Sessler's Soapbox: Battlefield is Beautiful but Boring

Posted: November 1, 2011
Sessler's Soapbox: Battlefield is Beautiful but Boring
Adam discusses how Battlefield 3 is a beautiful game with incredible multiplayer, but the single player campaign left him wanting more.

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  • altdoom

    Is that Windows XP in the background?!?!

    Posted: November 2, 2011 6:27 AM
  • permanent_nirvana

    This is a prime example of what happens when a company focuses all of their resources on multiplayer. I believe that they became so obsessed with taking down Call of Duty that they lost focus on what was important. And that is to make the best game possible. Well, they failed.

    I was never planning on getting Modern Warfare 3 anyway. I lost respect for the Call of Duty franchise a long time ago. Unfortunately, from playing a bit of the campaign, it doesn't look like I will be getting Battlefield 3 either. I cannot justify spending $60 on half of a game.

    Posted: November 2, 2011 5:57 AM
  • drewski-bias

    obviously i dont have access 2 as many games as adam but i have 2 say that i did enjoy the campaign mode. it doesnt come close to the excitement of multiplayer though. i am soooooo glad i switched over from cod i really enjoy piloting all the vehicles and i think thats what gives bfield the edge

    Posted: November 2, 2011 5:55 AM
  • Uldum

    generic fps being loved by generic gamers

    Posted: November 2, 2011 5:27 AM
  • HardcoreGamertag

    if u think that bf3 sp is boring u need a checkup because cod is the boring 1

    Posted: November 2, 2011 5:16 AM
  • jstarscomm

    Mike B is wayy better than Adam. Mike is funnier and more positive in his reviews. Adam takes games wayy to serious, its just a game, its suppose to be light and entertaining during your free time when you are not working.

    Posted: November 2, 2011 5:15 AM
  • jstarscomm

    Mike b is wayyy better than this guy. Mike is funnier and he's more light and positive. adam is just getting too serious about games, games are for fun and entertainment.

    Posted: November 2, 2011 5:11 AM
  • gto3113

    Opinions, we all have them. I didn't buy BF for the campaign, havn't even tried the single player.
    Thoroughly enjoying multi-player. They brought back the belief that great teamwork can prevail.
    My thought are, buy a game, if you like it great, if you don't it goes on the shelf with Black Ops, Homefront, Front Lines Fuel of War, and too many other to mention that opinions have killed off.
    Someone out there worked their tale off to create these games. Be honest, these games are 100X better than most played games like Duke Nukem, Quake, etc...
    Bottom line, don't be so critical, just enjoy.

    Posted: November 2, 2011 4:19 AM
  • noobgeneral


    Posted: November 2, 2011 3:39 AM
  • Shadowmars

    Running thru Paris as Dimo was pretty intense for me.

    Posted: November 2, 2011 1:21 AM
  • allure15

    Well, In my opinion.....IN MY OPINION....

    What more can you do with FPS? As far as story goes. Look at call of duty. It's a michael bay film. But They dropped some bombs or things you weren't expecting. But it's a 3 part story. Making a stand alone story can be hard. I have played parts of it. I loved the QTE. Gave me a rush gave a nice break from the gun fight. But it's what worked for me. I spoke with some soldiers to them they felt this represented what they faced in real life. They love the realism.

    Multiplayer? I loved this part it was exciting. I don't like Call of Duty like I used to. Anybody knows this and this is a proven fact. You can have a garbage team, but be a beast and you can win the game for the team. Battlefield you can't do that trust me. I've seen this and it's not possible. But it's fresh all the stuff that happens the building the destruction makes things dynamic as far as the experience. I can't hide if someone blows out the wall next to me. I love it

    Adam I respect your views. But it's your views. But I respect it.

    Posted: November 2, 2011 1:13 AM
  • roscobot

    People telling you to go F yourself because they dont like your opinion is hilarious. I hate the internet. And since multiplayer, no matter how good it is only keeps me interested for a week or so, looks like I wont be picking this one up. Oh well.

    Posted: November 2, 2011 1:03 AM
  • Sally Wong

    Whats this ! Two honest review scores back to back ! Why Mr. S, I'm truly impressed ! Is there a new "Red Dead Redemption" or "Crisis" game sneaking out for Christmas this year or something ?

    Love and Kisses: Sally Wong.

    Posted: November 2, 2011 12:22 AM
  • marcusdjackson

    well done adam i couldn't agree more. all fanboys need to die.

