To start off, Battlefield 3 is fun, beautiful and after 23+ hours of play it is still regularly revealing ‘ah-ha’ moments (No, its soundtrack is not a continuous loop of Take On Me). Speaking of its soundtrack; the audio is spectacular and when played while wearing gaming headphones with surround sound it will sometimes cause you to duck as the whine of an RPG careens overhead. The real fun comes though, when you are playing in a squad with friends and you all have mics.
When you are in a squad with your mates, Battlefield 3 really opens up. With constant communication that helps shape the battlefield, you and your squad have shared vision. If a teammate is pinned down by a sniper but can verbally reveal the enemy’s location to you, not only do you get to pick up an easy kill, you also get to sarcastically say “Your welcome.” as you dispatch the harassing foe.
With four classes in the game (Assault, Engineer, Support & Recon) that naturally support one another, moments of patting each others back on the battlefield are the norm. As an engineer barraging a tank with rockets as it closes in on your squads location, it is a relief to know that one of your squad mates will be able to get ammo to you soon. Did you just take out two people in an ambushing squad and watched as your mates cleaned up the rest? No worries, your sacrifice will not be forgotten nor go unrewarded as one of your platoon members will defib (defibrillator) you back to life.
I am still up in the air on the server browser/social community that is Battlefield 3’s Battlelog but even though done in jest, it is still fun to Hooah! (Battlelogs version of Facebook’s Like option) a friends new rank. It is also fun to Hooah! every remote action that is listed on the Battle feed (similar to Facebook’s Recent News section) so your friends will be greeted/annoyed by a plethora of notices when they next long in.
So you can play Battlefield 3 unaided by friends, in a squad full of unknowns, where your death goes unnoticed and actually still have a lot of fun. If you truly want to appreciate all that Battlefield 3 has to offer then join up with your brosephs and kill together, revive together and give out digital fist bumps via cheesy Battlelog sprinkled with vocal Hooahs!