As dishonorable a discharge as I’ve ever seen!
IGN reported that as of today, Battlefield: Aftershock is no more. I would like to think that my scathing impressions below had something to do with this, but alas, the scathing reviews of thousands of iOS gamers spoke a bit louder than I ever could. EA released the following statement:
“EA Mobile is committed to delivering mobile entertainment experiences that are on par with the content and quality users have come toexpect from their favorite EA gaming brands. To this end, we have decided to remove Battlefield 3: Aftershock from the App Store and are currently re-evaluating the app in response to the consumer feedback we’ve received. We thank all the fans who have downloaded the game to date.”
Of course, that’s not to say there won’t eventually be a new Battlefield 3 game for iOS devices in the future. Let’s just hope that when that one arrives, it is more like Battlefield 3, and less like the original Modern Combat.
EA’s newest iOS army shooter, Battlefield 3: Aftershock, is out now on the App Store. I’m a big fan of Battlefield 3, and was surprised to see this game show up out of nowhere without any sort of announcement. We didn’t even receive the usual propaganda-fueled press email. Instantly red flags started going off in my head when I saw this. Was this an accidental release? Why wouldn’t EA want this to be widely advertised? Is this a different game than the one we saw months ago? I went ahead and downloaded the game, and it’s all become clear now: EA is probably embarrassed about releasing this game.
Or rather, they should be.
When one plays a game that boasts Battlefield in the title, a certain level of quality and polish is expected.
When I booted up Battlefield 3: Aftershock and jumped into a multiplayer match, I felt like I was playing original Modern Combat multiplayer… only it was much, much worse. Quite honestly, it’s hard for me to believe that this is an EA-published game, and not some indie-developed Modern Combat knockoff. Yeah that’s right, a knockoff of a Gameloft game. The game is free, but I’m not sure if it’s even worth your time to download. The app description lists the following “awesome features”:
- Free to Play
- Play as a Team
- Leading Edge Graphics
- 4 Weapons
Wow, four weapons!? OMG I can play on a team!? Oh EA, you spoil us. I’ve comprised an extended list of “features” that this game offers:
- Annoying, multi-colored flashing ads
- Double-wield ads; two at once!
- One multiplayer map
- Choppy, confusing menu system
- Frustrating lack of control responsiveness
- Constant framerate issues
- Terrible movement lag in-game
- You can’t move while zooming in (it doesn’t toggle)
- No way to play with friends (aka, your “team”)
- Music plays during the entire multiplayer match
- Long load times between matches
- No leaderboards
I could go on, but I think that’s enough. The iTunes reviews of the game are speaking for themselves. If you want to release a crappy multiplayer FPS to advertise a movie, don’t give it the same name as a quality multiplayer FPS that happens to be in your book of IPs. This game is not even remotely Battlefield, and reflects poorly on EA for allowing it to be released under that series title.
Yes, I understand that the game is free, so at least when you download it and are disappointed you can’t say that you wasted your money. The point is, good advertising should not disappoint. If EA decides to release a real Battlefield iOS game in the future, people are going to be wary of it based on their poor experience with BF3:A. Again, you’re either releasing a real game, or you’re releasing an advertisement disguised as a game.
At least there aren’t any in-app purchases in this one. That’s a plus… for now.