Battlefield 3

A sloppy single-player campaign met with matchless multiplayer makes for an unbalanced first-person shooter experience

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Pros

  • Multiplayer is excellent

Cons

  • Singleplayer is not

Bottom Line

I seriously considered reviewing the two components of this game - single-player and multiplayer separately, since the disparity between the level of quality seems so vast and because it almost seems like the interests of two totally different audiences need to be taken into consideration.

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I guess if I spent that time I wasted playing single-player and instead committed it to levelling up my character in multiplayer, I'd probably be an officer by now (but probably not, as I've only had the game since yesterday). That levelling, by acquiring experience points from more things in a match than just killing the other dudes, is what always attracted me more to the Battlefield multiplayer experience than the Modern Warfare multiplayer experience. Well, that and the vehicles.

But I'm the kind of guy who isn't a stone cold deathmatch-style assassin who seems to just appear out from behind every corner, seemingly overpowered pistol in hand. I'm the guy who likes to use tactics, capture flags and give my teammates health and ammo packs. Some may call me a wuss, but Battlefield letting me advance that way makes the game a far more enjoyable experience.

There have been some changes to the Battlefield multiplayer concept, but nothing too huge. Well, huge in the sense that the maps are bigger and you can play in 64-player maps (both of those on the excellent PC version, by the way). But the inclusion of fighter jets and the tweaks to the player classes only seem to improve on what has been good for the series before.

I seriously considered reviewing the two components of this game - single-player and multiplayer separately, since the disparity between the level of quality seems so vast and because it almost seems like the interests of two totally different audiences need to be taken into consideration.

If I would have done that, I would have given the superlative multiplayer a 4.5 and the mostly drab single-player a 2.5, so what say we smash them together and give the game 3.5 stars out of 5? Now can we all just get back online? I've got some unlocks about to drop.

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