Get ready for End Game! The fifth and final expansion pack in the already massive Battlefield 3. Can we fit this content in without our hard drives exploding?
What You Get
Here come four new and beautiful maps , each one being themed in a different season, to add to the already stellar selection in Battlefield 3. They are Kiasar Railroad, Nebandan Flats, Operation Riverside and Sabalan Pipeline. While designing these maps the developers only had two things in mind; make them fast paced, and make them full of action, and they definitely succeeded.
Kiasar Railroad is located in Northern Iran and the map is set during Spring. The setting is that of any logging town; work sites, bodies of water and loads of trees. Train tracks run through the center of the map, which can be used for cover while in a firefight. The terrain also gives great opportunities for catching some massive air while ripping around on a dirt bike, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
Nebandan Flats takes place in Eastern Iran and with its hot desert atmosphere it’s easy to feel the summer theme. Essentially it’s a warehouse in the middle of the dessert, which can lead to intense shootouts, reminiscent of the “Close Quarters” map expansion pack. But if you’re outside the warehouse for any reason, you better pray you’re in a vehicle, because you don’t stand a chance if you’re not! I don’t want to give any spoilers, but this map should definitely appeal to any Paleontologists playing.
Operation Riverside is located in Northern Iran and is another intense shoot-em-up map. Players can easily get from A to B while shooting anything that moves, leaving the ground based vehicle users with a little more difficult route, forcing them to go around a lot of the action to reach their desired destination. If travelling by vehicle, be sure to look for a broken down bridge.
Finally we have Sabalan Pipeline, which is located on Mt. Sabalan, Iran. I liked to say its End Game’s mandatory snow themed map but EA put the kibosh on that due to making all four maps season themed, which to be honest, was quite clever of them. Sabalan Pipeline is located in Northwestern Iran and is my favorite of the new maps. It’s a perfect mix of infantry and vehicular warfare and all game modes have played out beautifully. There are loads of places to go, places to hide and places to stand toe to toe. Its especially fun to play Capture the Flag and Conquest here.
Aside from the four new maps, we also get four new vehicles. The fast driving HMMWV ASARD is an Advanced Short Range Air Defense vehicle, which has a remote controlled missile system and the capability of locking on to airborne targets as well as firing blindly into the night sky. Then we have the Vodnik AA, which is a light anti-aircraft vehicle and basically is the Russian counterpart to the HMMWV ASARD, having the same functions. Next we have the Dirt Bike, very similar to the Quad Bike from “Armored Kill.” It’s fast and furious to say the least and on top of its natural speed, it comes with an extra “boost” feature. It seats two, a driver and passenger, and if you take on a passenger and drive into the heat of battle the passenger is equipped with a full 360 firing option, as opposed to the Quad bike which only lets you fire in the rear direction. There are loads of jumps spread out without the new maps, as the creators wanted you to have lots of fun with the new bike, so take it for spin.
The final vehicle is the Drop ship. It operates, in game, in a very similar manner to the Gunship from Armored Kill. Players spawning in the Drop Ship can choose to jump out or commandeer a vehicle within the Drop Ship, and parachute out with that. Be careful though if spawning inside a Drop Ship and waiting for a vehicle to spawn because enemy forces can shoot down the Drop Ship with concentrated fire.
Along with the four new maps and four new vehicles we also get two new game modes; Capture the Flag (CTF) and Air Superiority (AS). Capture the Flag is a staple in most online Multiplayer games, however it hasn`t been available in a battlefield title for quite some time. The rules are generally the same for all CTF games. All flags have to be captured while on foot but you are then able to hop in any vehicle and bring that flag with you. That alone makes it stand out from most CTF variants among other titles. Something that differentiates it from other Battlefield game modes is that it has a set timer by default. To win CTF you must successfully capture the enemies flag three times, or whoever has the most flags by the time the count down expires, wins the match.
Air Superiority is all out aerial madness combined with precision physics. It’s a blast. Its basically the same as “Armored Kill’s” tank Superiority except with the intensity meter cranked up to ten. Two teams of up to 24 players engage in full on war to obtain and maintain mid air control points spread throughout the maps. The ejection seats are disabled and you are forced to kill or be killed high above the surface. Anyone seeking a thrill rush game mode is going to love this. On top of all that you get five new weapon assignments, two new medals, four new ribbons, Of course with new vehicles and weapons come new assignments and dog tags as well, 16 new dog tags to be exact, and five new achievements/trophies.
The amount of content for battlefield 3 never ceases to blow my mind. It is now, and always has been, money well spent. There is a reason they call them Expansion packs and not DLC, You almost get a new game each time they release one, all relevant to the core game which makes for an outstanding experience to any fan of the series, military game, or first person shooter in general. Battlefield 3 has been much more than a FPS title, it has been an experience in what the gaming world is capable of and where it is heading. I just wish there was going to be a sixth expansion pack down the road. Buy it!
Price: $14.99 (Or included with your Premium subscription.)
Release Date: PS3 Premium members: March 5th, X360 and PC Premium members: March 12th, PS3 players: March 19th, X360 and PC players: March 26th