Too close for comfort, and loving it!
Battlefield 3 has always been about strategy as opposed to running around, blindly shooting at everything that moves. Some hardcore gamers were worried how the second DLC, “Close Quarters,” would play out since the Battlefield maps are normally quite massive and this DLC is all about close and confined spaces. They can rest assured, strategy is still key.
What You Get
Close Quarters is the perfect name for this DLC. The maps are generally the same size as most other first person shooters (Halo, Call of Duty, etc.) but being in a game like Battlefield 3, they make it feel like you’re fighting in a phone booth, like an Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward scrap. You get four new maps; Donya Fortress, Operation 925, Scrapmetal and Ziba Tower, and I honestly could not pick my favorite one if you paid me to. They all add so much excitement to the game, and each host their own list of “plus sides”, that I don’t know if anyone would have an easy time choosing their favorite.
All four of these maps take place in Tehran, Iran. Along with the maps come ten new weapons, ten new assignments, one new gadget, five unique dogtags, five new achievements/trophies and two new game modes; Conquest Domination and Gun Master. Conquest Domination is very similar to regular Conquest but adapted slightly for the smaller maps. It unleashes an extremely intense game mode that has kept me from playing my usual staple of Team Death Match since Close Quarters was released. If you want to rank up fast in Battlefield 3, start playing Conquest Domination. Gun Master offers a lot of excitement by cycling the player’s gun every time he or she gets their second kill with the current weapon. The first player to use every gun wins the game. I like this mode a lot, because I get to sample the weapons I haven’t unlocked yet and it helps to give me an idea on which assignments I want to tackle in order to unlock the weapons I liked. The assignments are spread out two per class, and one for all kits.
Close Quarters is one of the best DLC packs that I have played in a while. It manages to maintain the strategic approach we all love in a Battlefield game while adding the intensity and fast paced action of a Call of Duty title. The universal (and done to death!!) debate of Battlefield vs Call of Duty should finally be over, EA and Dice have finally produced the best of both worlds. If you like Battlefield 3, you should already have this. If you don`t like Battlefield 3 but love Call of Duty, this DLC will make you love both. Buy it.
Release Date: June 22nd, 2012