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Battlefield 3 noob reviews

26 October 2011, Wednesday 1 comment

So! After the hellishly rubber bandy beta and equally hellishly long preload. We finally our get feet wet with DICE‘s latest offering. If you’re a fan of BF: BC 2 or even the not-quite-up-to-par MOH, you’ll be familiar with the company.

If you’ve never played any of the Battlefield series, a word of caution. This is not Modern Warfare, and this is not counter-strike. BF is a totally different beast altogether. It’s multiplayer on a scale well beyond CS and much more squad based and role dependent than MW. In this game you cannot do everything. Roles are specialized and specific to situations. You won’t be able to get by without your squad (or at least, not very far). If you’re wondering what it plays like. You can check out Battlefield : Play for free which uses the same net code but runs in a browser. It plays roughly the same concept and points wise, but is subject to latency and goes without all the fancy bells an whistles.

Now, on with the review.

Graphics: The final release is light years advanced from the beta. Frame rates are consistent, net code is solid and it looks pretty even at medium settings. Design of the weapons and technology takes wholesale after real world technology, and as such it could almost be mistaken for simply an updated version of the BF2 series. Obviously, with any new release there will be some bugs, but I haven’t encountered anything game breaking so far. Stress tested a 64 player map on ultra settings at 1920×1080 on my 2 y/o desktop, it started limping along but was still playable. The Frostbite 2 engine, clearly advanced from the Frostbite engine used in BF: BC 2, still features destructible environments and offers some interesting display options but does it all SO much better. You remember the mixed live action and in-game graphics trailer last week? Well they weren’t kidding, this game really does look that good. The only gripe i have is that some of the facial expressions in the campaign looked a little odd, but then again, I wasn’t exactly expecting LA noir so it wasn’t really an issue. No mistake, Battlefield 3 is a great looking game that runs well on a variety of systems and definitely has the chops to be a “prettiest game of the year” contender . I give it a 9.0

Sound: The sound guys have really outdone themselves with this incarnation of Battlefield. AK’s chatter convincingly and explosions whump and clang with a nice oomph. On a good 5.1 system (or even simulated 5.1) the angry buzz of bullets whizzing past your head will have you ducking behind the nearest cover in no time. Voice acting for the single player campaign was pretty good too, however the plot and script dragged it down to the point where you stopped paying attention after a while. The Battlefield theme is of course back, but remixed into bass and distortion heavy blob of sound punctuated with an occasional burst of static. Passable, if you’re into that kind of thing. Solid sound engineering and foley fx direction earns some major points but messy scoring and the lazy theme remix means this only gets an 8.5

Gameplay: To be honest. The single player felt like Modern Warfare. Even the overarching plot sounded cookie cutter MW (formula: Stolen nuclear weapon + Madman bent on destroying the world for no discernible reason + Misunderstood protagonist + lots of henchmen to put bullets into) A linear campaign told from the perspective of 4 individuals who are somehow all tied together(again with the MW plot device)in one grand global conflict over land, sea and air of at least 3 nations. Personally, I think it’s basically a collection of set pieces on rails designed to show off all the neat tricks the devs can do with the new engine. And it’s pretty rigid too, deviate from the way the devs meant it to be played and you’ll be rewarded with a nice steaming plate of “you have died”. Arguably, most shooters are like that nowadays, so it wasn’t entirely unexpected, and thus my disappointment is blunted somewhat.

However. We didn’t pre-order this for the single player campaign did we…? The multiplayer is everything we’ve hoped and dreamed it could be. DICE has learned from their mistakes and refined their strengths into one of the most fun robust systems around. The rank, perk and gear unlock system will be familiar to anyone who’s ever played a BF game and all the classic game modes are back with a gusto. Conquest, rush, squad deathmatch all scale well with different sized maps to get you mojo on. 64 player conquest is a blast as usual. Classes have been lifted straight out of BF: 2142, which seems to be the most streamlined and balanced incarnation in all of the existing BF games. Vehicles have always been a staple in BF games, and this one is no exception, with the usual compliment of tanks, helicopters, jets and other miscellaneous modes of transport to round off the stable. Vehicle handling does take some getting used to though, but you’ll be pulling strafing runs in no time. The inclusion of the Battlelog system makes finding servers and friends even easier than before, and even has support for creation and management of clans (platoons) baked in. Boring, uninspired single player is overwhelmingly overridden by brilliantly glorious multiplayer (because admit it, that why you bought this game in the first place) for a 9.5

Overall: The game looks amazing, sounds on par with how it looks and fulfills, nay exceeds all our expectations as to how it should play while not being bogged down too much by the forgettable single player (use it to familiarize yourself with the controls, you sure a heck won’t want to be doing that when you go online). For this awesome effort from the DICE team (and just because I can hit the deck again) I give it a 9.0 overall.

