Single PlayerEvery single review I have read on internet and and forums has said that the campaign is the weak part of the game. Some even say it shouldn't have been created in the first place. Well, from what I have played, the campaign, in the end, isn't that bad.
I will not lie here, the first mission, which was on the train, the very brief one, left me wondering, what in the blue hell was that. Surely from all the trailers and gameplay footages, I was overly hyped about Single Player campaign, but that first mission kinda left me wondering, were those awesome trailers just a fraud or something.
As I progressed through the campaign, that thinking began to get away from my head.
The story is a fictional one against Iran (no surprise here) and in the course of campaign you'll find nukes too, in a bank.
Now let us come to the point where almost everyone is hating the single player campaign.
The reason behind this may lie in the fact that recent shooters,including Modern Warfare series, Black Ops, Bad Company series have somewhat made us used to run and kill and run. You just go to a place and there are bunch of people to kill and you can kill them easily, even without being in a cover sometimes.
Battlefield 3 however takes a different approach to this.
It makes you think how you can approach to the objective not just rush towards it and kill everyone in your way.
To me this is something equally good and frustrating.
I played the game on 'hard' difficulty and one thing you'll notice while playing on 'hard' is that you die, a lot. Three bullets is all it takes, just like Black Ops' maximum difficulty. This isn't a bad thing entirely though. Another thing that really bugged me throughout the campaign was that sometimes you die and you don't even know who killed you and where was the fire coming from. The AI too at times is fairly frustrating.
One thing I would like to point out is awful combat mechanic. Its just plain fail.
Another thing that is not good is the length of the campaign. While I enjoyed the 7 hours of it, there should've been more. I am left disappointed by its length, to be honest. After all there are people too who buy games solely for single player.
Yes their are many similarities between this game and recent shooters but the different approach makes it worth playing.
9.00 out of 10
Co-OpSix missions only? Yep thats right but these six missions will give you and your friend a challange you have never seen before. I, with a couple of friends, have played all the six and it gets surprisingly difficult at 'hard' difficulty.
Yes there should've been more missions but as it stands out, these six missions are great fun to be had.
8.75 out of 10
MultiplayerOkay, this is kind of difficult. First I would like to tell you all that I am a newcommer to Battlefield series. Never before, had I played any Battlefield, except for Bad Company 2 (though I only played SP and about an hour or so of MP).
Only other game I had ever played is original Modern Warfare.
I, at first, was quite reluctant towards Battlefield 3 and was planning to get Modern Warfare 3. But it all changed when I saw a couple of Battlefield trailers.
So I sat down and thought about it and ended up pre-ordering Battlefield 3.
I ran the game, for the first time, on 24th, at 2330 hrs and stayed up all night long and the following day. Normally, when I buy a game I complete the single player campaign first but here the story was entirely different. Aside from making sure the game was properly installed and optimizing the graphics settings I never even looked at single player banner for nearly 3 days.
For someone who is entirely new to series, I was horrible at game in first 2 days or so. I didn't knew much about game modes at that time either.
But as I got into the mechanics and began to understand the game modes it became clear to me that I've made the right decision.
The leveling up system, the four classes, dog-tags, melee and everything else is just about perfect.
Every single map is extremely well put and developers deserve a pat on on the back for creating such an awesome array of maps with suitable envoirnments that remains true to the game mechanics.
I would like to point out some things that I disliked about the multiplayer experience.
First of all is that Goddamn tactical light. If there is one thing I have to choose about this game that I don't like its this tactical light attachment. It really is frustrating. Sometimes my own teammate blinds me while I am killing an enemie and I miss the target and he either gets away or I get killed. It is significantly annoying in closely spaced areas like near the train wreckage in Operation Metro or in tunnels. Sometimes I don't even know who has the tactical light and I spray all over hima nd what I get 90% is TEAMKILL.
Other thing is that there is no way to practice jets and choppers outside the game. Though there is a co-op mission for that but it'll hardly boost your flying skills.
Other than that the multiplayer seems to be a perfect to me. It si deep and varied and it rewards teamwork extremely well.
9.75 out of 10
I have completed single player campaign on 'hard' in 7 hours, have played all the six missions of co-op and I've been playing multiplayer for about 22 hours and 15 minutes.
I enjoyed Co-Op and I wish there were more missions.
I enjoyed single player more and I wish combat mechanics were better and it lasted longer.
I am enjoying multiplayer the most and, aside from the frustrating tactical light and jets and chopper thing, it is almost perfect to me.
It is immersive, deep and challanging and the extremely well designed maps jsut add to the greatness of it. I am glad I bought it.
9.75 out of 10