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5.0 out of 5 stars A few patches away from brilliance..., 3 Nov. 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Battlefield 3 - Limited Edition (PS3) (Video Game)
Once in a while a game comes along that changes everything. A game so complete and so brilliant it just becomes too much fun..It's so very nearly there...

Having played pretty much every battlefield game in existence, you kind of know what to expect by now. Epic multiplayer games, but with inevitable launch problems. Battlefield 3 is no exception to this. You can clearly see the game of the year, just under the surface. What it needs first is a good old polish.

Some people will tell you there is a single player element to Battlefield. However, this is not why you buy this game. It doesn't really compete with other games in the genre in this department, but go online and it takes it to a whole new level. If team work, rolling tank battles, mid air chopper fights, fighter jets dogfighting and doing bombing runs sounds like fun, well believe me..... IT IS.

On initial release there are 9 maps for you to play each of the 5 game modes. 4 further maps are coming out in Decemeber, and these are 4 classic Battlefield 2 maps, re-made using the new Frostbite 2 engine which powers the new version of the game. The 5 main game modes are Conquest capture and hold flags to cause a ticket bleed of the enemy, kill the enemy to further increase the bleed ), Rush one team attacks and one team defends a set of objectives ), Team Death Match small arena, no objectives, run and gun style ), Squad rush a 4 v 4 version of Rush and Squad Death match 4 v 4 v 4 v 4 ). The main modes you will play will be the classic Conquest and the Rush mode that is has adopted from the Bad Company spin off.

Depending on which of these modes will determine how you go about your business in the game. Each mode is equally as good as the other, however one thing does strike you when playing the maps. They were mainly designed for rush mode, and in conquest some of them just don't seem right as a conquest map. However they are all extremely playable and some of them even breathtaking. You'll never tire of sprinting along the helipad with your squad mates and leaping off the cliff top in Damavand Peak.

You really will get out of this game what you put in. It favoures the team oriented person however. If running around Rambo style, or camping in corners or sniping up on a hill somewhere is your cup of tea, then Modern Warfare 3 is out in a few weeks and it might be more to your style. But for those that want more you need to look at this game. The game is played best when in a squad with 3 other of your mates, having a laugh and working together. One good squad can turn the tide for a failing team and pull back victory from the jaws of defeat. The squad system in Battlefield 3 has really come on since prior games. Not only do you spawn on each other still, but Recons can now place mobile spawn points, a few of them placed by you early in a round can provide vital spawn points later. You can also choose to have squad bonuses apply, instead of just ones to yourself. Therefore a 4 man squad all communicating together could all benefit from extra ammo, flak jackets, additional surpression or whatever other bonuses take your fancy.

The working squad system can be so good, that joining a server full of randoms who won't play together can be extremely frustrating. When you know what working together can achieve, it becomes a constant source of frustration when your other 3 squad mates are all sniping from miles away.

Graphics wise depends on your machine. If you are playing on the PC then depending on your setup your game will look like anything from looking practically life-like to about the same level as you are used to on other games if set to low res. Truely, if you have a good machine this looks mind blowing. Unfortunately for us folks on the consoles we really get the low resolution end of the spectrum, even after the install of the 'hi-res' graphics pack they released. No game before has ever highlighted the need for the next generation of consoles than this title.

No review of a Battlefield game would be complete without mentioning the sound. Wheras some games add sound to a game, Battlefield has the sound woven in to the very fabric of it's being. You might not appreciate this on your TV sound system, but plug in a surround sound system or some speakers and hear the enviroment come alive. It's atmospheric, it's tactical and it is at times downright amazing. The audio and visual display when a fighter jet gets shot out of the sky and crash lands in front of you needs to be seen and heard to be believed.

So what are the problems currently? Well I play on the PS3 which has big VOIP issues currently. Also the gun handing is just wrong at the moment. I know the Xbox360 players have been having some server crashes and the PC has had some lag. These are the main cause for discontent in the ranks at present. Other glitches exist, but these are the things that need to be sorted. To give credit where it is due to the developers DICE they are addessing it. It is fairly obvious the timing of this release was to beat the new Call of Duty release. A corporate decision no doubt from the upper ranks at EA. The early sales look very positive. It's never going to beat it's main rival in sales, too many kids today just buy for the name and Call of Duty is the established name. But this can still be special.

I've been saying to my friends that would listen to me that this game will take a month to 2 months to get completely right. Following on from probably the best online shooter ever created in Bad Company 2 is no mean feat, and at present I'd say that Bad Company 2 still holds that title. But Battlefield games are not games you play for a few weeks, you play them for a few years. In a few patches time, and with a steady supply of new maps this game will be a 5/5. Until that point though it willl have to remain a 4.5/5. But be prepared, because this will blow your socks off!!

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