Monday Impressions: Battlefield 3 campaign
I've heard good things about Battlefield 3. Even though I'm not the biggest FPS fan, I can see why people like it. I also see how different of a game it is compared to the recent Call of Duty games. However, all these good things are in the multiplayer aspect. The campaign... not so much.
Ok, so after I got BF3 as a birthday gift from my friends (you guys are awesome), a bit of time passed before I even tried out the game. I blame having zero hype. Before BF3 was released, I thought it looked fantastic running the Frostbite 2 engine and I did enjoy the older Battlefield games. Having heard from multiple sources that BF3's campaign mode was (for lack of a better word) 'shit', I would still blindly, but staunchly defend it, giving the game my benefit of the doubt. I like to believe that if you want to shit on franchise or series, one has to properly experience said franchise/series for at least a significant amount of time before calling it shite.
So after God knows how long, I finally sat down and played the damn game. After hours of updates, the game finally runs. I go into the campaign mode. Here's my experience.
Sad to say, I never booted up BF3's campaign mode since. The multiplayer seems really good (again, I'm not a huge FPS buff so bare with me) plus the graphics and sound are fantastic. I did hear the story that DICE (responsible for the Frostbite and Frostbite 2 engine, plus the Bad Company games which I like) handled the multiplayer aspect while the campaign was outsourced to Not-DICE. Such a missed opportunity for EA. Activision may be the devil in the realm of videogame publishers but they can make a damn good campaign mode in their shooters.
Is it worth a try?
Hell yeah, it is. If multiplayer shooters are your thing then that may be enough to tickle your trigger happy fancy. BF3 has gotten a butt load of updates for the multiplayer mode. All that and the heavy following that it still has should be more than enough for the average FPS fan. But if online is not your thing and you're thinking of getting this for the "story".. don't.