    Posted: November 1, 2011 10:44 PM
  • chubi-_-

    mr. Sessler i would like you to know that i think of you in the highest regard. you are one of my idols and have inspired me greatly to become a game designer in hopes of some day being involved in a game that you approve of. It bothers me that the internet can be so insulting and ignorant. it seems to me that if you dont agree with the internet you should probably die because your OPINION is wrong, which is completely absurd. please know that at least one person respects you and looks forward to reading your reviews, in fact you are the only reason i come to this site. whether it be your soapbox or (until recently) feedback, your reviews and podcasts give me hope that the gaming society isnt completely made up of rude A-holes.

    p.s. i miss you on feedback im sure what ever reasons you left are good reasons but please for the sake of your audiences intelligence please be a guest often. assuming of course that you have the power to make that decision.

    p.p.s.i have a theory as to why some people are so angry about your uncharted review. however i will not post it here because i dont want to look stupid since i dont know how to explain it properly. although letting you know this might be making me look even more stupid

    Posted: November 1, 2011 9:24 PM
  • limetownjack

    I'm probably the only person in the world who spent just as much time playing the Black Ops single player campaign as I did playing the multiplayer. The characters felt real and believable, the set pieces always felt fluid and exciting, the graphics showed an attention to detail second to none, the AI always kept you on your toes, and most of all (for me anyways) it had a story that could have easily been a Hollywood blockbuster. All of these things culminated into an edge of my seat shooting frenzy that felt more like a +/-6 hour Jason Bourne meets Black Hawk Down movie than it felt like a video game. Battlefield's single player campaign, unfortunately, just felt second rate. Supporting characters felt lifeless and unimportant, set pieces were expected and frankly, just not that fun (tank mission = did it in BF:BC, helicopter mission = did it better in COD, jet mission = i kept waiting for the pilot to die so i could swap seats). I've come to learn how big of an impact expectations can have on my final view of a product whether it's video games or music or books or movies. I thought KOTOR was going to suck (I had been let down by too many SW games by that point) and it became my favorite game of all time. I heard for months how epic the movie Inception was and when I finally saw it I was just satisfied because I had expected it to be great. Maybe if EA hadn't spent the last 6 months hyping the crap out of how awesome BF3's single player would be, I would have simply been "satisfied" with the campaign as opposed to "let down".

    Posted: November 1, 2011 8:59 PM
  • jer82merkel

    I agree that the single player lacked any type of exciting moments. but the multiplayer is awesome on PC. i always experience what i like to call battlefield moments all the time in a multiplayer match.

    the only thing i strongly disagree with is the rating system, the fact that the entire entertainment industry is always going to be competitive. its in our nature to rate anything on a scale from 1 to 10. it makes it simple for the average consumer to tell if its worth getting. whether its a movie, game, and etc. the fact that Adam had a high expectations after uncharted 2 for uncharted 3 proves it. if he hates rating games on a scale so much, why does x-play even rate game out of 5?????? ha

    also as a side note. hes entitled to his own opinion so i'm not going to bash him for it because he didn't like the game for some reasons . but some of the excuses for not liking the game was ridiculous.. some of the animations were kinda buggy apparently in uncharted 3 that i hardly noticed at all. when i saw the video review it looked like he was trying to play the game like an idiot exposing all the bugs. i'm sure the developers at naughty dog would have fix the bugs before the game was released if they played like a dumb @$# ha. i hate to complain, but we all know uncharted 3 is a good game, some might like it more than others but i guess it depends on how high your expectations are for it.

    Posted: November 1, 2011 8:44 PM
  • gamerjes

    Internet rage is a shadow. It can only really bother you if you focus on it. As long as you keep in mind the type of person that is ranting and raving, any comment can slide off your back.

    Don't focus on shadows, Adam. Focus on life.

    Posted: November 1, 2011 8:29 PM
  • RPG-fan

    Battlefield 3 went towards the realistic route? Really? I thought the campaign tried to be more like Modern Warfare's Michael Bay-like action. If anyone here calling Battlefield or Modern Warfare series realistic, play the original Operation Flashpoint and the ArmA series then come back to me.

    Posted: November 1, 2011 8:22 PM
  • Shuklar

    Playing Battlefield for the single player experience is like using Metacritic for 'user' reviews (loser reviews). It's there, sure, yet you're seriously going to waste your time on that?


    Posted: November 1, 2011 8:05 PM