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  • Summary: As bullets whiz by, walls crumble, and explosions throw you to the ground, the battlefield feels more alive and interactive than ever before. In Battlefield 3, players step into the role of the elite U.S. Marines where they will experience heart-pounding single player missions and competitive multiplayer actions ranging across diverse locations from around the globe including Europe, Middle-East and North America. Expand
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  1. Positive: 60 out of 61
  2. Negative: 0 out of 61
  1. Nov 4, 2011
    As a complete package Battlefield 3 absolutely delivers and if you don't have some angry agenda against Origin it's a must-play. The PC version in particular ushers in a new era of graphical magnificence and the disparity between the consoles begs Sony and Microsoft to up the ante. Shooters don't come much better than this and it's a great way to kick off this year's holiday game rush.
  2. Oct 24, 2011
    Battlefield 3 offers one of the best multiplayer modes out there. The Frostbite 2 engine is capable of amazing things in order to show the most realistic war we've seen to date. Its only flaws are an extremely short campaign and a co-op mode that could have been much better.
  3. Oct 24, 2011
    Maybe Battlefield 3's off-line side is a little bit irregular, but its multiplayer options and amazing graphics justify the necessary upgrade of our computers. Those players looking for a game full of innovation will be disenchanted; however if you're looking for an amazing competitive on-line experience, this is it.
  4. 90
    Battlefield 3 is amazing. The single player campaign is definitely the weakest link, even though it's more than just decent. The co-op missions are fun, but online multiplayer is the main reason you should get Battlefield 3. Here, the game doesn't disappoint in any way and stands as the strongest entry of the series so far. This is the best multiplayer experience I've had this year.
  5. Oct 31, 2011
    An extremely beautiful looking game that takes advantage of the hardware in every way possible, resulting in an experience that's so huge and fulfilling that it will keep you satisfied for years to come, especially with all the DLC map packs int he pipelines.
  6. Nov 7, 2011
    What kind of game is Battlefield 3? Well made, extremely impressive, pretty and rich in content. But still it has some flaws and suprising peculiarities.
  7. Nov 29, 2011
    I enjoyed my time with Battlefield 3's multiplayer, and I wish my thoughts about the game could end there. Unfortunately it also tried to force a totally unnecessary single-player game on me, and the browser interface looks like it came straight out of the 90s.

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  1. Nov 10, 2011
    Dear DICE, my sink is high and smelly, the dog wants out, and my wife has left me. Please shut off Battlefield servers so I can get on with my life. Thank you. The guy who hasn't showered since oct 25 Expand
  2. Nov 4, 2011
    Battlefield 3 is a masterpiece, one of those titles that should be savored with the right commitment and tenacity, challenging the ability of each player to master a weapon or a vehicle in the middle of a military conflict from the roots of terrorism. DICE has set up a single player campaign, though not chaotic and film, clean design, with dramatic and memorable moments both for the variety of gameplay are experienced as both scenes, aiming to prepare the player for the theater of war in the online challenges , how rich and fun thanks to the great variety of maps and evocative, the presence of vehicles and a pretty good character customization. Very fun co-op, who sins only because of its brevity. What is Battlefield 3 brings players to experience a mature themed game for the single player campaign and online multiplayer that reflects the unique and inimitable spirit of the Swedish team to continue in the direction of putting together the players who like to compete in clashes fire for a long time and large scale.
  3. Oct 25, 2011
    great game single player amazing, multiplayer also amazing. so much better than the beta this is a great game and i think dice have really outdone themselves Expand
  4. Nov 9, 2011
    I love this game. After spending two days on MW3 for XBox I have grown much more appreciative of BF3. The graphics and sound give this game at least a 5. The MP is awesome and I think brings a good mix of ideas from BF2 and BFBC2. If you're worried about vehicles, don't worry, there are plenty to go around (Even on 64 player maps). The single player campaign is the only downside to this game, while pretty it just didn't do anything for me. I would give a 10 but the single player drops her to a 9. Expand
  5. Exi
    Dec 11, 2011
    The game itself is 'OK' but I hate Origin and Battlelog. I have no idea why the developers didn't integrate Battlelog into the game itself. Going out of the game just to join another server is very lame. Another thing I hate is the fact that you only have a server browser on the internet and not in-game, and in my eyes, that really sucks.
    Now to talk about the game itself: It's OK. It isn't 'meh' but it isn't 'woohoo!' ether. The destruction system isn't the way it should be, no real physics. graphics are OK, and so is the gameplay. I do have a little thing I hate and that is the brightness of the sun and the flashlight. Sometimes, you'd see more with your head beneath a rock than when you're looking at a tactical light.
    Overall, this game defiantly deserves a 8/10 or 8.5/10 .
  6. Nov 5, 2011
    Wow. What a let down. After all the hype and the hope, it can't hold a candle to BF2. I say BF2 and NOT BFBC2. Some seem to think Bad Company is BF1, Bad Company 2 is BF2, and BF3 is just BFBC3. To the latter, they're correct. Scoring: Points are rated above average (7) If the game improved on the average, it'll gain points, if it falls behind the average, it loses points.

    Sound ------> +3 ------ Excellent. By far the best part of the game.
    Graphics ----> +1 ------ Really Good when on MAX, otherwise average.
    Maps ---------> -1 ----- Poorly designed, lopsided crap.
    Gameplay --> -2 ----- Bad. Bugs, glitches galore. Feels like a beta. BFBC1 & 2 had crappy multiplayer made for console gaming and those who haven't experienced a well balanced gameplay focused game... such as BF2. If you go from BFBC1 or 2 to this, you'll be happy. If you go from BF2 to this, you likely won't. On the bright side, there are some things that are better than BF2. The spotting is simply hitting Q on the enemy now. No more of this holding Q, putting it on the enemy, then releasing it. That was cumbersome. Pace ---------> -1 ------ Strangely a little to quick. Things happen unrealistically fast. Like in CoD Black Ops. Everything seems to happen at x1.5 speed. Helicopters take off too quickly. If you're shot down, you crash quickly. The movements are too sudden. It feels like a crappy churner of a console port.
    Interface ----> -1 ----- Talk about trying to be all sleek and cool and fresh... and totally blowing it. Only being able to play the game with an internet browser window open? Really? Only being able to "search" (poorly) for servers in said browser window? Really? Who's terrible idea was that?

    Final Score --> 6

    Summary: Excellent sound, great graphics, meh maps, bad gameplay, bad interface. Mostly steps backward.

    Unfortunately, GAMEs are about GAMEplay. So, BF3 bombs. I can't believe I'm actually looking forward to the predictable vanilla whatever factor of MW3 (not the multiplayer, it has always sucked). At least they stick stick to what they're good at... I hope.

    Advice for DICE. Take BF2, give it BF3 graphics and BF3 sound, and you'll have a guaranteed winner. You dropped the ball this time, but everyone gets a Danzig 5/mulligan I suppose. But really, I blame it all on EA, so keep on doing what you do... as long as it's without EA.
  7. Apr 22, 2013
    Horrible singleplayer and coming to the game at this stage the dlc and additional "catch up" packs that have to be paid for mean that to stand any chance at all in current multiplayer games you have to spend at least another 30 F(*&ing way i'm paying extra just to play on a level playing field, GJ EA...FU Expand

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