If you purchase Battlefield 3 and any 12-pk. Dr. Pepper at Target before October 30, you will receive a free $10 Target gift card. All Targets in St. Louis County support this deal.
Battlefield 3 (BF3) was just released on October 25, 2011 in the U.S. for the PC, 360 and PS3 (The iOS version is available, but there probably won’t be a Wii U version next year.). BF3 was developed by EA Digital Illusions CE and published by Electronic Arts, and it is rated M (Mature) for blood, intense violence and strong language. The genre of BF3 is first-person shooter action. Single-player and multiplayer (online) are the major game modes.
BF3 now uses the Frostbite 2 engine. It also will not work on versions older than Windows Vista (Senior) and will be used on EA’s Origin platform (Pereira).
Bonus content for the game includes packs that are included in pre-orders of the Limited Edition at select retailers. An Online Pass is needed to use the game’s multiplayer mode and the code comes inside the game, which the mode is free for all purchases of the game itself.
BF3 is the eleventh installment in the series of Battlefield video games. Battlefield 1942 (2002) is the first installment and Battlefield 2 (2005) is the prequel to BF3. There probably will be another game in the series. Game Informer magazine officially revealed BF3 in February 2011 (Bertz).
The combined arms battles is the major feature of the game. 64-player battles (PC), the prone position and fighter jets are coming back after being scratched from the Bad Company games (Ivan). However, Commander Mode is scratched from BF3.
A new feature for the series is called Battlelog. Battlelog is a social feature that lets players across all platforms use voice communications, text messaging, view game statistics and join games that friends are playing in, though the platform must be the same for the latter (Orry).
The campaign mode lets players fight as the U.S. Marines against the People’s Liberation and Resistance (Pope). Vehicles are also a limited part of the campaign. A co-op mode is included. Online content lets players choose one of four roles: Recon, Engineer, Support or Assault. More game modes are included and Team Deathmatch is brought back from Battlefield 1942.
Negatives for BF3 include the campaign story, linear and relatively short campaign, boring and supersonic-like A.I., single-player gameplay and glitches. Destruction is not near as good as expected and even worse than Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
Positives for BF3 include the incredible graphics, amazing multiplayer, browser launcher (PC), exceptional sound, multiplayer gameplay and the lasting appeal is vast for multiplayer as well. Metacritic gave it a Metascore of 93 out of 100 for the PC, 85 for the 360 and the PS3 version has not yet received a score.
Even though BF3 has some downsides, it is still worth buying, unless you are not a fan of the Battlefield games, play them for campaign, not online, and/or are a die-hard Call of Duty fan. For those who don’t fit those qualifications, this game is perfect for you and can be purchased here in St. Louis.
BF3 Limited Edition is about $60 for the PC/360/PS3 at Target, Walmart, Kmart, Sears, EBGames/GameStop and Amazon.com. The PC only costs $57, the PS3 costs $58 and the 360 is not available at Family Video.com. For a limited time, if you download it for the PC at Amazon.com, you save 15%.
A pre-owned game from GameStop/EB Games only costs $48 and great used deals can be found at Amazon.com. Multiple BF3 guides can be found for as low as $15 up to $40. A slim vault for the PS3 with the game costs only $100 and a slim vault for the 360 without the game costs $90.
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Official website: http://www.battlefield.com/battlefield3
Wiki website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battlefield_3
IMDb website: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1954263/
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