Sorry for the fail play on 300.... o.O
....Having played the game since release and completed both the SP and COOP on hard as well as gaining substantial ground on the MP, I feel it only right to chuck my own review to the pot - Even if its not all that good ;-D.
So to get things off to a rolling start *unsure* ....
It has always been a known fact that the Battlefield series has generally just concentrated on Multplayer for its core gameplay. This is true all the way back to BFs predecessor `Codename Eagle' and Battlefield 1942 and then all the games in between. Whilst a Single player option has been available - Never has it been a focus and usually just contained random noob bots and an extremely (if any) loose story line which was left to your own imagination OR past facts.
The big exception is of course the Bad Company spin-off.
So with BF3 it's a slight break in the chain. But unsurprisingly the Single player has some bite to it, however, in my opinion has just been added to give those that enjoy backstory something to chew on as well as competing with other large FPS franchises vying for the same chunk of the market share.
Some will argue that; It's too short. It's boring and It's not cinematic enough. Some may even say that it's too `hard'...
Whilst I can't genuinely argue against these opinions for everyone is entitled to them, I do find it a tad suspect of people to make these claims.... Is that a contradiction?
Well anyway. It took me around 7 hours to complete the campaign on hard (and it was actually pretty hard), and whilst I can't speak for easy or normal, hard kept me occupied and captivated all the way through (over a number of sittings).
It was a tad frustrating and challenging at times. But overall provided an excellent example of how a real FPS can look and feel. I say real as some other games on offer feel very arcade like. :(
And whilst the story wasn't as blown out of proportion as MW3, it did offer some fictional off spins to possible eventualities in our own timeline. (No spoilers though :P )
I really enjoyed it, the graphics and attention to detail were great and the sound was the best I have ever encountered in a game - Well worth a play through for that alone!
Be warned though - It isn't exaggerated, it isn't Michal Bay and it isn't run and gun with scenery changes. Its tactical, hard core and most of all (... and importantly) great fun!
8/10 - Short fall because of a few echoes of frustration and ever so slight confusing story moments - Which are fixed if you pay more attention lols
The Co-Op sort of carries on from the SP on some missions and/ or skirts to an alternate version played from other aspects or different situations by previously unplayable characters in the SP. All 6 are technically unconnected, but definitely offer an excellent experience especially if you are able to play along side a real life friend (and better still if you have a mic of course).
Again, there are moments of frustration especially if you are completion'ist or trophy hunter - But you get by. And as said, if you get the opportunity to play with a friend, the experience gained is very memorable.
7/10 - Again, minor issues, 1 thing that you do lose out on however is the lack of split screen, which for some is a real drawback. And if you are unfortunate enough to not have any friends (who play the game :P ) then playing Coop with random's is not fun at all :(
The real action, however, does indeed lie with the Multiplayer - And in my own opinion, I think it's very wrong of anyone to just judge the game based only on the single player experience (or just 1/3 of the game). Battlefields original and unparalleled uniqueness, bundled with a varied range of both weapons and vehicles available is unrivaled and can't really be compared to any other game (MAG tried to compete, but failed imo). The experience that you encounter on the Battlefield is so overwhelmingly awesome that it's almost unimaginable! I rarely speak this way about virtual entertainment, but I feel that it is fact with Battlefield, and Battlefield alone :)
If you are able to squad with a group of friends, the tactical offerings are dramatically rewarding. And generally in a game with out friends, there are many people on the mic's tactically organizing or calling out enemies and or suggested take over plans.
Even with out this the game remains incredibly atmospheric, sounds, lighting and all other visuals are just plain epic and all of this combined makes for the best Battlefield experience ever and quite possible the best FPS, or even best game on the market today!
10/10 - Aside from small issues which are in the process of being patched... The game is ruddy excellent!
And before you jump at me for being a `fanboi' - I pumped over 3 years in COD2 and MW1 on PC, and those were my favorite games of all time, and those memories will NEVER be superseded. But given the time that has passed, the Call of Duty series has been stepped on by the epic and evolutionary masterpiece that is Battlefield 3!