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pretty terrible campaign, multiplayer needs some improvements
on February 13, 2012
let me just start off by saying i know 'battlefield's' bread & butter is the multiplayer. no one does it better. but, the mutliplayer is only 1/2 of the game, so it must be taken as a whole, which is what i'll do.
several years ago i read an article about george lucas and how he feel in love with technology at the expense of story and emotional resonance. it seems the fellows at DICE have fallen into the same trap. for all of frostbite 2's technological wizardry, the campaign is a suprinsingly shallow and vapid experience. of course, some people won't mind this (and some people don't even bother with single-player campaigns), but there's simply not a single memorable mission in the campaign. even for all of call of duty's over-the-top, non-sensical, action hero machinations, at least they're pretty fun. battlefield 3's campaign was just long and tiring and i just wanted it to end. there's not a single thing here you haven't done in every on-the-rails shooter in recent history. you're either in a building, a corridor, an alley, a rooftop, a narrow street, a post-earthquake crevice or some other similarly small, cramped space. the story, if you can call it that, is also rehash of other first person shooters - russian forces, nukes, etc, etc, etc. we've played this game 100 other times.
the multiplayer for me, is a step back from BFBC2. frostbite 2 on the PS3 just doesn't look that good. (again, i realize this was made for the PC, but...) the textures are mostly muddy. the maps that came on the disc weren't nearly as balanced or as well-designed as the BFBC2 maps (operation metro and grand bazaar come to mind). there are some really great maps, though, like caspian border, kharg island, and operation firestorm; but to me they just don't compare to oasis, laguna presa/alta, arica harbor and atacama desert. the gameplay, too, doesn't fare as well. if i had a dollar for every time i unloaded an entire mag into someone only to have them kill me 100% health, i'd be pretty well off. i get that there will always be lag, but it's bordering on the criminal. it's no fun to shoot someone with a shotgun, twice, from point blank range and have them just run away from you. every now and then, i get it. but not a dozen times a game. at the end of most matches i just feel defeated.
unfortunately, for me, BF3 was a disappointment. BFBC2 is my favorite game ever. i logged well or 600 hours in the MP. after about 40 in BF3, i'm done.