Despite the problems I mention in the review, BF3 is my favorite shooter of the moment. I felt the smaller maps and unlocks and other (imho) minor issues weren't enough to outweigh the sheer fun of the multiplayer game.
Keep in mind that it is a score for MP only. If I had reviewed the SP, the overall score would have not been an 8.
Plus, I gave 7/8 score to both Brink and Breach, and BF3 is better than both those games.