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Review: Battlefield 3


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Battlefield 3 is a critically acclaimed first person shooter, developed by DICE and released on October 25th, 2011. Battlefield 3 runs on DICE’s new Frostbite 2 engine which promises to Battlefield 3push your console/PC to its limits, with its unparalleled graphics and physics engines.

Utilising the FIFA game’s character movement model to enhance the realism and dynamics of the character movement and properly simulate the response to external factors (getting shot, vaulting over cover, etc.) The Frostbite 2 engine’s graphics simulator will properly and beautifully emulate real life light characteristics (such as rays, shadows, and reflection), assuming it doesn’t melt your graphics card.

The physics engine also pushes the gameplay to the limit as it simulates the effect of gravity on assorted projectiles and air vehicles, while factoring in debris from collapsing terrain (buildings), shrapnel from explosions while also keeping the holes in the ground from previous and current explosions.

The sound engine simulates weapon sounds which vary depending on location of the source and the distance of the source (as a gun would sound different indoors and outdoors while also varying in sound across distance, from loud “bangs” up close to small “pops” at a distance). DICE was able to properly emulate this sound as they recorded different sounds from military exercises across different ranges and weapons, including tanks and other vehicles.

Battlefield 3Battlefield 3 shines in its multiplayer mode, where teamwork between the squads (composed of 4 players each) in their respective teams is heavily rewarded and necessary for victory. The player is rewarded heavily for their accomplishments with experience points, which help them level resulting in more intricate equipment becoming available to the player and necessary for proper team support.

While Battlefield 3’s multiplayer mode is astounding, for us DICE dropped the ball during the campaign mode. While acting as a proper tutorial for the multiplayer (minus air vehicles) we felt the plot was not quite engaging as it could have been and the player does not really feel in tune with the character.

Battlefield 3Battlefield 3 also supports a co-op mode, which is a cross between the campaign and the multiplayer modes, allowing you to unlock further weapons for use on the battlefield in multiplayer.

We recommend that one should play Battlefield 3 (multiplayer especially) with friends, as it will make communication with the squad simpler and more pleasant allowing for seamless team work and co-ordination leading to victory.

Some simple advice for your endeavours on the battlefield:

  1. Remember, no team needs 8 snipers
  2. Always utilise your armor (tanks) to push up
  3. Never forget about your equipment, use it to gather information about enemy movement for your team and to take out any threats to your squad
  4. The more you use a weapon, the more attachments you unlock for it, and the more comfortable you are with it.
  5. Never play alone, ever. Always squad up as you can respawn on your squad mates to keep a push going.

Your reviewers’ advice:

F4dedMarksman
Rage is a dangerous weapon, your enemies will try to use your anger against you, use it against them first (don’t get mad at the game, hunt down the players who make you mad and make them pay)

UneasierMars
Remember, only the dead play fair (always stay with the squad and utilise your equipment properly to ambush enemy armor or players)

Battlefield 3

by F4dedMarksman & UneasierMars



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