The tiny little state of the FPS scene

Well this blog post has a reason behind it, after my previous one mentioning that I was going to go buy lots and lots of games and a new console (which I'll talk about later, fret not!), I decided to stick my video game journalistic dreams into the cogs of people at Gamestation in my local home town. Also it's the tiny state... because it may be a big deal, or not at all.
 
I was talking about Battlefield: Bad Company 2 with the staff, mentioning that I'm one of the people that had been switched as soon as I played it. The staff agreed with me saying they made the switch too and are now sick and tired of Call of Duty:MW2. But I heard something more interesting, after bashing Modern Warfare 2 with some customers and the staff, something which I never knew or thought of before! EEEEE! 
 
One of the staff guys I was talking to mentioned that at the time, a lot of people came to buy Battlefield:Bad Company 2 on release day. That's good news, I liked the sound of that. But around half of that number that came to buy it came in and traded it back. What? WHAT?! Wait that makes sense. Okay! So yeah, they must of not liked the fact that the shooting was better in Bad Company 2, that they can't do their jumping 360 no scoping sniper shots and just lone wolf it everywhere. It makes sense, I felt Modern Warfare 2 had a very arcadey feel to it, but it was acceptable! For a while... But no, apparently, it's the fact that BC2 required you to work as a team, that the open maps requires that, yet people didn't work in teams at all once online. People often join matches where other players don't work with the squad they're in. In fact, you could say that's a huge plus M.A.G. has over Bad Company 2 and Modern Warfare 2, the fact that MAG forces you in teams, then forces you in a squad within that team, then gives you extra points for doing what your team is designated to do, forcing that team to work together for the extra points! IT MAKES SENSE! 
 
But wait Katajero! What about COD then? Well... in that you could work as a team somehow, by relaying on your headset where people are... or not, a lot of people do fine on their own, doing the Mr. Lone Wolf, constantly darting around the map looking for meat. People may like it, after all, it's easy to kill people, but people feel satisfied with that. Bad Company 2, you have to sometimes unload half a clip into the enemy, or maybe they're just playing it wrong? :O
 
Ultimately, it sounded like for a PS3 owner, they were either:
"COD -> BF" 
"COD -> BF -> COD" 
"BF -> M.A.G." 
 
That's what I got from the end of the conversation. For 360 owners... 
"COD -> BF2" 
"COD -> BF2 -> COD"  
 
At the end of the god damn day... I bought Battlefield: Bad Company 2 on the PS3, I know 2 friends on my list who would play it with me, so I'm fine for a small squad of 3 or the rare chance we bump into someone else with a headset. Now if only some PS3 players actually hustled their asses and bought a headset... :P

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Posted by Katajero

Well this blog post has a reason behind it, after my previous one mentioning that I was going to go buy lots and lots of games and a new console (which I'll talk about later, fret not!), I decided to stick my video game journalistic dreams into the cogs of people at Gamestation in my local home town. Also it's the tiny state... because it may be a big deal, or not at all.
 
I was talking about Battlefield: Bad Company 2 with the staff, mentioning that I'm one of the people that had been switched as soon as I played it. The staff agreed with me saying they made the switch too and are now sick and tired of Call of Duty:MW2. But I heard something more interesting, after bashing Modern Warfare 2 with some customers and the staff, something which I never knew or thought of before! EEEEE! 
 
One of the staff guys I was talking to mentioned that at the time, a lot of people came to buy Battlefield:Bad Company 2 on release day. That's good news, I liked the sound of that. But around half of that number that came to buy it came in and traded it back. What? WHAT?! Wait that makes sense. Okay! So yeah, they must of not liked the fact that the shooting was better in Bad Company 2, that they can't do their jumping 360 no scoping sniper shots and just lone wolf it everywhere. It makes sense, I felt Modern Warfare 2 had a very arcadey feel to it, but it was acceptable! For a while... But no, apparently, it's the fact that BC2 required you to work as a team, that the open maps requires that, yet people didn't work in teams at all once online. People often join matches where other players don't work with the squad they're in. In fact, you could say that's a huge plus M.A.G. has over Bad Company 2 and Modern Warfare 2, the fact that MAG forces you in teams, then forces you in a squad within that team, then gives you extra points for doing what your team is designated to do, forcing that team to work together for the extra points! IT MAKES SENSE! 
 
