GameStop opens 52 stores at midnight for Battlefield 3

27 Oct 2011

GameStop said it will open 52 stores across the country at midnight tonight to launch Battlefield 3. Gamers will be able to buy the new game for just €3 if they trade in three games from a list of hundreds of titles.

Battlefield 3 has already earned more than 50 awards, including ‘Best Action Game’ and ‘Best Online Multiplayer Game.’ Critics praise the game for its intense game-play experience, powered by the FrostbiteTM 2 state-of-the-art game engine that delivers superior performance in character animation, visual rendering, audio and physical destruction. 

Battlefield 3 will be available from GameStop for €3 when gamers trade in three games from a list of more than 400 titles. See list of games to trade in online.  

Customers are encouraged to pay in full and bring in their trade ins to GameStop stores in advance of the big night, in order to speed up collection at midnight.

GameStop will open the following stores at midnight: Athlone, Arklow, Ballina, Ballincollig, Bangor, Belfast Arthur Square, Balbriggan, Blackpool, Blanchardstown, Bray, Carlow, Castlebar, Cavan, Clarehall, Clonmel, Crescent, Derry, Donaghmede, Douglas, Drogheda, Dun Laoghaire, Dundalk, Dungarvan, Ennis, Gorey, Henry Street – Dublin, Kilkenny, Killarney, Letterkenny, Longford, Mallow, Midleton, Mullingar, Naas, Navan Shopping Centre, Nenagh, Newbridge, Newry, Parkway, Patrick Street – Cork, Pavilions SC Swords, Portlaoise, Santry, Sligo, Stephens Green, Tallaght, Tralee, Tullamore, Waterford, Wexford, William Street – Limerick and Wilton Shopping Centre – Cork.

The game

Battlefield 3 Standard Edition: In Battlefield 3, players step into the role of the elite U.S. Marines. As the first boots on the ground, players experience heart-pounding missions across diverse locations, including Paris, Tehran and New York City. In the field, periods of tension and anticipation are punctuated by moments of complete chaos.

As bullets whiz by, as walls crumble, as explosions force players to the ground, the battlefield feels more alive and interactive than ever before. To complement the single-player campaign, Battlefield 3 delivers 10 massive co-op maps and multiple multiplayer modes – a proven strength of DICE.

Battlefield 3 Limited Edition: Gamers who pre-order Battlefield 3 are assured a copy of the Limited Edition, which includes the deep and immersive Back to Karkand post-launch digital expansion pack at no extra charge. With Back to Karkand, players can wage all-out war on four of the most celebrated maps from Battlefield 2, including Strike at Karkand, Gulf of Oman and the Sharqi Peninsula, all re-created using the power of Frostbite 2.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years