Battlefield 3 Close Quarters DLC preview - how the 1% enjoy their multiplayer

If you’ve 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 company here.

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.


  • drake-wayne - April 19, 2012 12:02 a.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 Just got my M4 from there and I love it!
  • drake-wayne - April 19, 2012 12:01 a.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 Just got my M4 from there and I love it!
  • Jenkins the red - March 14, 2012 4:32 p.m.

    How to own on this map. Step one: get your support class with C-4 on it. Step two: walk into a room. Step three: Place C-4. Step four: ??? Step five: profit.
  • doomfather - March 14, 2012 5:54 a.m.

    I'd rather buy this for my CQC urges than MW3. At best it will be an interesting and intense diversion from the vast maps that are already out. At worst all the COD players will spend all their time in their letting the rest of us get on with playing the other maps. Seriously though, I don't see why people are ragging out it so much. It's a choice and it adds some variation.
  • Viron - March 13, 2012 5:58 p.m.

    Well at least now there is some variation in BF3's maps. The spectrum now goes from run 5 miles to get shot to walk 5 feet and get shot.
  • D0CCON - March 13, 2012 2:07 p.m.

    There was a reason I defected from COD to Battlefield: MORE OPENNESS. At least it's being done as a map pack, so I don't have to buy any of these maps, but I've been waiting for a new map pack and now I'm disappointed.
  • aberkromby - March 13, 2012 1:57 p.m.

  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - March 13, 2012 2:16 p.m.

    I second this.
  • ParagonT - March 13, 2012 12:14 p.m.

    Every map should have a type of balance that keeps players on their toes, but also thinking about how to tactically flank, move up, and kill without getting an RPG to the face. With these choke points and small roomed area's, this is not the case. Pass.
  • Mr Braindown - March 13, 2012 11:20 a.m.

    Hmmmm, I can see this map just descending into a random, blind RPG firing fest. Nothing but a collection of COD morons leaping about firing into corners indiscriminately ;-). Not what I want from a 'tactical shooter' thank you very much, so I might just give this a miss. Saying that though, hopefully RPG's will not be a selectable option on this map, as it would be totally unrealistic for soldiers to go into such a close quarters environment equipped with that type of weapon. Loads of those babies all going off together would seriously compromise the integrity of the building itself.
  • lilspooky - March 13, 2012 11:09 a.m.

    Sure Metro goes to crazy town quickly, but I feel with the extra destruction with these maps it will be okay. - I welcome COD players to BF3, just more easy frags for me when they stand around in the open.
  • lilspooky - March 13, 2012 1:24 p.m.

    There is a lot of hate for this DLC! There is no real information about it yet (other then a trailer). A lot of assumptions are being made. Funny thing is must of the people whining will buy it anyway.
  • lilbuddha - March 13, 2012 6:52 p.m.

    "no information" ? It's a fucking map pack called "close quarters" ? What the fuck else do you expect ? It's an even more CODish collection of shit that is the completely opposite of Battlefield's legacy. The only other information you're gonna hear about is them reducing fall damage from "5ft and die" to "almost nothing so you can jump around like a fool on our new map". PASS on this trash.
  • CowCatapult - March 13, 2012 10:58 a.m.

    i don't want more COD players in my Battlefield, thx.
  • space_cakes - March 13, 2012 8:49 a.m.

    Not going to buy it until the USAS-nerfing patch is released.
  • Voodoowolfe - March 13, 2012 11:32 a.m.

  • c-c-c-combo breaker - March 13, 2012 7:13 a.m.

    Pointless orange lighting effect on soldier's body GO
  • db1331 - March 13, 2012 6:59 a.m.

    This is the map for people who think Operation Metro could use more M320, RPG, and shotgun spam.
  • D0CCON - March 14, 2012 2:49 p.m.

    This made me laugh, way to go sir.

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