Yeah, I hate to say this but it turns out that the initial excitement has given place to boredom and frustration…
The Xbox 360 version (and most likely the PS3 too) is simply not packed with as much action as we anticipated it to be. Bad Company 2 was more intense, more fun, more engaging.
Maybe it’s because BF3 was primarily designed as a PC game like BF2. I suppose that with more players per match things are more exciting…
I’ve been playing mostly the Rush mode until now, which was pure mayhem back at BFBC2. Instead of that, you can spend 30′ or 40′ playing a single round and only shoot 5 or 10 enemies. Not because you lack skill, but because either the enemies don’t attack and camp in the hills sniping, either because you try to attack but the rest of your team doesn’t follow and your squad keeps getting decimated then spawning back at your camp, etc.
Maybe the situation will ameliorate as soon as the most motivated players will remain, those who truly intend to play the game. But it’s not only a matter of motivation but also the maps are also to blame: most of them are too open and the action is too loose. Maybe all of them are not fit for Rush after all?
Operation Metro, Tehran Highway, Seine Crossing are fun. Other maps like Caspian Border or Operation Firestorm can be excruciating, spending most of the time running where the action is supposed to be, or waiting for the enemies to get their shit together and finally attack.
Possibly it’s too early to issue a final verdict, but right now I am playing more and more Modern Warfare 3, eventhough it doesn’t feature dedicated servers, eventhough match making is flawed. That’s an irony knowing that I abandoned the COD series overnight when I first played BFBC2… I hope to be wrong.