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Battlefield 3: Close Quarters Review [360]

Posted on June 27, 2012 AT 04:13pm

So, you didn’t buy Battlefield Premium but want to know if the new Close Quarters map pack is worth $15. Here is what your hard-earned $15 buys with this Close Quarters DLC for Battlefield 3:
Four new infantry-oriented maps
Ten new weapons, plus one gadget
(Author’s Note: The extra gadget is part of a general patch, not this DLC. Thanks for catching that, readers! –Sunny)
Ten new Assignments
Five unique Dogtags
Conquest Domination, a Conquest mode adapted for smaller maps.
Gun Master, a new game mode in which the player’s gun is cycled every kill

I removed “HD Destruction” and I don’t feel that’s a legitimate selling point, but that’s the cut and dry of it.

The maps themselves are as advertised–they are smaller maps, meant for close quarters combat. The maps are well made and flow extremely well; despite being completely new to me, there was never any doubt as to which direction I should run to get to a new conquest point, and I was never puzzled or feeling like I went the wrong way from the action. Personally, I’ve always had a soft spot for office environments and hotels, and two of the four new maps take place in those areas, so bringing the warfare into a five star hotel skyscraper especially appeals to me. Unfortunately, clever use of C4 by certain players may give people some trouble with spawn camping, and covering conquest points with it, but it isn’t too widespread at the moment and should only minorly impact your play.

Also included are new weapons and assignments–the carrot on the stick for Battlefield 3 players. Having new goals to work towards is always welcome, and the addition of five new dogtags to wear or take from others is also appreciated as well. The new game modes, also breathe fresh air into the game, Gun Master being simple team deathmatch where you work towards getting better weapons as the game continues, and Conquest Domination, that speeds up the capturing of points on these smaller maps to prevent stalemates. Both of the new modes brings more kills, more action, and more fun in larger quantities and are a great departure from the gigantic landscapes of most of the standard maps.

Battlefield 3: Close Quarters is easily worth the $15 as the new maps and modes give Battlefield 3 a much needed shot in the arm, making the game a more comprehensive and entertaining package overall. While some may be put off by the odd camping game or faster pace of the game, I can’t recommend this map pack enough, and it has me psyched to see what DICE has planned for the next set of maps and modes.


  • THE GOOD: Strong new map pack encourages different styles of play, more unlocks, more everything
  • THE BAD: Spawn-camping can be abused in close quarters maps
  • THE UGLY: The symphony of shotgun fire in a hallway, cutting you to ribbons

SCORE: 8.0

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