Welcome to the Battlefield.
Get ready to Load up, move out, and enter one of the largest online warfare games: Battlefield 3. Battlefield 3 is a direct sequel to 2005’s Battlefield 2 both which were developed by EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE) and published by Electronic Arts (EA). EA and DICE really went out and gave it their all to fight against the competition. They even went as far as making the slogan of the game “Go above and beyond the call.” That was one way to stick to the competitors.
Campaign allows players get to see different points of view from various military roles; including a Special Forces soldier, an F-18 systems officer, and a SPETSNAZ operative. The campaign takes place at various locations, including Iran, and follows the story of Sergeant Blackburn and later, Dimitri Mayakovsky. All this may feel oddly familiar, you are detained and being interrogated and as soon as you begin to explain what happened your mission begins. The campaign can sometimes be a challenge if you are playing on hard due to the fact that you get spotted from miles away with pin point accuracy. The enemy AI will even pick you out of the crowed if you are moving in with friendly AI. One thing I was expecting to be able to do in campaign was to fly a jet, but as it turns out you only get to watch as you only take control of the weapons system on the jet. I did not experience any glitches in the campaign, like most people have been reporting. I guess I was just one of those lucky ones.
The visuals for the game are amazing for being a console based game but only if you opt to install the HD texture pack which only takes about 1.5GB of memory. If players do not wish to install the texture pack, they may be stuck with a game that looks like it came from the year 2002. Believe me you will want to install this and make your game look amazing!
Battlefield 3 features the combined arms battles that made the series popular across single-player, co-operative and multiplayer modes. It reintroduces several elements absent from the Bad Companygames, including fighter jets, the prone position and 64-player battles on PC. To accommodate the lower player count on consoles, which have a player cap of 24, the ground area is limited for console version of the game, though fly space remains the same. Multiplayer is where this game really shines, you get to do just about anything you wanted to do in the campaign and that includes flying a jet! Destroying buildings is always fun in multiplayer but not is it only fun to do it also work to your advantage by making new entries to your objective. One of the most memorable multiplayer moment I had was the first time I did the base jump on Damavand Peak, I found this to be more fun than flying a jet.
Back to Karkand Battlefield’s 3 first DLC pack is scheduled for release in December. The DLC will feature many classic maps from past Battlefield titles, including Strike At Karkand, Gulf of Oman, Sharqi Peninsula from Battlefield 2 and Wake Island from Battlefield 1942. The maps all have been redone and revamped with the Frostbyte 2 engine that the game runs on making them look
amazing! Unlike the Vietnam expansion for Bad company 2, the maps will be included on the original map rotation. Regardless of the fact that the maps are a combination of old maps, DICE’s lead designer Niklas Fegraeus has said that they should all feel new. DICE wants players to “get the sense that these are cool new maps, and then suddenly realize they know them by heart.” If you were among the many who preordered the game, or managed to get a hold of the limited edition during the game’s first run, you will be receiving Back to Karkand for free. Otherwise, the map pack will come at the asking price of $14.99.