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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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Oct 26, 2011
    93
    Battlefield fans hoping for the most polished entry in the series won't be disappointed by this massive sequel.
  2. Oct 29, 2011
    90
    DICE's latest shooter combines an extremely in-depth multiplayer experience with a fully fledged single player game. But the two brightest stars are the game's lighting and sound, which set new standards within the realistic FPS genre. Battlefield 3 is a Swedish war export we can be proud of.
  3. The nine multiplayer maps seem to be designed specifically to let players come up with their own creative strategies. Compared to COD, this gives the player a real sense of freedom. There is no such thing as a perfect strategy or a trotten path. [December 2011, p.74]
  4. Nov 7, 2011
    86
    The short singleplayer campaign is disappointing, but we've come to expect that from the Battlefield franchise. Online this third iteration is still among the best shooters out there, even though we feel like DICE has made too much changes in an attempt to attract hardened Call of Duty fans.
  5. 85
    For all the shortcomings in the single-player, and the triumphs in the multiplayer and co-op, DICE deserves a fair amount of credit for creating worthy competition to that other modern-shooter.
  6. Despite its incredible competitive online play, we can't ignore the shortcomings of its campaign and Co-Op. [Jan 2012, p.66]
  7. Oct 26, 2011
    70
    A sloppy single-player campaign met with matchless multiplayer makes for an unbalanced first-person shooter experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 86 out of 594
  1. Oct 25, 2011
    10
    This is an amazing game, it exceeds all my expectation. The game play is amazing, the best part is the online gaming and that is free. BF3 should do very well against MW Expand
  2. Nov 11, 2011
    10
    I love Battlefield 3. It is by far, the most realistic combat FPS game. The destructible environment is really fantastic. And they didn't stoop to using silly gimmicks like a little radio controlled car chasing you around the map and then blowing up or care packages falling from the sky or incoming nukes. I love the game so much that I bought it for both my xbox and by PS3. Great job DICE. #SlamDunk Expand
  3. Nov 10, 2011
    10
    Brilliant Game. Decent Campaign. Very Fun Coop Missions. Dogtags- Customization. Best Graphics of 2011. Vehicles. Destruction. Best Multiplayer of 2011.
    Good all round fun.
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  4. Nov 6, 2011
    9
    I was certain this game would be a huge let down, after being completely addicted to CoD: MW2 for the past 18 months+. "There's no way it can run as smooth." "It can't have a better degree of customization." "It won't be as much fun." Wrong X3. The Singlepayer game is a bit shallow, and linear, granted. But the online multiplayer blows all other FPS military sims out of the water. Multiplayer maps are varied enough to keep both the run and gunner and the sniping camper entertained for months. Couple this with interesting game modes not found in other mil-FPS's and you have a recipe for game longevity that will make the $60 price tag seem like a bargain.

    I loved MW2. I loved it. But the features and vastness of this title make MW2 seem two generations behind, not just two years.
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  5. Jan 31, 2012
    9
    BATTLEFIELD 3 doesn't jump leaps and and bounds but is still better than it predecessor(BATTLEFIELD:Bad Company 2) but it's still better I feel that the campaign is just there and really meant for multiplayer.

    The animation is really realistic and the movement is really good in first and third person(except for the hand calling for help,you will understand once you play).The graphics are amazing and the sound is really good I mean you will hear everything fly pass your soldier from bullets to rockets.The new FROSTBITE 2 engine has a significant difference like falling debris from a wall and the lighting effects are awesome from shadows to sun shining in your eyes. The gameplay is still great with the FROSTBITE 2 engine,the accuracy is full and so is the range and lots of destruction and explosions. The multiplayer is endless and unlocking things is individual,every gun has to unlock it's own attachments and ranking up will take a while.I think also that this is why I keep coming back to get new unlocks and attachments.Melee kills are now worth taking dog tags the player can now choose which dog tags they want but the player has to unlock them but if you melee kill you can preview the unknown locked dog tag.If you struggle getting points that's because you have to do the objectives you get tonnes of points for completing and attacking objectives.The customizability is emmence I mean you can now customize your gun entirely compared to BATTLEFIELD:Bad Company 2 which is great. The single player is good not great.It's totally different than multiplayer the plot has been seen recently from the games competitor(Call of Duty:Black Ops) the story is interesting and idle and the places and missions are cool.

    I'm going to be honest I think not it's not as good as Bad Company 2 but better,it's weird to say this but it's true.
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  6. Nov 9, 2011
    8
    Aside from the mic issues/server disconnects, this game is pretty good overall. I was a little disappointed with the graphics, but the online game-play more than makes up for it. As soon as they patch the bugs I'll give it a 9/10. Expand
  7. Nov 8, 2011
    0
    I was excited for this game. The beta somewhat disappointed me with it's glitches, but EA assured us that they had been fixed for the retail game. They lied. From the offset I have been plagued with glitches. Sometimes I couldn't get past cinematics, and there was one joke of a bug where enemy soldiers could walk on water. I found the story pretty boring and short, even for FPS standards Expand

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