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”

Steam > Origin

I was just invited into the Battlefield 3 Alpha, and was absolutely thrilled until I read that I would need to download BF3 via Origin. “Dammit,” I thought, “I’ve been avoiding Origin at all costs since it’s condemned by practically every gamer out there.” Oh well, so I bit the proverbial bullet and played around with Origin – comparing it to Steam of course – and will now document my experience for the posterity. Try not to spot my bias.

Orgin by EA
Continue reading “Steam > Origin”

Stuff I Bought from the 2011 Steam Summer Sale

It's sale time!I’ll try and update this every day until the 10th.

Just a fun list. I’ll try and rationalize each purchase just so I don’t buy every game I see in the lust that always seems to ensue from a Steam sale.

Purchased (descending by most recent):

  • Frozen Synapse: Soundtrack Edition [2 pack] ($15 – saved $15): I watched this video, and it pretty much sold me. My kind of game!
  • Mount and Blade: Warband ($7.50 – saved $22.50): Everyone says this is a must-buy because of the improved graphics and gameplay over the previous installation.
  • Dragon Age: Origins – Ultimate Edition ($10 – saved $20): I loved Mass Effect and these Bioware guys pretty much have morality based RPG pegged.
  • Arma II: Combined Operations ($22.50 – saved $22.50): A simulator approach to the FPS genre. I think it’ll be interesting.
  • The Polynomial ($3.40 – saved $6.60): Interesting concept for a music game, a genre that I love. Plus it’s SteamPlay so I can throw it on the Mac! Yay!
  • Assassin’s Creed II – Deluxe Edition ($6.80 – saved $13.20): I’ll be playing this after I finish the first Assassin’s Creed.
  • Bioshock 2 ($5 – saved $15): Again, I’ll be playing this after I finish the first installment.
  • Team Fortress Classic ($1.20 – saved $3.80): This completes my collection of Valve-made games! Yay!
  • All of the Magicka DLC ($6 – saved about $19): I’ve only played the game with friends once or twice, but they were fun times regardless. Sure I’ll throw the indie devs a few bucks. Why not!
  • The Final Hours of Portal 2 ($1.30 – saved $0.70): An amazingly in-depth look into Valve. I highly recommend it if you liked Portal 2 and enjoy good journalism.
  • Medal of Honor ($10.20 – saved $19.80): I was mostly interested in the Battlefield 3 beta key, but the singleplayer campaign looks like it would be fun as well!
  • Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West ($1.50 – saved $8.50): Not a huge fan on wild west games/movies. I suppose I purchased this one just because it was so damn cheap. Steam wins again.
  • BIT.TRIP.RUNNER ($2.50 – saved $7.50): Already have BIT.TRIP.BEAT, so I thought I’d get the sister game.
  • Test Drive Unlimited 2 ($10 – saved $10): Looks like everything I’ve always wanted from a GTA/Gran Turismo crossover game. I haven’t really been satisfied by any racing games thus far so this should be a treat.

Bonus free DLC (descending by most recent):

  • Portal 2 goggles
  • Team Fortress 2 shades

Games I played in 2010

It seems like the cool people have made posts like this, so here goes. Nothing in-depth, just my quick opinions and recollections.

  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Lost interest in the campaign but have had a blast in multiplayer. — 4/5
  • Minecraft: Insanely fun. Anyone who has yet to buy it is seriously missing out. I play other games and always end up on Minecraft by the end of the evening. — 6/5
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Fun campaign, but the multiplayer (the main reason for buying) is more or less broken on the PC. — 1/5
  • Dawn of Discovery: Very entertaining game and more complex than it lets on at first, leaving you constantly revising your strategies. — 5/5
  • Fallout: New Vegas: Somewhat lost interest halfway through. Very fun action, but long travel times and a harsh landscape make me loathe progressing into the game any further. Did not experience any serious bugs. — 3/5
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops: Really came through in places that MW2 lacked, namely PC support. Fun campaign but lost interest in multiplayer quickly. — 3/5
  • Just Cause 2: Stupid fun gameplay, but the missions are repetitive, so I mainly spent time exploring the incredible island. — 4/5
  • Killing Floor: Really fun with a group of dependable friends, otherwise it’s a frustrating blood bath. — 4/5
  • Left 4 Dead 2: I was expecting so much more, but even with the weekly mutations, the re-playability just isn’t there for me. — 2/5
  • Poker Night at the Inventory: Enjoyable dialog while playing classic Texas Hold Em. Only $5. — 4/5
  • Borderlands: The art style never really did it for me, and the gameplay felt more like a grind than an adventure. — 2/5
  • Civilization V: Was really hyped up for this to come out, and became bored with it within a month. Really should have some other people to play with otherwise this game isn’t as enjoyable. — 3/5
  • Tropico 3: More fun than you’d expect. Being an island dictator has never been so fun! — 4/5
  • Team Fortress 2: It’s TF2, stupid. — 5/5
  • Supreme Commander 2: Only got it because it was on sale. Never made it past the tutorial. — n/a

My Steam profile.