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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 andAs 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: 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. Official PlayStation Magazine Benelux
    Jan 2, 2012
    90
    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. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Jan 4, 2012
    80
    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: 81 out of 612
  1. Nov 11, 2011
    10
    Multiplayer actually requires skill which is a nice change from the chaos of MW3. Also, unlike the MW3 servers, when I play Battlefield 3 IMultiplayer actually requires skill which is a nice change from the chaos of MW3. Also, unlike the MW3 servers, when I play Battlefield 3 I don't spend the whole time getting sworn at by some pre-pubescent kid from Cleveland. Expand
  2. 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 thanIf 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
  3. 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. BF3This 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
  4. Dec 22, 2011
    9
    amazing game ..campaign is not that great but multiplayer rocks and the maps are also amazing.I would give the multiplayer a 10 out of 10 andamazing game ..campaign is not that great but multiplayer rocks and the maps are also amazing.I would give the multiplayer a 10 out of 10 and the campaign a 6 out of 10......much improvements from bfbc2... Expand
  5. Nov 14, 2011
    8
    WOOW! What a great game. I even bought two diff copy's of it. One for PC and one for PS3. Sadly it looks noticeable worse on PS3 compare to myWOOW! What a great game. I even bought two diff copy's of it. One for PC and one for PS3. Sadly it looks noticeable worse on PS3 compare to my PC ver. But it defiantly looks better than BC2! Dedicated servers is always plus! Multiplayer is absolutely fantastic. Plenty of guns to unlock and plenty of ways to play. When I don't feel like doing gun fights on my legs I can jump in tank or Heli/plane and do my thing! Single player was good, some people say it's not, but I really liked it! Overall good job Dice! Expand
  6. Nov 9, 2011
    8
    This will talk about Multiplayer only. I've only played the multiplayer portion of all the BF series.

    Game unlocks will be discussed but
    This will talk about Multiplayer only. I've only played the multiplayer portion of all the BF series.

    Game unlocks will be discussed but since you can view everything from the beginning, I didn't tick the may contain spoilers box. The game is very gripping. Even thou the console version looks dated compared to the pc version which supports 60 player battles. DICE did a wonderful job scaling the action down to fit any number from 24 down to squad 4 vs 4 battles. The action is intense and well balanced. The CQ of BF1/BF2 hoarding is gone with the addition of a flak suit that helps you survive explosive damage. The addition of laser and flashlights to your guns adds a lovely balance between distraction and if you use it you can give your position away. The way all the classes were reworked to give you a broader usage for each class is fantastic. Support can take out tanks using C4 explosives. The engineer can equip mines and rocket launchers at the same time. The Recon can go nuts with mobile spawn points and motion trackers. The assault is also the medic. Overall the game emphasis team work at the same time you can go lone ranger if you wish. The mix of multiplayer maps is very nice, from inner city battles to hill sides to deserts. It offers a good mix of environments to dish out some damage. The lovely Frost Bite Engine 2.0 with destruction in the environments is always nice. Destroying a building and killing all the campers inside will always put a big grin on your face.

    The use of weapons is very satisfying. you can feel the heft of every gun and the way the modifications add to the weapon. From grips to sights, lasers to flash lights. It expands greatly on what you want to do with a weapon and how you approach the level. The way the knifing animation works is a nice touch lifted straight from Halo Reach's assassination idea. It freaks you out when you see someone else face then you get the killed via knife icons. The embarrassment is huge, it makes seeking out revenge even sweeter. As always bullet drop makes landing a headshot from over 250 meters a feat of skill. It rewards skillful play and since the other team and spot you. You have to be very tactical on when to strike.

    Player animation is so nice. The way you can vault over things adds so much to the flow of the game. The way you drop to prone position is also very cool. Overall the game is pretty enjoyable online. The action is intense. The weapons are fantastic. The levels are varied and nice. The console version has less players but the action is still excellent. The only downside is that if you have a weak team, the other team tends to camp at the spawn point for the team destroying you to bits. that is only in conquest mode. Go buy the game and enjoy fantastic, scary action.
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  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 retailI 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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