EA decided to change the conference hall set up by having what could only be described as a wedding reception. I’m not sure how to feel about this set up but then again that’s not what we came for, we want games and EA is a publisher so will provide. I say provide, but in all fairness EA opened with a documentary which I’ll get on to in a moment. The man EA sent out on stage to quote Jim Sterling, looked like an evil wax figure brought to life. What made this even more surreal is that it said EA was putting the gamers first, which as well as being another check on the E3 bingo card is laughable. Continue Reading
Last week I decided to play Battlefield 3 and of course that meant I had to load up Origin. Usually Origin loads onto the library page but now defaults to the store page, okay you want to showcase that Origin is a digital store, but then pop-ups, “Pre-order Battlefield 4 NOW!” haa, no. I think the EA hate train is departing the station and yes the catering car is, as always, shut.
This pop-up made me pause for thought. If we cast our minds back a couple of weeks ago we can remember a certain EA conference where a certain announcement was made, I even did a blog post on it. Yes Battlefield 4 has only just appeared on the public stage and we’re already marketing the hell out of it. I feel that EA’s marketing department has jumped the gun on this one, either that or someone should take their caffeinated and sugar filled beverages away. The thing is the hate doesn’t have to be focused on EA this week. If we look back even further we can remember the Project Destiny press conference, which was a similar case, the tile was announced, some pictures were shown and some pre rendered footage was seen, not enough for me to throw my wallet at them, but it was food for thought. Continue Reading
So EA announced Battlefield 4, well when I say announce, I mean confirmed another of the industries worst kept secrets since the unveiling of the PS4. If your not skeptical about this announcement then you should be, EA has confirmed that it is planning to release a new FPS every year and since it drove the Medal of Honor franchise of a cliff into shark infested waters during a maelstrom caused by the end of the world it leaves the Battlefield franchise with the back breaking burden of yearly releases.
So how do you announce one of the greatest multiplayer shooters? With a single player demo of course. It seems EA is determined to continue to shoe horn a single player element into a game that, historically speaking, has been multiplayer focused since its origins. Yes it looked impressive, the Frostbite 3 engine really shows what it can do in this environment, but you get the feeling that this is what this is all about, showcasing the engine. The singleplayer element is not there for your benefit, it is there to show off what D.I.C.E’s latest engine can do, with some fancy set pieces and scripted events creating a sense of awe, you get the sense that this would be better used in a film, yes it’s pretty but did anyone come here to see a rendered building collapse or did they come here to look at what would hopefully be a Battlefield game that is going back to what it does best
Battlefield 1942 and Vietnam got by fine with no single player campaign and Battlefield 2 is still considered by some to be, in terms of gameplay, better than Battlefield 3. Personally my favorite is still 2142, it has mechs and what war game wouldn’t be improved with the addition of mechs? Plus the addition of the Titan game mode which adds a whole new element to objective gameplay. Each Battlefield game had something about them that made them memorable, from the beach landings of 1942 to the sky diving off of a Titan in 2142, 100% of the development time was focused on making a pure multiplayer game and it showed. All this history seems to be disregarded by one of the people presenting the unveiling, saying “Social persistence to increase replay value… A single player game true to the Battlefield franchise.” I assume you jumped into the Battlefield series around the time of Bad Company then, either that or you are suffering from a serious case of selective amnesia.
All in all I think we may end up seeing the death of the Battlefield franchise and judging by EA’s current track record it may make it a certainty. In pursuit of the success of Call of Duty, EA has sacrificed one franchise in the form of Medal of Honor and is looking at doing the same to Battlefield just for the sake of earning more money and pleasing the investors, Battlefield is not Call of Duty, so stop trying to make it like Call of Duty, we already have one and personal I’m not too fond of it.I’m okay with the fancy graphics, just cut the singleplayer crap, get rid of the yearly release plan and focus on what a Battlefield game should be, a well crafted large scale multiplayer game.