Parents' Guide to

Battlefield 3

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Gritty, violent military shooter for adults only.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 48 parent reviews

age 16+

It was good.

A happy medium of Orig BFs and Bad Co. De emphasized destruction but maps offer plenty of external and interior variety. Gameplay and modes as good as you remember them. Campaign is just a somewhat more grounded CoD but with occasional open areas. Blood spurts are mostly quite large, stain walls somewhat frequently (when sensible), enemies react believable but no graphic mutilation is shown, enemies leave pools, some areas have preset bodies with significant blood around them, especially in a civilian train and a couple parts of a bank. F words are many but often make sense in setting.
age 13+

Poor game now...

Do not bother with this game. The multiplayer is so old you can not even play it anymore. The campaign is a boring slow paced engaging difficult ball of swearing

This title has:

Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (48):
Kids say (91):

Though visually spectacular -- imagine an urban warzone in the midst of an earthquake -- Battlefield 3’s single-player campaign is a bit of a mess. Its pulled-from-the-headlines story strives for a resonance that it never quite achieves. It’s plagued with minor glitches -- we experienced suddenly muted weapons, characters moving through walls, and even a sequence where we were swimming in the air. Most frustrating of all, enemies are at once extremely predictable and extraordinarily good shots, which equates to an unfair challenge and diminishing surprises. It’s seven hours of merely moderate fun.

Multiplayer, on the other hand, is extraordinarily satisfying. Matches populated with dozens of players covering enormous maps filled with a broad range of military hardware make for epic combat experiences. Weapons, vehicles, and soldier classes are diverse but finely balanced, allowing players to experiment with different styles of play. And expertly designed character progression means players will be enticed to continue playing for months to come. While gamers devoted to well-crafted single-player experiences may want to take a pass, Battlefield 3 is an essential play for adults with a passion for online first-person shooters.

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