Electronic Arts' first person shooter game Battlefield 3 (BF3), released on Tuesday, has been a hit with critics.

Seventeen critics have awarded the Pc version of the game an aggregate score of 93 out of 100 on Metacritic, categorized as universal acclaim.

BF3 is an absolutely massive experience, but it's the explosive multiplayer mode that makes this the must-have FPS [first person shooter] of the year, wrote GameSpy, which gave the game a perfect score. There's simply no other shooter that lets you wage war on a scale this huge, but even better is the infinite number of satisfying ways to lay the hurt down on your opponents.

IGN's Peter Eykemans praised the PC version of the game, with a 9 out of 10 score, but criticized its single player campaign. The campaign focuses on the Iraq-Iran border and allows players to assume the role of U.S. Marines fighting a fictional opponent named the People's Liberation and Resistance.

Battlefield 3 suffers from an identity crisis.It delivers scorching multiplayer, fitting of its decade-long pedigree of famously expansive big-team battles, but stumbles over a generic single-player campaign that feels like a different game, wrote Eykemans.

The game's multiplayer mode allows players to take an Assault, Support, Engineer or Recon role, which diversifies their gear and gameplay choices. There are also a variety of game modes.

BF3 is out on Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, along with a forthcoming port to the iPhone. It is a sequel to 2005's Battlefield 2, a PC game that focused on multiplayer gameplay.

The game's main rival is Activision and Square Enix's Call of Duty series. The next title, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, has a release date set for November.