Battlefield 3 Multiplayer XBox 360 review

July 15, 2012

/ by Tin Salamunic

Developer(s): EA Digital Illusions CE
Publisher(s): Electronic Arts, Sega (Japan)
Platform(s): Playstation 3, XBox 360, Microsoft Windows, iOS
Release Date: October 25, 2011

For a while I was content running around, knifing random thirteen-year-olds on MW3 for PS3.  There was some joy to the unnerving ease of Call of Duty's raw gameplay.  But eventually I wanted more.  COD began underwhelming me, draining my gaming soul with every high-pitched curse that came from an enemy's bluetooth.  My friends were on XBOX having Live parties, laughing, scheming and killing as they played Battlefield 3.  I started hating being left out.  I rejected feeling like an outsider to people I knew I could outdo in a multiplayer match. 

So I peer pressured my wallet into buying a used 4GB console and picked up BF3 gleefully.
Still, I really struggled at first.  I didn't like the idea of having to pay to game online, much like the multitudes of spoiled PSN users.  4GB is also pretty worthless when your first multiplayer update is 2.6GB.  With that, and the fact that I couldn't download the HD content without forking over money for a bigger hard drive, I was exhausted before I even got to pick up a gun.

But I forced myself to forget about the DLC, about the Premium membership, about the inadequate mic.  I ignored the game options, opting for team deathmatch, and deployed on whatever basic class was there, praying I'd get to shoot at something moving.  It immediately hit me that I was playing something...better.  Battlefield 3, developed by EA, is streets ahead of Call of Duty.  Before you pull a trigger, before you throw a grenade or willfully slice the air, the environment paralyzes you.  It's beautiful, it's vast, it''s...humbling.

And then I moved, and boy did I move.  I felt alive with every turn and every unlimited sprint. When I crouched down, I crawled.  When I aimed, damnit I aimed.  I abandoned all of my silly frustrations, I stopped caring about killing, I just existed in the game.  And if I hadn't been sniped from an alarming distance across the map, I'd probably still be there.

BF3 welcomes you with open arms, in a seemingly endless world and soldiers so fit you want to hit the gym.  But it's not easy.  Battlefield challenges you as a gamer, demanding you to learn to be a more efficient killer.  The first eight times I tried to fly a jet, I crashed before I even left the ground.  I've been playing for a few weeks and I still can't grasp the concept of how people use helicopters.

Vehicles are just one of the several elements that push BF3 to the top of first person shooters.  The classes are also fantastic, building a diverse team that allows you to use your strength for the common good.  When I revive my teammates with a defibrillator, I know it makes their day.  I know I make a difference the same way I know my squad does when they repair a tank I wrecked after having it for thirty seconds.

Rather than the solo feeling that Modern Warfare gives you, Battlefield allows you to be part of a community.  No more whining from kids I'd thankfully never know, no more terrifying racist arguments that spawn in-between gameplay.  I get to compete with and against like-minded individuals.  And that's why XBOX, along with BF3, is worth every penny, worth every frustration, worth every update and download.  John Donne once said that no man is an island. And now I can say, thanks to Battlefield 3,"No twenty-something lazy man that wants to kill his friends in a video game is an island."

Review by Charles Case

Final Score “A Masterpiece” 10
Hands down, one of the best looking console games around.
Precise and perfect. Every gun feels different and even the simple act of moving around feels extremely authentic.
Take a vacation. The Multiplayer mode will keep you occupied for a really long time.
The explosions, the gun fire, the screaming of your comrades, everything sounds absolutely amazing.

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