I have TF2, it never really took my fancy, and portal has a few hours of gameplay in it and it's done. Half Life felt like it took a week of solid gameplay to complete, with amazing set pieces around every corner and every more clever enemies to fight. Maybe that's why I like playing multiplayer sandbox games like Battlefield 2, because no computer opponent is as devious and unpredictable as another human.
I'm usually not big on FPS multiplayers. So far TF2 is the only one I've had any fun with. If you haven't touched it since the launch I recommend you give it another go. They've been updating it almost constantly for years and there's tons more content, new weapons, maps, game modes etc.
I had a go with Counterstrike 2 since it came free with HL2 way back when but it just wasn't fun. Snipers lined up with pixel perfect kill zones and swarms of grenades around every corner gets old very fast. Left 4 Dead started out OK but the community very quickly deteriorated into a bunch of kick happy elitists, which sucks the fun out of things very quickly. A shame because it's a good game and it's put me off bothering with the sequel.
I've never actually had a go on a multiplayer sandbox gave before and it sounds intriguing. How does it work? Are there teams and objectives or is it just a free-for-all kill anything that moves?
The Battlefield games are just that, battlefields. They give you a huge map, 16 to 32 players a side, various weapons loadouts and a map littered with tanks, planes, ships, armoured cars, jeeps, helicopters, speedboats, quadbikes, etc, etc.
You join a squad on one of the teams, and game modes usually revolve around holding various flags across the map or destroying certain objectives. The fun part is seeing what people do with all those toys. Some specialise as pilots and pull off outrageous moves, others are snipers hiding in a corner of a building all day, still more planting booby-traps and defending flags.
The best bit is the inventiveness. Someone invented the 'jihad jeep', where they covered a jeep with C4, drive like a maniac into an enemy base and press the detonator. Some squads loaded up Blackhawk choppers with engineers and flew around repairing on the move, hovering over flags capturing them while using miniguns and dropping mines and C4. I cant wait to see what evolves in BF:BC2, you have the ability to flatten entire buildings by blowing walls out.
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I played BF1942 back in the day and it was pretty hard. The "Jihad Jeep" was around back then too. One interesting strategy that I remember well involved taking the flag from the enemy base during CTF and having a teammate in a fighter plane fly into you and jump out, causing you to jump in the still flying plane with the flag and fly back to your base to score.
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Yeah, plane to plane transfers at speed while skydiving was another one for that. Lying on the wings during take off to skydive in was another. People are well crafty when it comes to that sort of stuff. Occasionally you'd get someone who got the flag and just ran off and hid in the hills for a laugh. Both teams wondering what the hell is going on, and he's miles away.
Most multiplayer games are unforgiving of noobs, but BF games aren't too bad as the maps are so big and the play so diverse. It's not Counter-strike with the whole team relying on you getting the bomb. The fact it's got a decent single player game now is a help too, you get the hang of the weapons there before going multi.
There was a free beta demo out for some time, I dont know if it's still available now that the game has been released. So many people bought the game it's crashed the EA servers, getting on line is a hot or miss affair right now, but I've been playing the single player through so it's no biggy. As per usual the companywont invest in the amount of servers it needs until the whole thing crashes around their ears on launch day. tards.
That's another thing that put me off L4D actually. It took forever to get onto a server sometimes and once you did, chances are you either immediately get kicked by some 12 year old, or you get stuck in a waiting room while whoever happens to be the admin spends 5 minutes figuring out how to press "start game", during which time everyone inevitably bails leaving you to repeat the process. No joke, on several occasions it's taken me over 30 mins just to get into a single game and I've lost count of the amount of times I just gave up and closed it down to play something else instead. Give me a single player any day!
I've had a look at BC2 on youtube and it defiantly looks fun once you know what you're doing, but the difficulty curve looks like the east face of Everest.
Sorry, I meant in terms of surviving for more than five seconds at a stretch without having some sneaky bugger stab you in the face or ram a jeep loaded with explosives up your arse. Perhaps the fan made videos are a little slanted towards the veteran players but speaking as someone who tends to avoid the more involved tactical shooters, it all looks a little daunting.
I've never been good at games like this anyway. A few years back I got a bargain bin copy of one of the old Rainbow Six games bundled with a couple other FPSs. Uninstalled it after just a few hours, I was useless at it! I considered getting Modern Warfare, but after a few years I think it's still £30. By contrast I got Mass Effect 1 on the PC for about a tenner. No contest.
Battlefield isn't like Call of Duty or COunter-Strike, the maps are humungous in comparison and relatively sparsely populated. You dont get slotted in seconds (normally), you usually have to commute to a fight to get yourself killed. Normally you spawn, trek for a bit and watch for people running around in the distance to have a pot-shot at. Then a tank comes around the corner and you hide or are blown to smithereens. Nice and easy.
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the PW likes STO (for the most part)... but the controls suck, for certain. it might be my keyboard getting angry at me but the turn/straif keys in ground mode have been buggy since i patched this morning. I'm still a Lt/8 atm and manage to hold my own against ships of my caliber but i hate the instances where i dont manage to avoid a random contact/fight and as i start the battle i watch my SI drop automatically because of some rather large target than owns me in seconds... i really fucking hate that.... and i never can react fast enough... its like im collecting these power cells and never use em...
but i do like it.
oh... does anyone even talk in this game? ill see like several dozen ships in the sectors and get rare random chat (not directed to me) and hardly ANYONE talks in the random battles or missions i might sumble across...