Saturday, June 1, 2013

This is what Battlefield 3 has been reduced to...

Ok, let's backtrack a bit.

A few months ago, I took a new job. Total career change, total commute change, total leap of faith. I went from being in an office 30 hours or so a week to 50 hours a week. Naturally, that allocation of time and energy meant less time for goofing around on the video game console.

There are a lot of things coming up in the next few weeks. E3 is on the immediate horizon, which should at least reveal a lot of questions we have about the two new consoles coming this fall/winter. There should be new games to explore and new technologies to embrace, but let us look back at one of the games of yesteryear that occupied most of our time:

Battlefield 3.

This game is a conundrum; we have a love/hate relationship with it. Love because it is probably the best shooter of its kind currently out there and hate because it should have been a lot better and better designed. A few months back, bored of the repetitive malaise of bullet lag, hiding through walls, and over powered weapons, we decided to keep things interesting by attempting stunts. Below is what came of that night:

Desperate to re-create that, we tried it again last night, only it took quite a while to re-create that allure of fun and humor through repetitive failure. There are a few other stunts we tried other than the one seen above, but that just didn't quite live up to it. As Sgt. Angry put it; "we tried to recreate the epic party, which evolved organically, and now we're just making shit".

Eventually we went back to the well and tried this again, with everyone in party pulling off the stunt (yours truly making it on my last attempt, after all the capture devices were turned off). However, if this is really the only way we can squeeze a few ounces of fun out of one of the better games of the past year, then I'm not sure how much optimism I should have for the games of the immediate future.

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