played Battlefield 3, you’re likely still
playing Battlefield 3 – the multiplayer is that robust, diverse and replayable.
But just in case you were starting to fatigue, EA and DICE have a syringe of DLC
adrenaline ready to plunge into your heart and push you back into the battle. We
recently went hands-on with Close Quarters and its first new map, Ziba Tower.
What is it? Close Quarters is the second set of
downloadable content for shooter Battlefield 3, following the release of Back
to Karkand late last year. Like that drop, it will include new multiplayer
maps, new weapons, new assignments and new dog tags, this time with a themed
focus on “tight indoor environments” and “frantic infantry combat.” A higher
level of environmental destruction is guaranteed as well.
Who is the developer? DICE, the developer of the entire
Battlefield franchise. No pass off to a less-known, less-respected fill-in
How does it look? We spent half an hour in Ziba Tower,
an extremely high-rise condo apartment and the only map revealed for Close
Quarters so far. The very first thing you’ll notice when the match fades in is
the view. This is Tom Cruise with the sticky gloves in Mission: Impossible 4
territory – dizzying and dazzling, with bright urban sprawl spread in every
direction, way way way way below you.
Leave the balcony (you’ll want to, because you’re too exposed on it anyway) and
rest of the map is all extravagant, lap-of-luxury, oil-rich extravagance. There’s
a plush living room with designer chairs and a swimming pool so nice it might
as well be filled with cash. Everything is clean and modern… much less gritty
than the Battlefield 3 maps we’ve experienced so far.
How does it play? Just as the developers promised: tight
and frantic. You can’t go more than a few feet, or a few seconds, without
finding someone to shoot. And, as a rather obvious result, you’ll either rack
up your score very quickly, or watch yourself die very often. To us, at least
with Ziba Tower (which doesn’t feature any vehicles), this plays like
Battlefield 3’s answer to Modern Warfare. Want expansive freedom with ebbs and
flows to a drawn-out war? Stick with the current maps. Want quick-and-dirty
kill sprees? Close Quarters is your new option.
When is it out? The Close Quarters DLC pack for Battlefield 3 arrives this
June on 360, PS3 and PC. Watch GamesRadar for video, screens and further
impressions as they become available.