More on the BF3 official servers, that seem to have all but disappeared.
My particular take on this is that it will only get worse. Somewhere there is always somebody willing to pay for something they should be getting free. At the same time there is always somebody out there looking to make a profit from these people.
I will however say that there are some great servers out there, and there is something to be said about those servers with massive tickers. It does cut down on the amount of time spent in the menus and can lead to some fantastically epic to-and-fro battles. Sure nobody wants to sit and be spawn camped for an hour, but in my experience, with there being so many tickers, being spawn camped happens less in the big ticker battles than I see in say ordinary servers. That happens because you don’t have to worry about running out of tickers, you can start doing some crazy rambo sh!t to get out of the spawn camp. A squad full of engineers launching rockets, or assault launching grenade launchers, whilst not worrying about dying, makes it a lot easier to repel back the other team.
Of course this does not mean that I think EA did a good thing. After all, we all paid for our game, and when we got the game, there was no mention that after a few months we would lose the official servers and find ourselves at the mercy of the wallet warriors. Sure I can queue up for my own server, but that kind of defeats the purpose here. I get that they have limited server space, but with the added funds that they are receiving, then that should really be used to buy some more server space.
Also, just because I can sometimes enjoy sitting there in one big epic battle does not mean I want to do that all the time. There’s also the upcoming DLC to think about. Those new small close quarter combat maps, that are attempting to steal away the COD player base, can you imagine one of those with 1000 tickers?
I suppose the one thing that really irks me even more is that this garbage is being done by a company that has already elected to bend the gamer over for online play. If you buy this game second hand, you have to fork out extra for the online pass. What exactly are they paying the online pass for, if they’re also then having to play on a servers that somebody else paid for?? Of course this is EA, and if there’s one thing to be said about EA its that they know just how to squeeze every penny out of their victims.