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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 599
  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 8, 2011
    9
    A fantastic addition to the FPS genre! This is the first Battlefield game I have played and I must say that I am impressed with the overall design of the game. The level of customization for your soldier and classes without the annoying perk system from Call of Duty is refreshing. The level of variety is amazing from vaulting over obstacles, to piloting aircraft, driving a tank, operating AA guns, Using the environment to your tactical advantage, or simply running and gunning makes this game one well rounded treat. It doesn't hurt that the visuals are fantastic as well! Expand
  5. dz9
    Feb 6, 2012
    9
    You know what I like about Battlefield over COD?? I like the fact that DICE actually improved the formula, they gave Battlefield a much more superior engine to run over its predecessor, I like the fact that they added brand new game elements to the franchise, I like how they cater to every fan base of the genre. Call of Duty is a fun game and is addicting, but after WaW, they seem perfectly content on putting out the same exact game just with different tweaks, how much more can gamers take before they get fed up with it. If you love online shooters, this game is for you. It has vast maps, hundreds of variations of perks, vehicles, and killing tools. But in this title, it simplifies the formula in a good way and adds Team Deathmatch, which I found was a shocking absence in BF2 especially if you weren't up to a 20 minute match. This title is a beautiful blend of realism which mixes the likes of COD and Tom Clancy titles together. The online is simply.... perfect. However, the story... not so much. Lots of times with these new shooters... they make an amazing online experience but make a lackluster campaign, which has set the bar low. And although BF3's online is amazing and makes up for it, BF3 is just too comfortable just settling for that low bar.... Expand
  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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