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Battlefield 3 PC Review | A DICE-y Situation

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Carl Phillips
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Battlefield 3 | PC

Battlefield 3 PC Review | A DICE-y Situation

Platforms: PC

Developer: DICE

Publisher: EA Games

NB. Please note that this review of the PC version only. Please refer to Matt’s review for the verdict on the console versions.

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If you have attended any expo in the last 12 months, seen any of EA’s advertising, or been within a quarter of a mile of our Editor, Matt Gardner, you’ll know that bass-heavy sequence of noise quite intimately. The audio representation of the intensity DICE wanted to convey to its potential customers did its job admirably in keeping the excitement for the return to the Battlefield (3). The question is though is this; does the final product live up to the thumping bass?

There have been a lot of promises of DICE and EA delivering an experience to finally rival that other war-based shooter, and with the competition generally seeing the PC crowd as an afterthought this was the perfect chance for the Battlefield series to cement itself in some old school roots. We are, after all, currently seeing movement within the personal computer space we haven’t in a while thanks to heavyweight titles finally forcing people to update their rigs, and if any title is going to want some extra horsepower to your current setup, it’s Battlefield 3. Basically, this is a bit of a warning; if you do not meet the minimum specs (hell, if you only just about do) be prepared for a rough ride.

Battlefield 3 PC Review | A DICE-y Situation

However, if you are in a position to run everything on maximum settings, welcome to the beautiful, beautiful carnage.

But is it really a new heavyweight contender, or just smoke grenades and mirror? Click here to find out…

Battlefield 3 Console Review | Another Roll Of The DICE

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Matt Gardner
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Battlefield 3 | Playstation 3 | Xbox 360

Battlefield 3 Console Review | Another Roll Of The DICE

Platforms: PS3 | Xbox 360

Developer: DICE

Publisher: EA Games

NB. Please note that this is a review of the console versions only. Carl will have a PC review soon.

It's EA's own fault, really. With their 'Beyond the Call' marketing, they stepped up to the plate, squaring off against Activision's record-busting series and poured scorn upon their adversaries. Since Epic's 'Duty Calls' video earlier this year (let's not forget who helped  publish and distribute Bulletstorm), Call of Duty has come under fire for being boring, linear, uninspired and repetitive. The smack talk in the press has been absurd, everything geared towards EA trying to beat Activision at their own game.

Sadly, as anyone in the sporting world will tell you, you don't beat teams by getting sucked into their game or playing by their rules. You have to play to your own strengths. When Battlefield 3 does just that, it is a near-peerless title. Sadly, it's only possible to say that for a third of the game.

Battlefield 3 Console Review | Another Roll Of The DICE

Those of you familiar with the Battlefield series will know that DICE's strengths lie in multiplayer, and this was proven last year with that particular aspect of Medal of Honor proving to be the redeeming factor in a package that hyped up its own seriousness and realism, then managed to squander its credibility and became 'just another military shooter'. It makes sense, then, to kick off a Battlefield 3 by talking about the aspect of the game that will most appeal to longtime fans and newcomers alike: the multiplayer.

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