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We have now had a few days to play the Battlefield 3 beta. I
had long looked forward to my first taste of this game. I have been watching every Battlefield 3
video and reading every article about the game. I was very excited.
In regards to the Battlefield vs. COD war, I have always
been firmly on the COD side. I own seven different Call of Duty titles. I have
been playing the games since 2004. Like everyone else, COD 4 blew my mind. WAW
wasn't as good, but it was different and the MP was fun nonetheless. I didn't care for the WAW campaign. I couldn't wait for MW2. The game finally came out, and it was as
buggy as a New York City hotel room mattress. After some patches, the game did work, and it
was fun, but the game was very similar to the last two COD installments. Again,
I played the game for hours anyways and had a lot of fun with it. Whereas for
the past two games I had played those titles nonstop all year, with MW2 I got
bored by January and started playing other games again. When Black Ops came
out, I was really into Halo, but switched anyways. BO was a good game, Treyarch's
best ever campaign, but the multiplayer was the exact same thing as the last
three games, just different maps and some different takes on weapons and
After buying COD games that were essentially the same for
four straight years, I was ready to switch to BF3. I knew that BF has more time
between titles. I knew BF was different than COD. I was excited about the
prospect of vehicles, large maps, and no campers! The videos looked amazing. I
knew they were PC videos, but we were told the 360 would look similar.
I made up my mind pretty much to buy BF3 and skip the COD
installment this year. I would rent MW3 for the campaign, but my money would go
to EA. I thought I would get a different game, and would send a message to
Activision that they need to make some changes and not put out the same game,
year after year, with new maps and some tweaked weapons. I can't fault them for the campaigns, as
those have all been very good, if only a bit short.
And then the beta came out. I know betas are supposed to
have problems to be fixed, but there were so many problems here. The one that really bothered me was having
the aim down sights jam. I also really
don't like getting stuck standing on flat surfaces or surfaces I think I should
be able to run over. Will they really be
able to fix that? I hope so.
Another big thing that stands out to me is the graphics. The
game just doesn't look anywhere near as smooth as COD. The buildings look
pixelated in comparison to the COD titles. So the game is broken and the
graphics are bad, what about gameplay?
Like I said, I hate rush. This seems odd, because I love
capture the flag and domination in COD. I like the games where people have to
run around. Rush doesn't appear to really be that sort of game. It is more like
everyone camps around the objectives, and then people try to break through to
quick get the MCOM stations. There are
so many campers in the beta. I'm
guessing those are the people that will buy the game too, as they all are like
20-10 kd wise. If I hunkered down and
camped, I could do well too. My best outing was 26-4, but that was dumb. I like
to run around. You can't do that in this game, or you will get killed for sure
by someone camping.
Overall, this game just wasn't fun. Other betas have been
fun, like WAW and Halo Reach. This one was not.
Based on what I've seen of the BF3 beta, I'm no longer going
to buy this game at release. I will rent it. I'm still willing to give it a
chance, but right now it looks like I will pass, in which case I will buy MW3.
I know what I'm getting with COD, a slightly improved MW2. The graphics will be
similar, but that is because the 360 has reached its limits. BF3 would be lucky
to have 360 graphics like MW3.
After deciding I might be going with MW3, I have started
looking through the vids and articles. It looks pretty cool. I'll have fun with
survival mode, and I like having multiple attachments and scopes. I'm not crazy
about the WWIII storyline, but the maps could be cool. I would prefer not to be
in metro areas, but if the map is cool, then I guess I don't care that much. At
least it will be different.
There are some other pluses for me about MW3. One, I have
spent so much time getting good at COD. I know expect to have a k/d of at least
2.5, and that is mainly running around in CTF and Domination, no camping.
Another thing is many of my friends always buy COD, so we can play together.
My money might be going to Activision again, but maybe that
doesn't matter. They want to be the premier shooter, so when new equipment
comes out, they likely will upgrade the game as much as they can. Hopefully
they have the people to do that. I always get my money out of COD games,
usually playing about one week in actual hours. That's 168 hours, which is more
than I spend on any other games.
BF still has a chance to get me. I will be renting it. If I
really like it and can see myself enjoying playing it for a long time, I will
pull the trigger, but right now I am leaning towards COD again. This makes me question why EA put out this
beta in the first place. Sure, they needed to test the game, but they didn't
have to have such a large open beta. They could have restricted it to past
Battlefield players or people who have preordered. All this beta has shown me
is not to buy this game. It seems like
many new BF players feel the same. They should have at least given us a better
map and game mode. Vehicles would have been nice. An environment that was more
destructible would have been good too.
All I see here is a big COD map with more open spaces and more campers
and bad graphics and it is broken and the guns aren't fun to shoot . If they
wanted to attract people over from COD, this beta is not helping, it is