BF3: End Game reviewed: CTF on dirtbikes is a great way to end any series

Battlefield 3

By on March 18, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Say what you like about EA’s emergent monetisation of the Battlefield series (actually please don’t, I hate it when you fight), it’s hard to direct the same vitriol at DICE. They have been supporting this bad-boy like demons with some excellent DLC, and although that goes some way to justifying EA’s whole Premium deal, so far it’s been mostly worth it.

Back to Karkand was good for retro thrillage, personal fave Close Quarters ruffled a few feathers with its CoD methodology (but look at all the things that explode), Armored Kill made the rivetheads that much happier, and Aftermath’s environments went full retard. Sounds like there are no more bases left to cover, but End Game finalises the quintet of extra bits with something mostly alien to Battlefield’s considered advance: speed.

Your embrace of End Game will largely depend on just how much you like burning around on dirt bikes and chucking sick wheelies. Its four seasonal maps feel primarily built around the belated appearance of Capture the Flag, which means crossing vast distances from your base to theirs and trying to come back again with the goods. The only way to consistently do this is by way of all those frequently respawning bikes, and you’ll have to learn to love ‘em if you don’t already or quit the cigs and go jogging. The latter is not fun, especially when you clock a few K’s and a sniper pegs you with his crappy silenced pistol at your destination.

Luckily two guys can perch on one bike, and while they scream along at a solid pace and can pop the front wheel up to get extra air off angles (and curious ramps), they don’t respond well to a few bullets. It can start to make some maps a little predictable, particularly on the more linear A-to-B affairs like Operation Riverside: Everyone’s Engineers mine up the main roads, so you take your bikes off the beaten track where the opposition is invariably waiting for you. Doesn’t take long to learn the best places to stake out, either.

That aside, CTF itself is one of the biggest highlights here, and if nothing else End Game is an even mightier throwback than Back to Karkand because of it. It’s a reminder that one of the earliest FPS multiplayer modes arguably remains its best, with neither the cut ‘n thrust intricacies of Rush nor Conquest’s tidal ebb and flow anywhere near as artful as: YOU HAVE THE FLAG. It’s genuinely thrilling stuff. It’s a long way back to base and even when you get there, if your own flag is missing, you have to dodge probable death until someone retrieves it before scoring.

Epic great escapes ensue: Moments after hooning into the enemy’s base and ditching your bike in the face of one too many RPGs, you make a mad scramble for the flag. You get it, but your bike is a smoking wreck and they’re coming for you. BAM: Some guy power-slides right up next to you, honks in a comical way, and you jump on, speeding away through the smoke and debris and near-misses of rockets. At its best, there is nothing else like it. If End Game boasted the same “HD” destruction seen in the likes of Close Combat (why doesn’t it?), it would go from “This is insane” to “Who needs employment?”

If it wasn’t for Air Superiority, this whole deal would unquestionably rule BF3’s DLC roost by leagues. You don’t have to play this sky-centric variant, but in your online journeys you’ll undoubtedly get stuck in a few games of it. Some peeps love BF3’s jets, but they’re a minority if the lacklustre efforts on display here are to be believed. It can be really tedious, and immediately favours anyone who’s managed to rank up their jet with badass accoutrements. You spawn in a flyer and can’t eject, so no creative maneuvers like this classic. You just sort of have to fly around dying until your drunk housemate trips over your power cord. It actually ends up being kind of funny, with people doing all kinds of stupid stuff in the air to amuse themselves. It doesn’t speak that well of the mode itself though, and for those looking to take it seriously, there will always be a tobosaurus nuzzling your exhaust with the nose of his F/A-18 Super Horny.

If you can avoid ever having to attend Top Gun, End Game is a must. Happily spend your money. Parachuting out over the snowy wastes of Sabalan Pipeline from a mile-high dropship dutifully requisitioned by the taking of C is a buzz and a half.

Good:

  • CTF on motorbikes is a great addition
  • New maps offer great opportunities to catch sick air

Bad:

  • Some maps are a little predictable
  • Air Superiority needs rebalancing and shouldn’t be played seriously

Product for this review supplied by the author at their own expense.

21 comments (Leave your own)

Its fun, its what it should be, A little more highbrow than CoD, and a little more cartoonish than ArmA. The perfect balance for some gritty arcade fights.

 

i absolutely HATE the jets in BF3. I have an X52 joystick setup which doesn’t get recognised by BF3 so I end up using my xbox controller (with USB adapter). The jets still turn like a bus and its just not worth it. What a waste. Nobody flies their jets with their heads 20mm away from their HUD.

 

“there will always be a tobosaurus nuzzling your exhaust with the nose of his F/A-18 Super Horny.” What did I just read?

 

thepharoah:
i absolutely HATE the jets in BF3. I have an X52 joystick setup which doesn’t get recognised by BF3 so I end up using my xbox controller (with USB adapter). The jets still turn like a bus and its just not worth it. What a waste. Nobody flies their jets with their heads 20mm away from their HUD.

