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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 600
  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
    If you've loved the battlefield series so far, you'll adore this. absolutely sublime. The campaign is actually significantly better than given credit for, with enough high-octane moments to push me to a second playthrough. The multiplayer is, as always, where it's at, with many years worth of military-sandbox fun for fans of the series. A true love-letter to fans of the series and military fiction alike. Expand
  4. Nov 5, 2011
    9
    If I was scoring this on the single player campaign it would be a 7/10 at best. Far too heavily scripted with too many QTE's which I hate as they totally detract from your immersion in the story. However does any really buy a battlefield game for the single player? Multiplayer is it's whole raison d'etre, and it is quite simply brilliant. Great graphics & sound. Large maps with plenty of vehicles ( the reason I prefer BF to COD). This game will give many, many hours of fun. The gameplay is near perfect. The menus are poor and the way they flicker every time you alter something is utter rubbish. Also Noshahr Canals map is the most 1 sided unbalanced map I have ever seen. Despite these minor niggles BF3 online is everything I had hoped for, and is a truly great game. Expand
  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 10, 2011
    8
    After many years I finally tried Battlefield again, but this one is fabulous. There are some problems, like needing to jump over something which is only 1cm high, lag (I've not played to long to experienced it myself yet). But nothing the less I'm glad I've brought back MW3 yesterday and bought BF3 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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