I haven't come in here to brag or to bash, but I wanted to post my review on here for those who want to read. Warning, this review is opinionated.
I AM a Battlefield veteran and have been playing the Battlefield series ever since the demo of BF1942 came out. My roots with this franchise go way back and I have seen all of the progress and design choices being made from start to finish. While my PC gaming days have somewhat come to an end, I have this game on the Xbox 360.
Let's start off on the Beta for the 360. Yikes. I think all of you who played the beta were sweating a little bit before the game came out, with good reason. It was a mess. RIDDLED with glitches, poor hit detection and connective issues that prevented you from getting/staying in a game. Well let's all take a deep sigh of relief because all of this was glossed over.... For the most part.
At first when I sat down with BF3, I immediately went to the singleplayer. The singleplayer caught a lot of flak from reviewers for why, I am not sure. It was actually quite surprising and immersive compared to other Battlefield campaigns. Hell, BF1942's singleplayer was nothing more than a bot match on the Multiplayer maps. Am I saying it's covered with gold? No, it has it's linear issues and occasional hiccups, but for the most part, it's right on track with awesome sauce as the Bad Company games were.
Not long after I had a good go with single, did I go to multiplayer. Ah yes, the multiplayer. What the Battlefield series has ALWAYS and FOREVER will be known for. It comes to a very large surprise that it simply does not hold up to it's predecessor. Bad Company 2 multiplayer was tasty, I mean it was very very good. This game is still plagued with glitches that were present in the Beta. Did a lot of it get fixed from the Beta? Sure.... But they're still there. I still notice them. So a patch that may or may never come to fix them will not earn any of these points back. Glitches I am talking about aside from lag: Vaulting over objects only the instantly appear back in front of them, going prone then instantly popping back up or into crouch, going prone and then clicking the sprint button whilst running from fire, only the instantly go BACK prone and receive many shots to the @@@.
Am I bashing the game just in the presence of glitches? No. We must also take in to account that the graphics are just simply disappointing.... Even with the "HD graphics" installed, they are NOT good!!!! Bad Company 2 graphics were finger-lickin... You could see the individual threads of enemy fatigues, you could see the dirt smudged on your teammates faces... You could interact with the map and feel as if you were truly there... Do you remember those epic tank battles across the mountain sides of Heavy Metal? The shells that impacted the ground would actually indent the ground creating craters that affect those who walk/drive through them. None of that exists in Battlefield 3. It just doesn't.
The "My Soldier" customization... A distater area. I mean, who okayed, morever CREATED, the layout that they put on the progression/stats/customization screen? It's God awful. The only way to see what guns you have unlocked or are you are about to unlock is the keep flipping to the right and left and seeing if it has a tiny little "lock" icon on it. Where the hell is the big gun graph that Bad Company 2 had? I'm not saying that that was the most perfect and elegant thing ever, but it sure as hell blows this out of the water. Why can't I check the progress I made with a particular gun? I can't check how many kills I've made with a specific gun? The only way I see any type of progress with a gun is to see how many attachable's I have available for it. Cool.
Frostbite 2.0? More like Frostbite 1.1; better yet: Frostbite .05. Where is the destruction for crying out loud? 9/10 rockets I shoot at walls do "NoThInG". Has anyone played Red Faction: Guerilla? THAT was destruction... THAT was a league above all else... This is a step backwards. It's almost embarrassing. Remember in Bad Company 2 when if you shot enough walls out of a building, it would collapse? Sigh, I miss those days.
Battlefield 3 is a mess. Singleplayer is fine, but it really lacks it's heart. The claims DICE and EA has made about Frostbite 2.0 were nothing more than a scam. The graphics are not what they were from Bad Company 2. The playability is a step down. The whole game is a step down. It really hurts me.
Have fun PC users, because the Xbox360 version of this is a damn shame.
Bring on November 8th please.