The lights are on
There are certainly some terrible reviews out there, this site included. If you've played the game and didn't like it, then that's fine. Although, I firmly believe that this game wasn't/isn't being given a fair chance. I noticed this months ago when GI was posting very little news on this game, then the articles that were being posted, left out a lot of important information. The biggest issue is that there's nothing innovative and doesn't present any genre-enhancing features. It's more of the same, but it's the same done very well.
Even though I completely disagree with the review given on this site, and a few others, we're all entitled to our own opinions. My suggestion is that everyone play the game for themselves before making a decision. It's easy to fall in line and assume that you won't like the game, based on others' opinions.
While waiting for my copy to arrive in the mail, I was very disheartened to read the review on here. I thought I'd made a mistake in buying it. It wasn't until I started the game up for myself that I realized how wrong I had been for making assumptions.
The game has it's cons, of course, but there are many redeeming qualities. The Frostbite 2 engine has never looked better. The environments are fantastically detailed, even if the lighting can sometimes present inconsistancy. The audio is superior, by far, to any other military shooter on the market. The story is emotional and engaging, even if it s shorter than I expected. Your ally AI is quick and responsive. I'm also impressed with the gameplay mechanics. Everything was tight, including the hit detection.
As far as the multiplayer goes, there are still some spawn issues, but the option to spawn on your Fireteam buddy has dealt with much of it. I'm not a fan of the multiplayer menu layout either, but to me, that's made up for by the sheer amount of customization options available. There's a total of 71 soldiers to choose from, spanning 6 classes. There are over 70 weapons to choose from, not counting the many weapon mods. My biggest problem with the multiplayer is that the graphics aren't as good as they are in the campaign. It just seems rougher, or less refined.
You get the point. Of course, this is only one man's opinion. Overall, this game isn't even close to deserving the amount of critisism that it's been receiving. Love it, hate it, feel however you want about it. None of that matters to me. I just want the game to be given the chance that it deserves. If you're already going in with a biased opinion, you certainly aren't doing yourself any favors.
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