Hello there readers, the only thing that I can say is that it’s been a long time since I have posted here and honestly, I feel awful as I promised Matthew that I would post here consistently, but well, what can you expect, life got in my way. But I know that all of you reading this, don’t care about this and rather you care about the review, so lets get this under way… oh and just so you know, this was a evaluative essay for my english class.
Battlefield 3 has been a game expected for years, it has always been a game that has attracted PC gamers more than console gamers as it features many things that the Call of Duty franchise doesn’t, such as huge maps, big amounts of gamers online (64 for PC), vehicles such as tanks, jets, boats between others. This is something that Call of Duty has only offered through things such as killstreaks or in single player campaign in certain parts, meanwhile Battlefield offers this on some maps just by spawning and jumping in on them. It is just that element that attracts me to the Battlefield franchise. I’ve never been a huge PC Gamer but I’ve followed the Battlefield franchise on consoles since Battlefield: Bad Company. I played the game and I thought it was madness as I could literally make new paths by blowing my way through houses, walls, etc. This brought me back to Bad Company 2, which wasn’t the best game, yet it was really fun and different from the normal run and gun strategy that I had developed. So obviously, when they announced Battlefield 3, I was excited.
Battlefield 3 has been a game that has been expected by fans of the original series for over 6 years, as Battlefield 2 was released in 2005. I didn’t play Battlefield 2 on the PC when it was released and I only played Battlefield 2 for about 20 minutes when it was released free to play online. I liked it but didn’t really pull me in like Battlefield 3 did when I played the beta. For those of you who don’t know, a beta in a game is a pre-release version of the full product in which the developers see what is wrong with the game and they can fix it because of these pre-release betas. Maybe it’s because I prefer playing on the sticks than on a keyboard, but still. Battlefield 3 released a public beta about a month before the game’s release date and it gave a taste to gamers of what Battlefield really is. The beta was so successful that it amounted to even more people playing it for three weeks when it was open to public than what Battlefield: Bad Company 2 ever had in its 3 years of active servers. The beta was received with mixed opinions, as it had some glitches that would get you stuck under the original ‘base A’ in ‘Operation Metro’, or just that it was really crappy when it came to getting stuck sometimes overall. But the gameplay feel overall, was really smooth and it got me coming back even to October 24th (the day before it was released in North America). But enough with the beta and let’s go with the actual review, evaluation.
I am going to start it up with the first thing I jumped onto when I popped the disk in: the single player. Now, this is a game that starts as crazy as it can, you start it up in a train where you shoot guys that you don’t know who they are and just pretty much kill them all until you get to the last part, it blows up, you transition to another part of the train, where you get to where the main antagonist of the game knocks you down and leaves you on a cliff hanger. It’s a pretty good level to get the hang of the controls for people who are new to the franchise, for me, it was easy as I spent a lot of time in Bad Company 2, so I felt just at home. But as I said, I didn’t know what the hell was going on until the first cut-scene, and honestly, I hate games like that. I kind of figured out what was going on but even in the halfway part of the game I was lost… I still haven’t finished the campaign on my account, but I did help my friend finish it (mostly because I went straight to hardest difficulty). On the most part the single player campaign keeps you interested and having fun in the first couple of parts, not because of a really interesting or driving story that almost makes you cry in some parts (I almost did in a couple of installments in Call of Duty) but rather because of all the mechanics that are in the game. The movement feels so smooth, from going prone, to climbing over a wall to even jumping over a fence. But this does put you off the single player campaign; because there is nothing that drives you to keep on playing it after one or two missions. The story is confusing because it goes back and forth, pretty much what happened with Call of Duty: Black Ops, but at least Black Ops had an interesting story. The single player campaign, I would say, is only good for two or three missions, after that, it doesn’t make you come back. The most interesting part was the third or fourth part of the single player when you could play in the jet. As everyone expected, the single player side of it thumped. It is the first installment of ‘Battlefield’ that has a story, but that doesn’t really justify anything much. In short, play the single player campaign for a while to get the hang of the controls then go to where it really shines: multiplayer.
The multiplayer aspect has always been the place where Battlefield has shined. Throughout the years it has defined what an online first person shooter should be like and this installment doesn’t disappoint. First off, I have to say that the first thing that really boosts this game online are the dedicated servers. For those of you who don’t know what dedicated servers are, it just means that instead of using a player in the match as a host, you get one huge server controlling everything and hosting online gameplay so it doesn’t crash as often. The first thing that you can notice when you enter a Battlefield game online is that its maps are huge. This element in the maps makes way for things like jets, tanks, cars, helicopters. Between the bigger the maps, the more you can put in them, and the developers made use of it to its full capacity. The online gameplay is great, the guns feel as real as they can be, the customization part in the online is one of the best that I have seen in any game. One example of this was when I was playing the game about a week from its release online, it was October 31st at night, thunder was falling and on any other game my connection would’ve gone haywire and it would’ve been the end of my gaming night, but the dedicated servers made it possible for me to play, I played a couple of matches and the gameplay was so smooth that in a game I started going 0-20 and ended up 50-21 and ended as the MVP in a match. The customization helped in all of this because I was doing okay with the normal guns, but when I decided to take off the scope off a sniper, they all started to drop. The game is insanely fun, as on that same night I played for over 3 hours, non-stop, which is more than I normally play. All of the glitches that were in the beta version such as going below maps without having the ability to come back up have been fixed. There are only one or two glitches hanging by, the one that I seemed to notice was a tactical light that blinds you completely, but that issue will be fixed in an upcoming patch. To sum it all up, Battlefield 3’s online gameplay is probably one of the best online experiences that I have seen, if not the best on consoles at the moment.
Now onto the last bit, the gameplay, graphics and sound. As mentioned before, the game runs really smooth and is probably one of the best showings of both in world dynamic and character dynamics on consoles, everything runs smoothly. The lights, dust, fire and textures are as impressive as ever with the new engine they used for this game, Frostbite 2. The graphics are top notch and you can pretty much do anything you want in this game, which makes it even better. The sound is probably the best war sounds that you can get out of a game right now; everything is recorded as used by the military so you can’t get better sounds than that.
To sum it all up, the cons of the game pretty much revolves around the single player, in it not being inspiring enough to drive you to keep playing it and a couple of online glitches. The pros are that the game has a great multiplayer experience, and in that alone, you will probably spend over 100 hours in it. The graphics are great and the possibilities in the world are even greater than before. There are a lot more pros in this game than cons overall, which makes this a game that I do recommend players getting. Either if you are a Battlefield veteran or a Call of Duty player, this game will feel great in your hands, which earns it 4.5 stars out of 5 in my book.
Thanks for your time reading and sorry for the long time absent and remember to keep on gaming,