Reviewed for: Xbox 360 and
Also available for: Windows PC
ESRB Rating: Mature (blood, intense
violence, strong language)
By Billy O'Keefe
No use wasting time being cordial: "Battlefield 3's" single-player campaign is a bummer. Military first-person shooters have increasingly valued flash over substance since "Call of Duty" dumbed it down and became the market leader, and the less said about "BF3's" me-too attempt — too many restrictive corridors, quick-time events, gimmicky diversionary missions that imitate instead of innovate, and stiflingly controlled scenarios that allow the psychic enemy A.I. to absolutely brutalize you if you dare attempt to ignore the continuous interface prompts and flex some creativity — the better. It's technically polished but imaginatively bankrupt, and DICE — which proved it could construct good single-player campaigns with the "Battlefield: Bad Company" offshoots — should know better.