Battlefield has always been a series focused on co-operative team play, massive battles encompassing land, sea, and air as well as a showcase of a variety of different military vehicles. The 'third' instalment of the series doesn't diverge from the tried and true formula, but does make some much-needed tweaks to the over-all gameplay to advance the series into the modern generation of FPS titles and beyond.
+Team-focused combat sees a return, and gets some balance tweaks.
+Impressive graphical upgrades over the series predacessors.
+A more compelling single-player campaign then previous ventures.
+Bigger better battles that let you take the fight on virtually every front.
-The main story feels like it cribs a little to heavily from Call of Duty.
-A couple of bad-apples can ruin the experience real quick, as you are reliant on your teammates.
-The flashlight/laser sight system can be abused for annoyance VERY easily.
Outside of the Bad Company sub-series, Battlefield has never been a series that's been held up by its deep or interesting story. What story was offered in the games previous was little more than an introduction to the mechanics of the game; an extended tutorial if you would. That's probably the reason why Battlefield 3's story-mode isn't getting a whole lot of focus from reviewers. Reviewers and gamers alike will be jumping into the game with one focus in mind, and everything else as a secondary.