Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Why Does Love Always Feel Like A...

Every time Battlefield 3 crosses my mind, that Jordin Sparks song always pops in my head.
Hah. Well, anyway, in this post I'll be telling you all my Battlefield 3 story.

You know, this is just a quick thought before I begin. When Gears of War 3 was first released, I never made a post about it. How sad is that? It was one of my most anticipated games.

Oh well.
I'll be honest. I didn't have anything interesting to say about it.
I spent countless hours with trying to complete all 50 waves of horde (which I did finally end up finishing).
I played through the campaign twice. Once on Normal difficulty, and the second time on Insane.
So there. I talked about Gears 3 on my blog. I feel better now.

Now, onto what I really want to talk about.
Battlefield 3!
Being honest here again: I was really unsure about getting Battlefield 3 right away. I mean, I knew I wanted to get the game. But it wasn't a game that I wanted immediately. A few of my girl friends came to me and said, "Oh hey, we are going to the midnight release of Battlefield 3! Come with!". So I caved and joined them.
The problem is -- I never pre-ordered the game.
Usually that is never a problem at Gamestop.
Except I'm getting BF3 on the PC***.

***Ahem. Before I continue with my story, I think I should address this: everyone should be getting Battlefield 3 on PC. I cannot stress this enough. Console versions of the game are so. watered. down. Period. Games like Battlefield 3 are designed for PC (even the guy working at Gamestop even agreed with me when I said that, and we know Gamestop employees are experts on all things gaming).

Now I will continue my story of my BF3 shenanigans with my friends.

Here's a short video of my friends & I waiting for the game. The video is rather uninteresting, but I thought I would share anyway.

Me and my PC copy of BF3. 
It turns out that I recieved the only PC copy that the store had.

At first, I felt really special. (And lucky. Because if they did not have a PC copy I would have left the store empty-handed).

But then I realized that I was the only person out of all those people getting the PC version of Battlefield 3. Wow.

You console gamers can argue all you like about why you think playing FPS games on consoles are "better", but you will never convince me. The FPS was first invented for computers (let's remind ourselves of our roots: DOOM and Quake).

Building/buying a good PC is too expensive? Why not use all of the extra money spent on DLC and the extra $10 spent on every game toward getting a new PC? Don't get me wrong -- I am not a console hater nor a PC elitist. Consoles are good for some things. But when it comes to FPS games? There is no question that the PC is what the genre was intended for (sorry, Halo. Though you were originally a PC game. I still love you).

Oh, am I getting side-tracked again?
Back to Battlefield 3.

The game, of course, is great. I mainly purchased it for the multiplayer -- which is really fun thus far. Minus all of the server issues. Obviously server issues are expected when a game is first released (even the console versions were experiencing server issues).

Here's just an example of the news feed.
(Click the image to enlarge, duh.)
Origin has this "social network" structure going on with Battlefield 3. The Origin client is a lot like Steam, but when playing Battlefield 3, you must log into your "Battlelog". Like facebook, the Battlelog tracks all of you and your friend's recent updates (ranks, new items, etc.). You also have the option to "hooah!" recent activities on your feed, which would be the equivalent of the "like" button on facebook. It's pretty unique, actually. I've never played a game where the social networking is so integrated into the game like this. I think I like it. I don't even know if the Xbox 360 and PS3 users can use the Battlelog, but it's certainly a pretty neat feature for the PC users (you know, when it's not crashing).

Here it should be noted that that 'hooah!' is an Army phrase. Battlefield 3 is a game consisting entirely of Marines, who say 'oorah!'. A big fail on EA's part.

As far as gameplay goes? It is incredible, as expected. Multiplayer is so enjoyable, I cannot even tell you how much fun I have been having (here's an idea: I was not expecting to stay up all night playing the game, but it was so good I ended up playing until 4:30 a.m. when I had classes the next day).

Okay, all this talking about the game is really making me want to play.

One more thing. For all you Call of Duty fanboys/girls...

Yeah. Have fun playing the same game AGAIN for the THIRD time. I am not bothering with the Call of Duty franchise anymore. Such a waste of life.

This concludes my Battlefield 3 story. Hope you all enjoyed it. Keep on gaming, my friends.


Geeky Glamorous said...

I am currently downloading BF3 as I type this. Not sure how I feel about Origin yet. I'm such a fan of Steam that having to dl a similar service just irritates me. u_u

Tracie said...

I understand what you mean! I've been using Steam for years, I felt like EA was just being lame by trying to copy Valve. But it's actually not too terrible from what I've experienced so far.
Enjoy BF3! :D

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