Archive for netcode
Crysis 2 multiplayer is lots of fun. Really. I like the armor/cloak gimmicks, I like the weapons, I like the game modes, I like the graphics, I like the maps.
What I don’t like is that Crytek must surely think console players, as opposed to PC gamers, are dumbasses. There is no other way to explain the fact that they dare to claim that they achieved a hi-tech, top-notch FPS when they don’t have dedicated servers.
I have lag most of the time and obviously there is a clear advantage for the host (if you press START and there is just one person with a connection of 4 green bars, that’s him). I even got the host once, which is totally ridiculous because I have a crap 2mbps ADSL connection.
Dear Crytek, DICE & Guerilla pwn you in the console territory. Ask your boss, EA, for dedicated servers next time…
Dear Crysis 2 console player, if you can’t stand to play with lag, there is just one way out: switch to a FPS with dedicated servers.
Dedicated servers means that there is no lag, or if there is a little bit all the players lag the same – there is no advantage for the host.
For a host-based title, the game picks up the player with the best connection and makes him/her act as the server. All the other players connect to him. He has a clear advantage because for example he can see other players before they see him.
If the host quits, then the game must migrate to another host. This procedure is known as host migration and it doesn’t work all the time. Actually it works half of the time at best.
All host-based games do not have the same network code. The C.O.D. games are notorious for having worst netcode than the HALO games or -more recently- CRYSIS 2.
The worst of them all was COD 4: Infinity Ward was supposed to get host migration to work which has never happened. Each time the host was getting pissed off because he was getting pwned (=that’s called “ragequitting”) or because his mom/wife was calling him, the game ended abruptly and the rest of the players were losing the kills they had make and their score. At least in Crysis 2, I observed that you don’t lose the count of kills you made if the match ends following a failed host migration…
For your convenience, you can find below a non-exclusive list with the host-based and server-based console FPS games.
Please do not hesitate to share with us your experience with console multiplayer F.P.S. games.
HOST-BASED CONSOLE F.P.S. GAMES
- CALL OF DUTY series
- HALO series
- CRYSIS 2
- GEARS OF WAR 1+2
- RAINBOW SIX: VEGAS 2
CONSOLE F.P.S. GAMES WITH DEDICATED SERVERS
- BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY 1+2
- KILLZONE 2+3
- MEDAL OF HONOR
- GEARS OF WAR 3 (supposedly – to be confirmed)
- RESISTANCE 1+2