Oh you have real Sim games? Yeah don’t bother using any form of fancy controller in BF3, it’ll crap all over it. I reverted back to the keyboard entirely and rack up a bucketload more kills that way. Bit sad really…

I also don’t get the bemoaning of BF3 Premium? It’s an expansion pack. For $50 it’s the best expansion pack I’ve ever seen for a mainstream FPS, hands down. So why the hate?

 

Atleast they made the CTF a good mode. I was expecting the flag swapping CTF where you don’t need your flag to cap the enemy flag. Was a great surprise to see just how good they made CTF.

However the game is too COD like for me to enjoy and i tried with 60hrs play time. I need a higher learning curve to keep me entertained.

 

ashigaru: I also don’t get the bemoaning of BF3 Premium? It’s an expansion pack. For $50 it’s the best expansion pack I’ve ever seen for a mainstream FPS, hands down. So why the hate?

Exactly, 12 Maps, new gametypes, new weapons, new vehicles. I can’t fathom how people think that’s a shitty deal. I get the player fragmentation argument, but other than that… cmon man.

 

mindsnare: I get the player fragmentation argument, but other than that

I don’t even get that…

You don’t buy the expansion, you expect to be able to play with players that are playing expansion maps? I don’t remember any game ever supporting that.

 

Just played my first 2 hours straight of new shit, heaps of fun playing with a few mates.. bikes r a bit weird to ride, but that dosnt bother me. dominated face my first few games. CTF seemed a bit off, found that on my first game ppl werent actually capturing shit, they just sat near the flag/spawn and killed ppl. but other than that, was awesome fun. CQ was fine, and fun.

Also, i think Premium is awesome for the price. Thats exactly y i got it when it was released.

 

akira675: I don’t even get that…

You don’t buy the expansion, you expect to be able to play with players that are playing expansion maps? I don’t remember any game ever supporting that.

thankfully arma 2 / operation arrowhead did that, the dlc packs were sold, and a low res version of the maps / skins / vehicles / weapons etc were included in the normal base game patch so ppl without them could still play online

but yes no mainstream arcade FPS has done it that i can think of either

 

ashigaru: Oh you have real Sim games? Yeah don’t bother using any form of fancy controller in BF3, it’ll crap all over it. I reverted back to the keyboard entirely and rack up a bucketload more kills that way. Bit sad really… I also don’t get the bemoaning of BF3 Premium? It’s an expansion pack. For $50 it’s the best expansion pack I’ve ever seen for a mainstream FPS, hands down. So why the hate?

lol yeah I figured that out quite quickly. I just have a massive aversion to using the keyboard for flying games…but since I get owned quite a lot, I might just do that.

Oh and I only paid like $25AUD or something for the expansion pack – on release day, EA had $49 in whatever currency rather than equivalent so I logged into Origin India and paid 49 rupees….or something like that…lol. thats what you get for raping Aussies via overcharging.

 

Yeh man, love those dirtbikes.

 

thepharoah:
Oh and I only paid like $25AUD or something for the expansion pack – on release day, EA had $49 in whatever currency rather than equivalent so I logged into Origin India and paid 49 rupees….or something like that…lol. thats what you get for raping Aussies via overcharging.

BAHAHA Win!!!!

 
steve_rogers42

This made my weekend… had a lan at a mates and spent half the time in bf3…. ensue drunken hilarity involving racing all the vehicles we could hands on at spawn to the enemy flag to see who could get it, then sit in the tank/apc and take flack whilst a brother makes a get away… but man, i have either been away from it too long or wtf is up with the 12g slug and everyone using it? some people…

 

Yes dirtbikes I have to say is one of the best additions to the game.
Me and my mate would always use them, and get into hilarious situations, 5 hours of non-stop laughing, I think so!

 

I still think EA has squandered the potential BF3 could have had, like adding naval warfare with capital ships and alike…but this is EA

 

mebbe they’ll have all that in bf4? bringing back all the good things , like yah said naval combat / moving yah ships carriers etc. then also having a commander as well

i’d say if they brought those 2 things back pc gamers would flock to bf4

 

Screw BF4, BRING ME 2143.

 

The bikes don’t handle very well though, infact most of BF3′s vehicles feel underpowered and sluggish. Aircraft are the worst, helicopters fight against your every input and jets slowly shake around on an angle then completely stall when you hit the ridiculously low ceiling.

While DICE improves the infantry experience of Battlefield the vehicle handling seems to get worse. Basically the turning point was Bad Company/The Frostbite Engine, where they decided to make everything feel big and heavy.

 

the best dlc by far

 

akira675: I don’t even get that…

You don’t buy the expansion, you expect to be able to play with players that are playing expansion maps? I don’t remember any game ever supporting that.

Mechwarrior 4 Mercenaries
clan packs could be played agaisnt with out owning them
they had access to the new maps for a week or two (if i remember right)
then everyone got them while pack owners got all the other usual new toys

its the only game to have ever done it as far as i know
its something that battlefield really really needs to do

players are far more likely to purchase a new tank (reads skin) or uniform pattern than they are a map if it means they can allways play with their purchased toys AND all their friends at the same time

 
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