Will Preston

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Aiming down the sites at the best shooter of the year

by on Nov.07, 2011, under Review, Video Games

Only Christmas has managed to beat 2011’s most anticipated event. It’s not an election, it’s not the second coming and (thank goodness) it’s not the next Richard Curtis film. Yes, Battlefield 3 has been making more men quiver with anticipation without the aid of Jessica Alba. “What’s to be that excited about” you may say in a mature and cynical tone (possibly whilst flicking through a copy of the Evening standard). It is a typical shooter and is not really breaking any major gameplay boundaries it sure does look nice. But looks aren’t everything, right?

The best rendered doorways ever

The most obvious thing to get excited about this new release are the mind-blowingly real visuals. Again, you cynics out there might say that they can’t be that much of a dramatic leap, but you’d be surprised. The animation and movement flows smoother than the evening’s first pint of Guinness and is just as refreshing. There are moments where you think you’re watching the action unfold from the viewpoint of a particularly brave cameraman. It’s the most convincing virtual experience you can get this year and there’s not much more that needs to be said.

The gameplay has hardly changed, but then again it aint broke. A gun catalogue the size of the Pentagon is included in the game with all the various attachments thrown in. Because just using your gun to shoot people get’s a bit vanilla after a while, of course. So it has a lot of guns; a standard expectation of any shooter. But Battlefield doesn’t draw the line at the boomstick bargain basement. They’ve been shopping at Napalm Neddy’s Military Vehicle Dealership too.

Becoming the air strike never felt so good

From jeeps to tanks, from choppers to jets, just about anything with a steering wheel can be used. Coming up against a tank when the only thing protecting you is the destroyable wall right next to you is an experience like no other. At times, the amount of vehicles on a multiplayer map can disrupt the flow of gun fighting, but if you had the sense to get a tank in the first place, you wouldn’t be moaning. In fact, why not take control of a fighter jet and provide countless airstrikes whilst pretending you’re Tom Cruise.

Buildings still blow up, thankfully

As expected, the multiplayer mode on this new game is expansive, incredible and very in-depth. But what about the single player? I have to say, I was quite surprised to find at how interesting the campaign was. Granted, it borrowed (stole, if you will) a lot of set pieces from the past couple of Call of Duty games, but it’s still good in it’s own right. But just like Call of Duty, you’ll have this licked in a particularly anti-social evening. There’ also a co-op mode included within. Just think Spec Ops from Modern Warfare 2.

For some promises that seemed too good to be true, Battlefield 3 has managed to keep up its end of the bargain without sparing anything. Modern Warfare 3 is going to have hard target to aim for as it seems that this years shooter is a hard one to frag. This is the only shooter you will need until Battlefield 4 get’s released with its patented Better-Than-Reality engine.

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Battlefield 3 beta – “Hundreds” of changes from alpha, day one patches likely

by on Sep.06, 2011, under News, That VideoGame Blog

Just like a tender leg testing the water, Battlefield 3’s beta release will be dangling itself into the pit of criticism. DICE have already confirmed that they will be making literally “hundreds” of changes to the game so far.

So far, there has been no confirmation on the exact date of the beta release apart from “September”. The final game will be set for release towards the end of October, so that gives around a month for DICE to make any last minute adjustments.

[Article continues on That VideoGame Blog]

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A game of Good Graphics against a game of Good Christ, what the hell is going on!

by on Jul.22, 2011, under First Look

Another year, another edition of Call of Duty. Another year, another extremely similar looking edition of Call of Duty. But they’ve gotten away with doing the same thing over and over again until just about every single conflict in human history has been covered, from World War Two to that fight me and Barry had outside that pub last new year’s eve. Even then, Barry was played by Gary Oldman and it featured a lot more explosions and bullet-time then I seem to remember that night. Naked fighting aside, Call of Duty is in danger of having its Kevlar coated crown shot off by the skilled marksmen of the upcoming Battlefield game. It’s called Battlefield 3, but a more suitable title would be Battlefield: Better Looking Than Reality. Turbo edition. Which brings us to the real issue of the year: what is going to be the best shooter of 2011?

Well the first guess is usually Call of Duty, so we’ll begin with a look at everyone’s favourite look-down-the-sight-to-win shooter. As you guessed, it doesn’t take place in World War Two again (thank fuck for that). Instead, we continue the campaign of ludicrous display down the Modern Warfare barrel, which has moved from nukes and airport massacre, to just slamming it’s big fist on a table and yelling “It’s going to be World War Three! Deal with it!” Everyone in the meeting was silent after that. So instead of behind the scenes action in Eastern Bloc farm lands and Arab deserts, we’ll be executing combat in some of the biggest cities in the world: Moscow, Berlin, Paris, New York and, of course, foggy London town. It’s all a bit sporadic right now what exactly happens in each city, but the general theme is Russians invade and famous landmarks get exploded at.

