Is Battlefield 3 Getting Overhyped?
We love Battlefield, but are unreasonable expectations building?
Understatement time: there’s a big buzz about Battlefield 3 at the moment. Gigantic. Monstrous. Unstoppable, like a fat kid surfing an avalanche down Everest.
It’s easy to see why people are so excited about it: c’mon, just look at it. It’s beautiful. And it’s Battlefield, so you know it’s going to be good.
But isn’t everyone getting a little too excited? After all, it’s Battlefield, and you know it’ll be good, but is it going to be radically different from the thirty thousand other shooters, from both within and without the BF franchise, that you’ve played? No.
Again, this is not a terrible thing. Battlefield has some of the best FPS teamwork ever seen in a console game, and we’re looking forward to flying our jet right onto M-Com station A, ejecting at the very last minute and cackling like a madman on helium while we do it.
It’s going to be good. But we’re concerned that the reason for most people’s excitement seems to be that it looks amazing, which it does. On PC. On PlayStation 3 it’ll still look great, but not anywhere near as good as it does on Windows.
And when the slavering hordes of COD-hating graphics whores realise this, what are they going to think? A) Oh, there’s actually a brilliant game under all of this, or B) WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH graphics WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
Probably the second one. And that, friends is the danger of overhyping something.