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The comfortable return: an in-depth review of Battlefield 3’s multiplayer (Nightmare Mode)

"As we all know, EA’s been hyping up Battlefield 3 as the game that’s going to take down Call of Duty. The internet fanboy legions have been sadly easy to manipulate, and now battles wage across forums and blog comments as to which series is The Best.

It’s a clever marketing strategy, but it doesn’t reflect reality. The fact of the matter is that the Battlefield series has never had any direct competition. Sure, it competes with other online games for gamers’ time, but its design has always been entirely distinct. If you want a Battlefield style team-based, combined-arms game of territorial domination, well, there’s nowhere else to go; the closest thing is a couple of derivative Halo gametypes, and the player cap on those means it’s no substitute for Battlefield’s sprawling 64-player matches.

So really, Battlefield 3 is competing against its own legacy, against Battlefield 2 and (to a lesser degree) the more recent Bad Company 2. The question is not “Can this offer a distinct...

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