If you ask someone to name a current first person shooter chances are good you will get one of three or four responses.
- Call of Duty
- Borderlands, etc.
A question that has been coming to mind ever sense the poorly planned and even more poorly executed Battlefield Premium was unleashed to the world…
Who is really playing this game or any EA First Person Shooter (FPS) regularly at this point?
There is always the contingent of Battlefield elitists out there that believe (sometimes correctly) that Battlefield is superior to Call of Duty or Halo. However, numbers don’t lie… and that could be what ends up bringing down Battlefield and perhaps EA’s FPS credibility. If you look at the ratings last released by Larry Hryb (Major Nelson) that show the most activity on XBox Live for specific games it should make you skeptical about the longevity of Battlefield and certainly the next Medal of Honor game.
It isn’t really a question of if Battlefield is a good game (it is a great game) but a question of where it is going to go from here for a game that hasn’t really found a place outside of their niche group of dedicated community members like one of our subscribers The Masked Guard. Will we get to a point where EA can overtake the juggernaut that is Call of Duty? If they hope to make any strides in their FPS marketability they should make an effort to develop a game that isn’t devoted strictly to some sort of engine that hinges on blowing up buildings or terrain – especially in multiplayer.
The downfall of multiplayer in Battlefield goes beyond the growing amount of gamers that are playing it more like some sort of Call of Duty game with larger maps. The reason Battlefield struggles to gain any real ground in the FPS race is because it lacks any real depth outside of leaderboards that mean virtually nothing. Call of Duty and Halo have become more focused on individual gamers with the ability to modify and customize weapons, armor, insignias, etc. Battlefield has fallen into some sort of in-between where they push for clans and teams but doesn’t really allow much outside of that.
Also, there is a big problem with their broken system of spawn points and spawn camping. Bad Company 2 was terrible for this and BF3 has made few strides in making it any better. If you are new to this game it could be very disconcerting to jump into a game where you get killed within your first ten steps every time you spawn.
What are you playing right now? If it is Battlefield 3, please let us know how you feel about what is happening to the game from your perspective. Are you looking forward to any FPS Titles?… are any of them from EA?