Product Overview ~ In Battlefield 3, players step into the role of the elite U.S. Marines where they will experience heart-pounding single player missions and competitive multiplayer actions ranging across diverse locations from around the globe including Europe, Middle-East and North America. In addition to exclusive weapons, the Physical Warfare Pack also includes the Battlefield 3 Back to Karkand digital expansion pack. Players can wage all-out war on four of the most celebrated maps from Battlefield 2, including Strike at Karkand, Gulf of Oman and the Sharqi Peninsula, all stunningly re-created using the power of Frostbite.
Released Date: October 25, 2011
Publisher: EA Games
ESRB Rating: M for Mature 17+ *Online interactions not rated by ESRB
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Platform: Playstation 3
Official Website: www.battlefield.com
Network Players: 2 – 24
Required Hard Drive Space: 2 GB
HD Video Max Output: 720P
Dualshock 3 | Headset enabled | Broadband required
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– Frostbite 2:
Battlefield 3 introduces Frostbite 2, the incredible technology that takes animation, destruction, lighting, scale and audio to new heights. Built upon this powerful game engine, Battlefield 3 immerses players physically and emotionally to the world around them like never before.
– Feel the Battle:
Feel the impact of bullets and explosions, drag your fallen comrades into safety, and mount your weapon on almost any part of the terrain. Battlefield 3’s cutting edge animation, spectacular visuals and real as hell battle gameplay attack your senses and make you feel the visceral warriors experience like no other FPS.
– Unparalleled Vehicle Warfare:
The best online vehicle warfare experience gets even better with a fitting sonic boom as fighter jets headline impressive lineup of land, air and sea vehicles.
– Urban Combat:
Take the fight to iconic and unexpected places in the USA, Middle East, and Europe including claustrophobic streets, metropolitan downtowns, and open, vehicle-friendly landscapes as you fight your way through the war of tomorrow.
Hauntingly beautiful graphics and action so real it’s disturbing, Battlefield 3: Limited Edition captures all the chaos and carnage of a life where every turned corner could be your last and quick thinking is rewarded with survival.
Before we get to all the adjectives and action however, a quick word of warning to parents. I’m not quite sure what made the ESRB – or Entertainment Software Rating Board – use the quantifier “may” in their warning, “May contain content inappropriate for children” when a better, more accurate statement would be “Absolutely inappropriate for children”, but serious consideration should be taken with games of this nature, no matter how appealing or “virtually harmless” they may appear. For anyone out there that’s cleared this high to ride this ride though… cock it, lock it, and get ready to rock it.
The name may have changed, but a great deal of scenarios between Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 2 stay mostly the same, and while this is more apparent slinging metal as a single, multi-player mode is the clear winner in breaking free from this semi-deterrent. This isn’t to say that the single player campaign isn’t well worth your time – even with the seemingly stale and dated threat of Russians and such – just that what you gain in freedom and the ability to make your own choices you largely pay for in overall action and options.
The sights and sounds of Battlefield 3 are second to none, with Frostbite 2 robustly amping up game-play as the bullets whiz by with amazing clarity and the fire dazzles with real-world flare. Pre-Purchasers of Battlefield 3: Limited Edition will get the “Back to Karkand” expansion pack for free and with this pack comes a blast from Battlefield 2’s past as four previous battle maps get a grittier upgrade including improved graphics and tons of debris and destruction.
Navigating the familiar environments is also improved via three new vehicles and ten additional weapons, allowing you to experience much more than just the newly demolished surroundings, and the new “conquest assault” mode – where you must reclaim all the capture points – will insure that the action lasts for hours and hours.
Endless exploration seems to be a large part of Battlefield’s multi-player draw and the sheer vastness and scale of each map is as impressive as it is challenging. Game glitches seem to be marginal, with only incremental flaws that surface and fade quickly; and while sudden death scenarios with little to no warning indicators, single player disappointments, static buildings, prone players with disappearing body parts, and controller configuration changes can indeed be an enjoyment-threatening irritation, enough forethought to this onslaught was given to make these little inconveniences of little consequence.
So while Battlefield 3 may grow a bit stagnant in a single player environment, life online is where this battle really shines.