Why Battlefield 3 > Modern Warfare 3

This is me speaking as someone who played the Battlefield 3 alpha and beta trials, in addition to owning all of the previous Call of Duty games on the PC. This may read as a bit of a rant but I’ll try to stick to laying down the facts. I could go on for paragraphs, but let’s keep this brief.

  • Price. I was able to get BF3 for $42 USD on Amazon (you can still get it for ~$50 USD), compared to $60 USD for MW3.
  • Content. Battlefield will ship with more maps than MW3. Not tiny maps, mind you… MASSIVE, SPRAWLING landscapes.
  • Destruction. Dynamic cover is something you come to appreciate, and the Call of Duty series is ignorant of this.
  • Redundancy. Modern Warfare 3 is essentially the same game its predecessors have been. Watching gameplay shows a blatant disregard for innovation.
  • Armour. Helicopters, jets, tanks, quads, humvees, light armour, and other vehicles add so much more fun to gameplay in Battlefield 3!
  • Scale. Battlefield 3 runs up to 64 players while the “other” game is only balanced for 18.
  • DLC. I was really irked that Activision continued to charge $15 for map DLC. If you decided to buy Black Ops plus all of its DLC, you would have spent $120. Not a great investment.
  • Prestiging. I’ve never prestiged in Call of Duty and never considered it to be worthwhile action. Not only do the costs vastly outweigh the gains, but it’s an obvious attempt at player retention. They try to push you to keep playing (one more prestige, one more prestige, etc.).
  • Community. From what I’ve experienced in both games, Battlefield has a much more… “mature” community. Guys that can actually make rational decisions regarding objectives… not to mention intelligent conversation. I’ve never met an unpleasant person in Bad Company 2 – can’t say the same for Modern Warfare 2. That game is saturated with mic-spamming tweens.
  • Evolution. Correct me if I’m wrong, but MW3 is still using an older version of the IW engine that dates back a few years? Yeah, Frostbite 2 is leaps ahead.
  • Team-play. Even though you can play as a lone wolf in BF3, you’re drastically stifled in your success. However, if you play in a squad and move as a team… you’ll get those “Battlefield moments”, where you become lucid to the fact that you and your friends are moving as one in synchrony. It’s hard to explain, but it definitely kills any monotony and gives you a bit of  a rush. Sounds silly but trust me.

To close, here are just two Battlefield 3 videos you should watch if you’re on the fence. This game is far superior to Modern Warfare 3. If you do happen to get BF3, let me know and we’ll drop in as a squad! Continue reading “Why Battlefield 3 > Modern Warfare 3”

Songs of the Moment – Week of Oct. 16

Let’s bring some class this week. All of these come from the excellent Hôtel Costes compilation albums.

1. Morten Varano – Dead End Street (Trentemøller remix)

Gets interesting around 0:00.
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2. Karuan – Chocolate Distance

Gets interesting around 1:18.
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3. Ralph Myerz – Think Twice

Gets interesting around 0:48.
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4. Gotan Project – Last Tango In Paris

Gets interesting around 0:00.
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5. Dublex Inc. – The Game

Gets interesting around 0:00. Just disregard the picture…
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Songs of the Moment – Week of Oct. 9

This week it’s all about remixes! Some of my current favourites in fact! Most of the songs fall into the dubstep/DnB sub-genres. I’m going to try sharing points of interest too.

1. Ellie Goulding – Under The Sheets (Jakwob remix)

Gets interesting around 0:27.
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2. Jeuce – Kiss (Zeds Dead remix)

Gets interesting around 0:48.
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3. Medina – You & I (Deadmau5 remix)

Gets interesting around 1:03.
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4. Chase & Status – Time (Memro remix)

Gets interesting around 0:43.
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5. Sunlounger – Lost (Aly & Fila remix)

Gets interesting around 2:04.
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Songs of the Moment – Week of Oct. 2

It’s fall now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t stop listening to summer music. Specifically summer clubby music. I realized today that a good percentage of my favourite songs are by Armada Records. I’m not advertising for them or anything – they just have consistently good music in my opinion. Less of that poppy stuff that the Ministry of Sound pushes for sure.

1. Cruising (Steve Murano club mix) – D&K

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2. Morgan Page, Sultan + Ned Shepard, and BT – In the Air

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3. Dash Berlin & Cerf/Mitiska/Jaren – Man On The Run

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4. W&W – Three O’Clock (Marcus Maison & Will Dragen remix)

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5. Alex Gopher – Handguns (Dada Life remix)

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