Whilst looking completely ridiculous and over the top, I am actually pretty excited about the possibility of war on an urban stage in countries that are otherwise too rich to even think of staging a war on their own turf. Oh, it’s bloody refreshing I tell ya. And there’s also the fact that the story in this canon will continue without being rudely interrupted by a credits screen jumping at the screen like a hungry and particularly needy child. Yet again, I have to wait another two years to find out what the bloody hell is going on. Sigh. But enough about rushed stories, onto multiplayer. Well, to be honest, there isn’t much to say. It will be an improved version, but there’s also the launch of Activision’s new Call of Duty Elite service. This is some new way of getting more money out of…er, I mean providing a…erm…better service to online players. Yup, it’s lost on me, too…

Thank god for Battlefield 3’s superb quota for multiplayer. Whilst the newest edition to the series isn’t really going to give me the biggest single player hard on of all time, I will bet all five of my future wives that it will be the best multiplayer shooter experience to date. This is all judging on how good Bad Company 2 was for online gun wanking, and I can’t really see the new one screwing up the most perfect formula of murdering someone online. Apparently, there have been slight streamlined adjustments to the class layouts, but nothing major. In essence, the game is set to be the direct sequel to the Battlefield 2 edition, rather than the Bad Company series. But Bad Company 2 has been nice enough to leave Battlefield 3 the keys to its ever so delightful destruction physics. Oh, and before you ask; yes, they do look amazing in his new title.

One of the biggest head turners about this new edition is the vastly improved visuals. I say vastly improve, I mean to say monumentally improved. Without a doubt, it is the closest experience to reality gamers will ever have, apart to leaving the room to forage for more snacks and to take a shit. The frame rate is smoother than Justin Beiber’s bottom and the world around you just looks so real, you almost reach out to touch things. Without the aid of 3D glasses. Every other aspect about it looks top notch, but the graphics and multiplayer have pretty much sold it. Oh, and you can fly fighter jets. It’s almost embarrassing that I forgot that one, but that’s clearly a sign of how girlishly excited I am about the whole thing.

My recommendation, you ask? Well. If you’re rich like me, and you can spare a few kilo’s of Charlie for this week’s binge, buy both. If you’re stuck between the two, I’d go out on limb (my foot, in this case) and say buy Battlefield 3, but rent Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3. Any other shooters want to step forward? I thought not…

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A letter to Infinity Ward. RE: Refund on Modern Warfare 2

by on Apr.23, 2010, under Review, Video Games

Dear Infinity Ward,

I am writing in regards to a possible refund on my purchase of your last title: ‘Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – West Ham nil’ (excuse the crap joke, but I couldn’t resist). After a few weeks playing this game, I was convinced this was the only game I would ever need. Needless to say I was proven wrong. You may not have noticed my absence from your , frankly on retrospect, lagging servers, but I can assure that all my time put aside for playing military games has now been spent playing the, yet again frankly, superior ‘Battlefield Bad Company 2′. There are many reasons why this is technically better than your last attempt, so I will try and list clearly as possible.

Battlefield Bad Company 2 - 3For a start, you can ride vehicles. Yes, I know that you could ride a snow mobile for a small section of the one player mode as well as some scripted sections, but it’s pretty pitiful in comparison to BC2’s offering of jeeps, tanks, boats, helicopters and even a jet ski. Not only that, but some of the larger vehicles have multiple gunner seats. This feature has made game play far more compelling that MW2 and adds a good amount of variety in multiplayer matches, which brings me onto my next point.

Battlefield Bad Company 2 - 4Now you hold the crown for best online shooter. Your customisation system was pretty extensive, but frankly overblown. There are several weapons and abilities that I plan to never use unless forced to. Also, the pacing is too fast. My team will usually sprint around the place less like a military unit, but more like a school trip with no teacher. Teamwork is a foreign concept. Were it not for the points penalisation and friendly fire, I would have probably been gunned down by my co players just for them to upgraded themselves. You would need to take a look at BC2’s multiplayer. For a start, the pacing is far better. You have infinity sprint, but the players don’t gallop like caffeine snorting rats. Teamwork is also not only a bonus, but a must. The class system is used in this game and makes the experience far better. Different classes have different ways of providing much needed help to their team. The teams are also bigger and allow smaller squads allowing a more tactical approach to playing on the continent sized maps. There are minimal match modes, but quite frankly it only needs one: Rush mode. It’s what you people should have been doing with Modern Warfare 2 instead of this Capture The Flag malarkey. Rush mode takes place in several round and moves from one section of the map to another to simulate an attacking force advancing on a number of enemy bases. This is the closest to a war I’ve played in a game without it being a strung together collection of movie references (no offence!). And there’s not hyperactive prepubescent boys screeching my ear in matches, but I can’t blame that the game is so simple it attracts toddlers on you.

Battlefield Bad Company 2 - 2The one player mode in MW2 is still better for storyline purposes. I don’t think any other game will even dare to reach the level of Adam Ant madness that you offered in your campaign mode. But BC2 still lasted at least twice as long, so that’s another cross against you.

I end this letter saying that I don’t really hold too much hope of you bettering BC2 on your next offering (Modern Warfare 3: Everyone Dies), not unless you start treating your player like an adult rather than the sugar frothing child that he (most of the time) is. I’m not interested in your late and tacked on map pack. If you could please refund me the £60 I spent on the special edition copy of MW2 as soon as possible I won’t seek legal action.

Thank you for your time.

Will Preston

Ex-COD fan

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