Battlefield 3: Gameplay
It’s hard to be inventive in the world of video games, but the Battlefield series has had one unused idea. We mean single-player play mode, a campaign with a plot. It’s implemented in Battlefield 3 and that’s especially important considering the competition with the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
Although most of the Battlefield games were fine with just multi-player battle modes, this time the developers decided not to impose any limitations, especially since this shooter will be competing against a very serious rival - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
So, you play for Staff Sergeant Henry “Black” Blackburn who gets involved in situations which give a cause for criticism. The story is too similar to that of Call of Duty: Black Ops, so we don’t get anything new here. On the other hand, the single-player plot is quite engaging. Death of your friends, saving the world and an archetypical terrorist: all of these clichés are employed to produce variegated and highly entertaining missions.
The plot is not all about clichés, though. It would be hard to tell a world-spanning story through the eyes of a single sergeant and illustrate all the capabilities of the Battlefield 3 gameplay along the way. Therefore the designers used the well-known trick of Hollywood blockbusters. They show some of the story through secondary characters. Playing for them, you will have a chance to pilot an F/A-18F Super Hornet and take a part in a tank combat as a driver and commander of an M1 Abrams.
The game’s vistas are as impressively vast as those of Rage. You will occasionally slow down and just stand still, enjoying the view of a Middle East desert, the lights of a night city or the slopes of a mountain pass. The map designers have come up with even better scenes than those from Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
The game doesn’t conceal its scripted nature: you can hardly get off the predefined rails. On the other hand, the plot is so masterfully woven that you will only find the end of a map if you act without any logic. Moreover, you are not allowed to leave the battlefield. When you deflect or fall behind by so many meters or seconds, the mission is deemed a failure and you have to restart it.
The special effects are top class, too. The wisps of smoke rising up from a falling building can provoke an involuntary “wow!” In fact, smoke and sunlight are implemented just as well as in Crysis 2, if not better. On the other hand, the AI of computer-controlled troopers doesn’t match that of Crysis 2. Sometimes it feels like a shooting range with fixed targets rather than an interactive combat. You may want to disable the auto aim feature which can help you kill three separate enemy soldiers with one short burst of fire.
The multiplayer mode doesn’t need our recommendations. This part of the Battlefield series was revolutionary in its time and remains top class today. You have a huge map with missions, targets and objectives to complete. Each combat follows a mini plot where you can take on one of four roles: Assault, Support, Engineer, and Recon. There are a lot of combat modes to choose from, too.
So, the game will not let you get bored as the developers have tried to pack the best features of the previous installments into it. But is your current graphics card good enough for you to enjoy the heat of the battle? Let’s check this out right now.