Friday, November 20, 2009

Something New, Something Old

A long time ago, I transitioned from one game to the next.  It was a jump that took a while to adjust.  But this is due to how the two games differ.  Back then, playing BF2142 wasn't much of a big deal.  But it was still an interesting game since it was more focused on ground attacks and not so much on air superiority.  Although now, I do not know if I can say the same, having not played the game in so long, almost an eternity.

It's announced that a new patch for this old game was going to be made.  And it appears, due to a recent posting and goals set out by DICE/EA, that they are going to remove the DRM from the game and include the Northern Strike booster pack as a bonus.  This is a welcome news, despite that the game is so old.  Well, the removal of any DRM is always a welcome news no matter how old the game is.  DRM these days do nothing more than annoy the crap out of players.  I just prefer to play the game and that's it.  I don't want extra junk being injected into my computer just to make sure that I legally own a copy of the stupid game.  Some of the worst offenders are the ones that overrides a driver layer, while some others try to hinder you by limiting to how many optical drives you have or whether you're running a disc emulation software.

Yet as I look back at 2142 as a game, I found it that it has some nice things to go with it.  Yet at the same time I am really annoyed by it as well.  One of the biggest issue I have with the game happens to be the balance of how weapons are used.  Early on, when I had played, nearly everyone would be running around with the Voss unlock.  The comparative ratio between the Voss and Baur unlocks is so lopsided that it ain't funny.  Simply speaking, everyone and their grandmother were using the Voss unlock.  Very few people use the Baur.  And I am one of the handful of people who utilize the Baur as the primary gun of choice.  It has killing power and it is effective for long range suppression fire.  Yet by comparison, the Voss has similar stopping power, fires faster, and holds more rounds per clip.  It also has the most lopsided accuracy out of all the unlocks available.  But I continued on.  I use the Baur, not because it is potent but because it has a significantly higher learning curve than the Voss.  The Voss is such a weak (meaning: easy) weapon that it takes very little skill to really use it.  The Baur, on the other hand, requires more control and forces you to take your shots carefully.

Things could have changed since I have long left the game.  Who knows.  But I ain't going to get my hopes up with that yet.  I may still have a short tolerance for the game since it's based on the same bullet system that BF2 uses.  Meaning, the first shot will shoot straight but each subsequent shots will not.  I have long been accustomed to how Call of Duty shoots because your skill come from your reflexes and how well you can control the gun's recoil.  If BF2 and 2142 won't let me shoot straight each time I shoot using the gun's sights, what good is using it?

I don't know if I should bother installing the game again.  I do want to try getting some of the awards specific to Northern Strike.  But I don't know if I want to deal with the game's deficiencies.

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