Go buy this game. Do it now.

Then hit me up on Origin or the BF:3 Battlelog with this email “”, username: Aquillius, if you want to play co-op or a few rounds.

See you on the Battlefield.

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Incoming! October 2010

2 October 2010, Saturday Leave a comment

I’ve always been a bit of an odd duck when it comes to computer games. Sure, I play mainstream titles and look forward to the latest releases like any gamer out there. But my individual preferences tend to stray a little further from the beaten track. Take, for example, the Battlefield series. While many fans feel that BF2 or the most recent entry, BFBC2 are the best in the veritable plethora of Battlefield field games in the series, the edition I enjoyed the most was probably the least popular (and IMHO also probably the most underrated) incarnation of the game.

Yup, BF2142. In all probability, it was probably because it played so differently from the other games in the series. Sure the mechanics were all the same, but it had interesting vehicles and a truly inspired visual design and concept (Titans anyone? Walkers?) and also, not having to worry about historical or real world authenticity really let the design team flex their creative muscles.

Moving forward, present day. EA’s Medal of Honor and Activision’s COD:Black Ops loom on the horizon (October 12th and 9th respectively), both established franchises from well known developers (Dice and Treyarch, sadly Infinity Ward’s not doing this COD due to problems with publisher Activision) with a collection of great titles under their collective belts.

Which will I be playing? Well, both probably, but which will I like more? Probably the one with the quirkier game-play. And by quirky, I mean the one with the game engine and player base that allows you to do really dumbass crap in-game and make embarrassingly cool machinima.

Personally though… EPIC BEARD MAN FTW!!!

Dusty, aka "cowboy"


The Grey Ghost

Kotaku RTS Goodness!

29 July 2010, Thursday Leave a comment

In light of the recent release of one of the most eagerly (and long) awaited game sequels of all time, I thought I’d put this up for those uninitiated with the genre. Courtesy of Kotaku. Hit the Jump for the original article and other gaming related goodness.

Link via: Kotaku | A Visual Guide To Real-Time Strategy

In other news, I got my new head cans!

Check these babies out! LINK


The Grey Ghost.

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Caty looses Path of Titans and Guild Talents

13 June 2010, Sunday Leave a comment

WoW Cataclysm Banner

Two previously announced features in the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion Cataclysm have been dropped. The Path of Titans Advancement feature and the Guild Talent trees.

Players will instead get another layer of Glyphs and a Guild achievement and XP system.

I can’t say I’m surprised, Blizzard has been known to shake things up on a regular basis, right up to release date. I’d like to think that that makes their products more polished, but we’ll just have to see.  After all, I once swore that I’d never touch WoW. But that was many many years ago…

All in all I’m looking forward to the new expansion. And the guild XP feature sounds interesting. It would certainly encourage more loyalty to the guild (though it makes me wonder what would happen if the guild leader got hacked, like ours recently did)

Anyway, full story after the Jump.

Link Via: World of MatticusCataclysm Loses its 2 Biggest Selling Points

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Bioshock… IRL

3 December 2009, Thursday Leave a comment

Bioshock, from 2K games is probably one of the more interesting looking shooters to come our way in a while. The iconic retro art style and dystopian underwater setting definitely gave gamers something new to gawk at.  Add creepy atmosphere, a twisted backstory and RPG elements and you get a game that spawns some pretty hardcore fans…

Fans that are hardcore enough to do something like this

No, those aren’t renders. Don’t ask, just click!

Link via Geekology | AMAAAZING Bioshock Cosplay At Aquarium

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Swine Flu Infects World of Warcraft | GamePolitics

4 May 2009, Monday Leave a comment

Pic from Wowhead Talk about Life imitating art.

So this is how the world ends… God does a server wipe and resets everything.

Full Snippet after the jump

Swine flu pandemic spreads to Azeroth link via Game Politics.

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Music maketh the world revolve

22 April 2009, Wednesday Leave a comment


So! Anyone up for this?

Cheers, Godbless.