Likely the most enticing thing about the Back to Karkand DLC is the four new maps. Three maps are re-imagined versions of Battlefield 2 map and it has the a remastered version of the Wake Island map from Battlefield 1942. The four maps are gorgeous and step up the level of destructible environments from the norm of BF3 maps. The majority of the buildings on the majority of the maps can be almost entirely destroyed and it makes using buildings as cover quite a bit more interesting. Most of the maps don't feel that much different than most of the normal BF3 maps, unfortunately, but Wake Island and Gulf of Oman actually do feel a bit unique, especially Wake Island, and are quite a bit of fun. I was hoping they would stray a bit more from the normal architecture of the majority of BF3 maps but despite that the maps are well done. Wake Island is probably my favorite because it is massive, introduces the F35B fighter jet, and is a tough fight for both teams, plus it has unique feel to it based on its layout.
Back to Karkand adds on some needed variety to the maps, seeing as how there are fairly few maps from the original release. The new weapons and vehicles they add are nice but certainly not a selling point, nor is the fairly generic assignment system that seems quite similar to challenges from a Call of Duty game, the selling point is the new maps. If you are like me and you felt a little bored of the original maps after playing BF3 for a month then you should definitely pick up Back to Karkand. The DLC certainly isn't perfect and they could have added quite a bit more to make it feel more substantial but it is definitely worthwhile if you play the game on a regular basis. $15 may look like a lot for what is essentially a map pack but unlike many other map packs this one adds weapons and new vehicles on top of four attractive maps. Check out this newest gameplay trailer and there are some links below for more information about the pack and where to get it.
Violent Score: 4 (out of 5)
Great, but could be better...
For more info head on over to the Battlefield 3 Wiki
DLC Main Page: http://www.battlefield.com/battlefield3/1/back-to-karkand
-Written by Sean Cargle