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Vertical Learning Curve, L.E. = comprehensive, value purchase
on April 13, 2012
You've probably heard all about BF3 by now, so I'm not gonna to an extremely detailed review (I was itching to do that lol). I'd just like to point out a couple of things that one should keep in mind before and after buying this games.
This Limited Edition comes with the code to download the "Back to Karkland" pack which contains a bunch of new maps for FREE. The LE costs more than the standard edition, but not $15 extra which is the price you have to pay to get the B2K-pack on the standard edition. Hence, if you are interested in playing those maps, get this L.E. and save a couple of bucks right out of the box.
It also comes with a game code to unlock a suppressed pistol which I rarely use because it just plain bad, but that's my opinion. It may work great for your style of play, but it's completely unnecessary for me and I'd rather they let you pick one gun to unlock like the FAMAS, etc.
Besides all this, there's nothing really special about the L.E., so let me move on to the game itself -
- The learning curve is almost vertical, and if you're new to the series and are migrating after getting sick of CoD like I did, your first few games are going to be spent feeling as out of place, targeted, trolled as possible! This game is the exact opposite of CoD and you can't play with the run-and-gun approach that might rack up kills in the latter. There are no killstreak rewards like choppers and what-not (obviously) so it's all up to YOU to score points and find kills. There are four different classes that you can pick from, and each of them has its own specialty and role in a battle. Assault has all the assault rifles and standard weaponry, and has med-kits that a player can deploy to heal team-mates. Engineer has short-ranged weaponry and a repair tool for repairing vehicles. Support is obviously meant to support the other classes with strong support fire from machine guns and assault rifles, and can deploy ammo to replenish team-mates' ammo stores. And finally, Scout/Sniper which can set up motion sensors and spawn points for team-mates.
Now, each class is meant to be a played a certain way and a certain way only! Don't experiment too much or you'll end up dying way too many times. Try to play for an objective - Assault gets points every time a teammate is healed, Engineer for repairing a teammate's vehicle, Support for replenishing ammo, Scout/Sniper for helping teammates spawn further up the map and also for detecting enemies with say the motion sensor. Each class is important to the whole big picture of the battle, and working together as a team is extremely crucial. You can't take on the enemy by yourself, you need to rely on your teammates backing you up, picking off someone who might be flanking you... Basically, play for your TEAM first and your own glory second, and you'll start scoring really high. Throw down ammo or health for a bunch of mates who're having an intense fire-fight in Metro, or look for a good spawn location for them. BF3 REWARDS you for playing for your team, and there's no better feeling than winning. It's not like COD where you can lose and still feel really happy knowing that you got 25-30 kills and have a 2K/D ratio. In BF, it just sucks to lose, plain and simple.
Now there are two unique features in this game - the first is Bullet-drop. Bullets are affected by gravity over distance, and its not a problem if you fight close-range but for snipers this is something to keep in mind, besides all the other problems of recoil that this game throws in to make it hard for you! Jets and aircraft are almost impossible to fly at first - crazy learning curve! Be patient with it, or just avoid them altogether! A neat thing is that you can upgrade your vehicles just as you upgrade guns depending on how much you've used and accomplished with them.
The second are the maps - Gigantic maps. If COD maps are about 20 times smaller than some of the biggest maps in this game! It helps that you can sprint for really long though (I actually haven't ever depleted my character's stamina .. ??). Buildings are destructible if you use heavy tank-weaponry. The different game-modes also bring a lot of variety and flexibility to what the maps offer. My favorite map for Conquest is Metro, btw ;)
The graphics of this game are some of the best I have ever experienced, but not as good as I expected it to be based on all the rave reviews and praise it got. Yes, the Frostbite engine is great, but there were quite a few occasions where I noticed that it wasn't actually rendering and texture-reproduction but just a clever mixture of.. colors?.. that produced eye-candy. If you looked hard enough you could see what I'm saying. Animations are great but could be improved as well. Nowhere as bad as CoD though :P Glitches in this game are few and far between, and that's a huge plus. IN ORDER TO INSTALL THE HD TEXTURES you need to have a hard-drive installed on your xbox, so if you have the 4GB slim with no HD, well, oops? I'm not sure exactly how much space it consumes but you just can't have it on the 4GB slim. That's a bit of a letdown, since the HD textures make a HUGE difference and is exactly what everyone is talking about.
**I Have NOT played the Single-player campaign yet so no comment on that. I hear it's nothing spectacular though**
**IMPORTANT NOTE! - the game's online servers are no longer run by DICE or EA but rather regular people like you and me who chose to pay the small fee to own the rights to a server. Which means, the network is polluted with bad servers with repeating maps, restricted loadouts and vehicles, restricted play-styles and also the extremely unfortunate fact that you can be kicked out of a game simply if you're playing well and the server-admin is on the other team. Oops. One of the biggest worries about this game. You just have to get lucky each time you press quick-match, or be selective with the server selection. Good luck though!**
END VERDICT = 4/5 stars for the game, 5/5 stars for the Limited Edition.