The first time I realized that matchmaking was being delivered through the browser, I was like "WTF??!!"
Anyone else think a browser-based matchmaking system is COMPLETELY & UTTERLY unnecessary, annoying, and prone to a ton bugs?
I ain't gonna bash on origin too much though cause that's a reasonable choice imo. (although it could use a little more work)
Hopefully this is just for the beta -.-
I see what they're going for and if it was polished, I think it wouldn't be too bad. Personally, I think they should have tested all this stuff out with another title...preferably something that people didn't really care much about like, I don't know...Bad Company 2 or Medal of Honor??? Haha.
Because of EA's obsession with having to have control of everything, Battlefield 3 is having to fight 4 wars. One against Steam (because no one wants to use origin), one against Modern Warfare 3, one against this new "innovative" browser based Battlefield facebook (Battlelog)and finally, living up to the hype and expectations to be the successor of bf2 (which its falling behind in the squad/commander/teamplay category).
Battlelog isn't all bad. It's more geared toward appealing to the social butterflies naturally, it's a one stop shop for all things socially battlefield. You have your forums, stats, friends, you can comment on random stuff, all that other facebook type jazz. I'm sure alot of the teenagers will like it but not sure adults care much for that stuff. If anything, it just makes it easier for people to hit the "Forum" link to whine and complain.
I think once its working as intended and they have all the bugs ironed out (namely being able to play with your friends, what's the point if you can't play with your friends?), it'll be tolerable/descent. It seems more like a rushed attempt to compete with MW3's backend system, which I'm not sure what its features are so I can't really comment on that.
Instead of battlelog, origin and all the other nonsense, I'd prefer them to have put those resources into actually making the game better and by better I mainly mean cleaning up the net code because it's awful. I feel like I'm playing on a Peer 2 Peer based network...not dedicated servers. I say this because clients register everything, then send it to the server which relays to other players..so it's basically is like peer 2 peer..only the host is not a player..more of a spectator basically. It's just well...a bad idea and I really don't know what they were thinking.
So yeah, that's what I think in a 5 paragraph nutshell haha
I would of preferred a main menu screen and then a link to battle-log with an in-game browser like MMOs have, I liked the menus in BC2 but with BF3 it like the just copied the in game menus of MoH and I hated them. MoH was a poorly rushed game in my view singleplayer using the Unreal 3 engine is awesome, but the frostbite 1.5 engine for multilayer was worse then BC2. Im glad they have got it right with the new Frostbite 2 engine but lets hope it gets better and better and add mod tools cos that is what made BF1942, BF2 and BF2142 last so long.
Its nice that they did it in web browser because it means they can change it more and more often if necessary.
Having the browser open cuts framerates for me.
I agree with this, it's bad enough that we're forced to use Origin.
Son and I have been playing 'FPS' games since Doom. We have been happy with Battlelog and have had no problems.
Battlefield 3 is the 'state-of-the-art' FPS out there right now. And by saying that I am not an MW3 basher.
Razear wrote:I agree with this, it's bad enough that we're forced to use Origin.
i heard you can actually bypass the need of origin but you will need to launch origin when there is a new patch to update
Zanith wrote:i heard you can actually bypass the need of origin but you will need to launch origin when there is a new patch to update
I heard something similar as well, but if it's a requirement in order to process updates then that defeats the purpose. Also, it's rumored that EA is handing out bans to people exploiting BF3 by bypassing Origin.
Battlelog is really really annoying. I don't think to open 3 different programs just so I can play Battlefield 3. Also, why doesn't the game save at the end of MATCH and not when it's switching to another map!? I can't leave if I want to keep my killstats? That's ridiculous.
I agree with dacrazydude. Opening multiple programs to play BF3 is annoying. The most recent patch has fixed the constant game freezes I had before, so that's one good thing that has come out of battlelog. Still, I think EA rushed the release of BF3 before fixing a lot of the bugs with Battlelog and BF3 itself. Profit before quality... great for business, not so much for gamers.
Personally I think its a bit pants. Thats like having to launch your browser, Origin, and the game (which you start through the browser, whats that all about?) Personally the idea is sound enough but I think they could've done it much cleaner by integrating it all into the actual game itself much like steam already does (don't care much for steam either but it at least is a good execution)
dacrazydude wrote:Battlelog is really really annoying. I don't think to open 3 different programs just so I can play Battlefield 3. Also, why doesn't the game save at the end of MATCH and not when it's switching to another map!? I can't leave if I want to keep my killstats? That's ridiculous.
I alt-f4 at end of match and it saves no problem you dont need to wait it saves on exit
Zodiark1593 wrote: Having the browser open cuts framerates for me.
Here is a solution, you can run battlelog in standalone window so you dont have to use browser.
PS: also ive used the Bf3 settings and the BF3 standalone Battlelog and have had no problems other then that standalone battlelog can sometimes be sluggish
Guess I can give another opinion months later :D
IMO, it should have been an OPTION, not a necessity. Not only do we need to have Origin open, we need to also have a browser running in the background...which lets face it, we all don't have 8GB of ram in our system and bf3 does a good job at eating up 4GB itself. 3 Months ago I was having trouble playing it on my system, it seems they've optimized it quite a bit since then because I don't have near as many ram issues and can actually run the game at 1680x1050.
The filtering for servers is slow...they claimed before that it would be faster since Battlelog is "always checking the servers" yet it only queries 20 at a time...and when you scroll down..you have to wait for it to load those 10 or 20 more servers just to find populated ones that weren't shown toward the top. Aside that, constantly making firefox freeze up, problems joining with friends from time to time, it's just more complicated than it needs to be. Sure its an easy way to see your stats and your friends stats, but its no reason to force people to use Battlebook...if anything it just causes even more forum spam from people who otherwise wouldn't bother logging into the website to comment on the forums, it's just loaded with a bunch of trolls.
Also thanks for link to the stand alone battlelog jumper, I'll definitely give it a try!
Sadly I suck and play BF3 on console (dont hate too much) so the battlelog doesnt effect my directly. But I am in love with just how intense all the information it gives me and how quickly it uploads new information. I am a huge fan of it, but I would possible say different if it effected me directyl
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