The Quick And Dirty Battlefield 3 Review
With this post I open KalibreOnline’s new section: The Quick and Dirty Reviews. After reading Battlefield reviews from major publications I noticed that they were vague on some issues and focused too much in others. If you didn’t noticed yet, I am also quite a terrible writer and time is not my friend. Let’s get this started!
After much anticipation, Battlefield 3 was released. Some people mentioned that this game’s public beta caused more harm than good. I disagree! A sub-par product (the beta) was released in order to quench the thirst of those that got Medal of Honor in the first place. I am glad to report that several things changed. For the good!
Battlefield 3 is a Multiplayer game. Period. When I was reading all these reviews, criticizing the single player experience, I was upset and questioned people’s ability to notice that this was an online game. Then it hit me. Some gamers just don’t care about multiplayer. There’s also an audience that crave military stories, gameplay and mechanics that deserve the best they can have after having spent sixty dollars. I felt very embarrassed for having such a limited vision of the gaming-sphere.
The single player campaign is not bad. And while the addition of quick time events is not liked by everybody, I personally enjoy it. Dice dropped the ball in the technical side of Battlefield 3. Multiple online problems and the misterious freeze glitch that according to some players happened in BF2 as well, made a come back in this new installment. The first week was full of rubber-banding, lag, and disconnects. The last few fixes have helped tremendously.
The second mistake was the lack of a tutorial. Having to learn at the expense of costing the game and hurt your teammates is a big no-no in Battlefield 3. When conditions are right, you will be playing with creatures, not players. These fiends I like to call them: The Battlefield Idiots.
Overall, the Battlefield 3 experience (the whole package) is very enjoyable and it’s a must-have. The Frostbite 2 game-engine is spectacular. The destructible objects will have you, no scratch that, will force you to adapt. Be ready to crap your pants when a jet comes really close to you. The sound is that good. The multiplayer portion of the game will keep you playing for a very long time, specially if you have friends. If you are undecided on what platform to play, make sure you ask your friends. The whole Xbox 360 vs PS3 vs PC war makes no sense if you are playing by yourself.
The future looks bright for this shooter. As a bonus, here’s a trailer featuring the new Back to Karkand DLC. Pretty impressive!
This December, go back to the four most loved maps from Battlefield 2, boldly reimagined with enhanced destruction in the Frostbite 2 engine. In this trailer, witness the very first ingame shots from Strike at Karkand, Sharqi Peninsula, Gulf of Oman, and Wake Island, from the upcoming expansion pack Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand. This expansion pack also features new weapons, vehicles, persistence, and the return of the classic Conquest Assault. Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand is out December 2011 at no extra charge with your pre-order, or available the same date at $14.99/1200 Microsoft Points.
(Update: I would like to apologize for how late this mini-review was. Certain things detracted me from playing the game as much as I wanted. The idea for the Quick and Dirty Reviews is to offer very simple, short and to the point reviews.)