Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Battlelog and Feature Requests

Battlelog

When Battlefield 1942 was given away for free on Origin, a week ago, I decided to give it a try. I haven't played this game in years, and I completely forgot all about it. 

When I started it, it came back me - the server browser was extremely clunky. I wasn't much of a multiplayer gamer back then and apart from Quake 3, I didn't really much else. I didn't know any better.  

When I first played the alpha version of Battlefield 3 back in 2011, I was surprised to learn that I needed to launch the game from the browser. I am not opposed to change, but I found the idea a little ridiculous. I did not want to launch a game from the browser. I wanted to be able to start the game, get into the multiplayer mode, and then browse the servers from there, just like I did with all the other games.

Having spent a lot of time with the game, I think different. Fact is, I now find the server browser extremely useful, and I do believe this is the way to go for the game. For whatever reason, DICE haven't been very good at making server browsers, and I am glad they went this route. It works very well for the most part, and joining games with friends is extremely easy. 

In my opinion, this is the best server browser out there. I hope they continue to improve it.

Much needed features

1. Ability to configure display options, controls, and such through battlelog or through a utility. 

I don't see why this is impossible, I mean its already possible to set the loadout through battlelog, so being able to configure other options would be perfect. 

Of course, it goes without saying that the ability to change the settings from within the game should still exist, and must not be stripped out! 

2. Make the communication tool work better.

The little chat window at the bottom shows there is someone online when they aren't; the voice option doesn't work at times. There is definitely a lot of room for improvement for this tool. 

3. Error messages such as this shouldn't exist! 

Game disconnected, something went wrong. 

If these features make it into the Battlelog for the launch of Battlefield 4, that would be perfect!