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2.0 out of 5 stars Falls well short of the hype, November 8, 2011
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This review is from: Battlefield 3 - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
I really wanted to like this game. I general enjoy FPS both for the campaigns and for the multiplayer. For full disclosure, I have long been a Call of Duty fan, after growing up with the Halo franchise. I do still very much enjoy COD, but hoped BF3 would offer a nice break. Based on trailers and hype, I had high hopes for BF3. In the end, though, I felt disappointed. I got the game on release day and have continued to try and enjoy it ever since, but have been met only with frustration and dismay.

The campaign is just okay. It feels very linear. I know most FPS campaigns have to be linear to some degree to keep you moving in the right direction, but more than most BF3 feels like you are forced into specific routes and strategies. If the focus was to create a realistic feel, then why not allow for some improvisation on the battefield? As others have mentioned, the AI is frustratingly unintelligent. I hate the cut scene fight sequences that require the correct button to be mashed at the correct time to avoid death. I'd would actually rather have just a plain cut scene with no interaction rather than that contrived junk. More frustration: if you die, you are forced to redo many slow tedious tasks to get back to where you were. Jumping onto ledges, climbing ladders, etc. gets quite tiresome, espcially when the animations are so slow. The story telling mechanic of the interrogation with flashbacks is old - maybe they were developing their story at the same time as COD Black Ops - if so, bad luck for DICE in terms of release timing - but it sure feels unoriginal and disinteresting.

But these FPS these days are more about the multiplayer. This is where I had the highest expectations for BF3 and also where I have been left most disappointed. Maybe it's a factor of me being primarily a COD and Halo fan, but this style of shooter just has not been fun. I remember during the beta there was lots of mockery about how COD is just people camping - I have not found this to be the case in COD, but it is sure true of BF3. That seems to be a primary strategy here - find a hiding spot and just camp away. Given how murky and cluttered the maps all are (I'm sure under the guise of realistic battle experience) it is really difficult to see enemy players. Your screen is futher cluttered by all of the icons over teammates heads and others for objectives. The spawn mechanics are at times brutal, either spawing in an enemy's sights, or having the enemy spawn behind you. I really like the idea of the squad spawn system, but it doesn't really seem to work as well as you might hope. And speaking of squads, as many have mentioned, it is extremely challenging to get into a game with a squad of friends. This is a really failure. Not to mention that getting into games at all can be a real frustration. The servers seem completely inadequate - many disconnects. Many minutes waiting for a game to load only to be booted to the start menu. I have had no problems with any of my other games, so this must be a DICE/EA server issue. Fail. Overall, my real impression is that I really just don't have fun playing BF3. I do not find myself looking forward to getting home to play. I really wanted to enjoy it, and considered not picking up COD MW3 immediately, but BF3 failed to capture my attention, so now it moves on to resale.

Sorry BF3, you are just not fun.
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