Electronic Arts: Battlefield 3
The Co-Op mode is more or less the java-shop mode for the game. Here, players sit back and battle one another against their friends’ score and track their performance. As stated by DICE GM Karl Magnus, there will be no split-screen option available in co-op mode.
In multi-player players can choose from one of four rolls:
The Recon class, your main enemy spotter for your team mates, is able to place radio beacons anywhere on the map allowing squad members to spawn on that location of the beacon. The Assault class, as with Battlefield 2142, can equip themselves with med kits and defibrillators while also providing frontline fire support and built to be in the middle of the battlefield action.
The Support class can provide your team mates with heavy cover fire using an LMG (Light Machine Gun). Support can also move across the battlefield quickly setting up a bipod. Engineers, always a favorite, can repair tanks on the fly, take out enemy anti-armor and provides good close ranged combat, thanks to their machine gun. Their biggest strength comes in from its arsenal of weapons at its disposal taking out enemy vehicles. All classes have unlocks allowing them to access certain in-game abilities specific to its class–which shouldn’t take too long to get the basics.
EA has made some changes to the games weapon mechanics to utilize the new engine. Compatible weapons can have bipods attached providing a significant boost to accuracy and recoil reduction when in prone position or near a suitable area. Each class can carry a flashlight placed on their weapon for blinding their opponents or lighting up those hard-to-see dark areas—and yes it blinds them during the day. Suppressive fire from weapons fired also creates “blur vision” to reduce accuracy to those under fire.
Into the Battle Zone (kind of)
If Co-Op or the Campaign is not necessarily your cup-of-jo then multi-player will be. After all, that is the main purpose of Battlefield 3, as well as its previous releases, is to get into heavy fire-power with your opponents on-line . . . and fly around and drop loads of ammunition on your enemies.
Console gamers luck out, PC gamers be prepared. The unfortunate part about Battlefield 3 is its login system—web based–known as BattleLog. Personally–not a fan of it. You will start out with EA’s Origin software, but wind up at their Battlefield 3 (BattleLog) web site. This certainly sets itself apart from its previous game releases–application login from the desktop. (also applies to the Campaign and Co-Op modes)
It makes little sense behind this annoyance and things don’t stop there. Due to this users cannot easily switch maps within the game, thus no interface within the game. Once in the map, you’re in the map so enjoy your time until the maps’ population dwindles down—or until it’s overwhelmed by griefers.
Apart from this the web page does offer players with up-to-date statistics and progression of their character, which could lead to the reasoning behind this. Here, users can setup server filters, game size, region mode, detailed (rotation, punkbusters, mode rotation, etc., etc.) free slots open and maps. If a player has purchased the expansion pack (limited edition) they can enable or disable this feature from the same page. Players can also add their favorite servers to their account. Battlefield 3 supports up to 64 players on one map, (depending on which game mode) making it great in-game battles for the really hard-core-congested fan players (raises hand).
Currently there are 9 maps to choose from: Operation Metro, Tehran Highway, Canals, Operation Firestorm, Kharg Island, Grand Bazaar, Caspian Border, Damavand Peak and Seine Crossing.
Battlefield 3 has 6 different types of game modes: Conquest Large, Conquest, Rush, Squad Rush, Squad DM and Team DM.