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Battlefield 3
PC, XBox 360, Playstation 3

Reviewed on: PC
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Rated: "M" for Mature

CHEATfactor Game Review
by Joe Sinicki

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User Rating:        6
Presentation: 6

95% of the time, Battlefield 3 is stunning; the amount of detail and small touches in the environments is nothing short of spectacular and the high octane action moments are so well done that they command your attention.

Gameplay: 5

EA and DICE obviously know their audience, and have justly put the majority of their development talents and time into the multiplayer suite - which is fine, that's what's bringing most people to the game, but the single player suffers as a result.

Lasting Appeal:

Though the single player can be completed in a very small amount of time, it's well worth the ride, but let's be honest, it's the multiplayer that's going to give Battlefield its legs, and they are long ones.

Overall: 6
After all the hype and the name calling, Battlefield 3 is here. Was it worth the wait? The easy answer is an emphatic yes; it may not be the end-all-be-all first person shooter you're looking for, but it is a remarkable one that you're going to want to play.
CHEATfactor: 6

Perhaps the most telling tale of Battlefield 3's complicated existence comes before the game even enters your system. Certain versions of the game come in multiple discs, one for the game's multiplayer suite, which comes first - and the other for the single player. After more than a decade, EA and DICE surely know their audience and have justly put the majority of their time and development into the game's online gameplay, but as a result, the single player suffers and you're left with a mixed and uneven shooter that fails to deliver on all of the hype it's generated since being announced. No, Battlefield 3 is not a bad game - it's just not as good as it could be.

Before you go any further you should know something about me -- I'm a single player campaign first kind of guy. Before I even touch the online multiplayer I want a game to tell me a story, I want the game to take me places, to make me care. Quite simply, Battlefield 3 failed to do that for me. That's not to say that there aren't any edge-of-your-seat moments; when Battlefield 3 fires on all cylinders, it's great action, just not great drama. Take for example a sequence early on in the game where you're asked to take out an enemy held up in a hotel balcony. It was thrilling to run up to the top of the building and strategize with my squad-mates as to how to take them out; but for the life of me, I can't tell you just why we were doing it. The uninspired story of Battlefield 3 feels less like a fleshed out plot, and more like a device to move you from set piece to set piece, and they're just not all thrilling enough to make you care. You can only take so much military jargon before you just find yourself just pointing at something and shooting.

"..Battlefield has become everything they've spoken out against"


It's almost impossible to write this review without mentioning the 800 LB gorilla in the room - the rivalry that's played out between Battlefield and Call of Duty over the last year. In the midst of the verbal sparring; a strange thing has happened, Battlefield has become everything they've spoken out against. Modes from previous Battlefield games have been removed (where's my commander mode EA?), and the team at DICE seems insistent on making this feel like a Modern Warfare game. All of the plot points are here, the stolen nukes, the gruff commanders and the stereotypically evil Russians; hell there's even a few missions that feel like they were lifted directly from previous editions of the rival series. What's most disappointing about the campaign experience is when it's clear that they didn't do the necessary research. In fear of spoiling some key moments, I won't get into much detail, but there are some moments that defy military law that are sure to take you completely out of the game.

That being said, I can't deny the sheer enjoyment I had when the campaign worked. When Battlefield 3 gives you frantic action, it's hard to argue that it doesn't deliver. Lessons are learned quick in the world of Battlefield 3, like the time I was facing down a sniper and mistakenly got up from my cover in an effort to get a better vantage point, only to be instantly shot down. It's moments like these that make Battlefield enjoyable, where you're forced to make split second decisions in the face of a coming onslaught. These edge of your seat moments don't come often in Battlefield 3, but when they do, they're more than worth it.

"...different maps which vary from industrial to urban and even some jungle locations."


