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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Tech - MIKE WIL­COX mike@ hy­per­ac­tiveg­ames. com

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.

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