Battlefield 3 was released on October 25, 2011 to much pomp and circumstance. The game is a first-person shooter and direct sequel to Battlefield 2. It is the 11th game in the Battlefield franchise, which has its beginnings on the PC.
The developer, EA Digital Illusions CE, called DICE, used the new Frostbite 2 game engine. Visit the game's official site for more information about the game engine. It features a single player campaign, co-op, and online multiplayer. This review covers the single player campaign.
You play as several different characters throughout the campaign. Staff Sergeant Henry Blackburn is the main playable character. The vast majority of missions are played with Blackburn. You also take a turn as Russian agent Dmitri “Dima” Mayakovsky for two missions.
For the vehicle missions, you play as Jonathan “Anvil” Miller and Lieutenant Jennifer “Wedge” Hawkins. Miller is a Marine assigned to the 1st Marine Tank Battalion. Hawkins is the first female playable character in the Battlefield series of games and the weapons specialists officer during the Tehran airport mission and engaging the People’s Liberation and Resistance fighters.
The single player campaign begins with the interrogation of Blackburn in New York City concerning some missing Russian tactical nuclear bombs, commonly known as “suitcase nukes.” You play as Blackburn as he recounts his missions in Iraq hunting down high ranking members of the PLR, which he claimed led to his team’s discovery of a bunker containing one tactical nuclear device controlled by the leader of the PLR. Subsequent missions with Blackburn and his unit deal with the investigation in the location of two missing nukes that were not in the bunker.
The entire single player campaign can take about 6-8 hours, depending on the difficulty level. Though the campaign is not long, it is not short on action and variety. The missions range from piloting a tank in a desert operation against PLR forces, to a dogfight in over Iraq against PLR fighters, to sniper support of a Marine squad as it hunts down a high value target. The missions were varied enough to keep me interested throughout the entire game.