Battlefield 3 Review

Battlefield 3 Video Game Review 

  • Developer: EA Digital Illusions CE
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Platforms: PS3, 360, PC
  • Genre: First Person Shooter
  • ESRB Rating: M (Mature, 17+, Blood,Gore, Strong Language)
  • Release Date: October 25th, 2011

The third installment of the Battlefield franchise is finally here, one of the most anticipated games this year.

STORY

Set in 2014, SSgt Blackburn leads a five-man squad on a mission to find and safely return a US Squad investagating a possible IED. The game starts off with the main character (Blackburn) being interregatted by the US army, beign accused of helping the enemy and releasing vital information. The events of the game are set around the Iraq-Iran border, where the US Marine Corps are fighting the People’s Liberation and Resistance. The game later moves into northern Iran, continuing the fight against the PLR. There is a mission set in the streets of Paris, and another set in the sewers and subways of New York.

The story is structured by the telling and flashbacks of SSgt Blackburn. The game is also structured this way, going from one even to another. The player also takes on different military roles; this includes Sgt. Blackburn (USMC reconnaissance officer), Sgt. JonoMiller (an F-18 systems officer), and Lt. ColbyHawkins (a SPETSNAZ operative). The player also plays “Dimitri” (A GRU operative deployed in Paris and Northern Iran to stop a nuclear threat). The main protagonist of the game is Solomon who works closely with the PLR, Kaffarov and the CIA. The problem with the story is you don’t get much background about the characters and only focuses on the main goal of the story. It doesn’t give a chance for character developement and doesnt offer a sense of attachment to the characters. The story becomes convuluted and cliche. The game does offer some great moments and set pieces.

GAMEPLAY

The main campaign of the game feels like a straight forward corridor shooter. While the game includes some great moments and set pieces in the game. This includes flying a fighter jet, targeting enemy jets, assault on the subway, and being gunned down by a helicopter from above.  While this provides exciting moments in the game, it doesn’t do what Battlefield games are known for. The series has always been about giving you choice to approach a situation and being in large environments. I feel that the game tried to follow the trends in current popular games like Call of Duty, and this makes it difficult to distinguish it self from other games. The main campaign became an easily forgettable aspect of the game, that players will probably won’t visit again.

Multiplayer is the main attraction of the game

The multiplayer fortunately is what we love about Battlefield games and its no exception with the latest game. Multiplayer matches have players take on one of four roles: Assault, Support, Engineer and Recon. The Assault class focuses on assault rifles and healing teammates. The Support class focuses on LMGs and supplying ammunition. The Engineer class focuses on supporting and destroying vehicles. The Recon class focuses on sniping and spotting enemies. Several game modes are present, including Conquest, Rush, Squad Deathmatch, Squad Rush and Team Deathmatch.

DICE has learned a lot since since their previous games, and in many ways Battlefield 3 is an summation of all those lessons mixed into one great multiplayer experience. Destruction is back and better than ever thanks to the Forstbite 2 engine, you’ll be destroying big parts buildings and visually it looks very impressive. Like in previous games, walls no longer crumble in big, predefined pieces, but now can be chipped away by small-arms fire adding a realistic sense to the warfare atmosphere. It even gives players tactics. You can no longer hide in cover forever because players can easily blow up walls making players flee for another spot to hide.

Levels are back, like in previous games, but this time the developers have done a much better job at rewarding the player with gadgets and weapons. Previously, in Bad Company 2, you would be done maxing out your soldier in the mid-20 levels. Now DICE has promised to divide out the weapons, attachments and gadgets throughout your entire career. From flashlights that blind your enemy, scopes, mortars, anti-vehicle weapons, a host of assault rifles, pistols, and different camouflage, you’ll be playing your own version of a soldier with a large assortment of accessories to create with. Battlefield 3’s rewards and progression will keep you coming back to its online rumble for a long time.

PRESENTATION

The game’s new Frostbite 2.0 engine provides one of the best visuals in games currently. The lighting is on of the aspects that is really impressive. the use of light and shadows, smoke, dust, fire, lens flares provides a great sense of immersion . The facial features of your soldiers, the fluorescent lights of nighttime cities, and the wrecked debris of buildings brought down all look great. The sound is also great. You’ll hear every bullet whizzing by your head, and the crash of rubble all around you.

OVERALL SCORE: 4/5

While the game suffers in a forgettable story campaign, the game has one of the best multiplayer experience currently.

David Chow 

DMA 188DB

December 15th, 2011