This week on Video Game Tuesday I’m covering the second most recent entry of a favorite series since the first one back on the PC, it’s Battlefield 3.
Plot Synopsis: Battlefield 3‘s Campaign story is set in 2014, and covers events that occur over the span of nine months. Most of the story takes place in the Iraq/Iran region. Other locations include the Azerbaijani border; Paris, France; andNew York City, New York. Most missions occur as flashbacks on part of the interrogation of Staff Sergeant Henry Blackburn, and do not occur in order of events.
The Campaign puts the player in control of four different player characters. For most of the story, the player controls SSgt. Henry “Black” Blackburn (portrayed by Gideon Emery), a member of the U.S. Marine Corps 1st Recon Battalion and main protagonist. The player also controls Sgt. Jonathan “Jono” Miller, a M1 Abrams tank operator deployed in Tehran; Lt. Jennifer “Wedge” Colby Hawkins, an F/A-18F Super Hornet Weapon Systems Officer; and Dimitri “Dima” Mayakovsky, a Russian GRU operative. The main antagonist, Solomon, is an overseas asset for the Central Intelligence Agency. Non-player characters include: Misfit 1, Blackburn’s squad (including David Montes, Steve Campo, Christian Matkovic, and Cpt. Quinton Cole); Dima’s GRU squadmates Vladimir and Kiril; and CIA Agents G. and W., who interrogate Blackburn for much of the Campaign.
Plot: I made to the first flight mission in the campaign and than had to stop playing because the control scheme for consoles, and to be honest for PC’s as well, is convoluted as hell without a flight joystick which won’t work for anyone not playing the PC version.
Gameplay: It features the classic King of the Hill Game type where you try to dwindle the enemies store of reinforcements, read respawns, by capturing certain locations on a map and hold the majority of them while killing the other team. I really enjoy this type of gameplay and except for the flight controls, which suck like I stated above, I enjoy hopping into vehicles and using them to destroy the other team. I really wish the flight controls would have taken a hint from the Star Wars Battlefront series, or I might have actually played this game for more than 3 days. When it comes to graphics and some gameplay decisions it’s great to be life-like.Except when certain gameplay designs make it hard for a beginner player to have fun then it ruins the rest of the game.
Music: It was decent, but got old really quickly.
Art: It’s a first person shooter, you are looking at a gun most often and they looked okay, but it wasn’t anything spectacular.
Overall: A disappointing game, that should only be played by those with a masochistic streak who enjoy beating their heads against a wall when using a controller to fly planes.
For those who like: The Battlefield Series, Vehicles in their FPS games.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or shitty controls that get in the way of fun.