* Basically any time the destruction engine is given a chance to shine:
** The earthquake that levels dozens of buildings and collapses on top of the player character.
** The antenna/tower that falls during the attack on the paratroops.
** "Comrades" is a great example, especially during the fight through the EURONEXT building. You can pretty much tear the whole level apart.
* The beginning of "Going Hunting." If [[SilentProtagonist Hawkins]] wasn't humming the theme to ''Film/TopGun'' it's likely you were.
-->So get your fangs out, Hawkins. We're hunting big game today.
** Admit it, your jaw dropped when you saw that Su-27 pull a [[DodgeByBraking Pugachev's Cobra]] right in front of you.
** While the mission itself is LoveItOrHateIt, it cannot be denied that the opening setpiece is ''amazing'', especially when the Super Hornet shoots down the cat, climbs, and the Battlefield 3 theme kicks in.
* The ''entirety'' of "Thunder Run." You start off at the gunner seat of your M1 Abrams with the rest of your company rolling alongside to the sound of {{Crowning Music Of Awesome}}. Chewing up T-72's that are dumb enough to get in your way, blowing up a battery of BM-21 rocket artillery, and rolling into the outskirts of Tehran, blowing the PLR straight to hell. The whole level is one big [=CMoA=].
* Dima. Everything this guy does is awesome, from the [[spoiler: HALO jump at the start of 'Kaffarov']] to [[spoiler: surviving a nuke]], this guy is badass.
* On the multiplayer front, a patch released alongside Back to Karkand allows the huge radio tower on Caspian Border to fall. When one side only has 10 tickets left, the losing team will enact a DesperationAttack and perform an air strike on the tower. Watching the ensuing damage is pure awesome.
* Also on the multiplayer front, some of the crazy stunts you can pull. In particular, the [[FanNickname [=RendeZook=]]], which consists of ejecting from a plane when dogfighting, shooting the enemy plane with a bazooka and hopping back into your own plane to continue the flight. It is as much of a LuckBasedMission as it is a feat of skill, but when you pull it off, you look like a badass.
* In the final mission, [[spoiler: beating the asshole interrogator's face on the table.]] The entire game pretty much built up to that one satisfying beating.