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Battlefield 3: Armored Kill DLC review

In the third expansion for Battlefield 3, DICE completely changes the focus of the multiplayer matches towards vehicular warfare. Armored Kill gives you control of new tanks and vehicles, adds a tank-centric game mode, and introduces gameplay elements that change the way some of the classic game modes are played. The expansion provides an experience unlike any of the DLC that’s come before it, and brings back the large-scale conflicts that the series is known for. 

The first thing you’ll notice about the Armored Kill DLC is that there are a lot more vehicles available at the team spawns. Not everyone on a team will be able to drive their own tank, but there are plenty of ATVs, jets, and anti-air vehicles you can jump into to get into the action quickly. Along with the increased number of vehicles on the maps, you’ll also get access to new vehicle classes..

One vehicle class is the Tank Destroyer. These guys are lightly armored tanks, which are much faster than the likes of the M1 Abrams tank, and they pack quite a punch. They come in handy when taking on the more hulking opponents or when you’re moving to capture points in Conquest. Armored Kill does an excellent job of balancing the strengths of the vehicles with the abilities of other vehicle classes. Just because there’s a tank killer doesn’t mean getting one makes you invincible. For example, the new aerial Gunship can easily counter and decimate any ground force, if it’s not shot down quickly. 

The Gunship is a unique vehicle your team can earn in the Conquest game mode (and is controlled by the attacking team in Rush). If your team gains control of the gunship capture point on the map, your team’s Gunship will spawn and automatically fly circles around the map. Players can then use it as a mobile spawn or man its turrets. Its mobile turrets can destroy armored vehicles with ease, and it also has a formidable air defense with its anti-air cannons and countermeasures. Earning a Gunship can be a complete game-changer and a great way to force players to adjust the priorities a team would typically have in Conquest. Rather than the match being a scramble to capture as many locations as possible, the matches become a race to capture and hold a single location, so that the team can spread out and claim the other territory. 

Hopping into a vehicle really shifts the action into high gear, as opposed to the standard on-foot combat. There really is no place to hide when you are lumbering down a road in a tank, so you’ll have to constantly stay on your toes and be incredibly accurate. The large maps practically require players to use vehicles to actively participate in the battle, since it could be a long trek from spawn point to combat zone, and infantry caught in the open quickly get blown to bits. However, running in as a foot-soldier isn’t always a complete waste. Targeting enemies with the sniper’s recon equipment, supplying ammo to rocket-bearing engineers, or toting the engineer’s armor piercing weapons and repair equipment are viable options. Just don’t expect to rack up a huge kill count if you plan on sticking to the Sniper, Support, or Assault classes.

Armored Kill also adds a new game mode that is specifically catered to tank combat, called Tank Superiority. In this mode, both teams must control a single capture point in the center of the map, and the majority of vehicles available are tanks. If you’re looking for all-out tank warfare, Tank Superiority is it. All of the action clusters toward the center of the map, and tank duels dominate the area. It’s a blast. 

Dice’s Armored Kill DLC for Battlefield 3 puts vehicles at the forefront and cuts out everything else. The add-on’s vehicles and Tank Superiority mode add new flavor to the Battlefield gameplay, and make a satisfying alternative to the relatively infantry-based combat of the standard game. If you want to hop into a jet without having to fight your own teammates for the pilot’s seat, or you’re looking for more of the large-scale combat that the Battlefield series has been known for, Armored Kill is a satisfying addition to Battlefield 3. 

Our Verdict

Buy

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16 comments

  • drake-wayne - September 11, 2012 2:36 p.m.

    I love this game! Best one yet. My most favorite part is the guns! I found this cool place to find all the guns from the game, check it out http://www.airsplat.com/airsoft-video-games.htm Just got my M4 from there and I love it!
  • zombi3grim - September 7, 2012 3:05 p.m.

    This looks really good. I STILL havent bought this game yet...
  • Voice75 - September 7, 2012 10:26 a.m.

    Hey Lorenzo, nice video, what song is that in the background? Sounds like kick ass metal. Thanks
  • RandyChimp - September 7, 2012 6:25 a.m.

    Love the new DLC, but rush is a bitch now if you're on the defending team, since the gunship can just constantly bombard the location of the M-COM station, preventing you from deactivating the explosive. Other than that, it's rather fun to play.
  • CitizenWolfie - September 7, 2012 1:47 a.m.

    Apologies for being slightly off topic but I've got a Battlefield question for anyone willing to answer: I've not played BF3 online since the launch week and as such, I'm at a really low level. Am I too late to be getting back into it now? Am I likely to just get destroyed by people with premium packs and high-level guns?
  • Turtman - September 7, 2012 3:36 a.m.

    Depends? PC or Console? I came fresh to PC and it was a grind I wont lie, but console seems to be a little bit more approachable. They sell an unlock pack where it unlocks everything in the game, but honestly you just need to practice, learn the maps, and get in the groove. I have faith in you!
  • CitizenWolfie - September 7, 2012 4:19 a.m.

    Console. I have considered the unlock pack but I kind of begrudge paying real money for things I can unlock just from playing you know? I was just wondering how easy it is to just get back into it and pick it up really. Thanks for the advice!
  • RandyChimp - September 7, 2012 6:23 a.m.

    I'd play it if I were you, but be prepared for a hell of an uphill struggle. I've had the game since launch, and whilst I do like playing online, I don't play much. As such, I'm only level 20, and in matches where I'm up against people who play every day, it can be frustrating.
  • CitizenWolfie - September 7, 2012 6:32 a.m.

    Thanks, that's sort of why I stopped playing in the first place. Well, that and Uncharted 3 coming out a few days later. It felt like a huge struggle just to level up once.
  • ilikekookies - September 6, 2012 11:36 p.m.

    Genuinely excited to play this next Tuesday
  • tehtimeisnow - September 6, 2012 9:51 p.m.

    battlefeld is garbege they saw that call of duty is amazeing and best selling and the best gane series there is so they ripoffed them and had battelfeld well it sucks and every real gamer nows it cuz if u want a real fps game u play call of dtuy but if u want a cheap nock off with bad grafics and bad online u play battelfeld
  • edward-temblador - September 7, 2012 8:09 a.m.

    I've seen you troll in almost every post in this website, get a life you weirdo
  • Setlok17 - September 8, 2012 6:04 a.m.

    Gamesradar really needs to start banning people from commenting if they regularly post stupid troll comments. There is a difference between witty entertaining trolling and intelligence sapping stupidity like this guy
  • lewis-barclay - September 8, 2012 10:13 a.m.

    Lolz. Get a life, a job, some friends. Lolz go kill yourself. god your on every article on this site. You must have nothing to do with your time. Loser.
  • Turtman - September 6, 2012 7:19 p.m.

    Day 1 Premium member on PC. Can't wait. Fapfapfapfap

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