Battlefield 3 "Close Quarters" DLC Hands-on Impressions -- Goodbye DepositBy Rob Manuel - Posted Mar 13, 2012
Battlefield 3's upcoming Close Quarter DLC does exactly as it implies, brings the action incredibly close no matter where you go. During EA's GDC 2012 press event, I got my hands on Ziba Tower, a posh little area on the upper-westside decorated with every page from the Ikea catalog. After we were done with it, there was no way they were getting their deposit back.
The new map, one of four shipping with the new download, breaks down into two identical apartments with a small bungalow in between them on the roof of a rather extravagant building. When first spawning into the area, you notice all the little things that seem to get in your way: decorative wooden walls, bits of furniture, and waste high walls. In other words, keep your sniper guns at home, folks. The team over at DICE designed a markmen’s nightmare by putting nearly everything you can think of in the way of a clear shot. Sometimes you need to make your own opening with a handy shotgun.
Unlike larger maps, you really get a sense of destruction very quickly in Ziba Tower as you break through glass and smash tables just to move around. Battles move quickly from the small open areas between the buildings to the long hallways as walls give way to hot lead and warm grenades. Moving between areas becomes less of a liability as the cloth awning provides just enough cover to sneak you over to the other side. Gameplay seems more intent to keep you moving than hiding in the shadows.
Close Quarters takes advantage of Battlefield 3 destructible environments by putting you only inches away from exploding debris as you try to look for any sort of standing cover. Small areas funneled action in and around the courtyard and hallways since they seemed to be the only areas you could find any space between you and your target or pursuer.
I managed to escape with some dignity in tack as I carried my shotgun through the drywall gauntlet. By the time we were finished, you could look through every wall and not a single room stood without something broken or smoldering within it. Close Quarters focuses on quick action and combat as close as the muzzle of your gun.
Battlefield 3 Close Quarters DLC will be available in June, and be available a week early on PS3.