I have played my fair share of first person shooters in my day, and none of them has been as enjoyable as Battlefield 3 has been. Once you get the hang of piloting all of the vehicles, the game gets that much better. The sound of gunfire in the background, the visual effects the environment has, the equipment you carry actually playing a role in combat is the epitome of what I want out of a shooter. DICE has always made good games, and Frostbite is a wonderful engine. This game is a must rent.
Corporations have gotten completely out of hand...
posted by JimmyMads (PETALUMA, CA) Oct 29, 2011
Member since Oct 2011
gamers (64%) found this review helpful
It boggles my mind the way greed motivates gaming companies these days. A warning, you will not even be able to access the multiplayer portion of this game without forking over another $10 to EA upon startup. Something I was not willing to do, so I decided to at least play through the single player campaign before I sent the game back.
That was my mistake of course. The single player campaign is an obvious clone of the last few Call of Duty games, without the decent story writing. Now I'm not saying the Call of Duty games we written particularly well, but at least any inaccuracies were easily overlooked in the midst of all the action. Not so in Battlefield 3. There were several points in this game where I was so taken aback by the outlandish story that I contemplated just giving up on the game altogether. But I persevered, and in a little over 5 hours the game was finished.
I will give it this, the game is beautiful...assuming you installed the 1.5 Gig HD content pack. If not, most of the textures in the game are blurry and unimpressive.
The controls are fairly solid, no complaints there, but then again its just an exact copy of what other shooters have already perfected.
It's really the story and linear gameplay that lets me down on this one. It's difficult to explain why the story is so poor without spoiling it for anyone who actually does want to play this game, but just know that the game forces you to make certain decisions that are both unnecessary completely unrealistic.
Overall, if you don't plan on forking over another $10 to the corporate fat cats to access the multiplayer portion of this game, I would recommend skipping it all together, as the single player campaign will leave you bewildered and a little ticked off.
A small note: if this is the way games continue to trend, I will very likely be cancelling my Gamefly account. There is no reason for me to have a game rental service when I will be expected to pay additional fees just to pl