously wait through the install to play one of the most hyped games of the year.
To start off, I begin with a couple rounds of multiplayer, because, let's be honest, multiplayer is the main reason most people buy the Battlefield series. What started off as a couple matches turned into a long session in which I became enriched in the community of players with actual skill and the tense 24 player matches. Battlefield 3 multiplayer is a little scarce on modes which brings me to my first complaint. There is Rush, Squad Rush, Conquest, Team Deathmatch, Squad Deathmatch, and...That's it. I didn't know what to expect, so I guess it didn't matter much, but I was at least hoping for a Free for All or something more. Another aspect that seems lacking are the amount of maps, at the current moment there are only 9, which I'm sure will be greatly expanded upon with the addition of DLC.
On the Maps side of things, there is a great sense of hostility. The maps are huge and death awaits around every corner. If you're in the middle of an open field, you're going to die. Either from snipers, gunned down from a helicopter, or obliterated by a tank. It's truly amazing how many ways there are to die in this game, it's amazing and I don't mind getting killed because it teaches me a new lesson every time. With every death, you learn how to get better and are another step closer to becoming a pro. With the open field maps you have a strong sense of scale. It's an amazing feeling to be in a match with helicopters, Jets, and tanks all around you in an epic battle that sets the bar for what a multiplayer FPS should be.
I could write a book about how awesome the multiplayer in Battlefield 3 is, but I would lose your interest. In short, the multiplayer is a tactical masterpiece that requires cooperation and skill. It will keep you hooked for a long time with all the unlocks and customization options which include dog tags, soldier appearance, vehicle additions and more. Next up, we'll look at the campaign. It's a simple story, one that we've heard dozens of times with modern games. It involves terrorists, nuclear weapons, and flashbacks. Sound familiar? That's because it plays almost exactly like Battlefield 3's biggest competitor, Modern Warfare. Instead of the open maps found in multiplayer and freedom you expect from the series, you get linear corridors, scripted sequences, and as a result the whole experience suffers.
While some of the sequences are pretty neat, it isn't what I expected. Like I said, I've only played the Bad Company series, but I still expected something different. In about 6 hours, the single player is done and there isn't much reason to revisit it other than to collect achievements or trophies. The campaign brought up another subject that I need to adress. In the trailers, EA highlights the destruction that the Frostbite 2.0 engine allows. We were only shown campaign videos showing the destruction and from that I expected the destruction to be like Bad Company only much, much better. I was wrong, instead of the destruction I was expecting, you get scripted sequences in single player, and glitchy, limited destruction in multiplayer. While it isn't that much of a big deal, it still makes the whole experience feel unfinished.
In the end, Battlefield 3 is an excellent FPS that was perhaps let some gamers down by creating mass hype that it didn't achieve for the most part. While it did deliver on most of its promises, it left some of them unfulfilled and others ignored completely. Nevertheless, it's an amazing game with a multiplayer experience that is rough, but will be a masterpiece with a few patches. The content is enough to last for months, content which will last much much longer with DLC EA is promising in the coming months. I don't have a gaming PC, but because of this game, I am going to become one once I earn enough money to build my own. If the PC version is better than this already amazing game, I'd gladly pay more for 64 player matches and bigger maps. If you're a fan of team based FPS shooters, definitely pick this game up.
This has been my first review, any feedback will be greatly appreciated to help me make better reviews in the future.