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   Generally, when people talk about FPS’s (First-Person Shooter), they almost always mention “Call of Duty” or “Halo”.  The FPS market is full of games that attempt to copy the characters and lore from AAA titles, but before I get off-topic there is one FPS game I wanted to shed some light on. That game is Battlefield 3.

   Battlefield 3 is a AAA title developed by DICE Studios, and released in October of 2011 for North America. Though BF3 has been around for awhile, it seems only recently to be generating popularity among the mainstream gamer community. The main attraction of Battlefield compared to Call of Duty is vehicular combat. Vehicles vary from Jeeps, M1 Tanks, Mobile Artillery, Transport Helicopters, Assault Helicopters and even F/A-18 Fighter Jets! Depending on what map is chosen for a particular multiplayer match, some if not all of these vehicles are at your disposal.

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View from the cockpit of an F/A-18 Fighter Jet.

The main attraction of Battlefield compared to Call of Duty is vehicular combat.

When you go to start up a multiplayer match you can filter the results down to whatever type of game you want to play. Whether it be Conquest, Rush, Team Deathmatch, or Squad Deathmatch. Conquest delivers the biggest maps and longer rounds, while the rest are mostly the same maps with limited play space and no jets. Conquest mode will have two teams pitted against each other in a variety of locals varying from Paris, Iran, Gulf Coast of Oman, Wake Island, and the Persian Gulf. DICE is back with the “Frostbite²” engine and it looks great! There is NO other online multiplayer FPS game that compares to the sandbox environment and realistic gameplay of Battlefield ³.

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Vehicles are a man's best friend.

Battlefield 3 is a must-have game for any FPS fan, or any Xbox360 gamer for that matter. It incorporates almost everything people love about CoD and adds to it numerous exclusive features that set it apart from the competition. Once you get your hands on this game and dive into multiplayer, there’s just one more thing I think is worth mentioning. If you do plan on playing Battlefield for the foreseeable future, I highly recommend purchasing a Premium Account. What this means is that you will now be included in “pre-owning” future DLC planned for release, along with other “Premium Features” including concept art of level design, dog tags for your Battlefield Soldier, and Prima Games walk-throughs and tips available only to members through a digital download. “Premium Access” will cost you $50.°° usd through the “Store” located on Battlefield 3’s main menu. If you compare this to recent press releases stating that the first (5) confirmed map packs will cost 1,200MSP/ea. -or- $15.°°, that’s a $25.°° bill you could save yourself by going Premium.

I hope whoever reads this enjoyed it in some way and possibly even learned a thing or two. My next post will be covering the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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