Break out the Big Guns!
Battlefield 3 has always been about strategy over around guns blazing. Armored Kill DLC is still all about strategy but the guns are in fact blazing, and they are big! The maps are huge, even by Battlefield standards, and your tanks level the country side; beautifully destroying everything in their way.
What You Get
Included in this DLC is four new maps and each one is massive. When I say massive it may be an understatement as I thought the original maps in a Battlefield game were already huge. If you’re on foot, you may have a hard time seeing some action before the matches are over so hop in a tank, ASAP. The four maps are titled Armored Shield (which is the only Armored Kill map to not feature jets), Death Valley (which takes place at night), Alborz Mountains (the first and only winter themed map in Battlefield 3) and Bandar Desert (the monster of all maps!). This map is two and a half times the already huge Caspian Border map. A behemoth, that supports the largest amount of air vehicles in play at once; ten jets.
All maps are playable with all six different game modes as well. The intensity at which the battles play out on these maps is equal to that of the previously released DLC, Close Quarters, but in a totally new light. Close Quarters was intense because every time you turned a corner you had a gun in your face; frantic, pulse pounding madness. Armored Kill gives you that same intensity but by being in the middle of a very large Battlefield, surrounded by tons of steel in every direction. There is nothing more terrifying than hearing that beeping lock-on indicator when you’re locked by an enemy tank, and you know certain death is right around the corner unless you act fast and intelligently.
A new game mode called Tank Superiority has been added to the roster with this DLC as well. The objective of this game mode is similar to the classic multiplayer game variant, King of the Hill. The Objective is to capture a flag and hold it as long as you can. The flag itself is usually in an open area so the battles are intense around the flag. They are also generally towards the middle of the map so whether you like tanks or not, it’s better to ride one to get to the action or else it going to be a long walk.
Along with the new game mode and new maps you also get five new vehicles (two Tank Destroyers, two Mobile Rocket Artillery Vehicles and the ever popular Quad Bike) as well as the highly impressive AC-130 Gunship, which has an AI pilot but lets you hop one of two seats for gunners and also comes complete with a para-drop slot that is always available. Death from above! There are over 20 unlocks for the new vehicles, five new vehicle unlocks for the base game and five new assignments and dog tags.
I was a little scared when getting into this DLC as tanks and vehicles in general in Battlefield 3 have never been my strong suit (regardless of how much I love them). With Close Quarters being such a great map pack I was not looking forward to Armored Kill as much as I should have been. All my fears subsided the moment I started playing. Others like me, too scared to get in the tanks before because the people who are good at them are so good, are now on a level playing field. Even if I was a player who hated the vehicle aspect of Battlefield 3, I would still have to bow my head to them for creating such a massive, visually stunning and supremely intense gaming experience.
One thing I realized while playing Armored Kill was just how polar opposite it is to Close Quarters, and Back to Karkand. Each DLC seems to have its own theme and adds so much more to the over game package and experience, something I would love to see other companies do more of instead of just pumping out the same old map variants at $10 to $15 a pop (I’m thinking of Bungie/343 here with those brutal forge maps). If this game gets any bigger I’m going to have to run through the streets re-enacting the scene with Colin Clive chanting “It’s alive…. IT’S ALIVE!” from James Whale’s 1931 classic Frankenstein.
Release Date: September 4th – Premium Members on PS3, September 11th – Premium Members on Xbox 360 and PC, September 18th – Non-premium members on PS3, September 25th – Non-premium members on Xbox 360 and PC