Ive had this game for about a week as a friend of mine is a game reviewer so he lent it to me.
In one word...EPIC!
Whatever you read about this game, the faults of it are mainly thats its incredibly short (single campaign) and i believe this is what is marking it down. Its actually shorter than MW2.
But on the gameplay front, simply astonishing. Its obvious that EA have gone for the full-on experience and used that time to make a hard hitting, no bull game but at the expense of the length of it.
Make no mistake, ive played loads of shooters, loved MW and MW2 but this single-player blows MW out of the water. For a start the environment is virtually TV footage in its appearance, this is the only game ive played in years where on 3 separate occasions i actually stopped to lean forward because i 1. thought i was there. 2. i was watching tv footage. its that superb. This is the only game for a shooter where the weather effects are simply top notch, they have captured the moon shine, the sunshine..brilliantly. You will actually squint as you try to make out figures in the distance scurrying across the hills. And the scenery itself is just epic, fully rendered. I cant praise it enough, you simply have to play it.
The fighting itself again, makes you really feel like you are in a fire-fight, hide behind walls and the walls slowly disintigrate, get wounded and blood smears on the walls, bullets wize past like no other, take it from me, you wont be rushing into the open like with other fps. You need to think like a soldier and fire like a soldier. With high-powered rifles you can take the head off the Taliban completely, blood everywhere, EA havent pulled any punches. Your HUD isnt on screen, its a completely HUD-free game until you change mags, change guns etc then it pops up then goes away.
The enemy move superbly and arent easy and your team mates and AI are effortless.
The sound is something else, there is constant radio chatter and instruction from your pals and it really immerses you.
The cut-scenes are faultless, and *spolier* in one section where you are the pilot of an Apache, you are saved by the sniper actions of a Tier 1 operative...the screen then moves out of the Apache to the operative who made the shot, next thing you know youre in the next mission as the sniper...and to add to the effects..you take aim on a moving target, only to find its a couple of bees buzzing around the scope...insects..wasps...smoek..this has the lot. You really feel like you are there, and thats not something i ever say with fps.
To me, the single player absorbs you like MW did, only raises the stakes.
The downside is, its far too short, but make no mistake this game (single player so far) is immense.
EA have pulled it off.