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Battlefield 3 is easily one of the best looking games to have been released. Battlefield has always been about the multiplayer experience, it wasn’t until recently with the Bad Company series that DICE started getting into single player as well. The first Bad Company had a more humorous story, after all it was based after the movie Kelly’s Heroes. The second game in the Bad Company series had a more serious and sinister story. And now we are here, Battlefield 3 the story is amazing for being their third game with a storyline.
You take on the role as Henry “Black” Blackburn, a Staff Sergent in the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion of the United States Marine Corps. The game starts by putting you straight into the action, and it just gets wilder from there! It is a non-stop adrenaline filled ride right from the start to finish, with a superb story as well. The campaign is somewhat linear but the team at DICE have done a great job in not making it feel that linear, but in replay value the campaign doesn’t offer much. Not only because you know the story, but because there isn’t a lot you can do differently if you played the campaign two, three times already. You have pretty much done everything there’s to do by that point. But that doesn’t mean the game is bad. It gives you hours of fun and it’s a great way to start learning the controls before jumping into some multiplayer action.
The multiplayer aspect of Battlefield has always been their thing, their first game was multiplayer only and it’s been like that up until recently. Battlefield 3 offers a great multiplayer with great visuals and audio. And after playing 200 hours online I can say that, no round is the same. It always plays out differently and the most random things can happen at any time! Which is what gives this game endless replay value.
There is different game modes for you to play as well. Conquest and Rush focus a lot on team work and communication. In Conquest there are a specific number of positions you and your team needs to hold. You need to hold two of three positions (depending on how many there is on the map) for the enemy team to start losing ‘Tickets’ you usually start with 300 tickets. These are your “Reinforcements Tickets” each time you die and respawn your team lose a ticket. And if the enemy team hold more than half the positions your team starts to lose tickets. When you hit zero it is game over. You also regain a ticket if you are being revived by a medic.
Rush focuses a lot on your ability to defend fixed positions as well as taking them out. If you defend you need to hold M-Com stations. It’s divided into sections so if you lose the first two sites don’t worry, that’s not game over yet. You will have to fall back and hold a new set of M-Com stations. Usually there are three sections per map, sometimes more. So that’s three chances to hold the enemy back.
If you are attacking, you need to plant a charge on each M-Com station, two per section and make sure they do not get defused. You usually have 75 Tickets per section and if you run out of tickets it is game over. Your tickets do not stack. Meaning, if you take out the first section with 50 tickets left, you do not start the next section with 125 tickets, it simply refills back to 75
You also have your standard Team Deathmatch, where two teams face each other, and the first team to get enough kills wins the match. There is also squad based versions of Team Deathmatch and Rush. These are called Squad Deathmatch and Squad Rush. In Squad Deathmatch you have four teams, each team with four players each (One Squad per team) and the first squad to reach 50 kills wins the game. In Squad Rush you have two teams, four players on each team. Similar to rush except there is only one M-Com station per section and you also have less Reinforcements Tickets.
Recent and Upcoming DLC:
Back To Karland
he Back To Karkand DLC includes maps, vehicles and weapons from Battlefield 2, remade for Battlefield 3.
Close Quarters focuses on tight, infantry based combat, and will bring along a new and improved destruction, called “Destruction HD”
Released in the Summer of 2012, and will focus on armored warfare, with large, open maps, new vehicles, including new main battle tanks. The Armored Kill DLC will be released in September 2012. For players who have Battlefield Premium, Armored Kill will be available for free and two weeks early.
The controls responds quickly without any delay and are easy to learn. The only downside is if you play on a console (like I do) you wish you had a keyboard since a controller only has so many buttons!
Visual & Audio:
The audio and visuals in this game are among the best I have seen so far. Even when being on a console the visuals are great. If you want the complete experience you should defiantly get this game on the PC. It will be even more beautiful, and the PC version supports up to 64 players per match! That’s 32 vs 32, on the console the limit is 24 players per server, 12 in each team. Don’t get me wrong, I love this game and it is great on consoles. But I wish the player limit could be stepped up a bit.
The audio is the best I’ve heard in a game so far, this is the kind of game that if you were to play this game with a surround sound system, on high volume, your neighbors would call the police because they would think there was a gun fight going on in your house! Everything sounds realistic, and not this “Hollywood” sound at all, rockets flying over your head, bullets, tanks rolling by. Feels like you are in the war zone just by hearing it! They have done a great job making it sound as real as it possibly can and as good as it possibly can. One of the best games with the best audio to date!
In short, this game will offer you hours of fun and has a great replay value!
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