1UP Review: Console Battlefield 3 is a Flawed Gem

Battlefield 3 on consoles is a very different game than the PC version. It doesn't look as good, and it supports fewer players online. By the sheer nature of control scheme, it requires a very different skill set. It's slower paced and requires a far more conservative style of play. This isn't better or worse than the PC version -- just different. For this review of the console version, I'm going to take a look at console specific features and exactly how the game plays differently. The issues outlined in the PC review still stand unless directly contradicted here, and you should read both to get the complete picture.

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lugia 40002340d ago

Thats why im getting PC :)

TOO PAWNED2340d ago

good for you. You are one of 5%

reynod2340d ago (Edited 2340d ago )

Actually BC2 sold just as well on PC as it did on any console. In fact both Xbox 360 and PC outsold the PS3. Which is why Dice is supporting PC so much with BF3.

Overall EA released their sales figures from different platforms this is how the figures looked like:

PC 153million
Xbox 360- 150Million
PS3- 110Million

Hence i doubt he is among 5% :P more like 33% atleast. Personally getting it for PC along with 4 other friends.

A-Glorious-Dawn2340d ago

I'm getting PC version as well.
If you have a PC that can do even on lower settings, you may as well buy it because you will still get larger maps and more players.

Of course I will be in the higher range... XD

reynod2340d ago (Edited 2340d ago )


100% agreed. I look at it this way. Today someone may have a PC that may do BF3 in Low to mid settings (which is still better then console). Later in a few years if the person does decide to upgrade, he gets a free upgrade on his game too (its like getting a free HD remake on a game that you already own and there will be plenty of those in a gamers library).

On the console front you can buy the game it may be equal to the low settings on your PC, however when you buy the next box, it will still be running the game(if it does that most of the time they dont have BC) at the same settings that the PS3 or Xbox 360 did. Hence the console gamer will have to invest again in a HD remake if that ever gets released.

Hence for the PC gamer its a better experience today and a free update whenever they decide to upgrade.


Mind listing the parts for the 2000usd PC? and please make sure its not a milkware machine. Lol which 200usd console are you refering to? dont they need installs to make the game look half decent.

Winter47th2340d ago (Edited 2340d ago )

Allow me to summerize the review for you: "It's not the l33t PC version, i mean like who actually wanna use a CONTROLLER it's sooo like retarded right?"

PC review score: A-/A+
"This isn't better or worse than the PC version -- just different"
Console score: B+/A+

What the shit kind of analogy is that. This has to be one of the worst logics since Gamespot's Ratchet & Clank review: "The game just has too much weapons"

I actually prefer the players' count in the console version. 64 players is just too hectic and the matches stretches on forever.

A 2000$ PC to run this or a 200$ console just as good hmm.

StanLee2340d ago

@ Winter47th

Be prepared because this is just the beginning. Let's be honest, the PC version differs vastly from the console versions. While the PC version is a true sequel to Battlefield 2, the consoles got Battlefield Bad Company 2.5. 5 hour campaign cut and pasted from past Call of Duty campaigns and a multiplayer that doesn't distinguish itself from Battlefield Bad Company 2. I mean seriously, what did you expect?

CapsLocke2340d ago

@TOO PAWNED, Oh look, classic console fanboy ignorance. Even when reynod stating the real facts, he still gets negative points. That's perfectly shows how ignorance members are here.

Laxman2340d ago


Are you telling me that Bad Company 2 sold 413 Million copies?

frostypants2340d ago

Other than player count/map size, and the graphical bump, the PC version is the same freaking game. Are you claiming the campaign portion is different on PC?

Lord_Stark2340d ago (Edited 2340d ago )

@ frosty

The player count and map size is what makes Battlefield, Battlefield. It plays different to the CQB, choke point, firing range fps on consoles.

Eiffel2340d ago


I believe that's in total profit.

A-Glorious-Dawn2340d ago (Edited 2340d ago )

Winter, I love my PS3 man and I actually prefer controller for most games, for me it's more immersive.

But it's undeniable that the PC version of battlefield is going to be great not just because of the graphics but the map size and player count..

I assume you didn't play Caspian boarder, I am worried about that on consoles because I have serious doubts about how much of the map will be included. It's overwhelmingly big, and you need a LOT of players to fill it (more than DICE allows in my opinion) Once you try a BF game on this scale it's hard to deny its appeal.

I would like you to know I will be getting this on PS3 also and I am invested in it being a great game on there too.

Shadowaste2340d ago (Edited 2340d ago )

i think all the lead in your ps3 and 360 (when they came out, lead was even in paint, they also have asbestos and ddt in them, doctors even encouraged smoking back then! /s)

lol...anyway...pc makes more money than xbox360 and ps3 combined!!

Don't believe me?? Of course you don't , you never heard that from fox news or ign or any of the other make-believe places where you get your fake news from!

In 2009 pc gaming accounted for 43% of total gaming revenue, the next closest was the wii at 24%, meaning, in 2009, the xbox360 and ps3 were fighting to the death over a measly 33% market between the two of them.


and in 2011, the pc has taken even more of the market away from nintendo, ps3 and 360.

I know because of the media you think the ps3 and 360 are the Sun of the gaming universe, turns out, in truth, they are merely asteroids,..... or hemorrhoids!!! LOL.

The pc version of this game is 2 genrations beyon the sub-hd 704p, 20-29 frame per second, jaggie covered, pop-in laden lowly 12v12 console version.

If these guys were honest, they would tell you after playing the pc version, then seeing the console version, they thought it was alpha code from 6 years ago running on a crt 1024x768 monitor, cause thats what it looks like on console.

On PC it makes uncharted 3 look like a freaking low res wii game.

Consoles are so 2005!

