Originally Posted by Clam Slammer BF3 is great because of
- Excellent understatedly stylized graphics
- Tons of maps, guns, vehicles, and playing styles
- A reasonably high skill ceiling
- Really fun for teamwork, whether you communicate with your team or not
- Some realism without detracting from the relative concept of 'fun'
- It guarantees those moments that you just don't see in other games, we all have out "Battlefield Moments" whether it's pancaking someone with a tank on the roof of a second story building, blowing up four guys with on C4 blast, or simply sniping an enemy out of a helicopter.
It all boils down to a solid shooter with an overwhelming amount of content.
LOL. You only get a decent amount of content (not even close to overwhelming) and maps if you buy all of the ridiculously priced DLC. Otherwise you get a measly 9 maps, and only two game modes that are worth playing. Tons of playing styles? Hardly, it's just a casual FPS. You can run and gun or camp, it just has some small variations such as medic or engineer classes.
I'd really group it into three playing styles; infantry, airborne, or tanks/armored vehicles which is nothing new in this genre. It's only new to those who only previously played Call of Duty, since lots people act like the only two game series in existence are Call of Duty and Battlefield.
Graphics are hardly relevant for a game like this, but they are often overrated as well. There's no skill ceiling at all, BF3 is a casual game. The only required "skills" are compensating for the poorly done bullet drop (which is very easy since there's no need to worry about windage) and knowledge of the maps, which comes naturally over time to anyone who isn't brain dead.
Teamwork is not emphasized due to the lack of VOIP, and you're only going to get teamwork in private servers with people you know, combined with something like TS3.
The game tries for some realism but laughably fails. I'm referring to, of course, the ballistic system which is so unrealistic and poorly done that I wouldn't frown upon those who prefer firing lasers like in Call of Duty. Most things you pointed out, including the ridiculous but sometimes funny "Battlefield Moments", aren't exclusive to Battlefield; they just aren't found in its counterpart (Call of Duty).
Anyway, if you like casual shooters with a bit more variety than Call of Duty, then you might like BF3. There's nothing great about it really, and it has too many flaws for it to be great. It's poorly balanced, has poor hit detection, doesn't emphasize teamwork enough, horrible spawn system in TDM, bad ballistic system, horrible weapon/weapon attachment properties, and is simply too casual for me.
I've been gaming for a long time and I don't appreciate the backwards trend of casual games becoming more popular. But if you're relatively new to gaming or are just not serious about it, and want a purely mindless PvP shooter, then BF3 might satisfy you.Edited by boredgunner - 3/27/13 at 9:28pm