In my last post, I discussed my first reactions to Battlefield 3. The majority of my feelings about the game itself still remain the same. BF3 is undoubtedly incredible (to break it down more thoroughly: the co-op is a little lame and the campaign is nothing too special...but I could get lost in the online multiplayer for hours on end). Despite the greatness of the game, there is one thing that I must address.
As a quick reminder, I have BF3 for the PC (and I'm not going to go into a rant again about how FPS games are 100% better on the PC..so let that just be assumed as I continue with this blog post).
The Battlelog system that Origin uses for BF3 which I discussed in my last post sucks.
There. I said it.
I understand that nowadays, when a game is released, there are bound to be technical difficulties within the first few days (and at most the first week). But when did BF3 come out again? October 25th? It has been over 2 weeks and the game is still constantly crashing, getting errors, and experiencing technical difficulties beyond belief.
That is not cool, EA. Is this a beta? No. This is the finished game. Apparently it it is not finished because it is impossible to have a gaming experience without receiving massive technical errors.
|Been seeing this 'error' way too much.|
Game crashing, unable to receive invites to games, unable to receive invites to chat parties, player chat windows not showing up, extreme server lag, frequent 'page load error' messages on Battlelog, randomly getting disconnected from games, unable to join games for unknown reasons, etc.
And you know what the worst part about this is? These issues have severely gotten worse each time the Origin client or Battlelog updates. Um....what the heck?
I remember when Call of Duty: Black Ops was first released last year. On the PC, they were experiencing a great deal of server lag issues for quite a while. That was certainly an inconvenience, but at least the game was playable. It feels like BF3 on the PC is unplayable at this point because there are so many issues.
The most frustrating part of the Battlelog system is that it runs through an internet browser -- not through the Origin client. My first impressions of this? Well, I thought it was rather unique and cool. It's a pretty neat idea in theory, however, it's just not working for EA.
I'm sorry EA, but your Origin client is really terrible. It's a terrible competition for Steam, who blows Origin out of the water.
I don't know if the consoles are experiencing the same issues as us PC players, but all I can say is getting this game at midnight wasn't worth it because it has been 2 weeks and I haven't been able to truly enjoy this game yet.
For my closing thoughts, I beg of you EA -- FIX YOUR STUFF. The Battlelog forums are flooded with people complaining about so many different issues. I am incredibly disappointed with your service right now, and I truly hope that I will be able to have a normal gaming experience with BF3 in the near future (or else I will switch over to MW3. HA. Just kidding).