[REVIEW ROUND-UP] “Battlefield 3.”


Battlefield 3
Xbox 360, PS3, PC
October 25, 2011
Metacritic Score: (93/100)

Game Informer: (95/100)  “Most Battlefield fans spend the majority of their time in the rewarding multiplayer, but this entry also delivers the series’ most ambitious single-player campaign to date. While players filled the shoes of the jokesters of B Company in the Bad Company campaigns, Battlefield 3 presents a dead-serious narrative about an imminent nuclear threat.  While derivative, the campaign is consistently entertaining throughout. Tight gunplay, exciting set piece moments, and a more focused narrative than its primary competitor help to make this the best shooter campaign since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.”

GameTrailers: (92/100)  Battlefield 3 is a lot like prior games in the series. It features a stellar multiplayer suite with practically limitless replay value and a mostly forgettable campaign. The coop missions are a nice addition, and to be fair, the single-player is the best in series history, but it still falls short of its contemporaries. Online warfare is intricate and rewarding, but it also presents a learning curve and a strong reliance on team coordination. Enough can’t be said about the presentation of the PC version as it carries its own levels of reward. Battlefield 3 rewards those who truly enlist.”

1UP: (91/100)  “What fans are really throwing down their $60 for is the multiplayer, which manages to marry modern FPS tropes (like the progressive unlocking of weapons and abilities) with the massive mixed-arms battles of previous Battlefield games. Most maps are populated with an amazing assortment of helicopters, tanks, mobile anti-aircraft guns, and jets. The game features an independent unlock track for each class, weapon, and vehicle. Upgrades come at a decent rate if you’re putting hours into the game, and the sheer number of separate ways to level up means that if you’re stalled on one you can focus on another. Even when you’re not being rewarded with new stuff, the game lets you know how close you are to leveling up at the end of each match just to ensure that your brain is hooked to a steady dopamine drip.”

IGN: (90/100)  Battlefield 3‘s rewards and progression will keep you coming back to its online rumble for a long time. From adding heat-seeking missiles to an Anti-Aircraft Tank to simply changing camouflage, there’s always a carrot dangling just out of reach — if you can wrangle the score to earn it. While the newly implemented Team Deathmatch modes encourage high kills and low deaths, Battlefield remains a team-based game where you can sit atop the scoreboard no matter how many times you’ve died. Heal an injured teammate, resupply a sniper, or make sure a tank gets fixed up, Battlefield is about working towards the greater good and it’s just as refreshing now as it was in 2002 — all while looking outstanding on PC.”

Joystiq: (90/100)  “The feel of Battlefield 3‘s multiplayer combat is unmatched. Forget the beta — there have been subtle changes and fixes to damage models and netcode. Combat in Battlefield 3 is now closer to what it was in Bad Company 2, with an emphasis on tactical decision making and smart shooting over twitch reflexes (though there is some of that). When DICE is doing what it’s always done best, Battlefield 3 is a uniquely mesmerizing multiplayer game with a seemingly endless number of ways to feel like a success.”