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Game itself is great! Origin and Battlelog slightly bring down the experience.,
This review is from: Battlefield 3 (Video Game)
I wanted to write a review about the game itself, and not focus so much on things outside of the game i.e. Origin and Battlelog.
I've been gaming on the PC since the late 90s, and this is one of the best games that I have experienced. If you enjoy first person shooters on the PC, then this is a must. The game features stunning graphics, but it can still run, and look good on a mid range PC. This game goes above and beyond what other shooters have done in the past and has interesting and unique features (if you want to call them that) that other games simply do not have. These include realistic physics that affect all projectile objects (bulletts fall over distance), suppressive fire that blurrs the screen of the player being suppressed, lasers that blind you, flashlights that white out your screen in dark areas, and sniper's scopes show a glare in the sunlight. The game also features one of the best animation systems that I've seen. Characters transition naturally from animation to animation. Moving about the environment feels realistic, and it looks realistic when viewing other players. The game provides the opportunity to drive and fly all the vehicles in the game during multiplayer. This is what Battlefield is known for. The vehicle combat is fun, but it requires skill, especially when flying in jets or helicopters.
Aside from these new aspects of the game, the recent trend of unlocks and leveling up in shooters is found in this game. You gain experience points for doing things in the game, and that translates into leveling up and unlocking goodies. Battlefield has 4 classes in multiplayer: Assault, Engineer, Support, & Recon. Each class has it's own unlock progression and own special abilities. The game encourages you to be a team player. When playing as a team and playing to the strengths of your class, you earn points faster. All in all, this is one of the best multiplayer shooters out there.
The single player game is short, but enjoyable. It will most likely be finished up in under 10 hours. The story isn't necessarily ground breaking, but it is fun to play through. However, quick time events kind of take away from the otherwise good experience. Not to say they are bad, but they don't seem to fit with what this game is about. They feel like they were an afterthought. The story itself is not as well written as some others on the market, but it works just fine for the game. It doesn't detract at all from the experience, it's just not the most original story out there.
There are some things which I don't like, but they aren't the game itself. They are Origin and Battlelog. Origin is required to play the game, no matter where you bought the game. The program itself is trying to be an alternative to Steam, but it isn't as user friendly, and it isn't as optimized. It will give occasional errors and crashes. For me, I haven't had too many issues, but others have had a great number of issues. It seems hit or miss. Battlelog is the web interface through which you access the game itself. It isn't too bad, but it is trying to turn the game into a social network, which some like and others don't. You track all your player stats through here, and this is also where you access the game and select serverst to play. You have a communication center in here where you can invite friends to join your game, create partys to play together, and use voice coms with your party.
Overall I really enjoy this game.
+Physics and effects
-Origin is required
-Can be buggy at times (seems to have been fixed since launch)
-No team voice chat (party only)
-You have to go through battlelog to access the game.
I would give this game a 9 out of 10.
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Initial post: Mar 12, 2012 11:33:38 PM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2012 4:47:11 AM PDT
Mark Garety says:
This game is more realistic then other popular first person shooter games on the market. It offers more depth and rewards team play, which is something that is not common in first person shooters. However, it is still just a video game. It's not worth getting too worked up over. I enjoyed it so I gave it a score based on my opinion of the game. I'm not an EA employee, I'm just a someone that likes to play PC games.
Posted on Apr 23, 2012 11:21:30 PM PDT
R. Marshall says:
Yea, great graphics and gameplay for sure! Extremely exciting.
When I first installed this as a digital download from Amazon everything worked flawlessly. Origin panned out okay even though people's feelings and reviews of it aren't that shabby. Three days later after rocking out on BF3 my hard drive failed and I had re-download from Amazon.
This time things did not work out the way they first did. After download was complete Origin installed fine and then the nightmare began. Battlefield 3 got stuck at 99% installed. It hung at 99% for a few hours. I decided to ctrl+Alt+Delete Origin.exe, and restart it to see if it would finish up (or if it had finished up). It instantly showed the 99%-100% complete then gave an installation error, then to try and reinstall BF3. I was like "Okay"...:(
I went ahead and reinstalled Origin, then continued the BF3 installation which was another crapshoot. The status bar that shows what percentage of the game has been installed was stuck at "preparing", then "finalizing", then "Preparing", then "Finalizing" over and over again for ever... At first, I was like "no way!, maybe the game was installed..."
NO, it wasn't. Origin's finalizing and preparing did this for a about 35.432 minutes before I pulled the Origin Plug once again.
Restarted Origin and then this time Origin decided to Download the Game from EA which is 15.4gb. I gave in. I am now downloading from EA: THE ENTIRE GAME AGAIN. The download from Amazon was only 10.2gb. I'm thinking this is due to an update attached to the EA download. So I deleted the original amazon download and will just suck on my thumb till this one gets here. AND HOPE THAT IT WORKS.
Overall, great game, but Origin (ghetto-Steam) needs some work. It really does cause an inconvenience. I wasted hours waiting to play this awesome game. Now I have to wait again. I could have have cooked a turkey... or read a novel.
Posted on Aug 23, 2012 6:01:42 AM PDT
Jason H. Watson says:
Can you use a PC contoller(360) on this one? I could never get it to work on the last one.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2012 6:20:29 AM PDT
Mark Garety says:
I have not tried using the xbox 360 controller with Battlefield 3. I use it on many other games, but in general, I've not attempted to use it with first person shooters.
Posted on Jan 24, 2013 1:27:37 PM PST
There is in fact team chat, if you open up the menu (esc) then goto squad, you can see that it says VOIP change that from squad to team and your set!
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