After much anticipation, Battlefield 3 has finally come out. The fantastic ads would have us believe that this is the next generation of shooters, and also that war is staticky, but does the game live up to the hype?
*It should be noted that for this review, I played the PC version of the game- Rock
Battlefield 3 had a lot of things working against it at launch. With a beta that people thought was a horrible, buggy demo and a mandatory digital distribution system, as Chris Linendoll put it, "That game put it's worst foot forward". And he was mostly right. The beta certainly looked pretty, even though it didn't really show off a lot of the game's strengths, like huge open maps, 64 players in a game, or the highly-touted destructibility of the Frostbite Engine 2.0. Now that the full version of the game is out, how does it stack up?
|B-bU-buUut it's n-n-not s-st-Steam!!!!!|
Let's move on to Battlelog, the new front end for Battlefield 3, which really is a treat. I have yet to see a more intuitive, comprehensive front end. Presented in an attractive, easy to use format is pretty much anything you would want to know. Everything, from unlock progression, your win/loss ratio, overall accuracy, time spent with the different classes....the list goes on seemingly forever. Also included is a powerful server browser that gives players an unprecedented amount of control. Battlelog also includes some great social networking features, making it easier than ever to find your friends, create groups, and stay up to date on each other's newest unlocks and awards. The system really got a lot of flak during the beta, but it's quickly been winning over the initial detractors.
|The game shows some truly astonishing detail|
Anyway, the campaign does a great job teaching you the basics if you're inexperienced, and it really does provide some great cinematic moments! Again, there's really nothing to write home about, story-wise, but again, it's no worse than what you'd find in a Call of Duty or Medal of Honor.... Personally, I prefer the more lighthearted attitude of Bad Company 2, and I think that was one of the ways in which this series differentiated itself from Call of Duty. I definitely missed the truly hilarious conversations that would take place between the members of Bravo Company. There are a handful of QTEs here as well. Some people really hate them, but they don't really bother me, mostly because they're pretty effing badass! The game is just drop dead gorgeous as well, with some insanely impressive lighting and effects. The sound design is some of the best I've ever heard, with explosions shaking you and every gunshot feeling substantial and dangerous!
|Spoiler alert: dudes die in war games|
|Hey look! It's that scene from the commercial!|
(that's what army dudes say, right?)
* Technical Specs: The PC used for this review contains the following hardware-
Processor- Intel Core I7 920
RAM- 6gb DDR3
GPU- Radeon HD4890 1gb GDDR5
Operating System- Windows 7 Home Premium
The game was played at medium settings on a 19 inch monitor. Average Frames Per Second was ~45 FPS
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