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11 Games until Xmas: Battlefield 3

24 Games until Xmas is our special feature to build up to the end of the year, however that is not all.

Each member of staff was asked to provide their top twenty four games of the year; we have taken this list and will reveal a game each day until December 24, at which point we will unveil our number one game of the year.

There are some fantastic titles on the way and when the final game is revealed, that’s where you come in.

Once the number one game has been revealed we will then create a poll with all 24 games and ask you to vote on your own personal game of the year, this poll will run from December 24 until January 2nd, at which point we will announce the ShopToNews readers Game of The Year 2011.

We hope you are enjoying counting down our best 24 games of the year with us and if you have just joined us then make sure you check out the other games in the list.

Here’s the next…

11 games until Xmas – Battlefield 3

Few games declare war on Call of Duty with fear of being swept away in sales and units sold, but not Battlefield. Electronic Arts have made several attempts to topple the titan that is Call of Duty by entering different shooters in the market with the aim to take as much market share away from it. The likes of Crysis 2, and Medal of Honor gracing the scene were not enough to prise the COD faithful. However, EA decided to put all their resources and might into one game in hope that a crack will appear in Activision’s armour. Enter Battlefield 3.

Since its reveal back in February of this year Battlefield 3 has been picking up momentum and speed toward its October release date. Trailer after trailer premièred and left audiences in shock and awe at how beautiful the game was. Trailers showcased explosions, bullets flying everywhere, dynamic lighting and shading, all of which put the game in a good position as people were dribbling over the graphics and of course the series trademark gameplay style.

To complement that the game stellar multiplayer modes make a return. Series trademark game mode conquest makes an appearance as well as a team deathmatch mode and rush modes. As multiplayer standards go nowadays, player progression is a major part of Battlefield 3. As you level up and progress you unlock more guns and more content within the multiplayer which makes it a good all round package.

Continuing with the theme of rivalling Call of Duty, EA and DICE decided to offer Battlelog. Much like Activision’s Call of Duty Elite service this offers players a chance to see their stats and leaderboards online via a web browser with the added catch that the service is free.

With a marketing budget that seemed to have more zeros than the eye can see, EA embarked on an aggressive marketing campaign. Battlefield 3 could be seen everywhere, on buses, on trains, on billboards, on tv, Battlefield 3 was on every gamers lips and with good reason.

In the end, Battlefield 3 may not have stopped the COD juggernaught from steam rolling it’s way to even more millions of homes, however it did put a jink in its armour and proved that there is more still to come from this particular battle in the future.

To see a more in-depth look at Battlefield 3 check out our review. You can order a copy of Battlefield 3, here.

Do you own Battlefield 3? Have you played it or are you considering it? Let us know in the comments field below.

Edited On 14 Dec, 2011

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