Claudinho692339d ago (Edited 2339d ago )

@TOO PAWNED better than being part of the 99%

HardCover2339d ago

"good for you. You are one of 5% "

Even if that were true, we'd whoop the everliving crap out of any console gamer. Want proof?



malol2339d ago

"good for you. You are one of 5%"

good for you. You live in a dream world

da_2pacalypse2339d ago

I wasn't aware this game was flawed... been playing it for almost 10 hours now.... Loving everything about it other than the annoying menu system lol.... Game reviewers are on crack

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raWfodog2340d ago

I think I'm going to also wait to buy BF3 until I can build a mid-range rig to properly handle it. For now, I'll just get MW3 for my PS3.


So your going to hold off on a gimped game compared to pc, only to purchase an even more gimped game compared to everything else...

raWfodog2340d ago (Edited 2340d ago )


Um, when the difference is that major, yeah. Have you seen BF3 on the PC firsthand? It's gorgeous. I'd rather have that than the console version, plus 64-player combat.

With MW3, the graphical difference between PC and console will not be as great and the player count will not differ.

As everyone knows, BF3 was optimized for PC.

TheGameFoxJTV2340d ago

Just get about $600-700 Build a PC. And buying things while trying to save money up doesn't make much sense. >.>

raWfodog2340d ago

@ TheGameFoxJTV Were you talking to me about saving up money? I don't need to save up anything. I'm a husband and father with 3 kids and a full-time job and going back for my 2nd Master's.

What I don't have is time (and sometimes energy). Money is not an issue and I didn't think I said anything about money.

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farhad2k82340d ago

I knew it would be flawed on console, it was bound to fail, and now everyones just going to trade it in for MW3.
On PC, it's great, but on console, its like a game made in 2002. Why they didn't focus on console, I have no clue. And they want to beat MW3? HAHA no chance.

I call MW3 will beat BF3 4:1 in terms of sales. You heard it here first.

artdafoo2340d ago

Youre on crack, BF3 on consoles makes COD look like a PS2 game, the lighting, smoke, water on the ground, destruction. Try actually playing the game instead of just watching crappy YouTube videos.

farhad2k82340d ago

I've been playing the game, it looks HORRIBLE without the texture pack, it looks WORSE than a PS1 game. Honestly.

ZombieNinjaPanda2340d ago

>Looks worse than a game made in 2002

Is this what they're teaching you kids these days? Do you even know what games looked like in 2002?

Ashby_JC2339d ago

So exactly HOW is it flawed? Your entitled to your opinion...disagree greatly.

BOUND to fail...your kidding right. And WHAT wuld constitute it failing??

As for MW3...they know they will not beat MW3 in sales. But if they can get a few ppl to jump ship and make a dent in the FPS marketshare then thats a win.

And your a game like 2002....WTF are you smoking? There wasnt ANYTHING on consoles for MP FPS in 2002!!!!!!!!!

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showtimefolks2339d ago

with so many big games coming a lot of people set their hype meters too high now when a game gets 8/10 they are not happy

I am not much of military shooter fan so not buying either cod of bf3 but if you gonna bring down bf3 than make sure cod doesn't end up getting 9.4/10 for being the same game last few years

i don't mind honest reviews but no special treatment for any game is what i look for in today's reviewers

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Imalwaysright2339d ago (Edited 2339d ago )

@ Shadowaste Of course that PC is more profitable than consoles, it has more MMORPGs than Wii, 360 and PS3 exclusives combined however for companies like EA those revenue numbers mean little to them. Look at reynod's comment above. BC2 was more profitable on PC but i guarantee you that the 360 sold more copies than the PC version. It was less profitable on 360 because MS got a cut from every game sold. So a BF game that was always a PC game sells more on a console! My point is: PC makes up for 43% of total gaming revenue because of the sheer number of games available to it. When it comes to multiplatforms is very rare to see a game selling more on PC than on their consoles counterpart and thats what matters to publishers like EA.

@ InNomeDiDio Uncharted is scoring higher than BF3. If playing a BETTER game makes us kids then so be it.

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JellyJelly2340d ago

"It doesn't look as good, and it supports fewer players online."

Isn't that the case with most console FPS's compared to their PC counterpart? Why not compare it to other console FPS games? Never seen anyone give COD on consoles lower scores because it performs better on PC.

The reviewer seems to jaded by the (obviously superior) PC version of the game to give a proper verdict on how it compares to other console FPS games.

TopDudeMan2340d ago

MAG supports more people on it. That's not the point, though, is it? More people =/= better.

jetlian2340d ago (Edited 2340d ago )

multi-platform either so....

Anyway only real difference is graphics big deal. I personally hate KB/M and I don't have a pc so console it is

WitWolfy2339d ago (Edited 2339d ago )

Plus lets admit it MAG isnt even on BFBC 2 standards gameplay and graphics wise. Dont get me wrong there are probably some die hard fans out there, but if you first played BC 2 then try MAG it feels like a heavy leap backwards.

Messatsu2902340d ago (Edited 2340d ago )

60fps and 30fps is a huge difference in gameplay, I remember that whole fiasco with Madden 08.. Madden 08 supported 60fps for the 1st time but only on 360 while ps3s was at 30fps... yeah go look at all the hate reviews on that game for the ps3 version calling it was trash because it was half the 360s framerate.

KonGreat2340d ago

Well maybe they should give them a different score on the consoles. WIth BF3 you get less of a game for more money than on the PC. A proper battlefield experience is supposed to be with 64 players.
And what I've heard CoD on the PC is terrible.

But in the end, does the reviewer score really matter? It's up to yourself if you want to buy it or not.

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outwar60102340d ago

your mums a flawed gem lol the game will be enjoyed by many what's the point of these articles?

SlickShoes2340d ago

The point is the website is a known review site thus they are reviewing the game.

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