So i’ve been on a bit of a Battlefield franchise binge the last few days, even enjoying Battlefield 2 again, which always used to annoy me with it’s horrifically innacurate guns and over-reliance on explosives. As part of my little adventure, I had a crack at Battlefield Heroes (Which you can play, completely free, right here). I made a wonderful ‘German Heavy’ who looked as hot as that TF2 style could let him, and then joined the first random game I could.
Now, I don’t want to go stroking my own horn here, but I’d like to think I’m not too bad at shooters, and indeed I finished first a number of games, however, I had one major, MAJOR gripe with the game. During the game, I saw one enemy in a long trenchcoat running about with a Thompson SMG I think. Each shot he fired would set me on fire and cause a DoT which would kill me in ~5 seconds, even if I was mashing my heal and unloading my chaingun into him, I’d always die first. In the end it took THREE of us to take him down. This is not him running around buildings, jumping over walls and demonstating other skills, we all used our health and sheilds just as much as he did, and if he’s stood still, the same would have happened. He was basically so overpowered that during the game he died _ONCE_ and had the highest number of kills, not through being a better player, but by simply having weapons so overpowered, we couldn’t hurt him quick enough before having our health DoTed away.
Now this brings me on to my point of this article: In that situation, in that one example, is it _FAIR_ for me to say the balance is poor? Is it fair for me to say that the game is broken? I’ve put nothing toward this game, no time or money, this guy has essentially bought the game and it’s perks, and is being rewarded for it by being a considerably more powerful soldier. Should it be a cake walk for him in situations like this, or should he only be grouped with other Pay2Play players, rather than the Free2Play? Should he be punished for constantly killing and joining games with F2P players or lowbies?
Now… if WoW or something where to pull a stunt like this, yeah i’d be more annoyed (No the Pet store does not count, they do not make you uber powerful) but with BF:H I can kinda see exactly why it’s done. The game is free after all.
What’s your opinion on Micro-transactions both in the case of BF:H and other products?