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I recently purchased BF3: The Russian to give it a read-through to see if it would help give some closure to BF3's campaign and some of its plot holes. Unfortunately, while reading the book, it almost tells the game as a completely different story. Seeing as how I'd like to work on the BF3 articles hopefully this summer, I was looking for input on how this should be done.
For example, Operation Swordbreaker is almost entirely different in the novel. For starters, Cole is stated to be a lieutenant multiple times - where he is a captain in-game - and he instead radios in the squad's objective rather than meets with them in-person. Chaffin still gets hit by a sniper, but not nearly as bad in the game as he continues on with the squad. And the whole scene where Black blows a nice big hole in a hotel is replaced with Matkovic spotting and getting a lucky shot on the sniper through the smoke Campo throws out. Also, the wire-cutting scene instead involves Black noticing the wire leading from another IED near an earlier-hit Stryker (instead of an HMMWV - also, the Stryker is used by the Army and not the Marines, just saying), following it to the rear of a building across an open square, and after going inside and following the wire to the second floor, having to kill a young PLR girl before disarming the bomb. Right after disarming it (after a few chapters to switch back to what's up with Dima), the earthquake hits.
Uprising, however, changes almost everything. Black wakes up later at night, per the game, but is deafened by the collapse of the building he was in. He had to strip himself of his gear to get out of the rubble, and it took him a while to realize it was an earthquake that hit. After another chapter of Dima's story, Black's hearing slowly improves to the point that he could hear a dying marine nearby. He tries to help the man, but the PLR show up in a BTR-152 and execute the marine by beheading him. After another round of Dima's story, Black approaches the dead marine who was stripped of everything by the PLR. Black hearing then improves to the point that he hears the V-22 make a pass. He rushes to where it lands and manages to get aboard before it takes off.
Essentially, what I'm asking is how we approach something like this. Do we consider the game canon or the book? Or a combination of the two? Such that whatever happens in the game takes priority, and any non-conflicting material in the book can be added in as well to character pages, the Global War of 2014, etc.PresidentEden78 01:47, May 20, 2012 (UTC)
Treat the game as canon for the most part. Then either create new pages or sections on existed pages for the book to add the info in from it there! DrRichtofen (Talk) 09:19, May 20, 2012 (UTC)
The game is the only source of definitive canon, as it is in effect the voice of the developers. Unless they retcon or otherwise state that things in the book supersede those of the game, then the game overrides the book. The book is semi-canon, but at that only when it does not conradict the game. Йура 16:06, May 20, 2012 (UTC)
Kinda what I figured. Thanks, both of you. We don't have any policies on this, seeing as there haven't been any books based in the BF universe beforehand, so I figured it was best to get some input beforehand. PresidentEden78 17:20, May 20, 2012 (UTC)