Battlefield 3 leaves behind all its competitors, thanks to the incredible power of the new game engine Frostbite 2 from DICE. In this work of art based the entire Battlefield 3, offering the player a great quality of graphics, locations of incredible magnitude, the total destruction of objects, dynamic sound and realistic character animation. You will be able to experience the battlefield like never before, with the whistling bullets around, crumbling walls and knocks you off your feet by explosions. In Battlefield 3, players will become an elite U.S. Marine Corps and immerse yourself in the exciting task of single player and superb multiplayer battles across the world, including Paris, Tehran and New York.
Review: I started playing the Battlefield series when the early beta of Battlefield 1942 came out. I've played every Battlefield game there is and this one is by far the worst. There are just so many things wrong with it. From EA banning people from being able to play who complain on their forums, to numerous bugs, to people not even being able to download and/or install the downloadable version and then EA refusing to refund their money when they have a game that doesn't even work, the list seems almost endless.
The game now requires you to run it in a web browser and to make matter worse, you must also run their new gaming service, Origin, which is a buggy, bloated, CPU hog. It takes Origin almost as much time to load as Windows 7 on my two computers. Once you get it running it wants to load at start-up and every new version will try to slip this by you.
When, if ever, you do get the game working, you'll wish you hadn't. After waiting several minutes for Origin to load, you then must wait some more for the web browser part to load as well. Then, when you think you've joined a multiplayer game, sometimes you will and often you won't. It will just say loading.... FOREVER. The graphics are stunning, but not always in a good way. Too many lens flairs, too much gloss, and too many artifacts.
But the problems don't end there. I've never been a fan of the medals system. Bright shinny things don't appeal to me and this game is littered with them. Every time you turn around you get a ribbon of some kind. Sometimes you'll get the same ribbon 8 times in a round. Is that really necessary? Does it really add to the game or is it more to appeal to young children?
I've probably played two games where the teams were somewhat balanced. 99.9% of the time all of the best players will migrate to the same team and then spend most of their time killing the noobs. How this can remain interesting after 5 seconds is a mystery to me. I find it dull, yet there is nothing to stop it. The bunny hopping from previous games is still present. Once again EA/DICE have turned a deaf ear on fixing this problem, so most players hop around constantly. Now there is a new issue which seems to be getting equally ignored. People run around with their gun flashlights on so that it will flash a bright white light at you, even in daylight and distract you while they take advantage of this bug and shoot you. On your screen you'll see nothing but white, and can't see where to shoot the enemy back.
These are just a few of the many numerous bugs in BF3, but the real problem is that they have dumbed the game down to make it playable on consoles. Like many former PC only games, this one has been lobotomized and now doesn't play anywhere near as intelligently as its predecessors. It is no longer a good teamplay game. It is a run and gun.
There is another issue that die hard Battlefield fans on the PC like me really hate. No longer can you load a server and learn. It used to be you could load up a server on your own with bots and learn how to play the game. Try on some of the guns for size. See how things work and try to figure them out. Those days are over. Now you are FORCED to play against people when you don't have any idea what is going on or how to play so you become cannon fodder while you're trying to learn. To make matters worse, most of the other players have much better guns, equipment, armor, etc., making it even harder to play against them or learn anything. More than once, I would empty my clip into my enemy only to have him turn around while being shot numerous times and shoot me once, and kill me, then he would run off, like I was shooting water at him. Was he cheating? Who knows? These kinds of things happen all the time, so often to ruin the game.
This will be my last Battlefield game. I am done with both EA and DICE. They have ruined this wonderful franchise.
Style: First-Person Shooter
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Developer: EA DICE
Publisher: Electronic Arts