Battlefield 3 Review (PS3)
Ladies and Gentlemen, we’re not in Bad Company anymore. This time around, we’re going back to the roots of what made Battlefield well, Battlefield. With a focus on realism, calculated warfare, and all around mayhem, Battlefield 3 will feel like an awkward duck to new comers, but feel like home to old school players from the PC days.
Gameplay: Customization, that’s the name of the game. Putting the single player aside for a moment, Battlefield 3’s multiplayer is the perfect culmination of everything EA and DICE have learned over the years about making shooters. There’s four classes to choose from, each specializing in a specific aspect of team effort, be it healing, repairing, tank busting, reviving, ect… Not only that, but each class has a plethora of weapons to unlock, as well as different ways to customize each specific weapon, like different scopes, bi-pods, muzzles, and attachments. Buildings and the environment are still destroyable, however to a lesser extent. You wont be dropping an entire structure on top of people, but you can still blow out walls and cover.
It’s also worth quickly mentioning that there’s now a co-op mode in the game, however it’s only for online, not local split screen, which is extremely vexing. Also, it’s the only way to obtain some weapons in the game, so you’re forced to play through it several times just to have access to all of the weapons the game has to offer.
Finally, there’s the single player mode. The story plays out almost like a documentary, with a military agent recounting the events he and his unit took part in to police officers as he warns them of an impending attack on New York city. If you’re a fan of Tom Clancy’s work, this story is definitely for you. However, it’s during the story mode that I’ve run into a few bugs, such as lights hanging in the air after you killed the source, and even more annoying, lights and blood effects staying on screen, even after you’ve moved away from any light source and are at full health. Trust me, when you’re playing on hard and the blood effects are the key means of tracking your health and the only time you can see anything is when you’re crawling around on your belly looking through your scope, it’s absolutely frustrating.
Presentation: The musical score for Battlefield 3 is epic and heart pounding, the voice acting is spot on, if a bit clunky at times, and the graphics… well the game looks pretty, but like most modern shooters just feels bland. Sure, the battlefields are nice and varied, but honestly, it’s getting to the point that you can’t tell these games apart anymore, visually speaking at least.
Value: There is a LOT to unlock in this game, as mentioned before. While this is never a bad thing, the fact that the different sides (Attacking and Defending) have a few side specific weapons and unlocks, ala Medal of Honor, not to mention having to unlock some weapons through co-op, and then go through the time of unlocking all of those weapons attachments, it just feels like they were doing everything they could to artificially inflate playtime. Some might appreciate this, or not even care at all, but speaking as a completionist, this is just downright annoying. Still, the game is one of the most rewarding experiences around for shooters. So it’s worth checking out.
Final Thoughts: If you were a fan of the Bad Company spin offs, you’ll find yourself a bit lost in this game. The maps don’t feel as open, and the lack of total destruction will feel like a let down. Call of Duty fans will find themselves frustrated by the weight and realism present in the game, as this is certainly not a twitch shooter. Battlefield 3 feels like it was trying to do a little bit of everything to please everyone while still sticking true to its roots, and to some degree it may feel a bit weak at times because of it. But honestly, if you enjoy FPS games, there’s no reason not to have this in your collection. With that said, I give Battlefield 3 a B-.
+Ton of stuff to unlock and customize
-Weak and glitchy single player
-Co-op was a nice addition, but needs a lot of work