Review: Battlefield 3

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By Neil Nisperos

I don’t think there’s any shooter out right now that can surpass the
detail and depth of gameplay delivered by DICE’s new Battlefield 3.

While the solo-mode suffers from a rather boring and
uninvolving plot, the graphics and play are truly stunning and keep you
coming back for more.
But it’s the multi-player mode that serves the real meat and potatoes of this game and it’s well worth the price of admission.

Battlefield 3′s multiplayer contests let players handle weapon systems from the most
mundane of machine guns to the most sophisticated jet aircraft, and
everything in between. The ability to drive and ride a variety of military vehicles while shooting at your opponents really makes this game a worthwhile experience.
There’s great fun to be
had at the helm of the heavy maching gun atop an M1-Abrams tank, the
attack helicopters or the mobile anti-aircraft vehicles. Fighter jets,
like the F-18 Super Hornet and the Sukhoi Su-35 are also standout pieces
of equipment to rain down lead on your enemy.
More fun: raiding an oil refinery in Iran,
battling with the Russians over Tehran and Paris. Riding on a light
vehicle through the desert or a forest to the front lines is like a
thrill ride at an amusement park — especially when you’re being shot
at.

As players progress through the game, they earn experience
points and unlock more and more abilities
to customize their weapons and defenses. The array of alternatives exceeds previous DICE offerings, and skilled players can weapons that allow them to take out many multiple opponents at a time.
The multi-player also allows you to choose between four classes of soldier: assault, engineer, support, and recon. My
favorite is the recon class, which comes with a
sniper rifle.  The real challenge of playing the sniper’s role, however, comes through cooperation with team
mates and implementing new tools like a laser marker for aerial
support, and small remote helicopters that can provide
aerial reconnaissance for the team.

There’s also a new feature called suppression.
Whenever a player is hit or is near an explosion, vision and aim are
compromised. Players earn points whenever you assist a teammate through
suppression, and it’s a great feature.
Because of the sheer breadth of experience provided,
Battlefield 3 is indeed a much richer experience then what you find in
the great Modern Warfare series. Don’t miss out.

Battlefield 3
DICE/EA Games
PC, PlayStation 3, XBox 360 (Reviewed on PlayStation 3)
Rated M for Mature