But wait Katajero! What about COD then? Well... in that you could work as a team somehow, by relaying on your headset where people are... or not, a lot of people do fine on their own, doing the Mr. Lone Wolf, constantly darting around the map looking for meat. People may like it, after all, it's easy to kill people, but people feel satisfied with that. Bad Company 2, you have to sometimes unload half a clip into the enemy, or maybe they're just playing it wrong? :O
 
Ultimately, it sounded like for a PS3 owner, they were either:
"COD -> BF" 
"COD -> BF -> COD" 
"BF -> M.A.G." 
 
That's what I got from the end of the conversation. For 360 owners... 
"COD -> BF2" 
"COD -> BF2 -> COD"  
 
At the end of the god damn day... I bought Battlefield: Bad Company 2 on the PS3, I know 2 friends on my list who would play it with me, so I'm fine for a small squad of 3 or the rare chance we bump into someone else with a headset. Now if only some PS3 players actually hustled their asses and bought a headset... :P

Posted by BigTee

I'll get a headset! Now I have reason too! Why would I talk to BigJ over the headset when I can just scream "ammo!" to him from upstairs?

Posted by kishan6

go for the PC version pretty much everyone plays in teams

Posted by Corpsegrinder

I definitely recommend Battlefield Bad Company 2 over Modern Warfare 2. Team work in a military FPS? What? That's crazy talk! I'd send you a friend request however I play it on the 360.

Posted by Katajero
@kishan6: Yeah, it seems like the PC version everyone is more co-operating with each other, maybe the mentality of a PC gamer online? I played MW2 on the PC and it's just like the consoles, no one talks, it's straight up everyone for themselves, but I tend to go in with a mini squad of 2 other friends with me :) alas, I don't want to have two copies of the same game... it makes the console version rather useless after I was told to buy it.    -_-
 
@Corpsegrinder:  lol team work doesn't seem to exist in Modern Warfare 2 most of the time, but maybe that's the upside to the 360 version, sure there are kids yelling profanities to each other, but atleast almost everyone has a headset, allowing them the option to even talk at all, when I used to play Gears of War online, I talked to alot of people on the same team and we were tactical as hell just cause we had headsets   :P
Posted by cap123

i bought Bad company 2 recently, i really like it when it's at its best and people are working as a squad... but i agree, it doesn't happen that often. I feel like i'm doing all the teamwork most of the time, while a bunch of people are off sniping and the rest are only healing or ammo dropping for themselves.
 
When it works i like bad company 2 more, but i really like COD too and i can guarantee a certain level of fun with that game. 
 
i was a HUGE fan of the previous battlefields too, but i played them on PC. Perhaps it's just nostalgia but i swear people worked as squads a whole lot more when i played BF2, 1942 and 2142 on PC.

Posted by mosdl

The trick on the PC is to find a good clan server where people are focused on teamplay.  For example I use the servers run by TacticalGamer.com, which are admined to kick out bunny hoppers and suicide tactics. 

Posted by Katajero
@cap123: I see what you mean, I used to play BF2 a lot on the PC "back in the days". Even when they just spot for you, they're spotting to help out their team, there was alot of text chat telling people to go here or there too, and when you were holding off the enemy at the lines, there were medics and support throwing healing items and ammo everywhere in that area to help you keep on top of ammo... I miss team work... With COD, I guess it's that it works really well when you decide to go on a suicide mission, no one wants to talk tactics and just do their own thing is what I see most of the time. Not saying that it's bad that they're all doing their own thing! I end up doing my own thing all the time.
 
@mosdl: Yeah, I should really check out a clan server, in future I might buy BF:BC2 for the PC and do just that!