Battlefield 3 Review for Xbox 360

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The Recon class will also be delighted to hear that going prone has returned to the series after being omitted in both Bad Company games - turning faraway snipers into single-pixel dots lingering on the horizon. This will ultimately frustrate as much as it delights, the invigorating sensation of dropping to the ground to avoid enemy fire balanced out by the teeth-grinding agony of repeated obliteration at the hands of invisible snipers.

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Engineers might be concerned by the overall scarcity of vehicles for them to defend or destroy, but the class is more important than ever for ensuring the team's expensive military hardware isn't promptly smashed to pieces. A new damage model for vehicles allows them to automatically recover from low-level damage but to constantly bleed health when under a more sustained attack, requiring a nearby Engineer to stop these from becoming expensive write-offs.

DICE has chosen a traditional outfit of vehicles, ranging from tanks and buggies to helicopters and jets. Much has been made of the inclusion of the latter, though most players will be completely unable to effectively use them because of their terrifying speed, but you can expect to be frantically running for your life in a couple of months when the air-fit minority have mastered the craft.

Battlefield has always been a compulsive multiplayer experience because it offers an incredibly broad suite of options and objectives for players of all talents and ability. While being able to fire in a straight line is always a neat skill to have, players who don't fancy themselves as expert marksmen can still become invaluable members of the team thanks to a wide, and absolutely vital, range of supporting roles.

Tactical players can turn matches without firing a single round, identifying enemy positions and exploiting the weaknesses of trigger-happy enemies with steely patience and opportunistic objective runs. Matches can easily become lengthy wars of attrition, and the heart-pounding exhilaration of snatching a victory because half the enemy team got cocky and ran off to score some easy kills is virtually unmatched in gaming.

Battlefield 3 screenshot

Five modes are available, but only the large-scale objective-based skirmishes of Rush and Conquest are worth playing - play on team deathmatch and the game is stripped of its scope and scale to become a bland and inferior Call of Duty imitation, and the four-versus-four player limit of Squad Rush and Squad Deathmatch make the massive environments feel like uninhabited wastelands.

Nine maps are supplied on the disc, with almost all of them offering the wide, multi-faceted environments the Battlefield series has become famous for. The only bum note is Operation Metro, the one map bizarrely chosen for the game's recent open beta. Metro is an uninspired Call of Duty knockoff, stripping out everything that makes Battlefield excel and replacing it with rote tunnels and staid linear constructions.

Like the best multiplayer games, Battlefield 3 sets a stage for you to create your own personal stories. You'll remember that time on Caspian Border when you and a friend accidentally stumbled onto a tank while driving a buggy, and won, or that bit when the squad got lucky and managed to gun down half the enemy team as they base jumped off Damavand Peak, and these individual stories will live on for months and years in conversations down the pub or when spending lazy weekend afternoons on message boards.

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If COD is the "Industry Standard" Gaston this has equaled it in SP and in MP left it for dust.

No comparison. Pfft 8/10
Posted 16:59 on 30 October 2011
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draytone

Dude, nothing is worth standing about in the freezing cold at midnight for. Pre-order? ShopTo? You could have been playing it today!
Posted 09:42 on 28 October 2011
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Batmamerc

Disapointed in this review as it doesn't match the score that goes with it, all the way through the review was negative except for the multiplayer, so Is it a multiplayer game with single player bolted on or vice versa. I expected multiplayer to be the main focus as that's the only way to beat cod. But is it a worse campaign than cods cos if it is that's bad news as cods are not exactly great. I was planning on going to the midnight launch for this but now I'm getting second thoughts on wether to buy it all. So is it worth the late night and £40ish or shall I wait till after cod wen it's gone down?
Posted 20:49 on 27 October 2011
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draytone

Strange how Blacks Ops got a 9. I think its the weakest COD yet.
Posted 10:33 on 27 October 2011
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clangod

Just received my PS3 copy in the mail. 226mb update and installing now. Took no time at all.

Sucks that I have to work today though...
Posted 01:11 on 27 October 2011
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altaranga

An excellent review Martin "Rising Star" Gaston. Given how much time I sank into BFBC2's online mode it looks sounds like this game is a winner for me, despite your damning of their campaign mode.
Posted 23:12 on 26 October 2011
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p0rtalthinker

Call Of Duty: Black Ops Gets a 9, Battlefield 3 gets a 8. Conclusion: COD is better than Battlefield! :p

Haha but no seriously good in depth review Martin. Enjoyed hearing your opinion, as always.
Posted 22:55 on 26 October 2011
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Wido

Good review Martin, nice read which I enjoyed. I think I will get this come Friday, simply because of the multiplayer aspect. I did however liked the story in both BC1 & 2, but then it's me, who also likes Judge Dredd on the Megadrive, which the staff (ages ago now) hated it. :laugh:

Made my decision on getting BF3 after reading this. It's one of them games that I will like to play when I cannot be bothered to play anything else.
Posted 20:03 on 26 October 2011
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dudester

If you get a review copy will the pc version be reviewed separately?

Also longing it out for that Martin really? :D Nice review even tho battlefield won't be something I will be picking up anytime soon.
Posted 14:29 on 26 October 2011
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Neon-Soldier32

How people will react to this review:

"LOLZ IT GOT 8 ITZ WELL ***** COD 4EVA MW3 WILL ***** ALL OVA BFS UNCUSTOMIZABLE CLASS"

A good review though, Martin.

A similar question to what I asked on the U3 review; if it didn't have single player / co op would it have been a higher score? How could DICE have improved the mp is the sp and co op weren't in this package? Finally, is BF's mp better than previous MPs offered by CoD?
Posted 14:04 on 26 October 2011
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MrGloomy

I find most 'modern warfare military shooter single player campaigns' (what a mouth full) a bit dull and repetitive anyway. I've enjoyed both MW1 and 2's campaigns and Bad Company's single player campaigns, but they have never stand out for me to play them more than once. MP is my main interest so your review sums it up perfectly as far as I'm concerned.
Posted 12:49 on 26 October 2011
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pblive

Excellent review Martin. Worth waiting for (heheh).

I only tend to get Battlefield for multiplayer anyway, so it sounds perfect for me.
Posted 10:51 on 26 October 2011
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dazzadavie

Great review Martin

What I expected really SP was always going to be hit or miss. Most buy BF games for the online, The battlefield moments that only comes with that game.
Can't wait to jump online and master the choppers.

Martin do you think if the game followed the core BF titles and was just MP would of it gotten a better score, or a worst one?
Posted 10:39 on 26 October 2011
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InvalidUser

The previous caller sums it up far better than me.

"Battlefield 3 isn't quite the Call of Duty killer many were wanting, then, and it's especially jarring to view EA's 'above and beyond the call' marketing brouhaha in light of the fact Battlefield 3 falls to its most damning lows when it's trying hardest to compete with the latter."

Summed up nicely mission complete Gaston roll on the weekend can't wait.
Posted 10:37 on 26 October 2011

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