Apparently it was the year of colons....
But seemingly enough, the only title I stayed with was Battlefield.
Now that isn't to any fault of Halo or CoDs. To be quite honest, both are fine games; it just so happens they cater to a different style than I like. Now, I'm not a fanboy by any means. Just because I love a franchise doesn't mean I wont dislike an entry in it (take Resident Evil 5 for example). There are some things about Bad Company 2 which drive me up the wall (getting stuck on small twigs or pebbles, hit registration with the knife, recons, UAVs).
But alas, this isn't Bad Company 2; this is a completely different beast, Battlefield 3.
|OH GOD MY RETINAS!!!|
The last 3rd, is a more urban area. Sadly thus far, I have rarely seen this part of the map. But what I have seen is rather amazing. It does have a drab look to in terms of being urban. But the bleached brightness gives it a much different mood. Almost starkly in contrast to the metro. and with buildings full of windows, you can be taken out from every where. It also hold the most opportunity for destruction 2.0, which looks amazing. I managed to chuck a grenade up into a snipers window, taking him out. It was satisfying, until I got shot in the head.
But really, looks are all for naught if the game is an unplayable mess. And luckily this game is very playable. In terms of approach it feels a lot like Bad Company 2, but with a ton more depth. With the additions of bipods, prone, some new gadgets and switching around roles; it feels very fleshed out. for instance a squad mate and I were making a move on an m-com station. I being a support class mounted my rifle on a concrete block while he pushed ahead. With my suppressive fire and his push we managed to not only take the m-com station, but hold off a good amount of people before being overtaken. The game never tells you how to use the bipod though. So protip, tap the left trigger.
Prone adds something I much wanted. Too many times did I duck behind cover in Bad Company 2, only to still get shot in the head. Prone gives you that extra cover, and solves a lot of issues. Of course it also adds another issue, bushes. You can go prone in the bushes and be impossible to see. In fact, me and an enemy soldier were prone right next to each other for a good few seconds taking out each others friends. Then when we realized what was up, it was almost like a cartoon, and chased each other around.
Another addition worth noting is fire selection. For most automatics, you can choose how you gun fires. Single, burst, full-auto. It's an incredibly nice addition (or re-addition, as I believe it was in BF2). I found it really helped with the long range game. Slap a 4x scope on an M16, turn on single shot, and you can actually suppress a sniper. In fact there is a little island, off in the river in the first set of m-coms, where a bunch of snipers took roost. I managed to pick off 2 with that before a 3rd got me. And the 3 round burst lets you have stability and stopping power, and full auto lets you have your Rambo dreams.
And lastly the knife. You can now swipe your knife twice to kill an enemy, or pull it out and run with it to execute and steal someones dog tags. The executions are extremely nice. However, the game never explains how to select your knife. Turns out you have to hold the knife button. Meaning you have to swipe, and then wait for your character is brandishing it, in order to use is to get dog tags. It was fairly annoying, as the game would think I held it a little to shortly, so my knife simply whiffed. Then I was turned on and killed. A separate button would have been nice, or perhaps double tap "y".
But that's not to say this game lacks problems. It is a beta after all, there will be glitches. The first I noticed was sprinting would suddenly stop, and refused to start up unless I came to a complete stop. It wasn't massive, but it was frequent and annoying. Another issue is going to cost lives I think. Sometimes after switching to a med kit/ammo pack and back to a rifle, the game would refuse to let me go into ADS. This rendered me incapable of even tackling enemies as medium range. The issue of getting stuck on tiny objects in the game world is still there, and is still annoying. Although it does seem to not be as bad. But, it's still there.
A couple more glitches; sometimes going prone, you will seemingly go below the ground; you kill an enemy, he instantly vanishes. Sometimes a loading screen will never finish loading, yet the game hasn't crashed. These are all problems to expect, it is a beta. But hopefully they can get ironed out. Because as it stands, this is a game shaping up to be well worth your time. And as I play more, and the beta closes, I'll write a follow up to this, just you out there can see how my thoughts have changed after a couple weeks.
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