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Not sure what the bad rep is for
, October 25, 2011
First off, I have no idea what all of the bad reviews for this game are all about. I've had much background with game developing and playing games for fun and competitively. Here's my defense for all of those bad review and if you just skim through them, you'll understand what's going on and not just whine and complain.
1) It was CONFIRMED that for Xbox 360 and PS3 that there would be a High Res Pack (1.5 and 2GB respectively) because the bandwidth for DVDs and BluRays are not fast enough to load all of the content in HD. (yes there are loading screens but that only loads the "basics" you then have to have real time loading for bullets and objects that the player walks to) And for crying out loud, its just 1.5GB, if you don't have HDD space, you can simply go to WalMart, Target, or heck if you knew about it, Amazon and buy a 2GB Flash Drive. You can definitely get them for less than $10 and if you check Fry's you can even get them for $0 after rebate.
2) BF3 and CoD: Black Ops were in development AT THE SAME TIME. If Dice was to copy Black Ops, they would have had to basically build the entire game in one year. They obviously did not because then BF3 would have come out next year or would have been impossibly rushed. And, they could not have just waited for Black Ops to release and then make the campaign. Multiplayer maps are based off of the campaign maps and the campaign would have taken more than just a year to build.
3) Bugs and glitches, BF3 is an ENORMOUS game. (I mean its on 2 discs for crying out loud) The maps are probably 10 times bigger than those of CoD and on top of that, you have to add in FrostBite 2, so you gotta code in every single piece of the game to fall apart when its shot at. This is VERY difficult to do. The game also pushes the hardware of the Xbox 360 (~6 years old now) to its max. So, if you've got a huge map, older hardware, and destruction going about everywhere, they're bound to be bugs. No game can be 100% bug free at launch, there simply isn't enough time and not enough man-power. This is why Dice has a team dedicated to fixing BF3 and adding DLC and enhancing the game along the road.
Now, on to the good.
BF3 offers gameplay that follows Dice's trend. Huge, realistic, "Battlefield" sized maps. Online, the game puts you in as a soldier on a real sized battlefield fighting alongside your squadmates and team. For Rush and Conquest modes, there's no one man army or lone wolf as many other First Person Shooters have built. You NEED teamwork in order to win and you're rewarded for helping your team, doing the objective, as well as getting kills. Also, the destruction of the Frostbite 1/2 engine is not seen in any other title. Battlefield is the only game where a rocket will actually BLOW UP A WALL! No more "explosion marks" but the wall actually comes down. Bundle this awesome soldier action with some vehicular action, and there's nothing else out there that comes even close. Tanks, Light Tanks, Humvees, Boats, and Jets all add another dimension to the game. Players have to work to take down enemy tanks and jets, which happens in a real battlefield. Sure, there are still some kinks to work out but Dice was only given a few weeks to fix up the game from the results of the Open Beta. That's not a lot of time to fix these huge maps. 1 Battlefield map is probably equivalent to 5 or 6 maps of other FPS's.
The verdict: sure, the campaign seems a bit like Black Ops, but when you get into the action, you can obviously tell that its a total different story. And yeah, they're are a few minor bugs in the game, but it is definitely NOT anything major. And yes, there does need to be a 1.5GB add on for HD textures, but that's simply because the game is pushing 6 year old hardware to match up with current day hardware. Try playing BF3 on your 6 year old PC and see what happens. Once you understand all of these minor issues and bugs, you'll understand why its there and know that it will obviously be fixed in a short period of time, I mean there was already a patch on day one telling us that Dice knows about the problems and is working on it. As a video game aficionado, Dice has supported and are proud of their games. If something's wrong, a fix will be out shortly.
Don't let these minor issues make you miss out on one of the most intense, realistic shooters ever developed.