Battlefield 3 (BF3) is a first-person shooter action video game developed by EA Digital Illusions CE and published by Electronic Arts. It is a direct sequel to 2005’s Battlefield 2, and the eleventh installment in the Battlefield franchise. The PC release is exclusive to EA’s Origin platform.
I’ll be reviewing the PC version. BF3 looks fantastic on all systems but it’s immediately clear the PC was the lead platform. The polish and graphical detail is absolutely astounding. Gamers, this is a clear indication of what next generation is and will look like. The graphical jump (if your PC gaming rig is capable) is quite amazing. Our test mule is a Alieware R3 which is water cooled, overclocked and running in SLI, so we were able to run this beast with all the eye candy on. Here are is an idea of the recommended specs in case you are wondering how your system measures up.
Ultra Graphics Requirements:
- CPU: Intel Core i5-i7
- RAM: 6-8 GB
- GFX: GeForce GTX 580
Superior graphics aren’t the only exclusive feature for the PC. Origins and Battlelog are used to search and host all of the fantastic multiplayer matches. It also updates and lists player stats. Regarding multiplayer modes and how it feels, a lot hasn’t changed. Gamers will be happy to see conquest and rush modes have stayed intact. I am thrilled to see though that Team Deathmatch has returned. The biggest changes in fact and they are good ones, are the environmental destruction and a much improved unlock system. There are hundreds of toys to unlock. With guns blazing and vehicular and aerial destruction surrounding you, this is one experience that will truly blow you away. This is the soul to BF3 and DICE nailed it. The Frostbite 2.0 engine is a work of art. We simply haven’t seen a graphical jump this significant yet. This engine allows for unreal scope, creates elaborate lighting effects and runs very efficient with the right hardware in place. As mentioned previously, be prepared to upgrade or run in SLI for this game if you wish to witness it under ultra settings. It is a sight to behold. One negative aspect is the absence of built in VOIP. Although it should be noted Battlelog does have this capability.
We haven’t forgotten Battlefield 3 does have a single player or CO-OP campaign. Depending on what mode you play, the campaign can be finished in 5-10 hours. I would suggest raising the difficulty to provide a slighly longer and challenging campaign experience. In the end, it was highly enjoyable but I felt it could have used more dramatic events. It’s without a doubt action packed and everything from graphics to sound to AI is well delivered but it could have used a few more unexpected surprises along the way. CO-OP in this game is a blast. As always I try my best not to spoil anything within my reviews but just wait till you get to a certain sniping mission. You will absolutely love it!
In short, Battlefield 3 is simply a masterpiece. The hype is in fact real. The campaign is entertaining and enjoyable, while the multiplayer features and modes are nearing perfection. On the PC, BF3 is as close to next generation capabilities as we are going to get for a while. The scale, graphics, sound and overall presentation is on a level of its own. This is the must have PC multiplayer shooter of the year, hands down. Contest is over folks…
Review Rating: 9.5/10