This is what happens when a game is hyped to the heavens: disappointment. Apparently lots and lots of Battlefield 3 beta testers are talking about their experience with the game as massively lackluster in that there’s no wow factor in its multiplayer. I myself have played the beta for a good bit, and to be brutally honest with you, gamesthirst, I’m not impressed.
Not one bit.
I’ll come clean, I have been wanting to play this game ever since I saw the first Faultline gameplay trailer. It was the most amazing piece of FPS footage I’d seen. Graphics were super-real, gameplay looked as if it played like real life and all about the game looked like a winner. But then I remembered something: It was all PC footage. EA and DICE went with the strategy to show off the game’s PC version instead of consoles, when they knew full well it’d sell way more units on the latter platform. Then the inevitable happened, people started to say it’s the best looking game on consoles, and how Call of Duty had nothing to match. Folks were deceived. And it didn’t matter how much I tried to iterate the fact that we were seeing PC footage, people didn’t care. Now, though, things have changed.
The game doesn’t look all that good, coming with some low resolution and rather iffy detailing. It also is packed with glitches but that we can forgive, as it’s a beta. But Battlefield 3 goes on sale in less than a month, and it doesn’t matter how many times DICE say this is alpha gameplay, I don’t believe them; there’s only so much you can do in two weeks! I say two weeks because the game must be sent out to be mass-reproduced and sent to various parts of the world – there’s not much time to fix anything.
As for the gameplay, I think DICE has aced it, but there’s yet something missing. I played and played and played again, trying hard to give the game’s multiplayer a fighting chance, but I sincerely didn’t enjoy it. I’ll go back again, because I want to like Battlefield 3; I really do. But like some of our own users have said, Battlefield 3 feels like “blah”. Just, well, blah!
I’ve already actually gone to Killzone 3, which is a shame. I really was looking for reason to leave that game. I guess I’ll have to wait for RAGE, or later on, Modern Warfare 3.
Now don’t get me wrong, you should definitely go ahead and give the beta a shot today as it’ll be available for all. You’ll come up with your own conclusions then. We’re also hoping to have a review up before its release at retail so stay tuned for that.