Reviews for Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand DLC (NA) dns

85

DLC done right

das_regal | Oct. 3, 2012 | See all das_regal's reviews »

If you've played many modern first person shooters, then you know they're fond of map packs. These content offerings are almost always overpriced cash grabs. Typically they give you a couple of maps and call it good. Thankfully, Dice has more respect for Battlefield 3 fans than that.

There are 4 maps or so here, that much is consistent with other packs, but the amount of detail and effort put into them surpasses anything that Call of Duty has ever done. Each map has been lovingly tweaked for all of Battlefield's engrossing game modes.

On top of that, there's a new progression system called "assignments" that, when completed, give you 10 new weapons.

This is how you do map packs!

83

Back to BF2

Ninjer | July 22, 2012 | See all Ninjer's reviews »

This DLC brings back memories. As an avid battlefield fan who loved the hell out of karkand (with vehicles, not infantry only), I had to buy this DLC. It brings back what battlefield was. They brought back the favorite maps and weapons of the community, what more can you ask for?

It's worth the $15, and it should be because most servers running require you to have b2k. You lose nearly half of the total battlefield 3 experience without this expansion

90

Was Extremely Impressed

ROKET | June 22, 2012 | See all ROKET's reviews »

Revisiting BF2 maps for the first time in a long time in all their revamped glory was a wonderful experience. The maps not only gave you a far more detailed representation but also gave you maps that were already masterfully build. The contest on these maps can be fierce and I know I enjoy capturing each point.

In addition to the maps DICE also opted to provide 10 new weapons that unlock after completing assignments. These weapons are great and really mix up the experience. If you dont already have this pack - buy it. If you know you're going to buy all the DLC anyway - go get Premium right now - this pack comes with it!

Lastly - if theres any issue I have with these maps - its that there can be some slowdown at times because they employ enhanced destruction and that can tax your FPS a fair amount.

95

A Decent Addition to a Good Game

Endyo | June 1, 2012 | See all Endyo's reviews »

Battlefield 3 is at the pinnacle of high quality modern shooters on the market right now. This expansion was the first of several to be released for the game and for many, it was purchased with the original game without prior knowledge. I for one had no clue it was even possible to buy Battlefield 3 without getting the "Limited Edition" that included this DLC.

What you get in this pack are two new unlockable weapons for each class in the game (eight in total) and some new maps that, in some cases, realy exceed the original maps that were released. Some of the maps are re-imagined constructs of maps from previous Battlefield games such as Karkand (now Back to Karkand) and Wake Island. Most of these maps are set in similar environments as the orginal release maps and of course have many of the same vehicles. However, there were a few additions - such as the F35 - a vertical takeoff aircraft that has somewhat limiting controls and a front end loader that allows you to... drive a front end loader.

The weapons that were added require specific tasks to be performed for each class. Some of these are really simple, basically just doing what you'd normally do as a particular class. Others, however, pose exceptionally difficult challenges. For instance, one requires several wins in the Squad Deathmatch mode. A place where only four people out of the 24 for each round actually get a win. This means that in normal play it can take many hours to unlock.

Aside from some minor quirks, this is a good DLC to have if you enjoy Battlefield 3. I think a large number of people already have this, but if you somehow manage to get Battlefield 3 without the "Limited Edition" then it seems this is worth the investment.