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Not sure what the bad rep is for,
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This review is from: Battlefield 3 - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
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.
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Initial post: Oct 26, 2011 2:16:27 AM PDT
You have to have the actual xbox 360 Hard drive to download the HD content pack. The xbox doesn't recognize Flash drives as a hard drive. I'm having to buy a hdd just for this one game..but that's a personal choice I suppose.
Posted on Oct 26, 2011 7:54:32 AM PDT
i respectfully disagree with a few of your points. first, it should have been known prior to release that 1.5 GB of free space was required for HD content. people with 4 GB systems are unable to play. i, personally, would've never bought a system with that little space but they have a system nonetheless. also, using a flash drive will not work. bugs and glitches are unfortunate parts of games but the game should at least be playable. people are not able to progress through the campaign or if they do, the saved data is corrupted and lost causing them to play it over. "some" server problems is to be expected but for it to be down for probably 98% of gamers is just unacceptable to me. in my opinion, the game was rushed. i understand it's been worked on for roughly 2 years but apparently it still needed more time. instead, they wanted to get this game out at all costs before MW3 because they feared sales would suffer if it was released after.
Posted on Oct 26, 2011 9:24:27 AM PDT
In the long run of things the issues that happened mean nothing for this game. I played it all last night and its amazing. The servers were glitchy for a couple hours, but considering I'll be playing this game for the next few months that means nothing. You also don't need the HD to play, granted without it it doesn't look as nice but it doesn't prevent anyone from playing there is a "no" option for installation. There are just so many people that wanted this game to fail and the opening day slip up with the servers gave every COD fanboy something to jump on. In the end this game is a great experience and with everything functioning properly from EA it would be nice to see people edit reviews, but COD fanboys aren't smart enough to do that. This game is 4.5/5 stars no matter which way you flip the script and the servers being down for a couple hours isn't the games fault, its EAs fault.
Posted on Oct 26, 2011 10:23:23 AM PDT
Most of the 1 star reviews clearly state that there is a big problem with the servers. You couldn't just read a few reviews and see that this is the case?
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2011 11:35:57 AM PDT
Rick Ramani says:
Where do you get the HD Content pack from? The market place?
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2011 12:45:32 PM PDT
It installs from the Multiplayer/Co-op disk.
@Jayden - The HD content pack download was known about before launch. I read about it on Joystiq and Kotaku at least a week ago. Maybe you only watch the 5 o'clock news and expected it to be there, I don't know. I agree, the server downtime is inexcusable at this day and age, especially after an open beta.
Posted on Oct 26, 2011 3:45:57 PM PDT
You don't NEED to have the HD pack to play people. It only makes it look slightly better.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2011 4:06:16 PM PDT
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Adam Baldwin says:
"Most of the 1 star reviews clearly state that there is a big problem with the servers. You couldn't just read a few reviews and see that this is the case?"
That'd be awesome, if they were reviewing the servers, but they're not.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2011 4:28:22 PM PDT
Eric J. Woodcox says:
you can use a flash drive you just have to format it first in the setup menu at the home screen. Thats how i get my map packs for games while im stationed in japan
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2011 4:37:07 PM PDT
"Eric J. Woodcox says:
you can use a flash drive you just have to format it first in the setup menu at the home screen...."
No, you can't. The HD Texture Pack will ONLY install to a Xbox 360 Hard Drive. It says so on the back of the box.