I have to admit, I really do miss Battlefield. My best gaming hours were spent on the Battlefield 1942 demo and the Battlefield Vietnam mod “Point of Existence”. I’ve had greats amount of joy and frustration playing competitively in Battlefield 2 and Battlefield 2142. And while since 2142 we’ve had Bad Company and 1943, it just isn’t the same on the consoles.
So what does that mean? Well, for starters, my gaming time is spent aimlessly going from game to game, platform to platform. From God of War, Rachet and Clank, Burnout and Resistance on the PSP to Star Defense, Monkey Island, Need for Speed and Flight Control on the iPhone. Steam also got some of my money with Plants vs Zombies, Defense Grid, Assassin’s Creed and Unreal Tournament 3. That’s just to name a fraction of them. The PS3 also takes some of my gaming time and while all of the above are awesome, I still feel a bit of a void inside.
You see, I’m a one-game gamer waiting for that one-game. Call of Duty 4 was the closest I got to adopting a new game and for a long while, it was. I just love the feel of the combat in it but the game just doesn’t require teamwork. “Aim-bot like” skilled players dominate all. Battlefield demands teamwork to be enjoyed and I love that. My main wish in life is for Battlefield 3 to have the same “feel” of infantry combat as Call of Duty does. I.e. bullets land where you shoot and while I admire things like crouching for better accuracy, being shot by a single bullet by someone you just emptied an entire clip into just isn’t fun anymore. Dice, you need to clean that up. Really. And please, for the love of God, support the competitive scene. Provide spectator slots (at a minimum if there’s no BFTV) so that broadcasters can do their job. Provide first perspective demos that can’t be tampered with. We aren’t asking for much.
While I wait for Battlefield 3 to come out, I do have Battlefield 2142 to rely on in my times of nostalgia. The infantry gameplay is the best of any Battlefield in the series and is my favorite of them all. For those other times, while waiting for that one-game, there will be a few others to pass the time with in the future months including Bad Company 2, Starcraft 2, NHL 10….