By Village_Guy 3 Comments
More liek Medal of Bad Company 3 amirite *trollface* ... Sorry about that.
So the story goes like this, I see that the beta is live and set my 360 and PC to download it, and since the PC was downloading painfully slow, this is where I went first. And boy was I not happy with what I was seeing. I understand that this is a beta and not representable of the final product. But holy shi-
Maybe it is just me, but does the game overall look worse than Bad Company 2 did on the 360? The textures are muddy and low-res, but it will improve... Right? Also I saw quite a few, no actually a lot, of graphical bugs in the around 2 hours I played on the 360, but it's a beta, that will most likely be gone by launch, so I won't fault DICE for anything here.
So visuals aside, the game plays a lot like a mix between (the arguably not-so-great) Medal of Honor and Bad Company 2, but I feel it sways too much in the direction of Medal of Honor, and you usually run into a situation of who saw who first or who shot first, which is realistic I suppose, but it can lead to some frustrating gameplay.
Sound are (as per-usual by DICE) great, albeit the games have a tendency to get a tad quiet, especially on the first area of Operation Metro, but that was an issue that persisted over to PC.
First of all, graphics! And how I really like them when they are good, I am no graphics whore but I like when my games are pretty. My laptop are fairly powerful and running the game with a few settings on Ultra, the rest on High(er?) and a little lower AA, gives both a smooth and beautiful experience.
And then the sound... Man, the sound is so good, and even through my cheap-ass headphones it sounded even better on the PC than it did on my decent sound setup to the 360. So I don't know whether I am running a crappy sound setup or the sound just is better on PC.
Gameplay overall feels better on the PC, and I got a more responsive and smoother gameplay experience on the PC I felt, so I have no doubts which version of the game I am getting.
Jets! & Caspian Border
People are going crazy over jets! and over the Caspian Border map, claiming that this is the true Battlefield experience! And shoo! go away stupid little close-quarters, Rush-oriented Operation Metro! Shoo!
But then again people are crazy. Or maybe it is just me?
I got into a Caspian Border map after a few tries and played some matches in it's full 64 player... glory?
Parts of it was glorious and parts of it was old-school Battlefield, with you having to hoof it across the map because everyone left you behind in the dust of their tanks, jets and helicopter(s). So I did get in some Mobile AA, Jeep (or whatever it is) and Tank action, and all those feel pretty much like their Bad Company 2 counter-parts, actually they might be the same. Expect that the Machine Gun position in the tank had horrible low sensitivity and with only one overall sensitivity option I could either go with a horribly slow moving turret on a Tank or nausea-inducing (alright that is an exaggeration) too high mouse sensitivity.
Jets Jets Jets Jets! And then there were no more jets. There are only 4 Jets and 2 Helicopters (split evenly between the two teams starting base) to share for 64 players, that means 4 lucky players get to crash jets into the ground and 4 lucky players get to be slow moving helicopters with targets painted on them for AA.
Also unless you are in the air you don't feel at all that the jets are part of the same game as yours, most of the time at least.
So yeah, per-usual Battlefield gameplay on running for 5 minutes dying in 30 seconds and then rinse and repeat, unless you get a vehicle.
Really EA? I haven't really cared about EA and their Origin/Steam-or-whatever shenanigans. But having to start up Origin on my PC clicking on "Play Battlefield 3" having it opening the browser and choosing to play multiplayer, co-op or Campaign (the last two not in Beta atm!) and when I want to change server, I have to close the Battlefield 3 executable and start it up again when I choose a new game from the browser, it is clunky and slightly annoying.
Medal of Honor, Call of Duty and... dying instantly?
So the FINAL VERDICT is that I don't how to feel about the game, I really like some parts of it and I don't really like other parts at all.
The game feels eerily like Medal of Honor when playing as Infantry and much-alike Bad Company 2 when in vehicles. And the game kinda feels like you die faster than Call of Duty, which some people hate for it's seemingly instant deaths. And now I guess it is in Battlefield 3 too.
FINAL VERDICT *drumroll*: I will buy Battlefield 3 and then I will either love it or don't like it at all. But I just can't tell right now I'm too conflicted about the game...
Sorry... I couldn't find a Battlefield related Pony picture, so this is the next best thing I guess. (I will also get MW3 so it is appropriate!)