Let's be honest though, myself aside, the majority of gamers are going to jump in to Battlefield 3 for its online play - and this is where the game undoubtedly shines. On the PC version up to 64 players (24 on console versions) can load out in nine different maps which vary from industrial to urban and even some jungle locations. What makes these maps so interesting is not their size (though, they are quite large), but how varied in scope they are. One map for example had me dodging sniper shots from multiple roofs, while the other had me scurrying between tunnels to try to get an advantage. Of course, this is a Battlefield game, and that means you'll have access to plenty of vehicles, which can be a great addition to the game, but can also be a pain in the ass. Getting a vehicle, like a tank or a helicopter can turn a battle around completely, but they're so powerful that each game becomes a mad dash to occupy each vehicle, and if you you're not the lucky one, you better turn around and run. We also experienced a slew of issues with the EA servers while playing Battlefield online. These issues mostly cropped up with the console versions, and they're likely to be fixed via a patch, but it was incredibly frustrating to not be able to get in to a game on launch week.

The entire Battlefield package comes together with the new Frostbite 2 engine. There's no denying that the game is nothing short of gorgeous; from the detail on characters and buildings, to the views of the city around you. Most impressive perhaps is the level of detail Frostbite allows for in its destruction. Remember that scene early on I was talking about? The one where you're trying to take out the enemy in the hotel? It's extremely satisfying to watch as the entire building rumbles, smoke starts to billow out and pieces start to fall off. At times it's almost impossible to not marvel at how well it all comes together. It's not all perfect though, as we did notice a few oddly muddy textures and a bit of slowdown - especially in the console versions.

Battlefield 3 may be the toughest game I've yet to review; it's majorly flawed, but at the same time, it does so much right that it's almost impossible not to at least enjoy your time with it. After all the hype and the name calling, Battlefield 3 is here. Was it worth the wait? The easy answer is an emphatic yes; it may not be the end-all-be-all first person shooter you're looking for, but it is a remarkable one that you're going to want to play - especially if you're into multiplayer. 



CHEATS USED: No Damage, Unlimited Ammo, Save/Load Position (Teleport)

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The trainer has you loading out with tools like no damage, no recoil and unlimited ammo, making the perfect combination to take out the enemies. I have to admit I did find myself using the save/load cheat more often than in most trainers as it helped get a better vantage point during some of the game's heavier firefights.



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User # 1735070
posted: 6/14/2013 8:53:00 AM -  Report Post                edit post

Why did you give the presentation for this game an 8? Even Modern Warfare 3 got an 8 in that aspect, and we all know that Battlefield 3 at that time had one of the best graphics of all time, and is cutting-edge. Are you that much of a CoD fanboy? How does BF3 looks 95% stunning most of the time? It's 100% stunning, unlike CoD, and yet you gave that game a same score as BF3, what **** poor of a reviewing site, mother****ers.

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User # 1171377
posted: 11/21/2011 2:46:55 AM -  Report Post              I rate this game   edit post

you know if i get bf3,i will go to my uncles house in tehran.its been 3 years i havent seen him.

[Edited by GREYBOY, 11/21/2011 2:48:40 AM]

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User # 158348
posted: 11/20/2011 10:44:46 PM -  Report Post              I rate this game   edit post

@ Tnor: lolwut?

Edit: I rated it 9, why it says I rated it 5?

[Edited by theVIP, 11/20/2011 10:52:06 PM]

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User # 1043445
posted: 11/19/2011 2:53:36 PM -  Report Post              I rate this game   edit post

Bf3 i thought would be amazing. instead the loading up of this game just makes me feel i don't want to bother at all. Tut-Tut! ''Should of been Steam'' loading.. launches Origin to connect, then a web browser! and then finaly we can choose what we want. then it can take it's time to even load up the specific type.. SP.MP.CooP. and has alot of DC's in the process. i Own my own BF3 server and i play this often as i can. but it lacks in alot of ways. nice try with Bf3. but for a SP/CooP/MP Shooter MW3 beats this game in every way (in my opinion)

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User # 519325
posted: 11/13/2011 3:06:40 AM -  Report Post              I rate this game   edit post

Score should be 7.5/10. Game is mediocre at best. Call of Duty MW 3 is leagues above it. As a diehard BF2 fan, I was shocked it ended this way ....but it is what it is.

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