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‘Battlefield 3’ doesn’t measure up to popular competition

‘Battlefield 3’ allows you to take control of tanks, Jeeps and jets. The single-player mode takes the backseat to more interactive multiplayer and co-op modes. However, it falls short to ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’, which was released on Tuesday. | EA Games

It’s clear that Electronic Arts is sticking its neck out and showing its spirit of competition against Acitivision’s juggernaut title “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3”, but with the lackluster single-player campaign mode and a seemingly fun but short lived online multiplayer mode, “Battlefield 3” falls short of the competition.

Indeed, the story and gameplay in the single player campaign mode is disturbingly boring and nonsensical. Players take on the role of Sergeant Blackburn, a Marine who is being interrogated by the CIA after being accused of being a traitor.

Throughout the single-player mode, you’ll be able to play through all of Blackburn’s flashbacks as he tries to clear his name. Despite having a somewhat interesting plot, players will find a disconnection with all of the characters in the story — and confusion as to what’s supposed to be going on in the story itself.

While the sound effects are an exquisite touch in terms of how the Dolby Sound system in the game compliments gunfire and explosions, the entire single player campaign is neither engaging nor thrilling because it follows a common formula for the first-person shooter.

The tanks and jet plane missions are refreshing, but the control mechanics hold it back from being phenomenal — players might find that maneuvering takes some getting used to. It’ll be hard to enjoy blowing up enemy buildings and tanks when you’re trying to figure out which way to aim or trying to back out of a stuck area.

The single-player campaign mode is more likely to be ignored by most “Battlefield” fans because the game really shines in multiplayer and co-op experiences.

Like the single-player mode, the co-op mode is introduced for the first time in this game, which allows you to play several levels with a friend and unlock weapons and perks for the multiplayer online mode. These levels are no easy feat and require a lot of teamwork, which in the end offers some value of accomplishment in unveiling new features for online matches.

Multiplayer mode offers a variety of ways to play. Conquest, Rush, Squad Deathmatch, Squad Rush, Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag are all there. In addition to combat on foot, players will be able to take control of tanks, fighter jets and Jeeps. There are a total of 12 open-ended maps for multiplayer mode, but you have the option to play in one map for various modes.

The biggest downside of the whole scenario is that “Battlefield 3” is competing against the recently-released “Modern Warfare 3” — something that EA might not have thought all the way through. Had they released “Battlefield 3” at another time, it probably would have received better reception from gamers across the nation, but that isn’t the case.

“Battlefield 3” is a good first-person shooter game in its own right by offering a full-fledged online multiplayer mode in a way that has never been done before. However, it falls short in the quality of the campaign mode, which inevitably makes the game feel incomplete.

With “Modern Warfare 3” already in the hands of gamers everywhere, it looks like the 15 minutes of fame for “Battlefield 3” have run out.

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