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Battlefield 3

8.8 reviews

In Battlefield 3, players step into the role of the elite U.S. Marines. As the first boots on the ground, players will experience heart-pounding missions across diverse locations including Paris, Tehran and New York. As a U.S. Marine in the field, periods of tension and anticipation are punctuated by moments of complete chaos. As bullets whiz by, as walls crumble, as explosions force players to the ground, the battlefield feels more alive and interactive than ever before.

Genre: First-Person Shooters
Platforms: PS3  Also on: Xbox 360  PC 

Developer DICE Publisher Electronic Arts Release Date Oct 25, 2011

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10 reviews review
Things go from good to great in the game's co-op mode, which can only be described as short and sweet. Comprised of six missions, playing through on normal should see you breeze through them all in just a couple of hours. Cranking it up a notch to hard sees the challenge spike massively, and due to the lack of any in-mission save, makes the experience last a lot longer. This is a good thing, as the missions within are resoundingly fantastic. From the opening level, where you and a pal fly over-watch in a Cobra, to the finest co-op level ever created, a sniping mission in the heart of Paris, it's just a shame that more of these kinds of experiences weren't included in the singleplayer campaign. I've already put my credit card aside for the inevitable DLC co-op downloads; if they're anywhere near as good as the six included at launch I have no hesitation in paying for more.
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9.8 reviews review
DICE have cut their teeth on campaign narratives with the Battlefield: Bad Company line, but they were very light-hearted and comedic in tone and didn’t speak to their ability to craft the serious war drama that BF3 intended to be. So after enjoying the Battlefield 3 PC Beta and seeing the huge potential there, single-player letting the whole thing down was a big concern.
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9.5 reviews review
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9.3 reviews review
Battlefield fans hoping for the most polished entry in the series won’t be disappointed by this massive sequel. Multiplayer maintains the high level of quality DICE is known for, and the campaign is the best in franchise history. Outside of a tacked-on, uninspired co-op mode consisting of six short standalone missions, the only downsides to the console version of Battlefield 3 are the lack of substantial changes to the multiplayer formula and 64-player matches. However, that shouldn’t stop longtime fans and newcomers from enjoying one of the best FPS experiences in gaming.
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9 reviews review
On PC, DICE has done something very bold by having its server browser run on a web page. The game launches from the Battlelog site after you install a browser plugin, and while I do think this is probably the future of online gaming on PC, it's difficult to make a compelling argument in favor of Battlelog as it stands. Swapping between servers is slower than any in-game implementation since you have to actually quit the game entirely and pick another server from the web. You'll also need EA's Origin digital download software running in order to play Battlefield 3, and while this software has its own quagmire of issues related to the EULA's rather cavalier attitude with your personal information and overall potential for spying on customers, that's probably a subject for a different article.
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