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TO any gamer worth their weight in armour- piercing rounds of ammunition, the decade old Battlefield series needs little introduction.
It has defined what large scale online military video games aspire to be – that was, until the arrival of Battlefield 3 this month.
Following what has now become the standard for all modern military shooters, Battlefield 3 offers players a short- lived single player campaign with a linear story, which can be completed in an afternoon, plus a collection of unrelated co- operative missions designed for two players.
The main story is neither memorable nor imaginative, however, the action does serve as a taster of what to expect when firing up the multiplayer side of the game.
These solo missions also showcase the game’s dynamically destructible environments, the stunningly realistic visuals and the immersive sound, which are all thanks to the developer’s retooled Frostbite game engine.
To the main meat of the game then, and there are nine different multiplayer maps available, with more expected as downloadable content in the future.
Players take on one of four different military roles, each with their own special abilities and limitations, which encourage everyone to work together in teams to accomplish different tasks.
Every player also levels up as they gain experience, plus new weapons and gadgets are gradually unlocked, the more they play. Players can also customise weapons, gadgets and attachments.
Prepare to spend a decent amount of time just unlocking every weapon and accessory to begin with.
For statistic buffs, the new Battlelog website lets you compare scores with friends, plus join teams, arrange matches and much more.
While Battlefield 3’ s single player and co- operative mode are mostly forgettable, the larger scale online battles feature some of the best team focused matches in any game.