Battleground Europe Reader Review
Ok, I thought it was a decent and honest review. Simple answer, WWIIOL is not for everybody because it is more intense than most games and requires more than learning a few techniques, or simple fast reflexes.
In WWIIOL, out-thinking your enemy will often make him dead before he can bring his Leet Skilz to the table.
Another thing about WWIIOL compared to other FPS is that you are part of an actual war, not just a simple battle. You MUST work with your team mates instead of just rushing the town by yourself. Anyone who thinks they are going to run into town, claer it all out and be hailed as the hero are looking in the wrong direction.
However,one thing you also see here is that even though the game is 4 1/2 years running, it is not cheat riddles like other games that have been out for awhile. Funny thing here too is that if you design a cheat you better keep it to yourself because #1, if you try to give it away, you might be giving it to a fellow squadie who just happens to be one of the game developers or a player who is devoted to the game.
That would see you banned before you could say "We captured Antwerp". The Devs also have some serious cheat detection.
Here's the other side of the coin to that. See since the game depends on subscriptions and subscriptions continue to pay the wages of the developers, it is a supported game for so long as you like the game. So what does that mean in real terms.
That means the developers are constantly looking to improve the game. #2, they do not take kindly to cheaters. You get perma-banned for that and they know who you are since you had to pay for the subscription.
A game like BF2 is only supported so long as the game is selling lot's of copies. Why? Because bandwidth costs money. After awhile the money dries up and so does the support. So it is my basic experience that after awhile, the other game developers stop caring if somebody cheats in their game. It in fact helps to kill the game off sending you back to the store in search of the latest hot game.
So in effect, it is much like paying for a subscription. I say that because the average new hot game costs between $40 to $70 dollars and lasts about 6 months tops before a cheat becomes available though it might take a bit longer than that before it is widely known. There are also two types of cheaters. Griefing cheaters who do not try to hide that they are cheating and love the hate mail they get from angry gamers. Then there are the types who use skins and other performance enhancing cheats. These are the ones that take a long time to root out.
Either way, WWIIOL unlikeother games does not have a cheating problem.
Now, as to new players. Unlike other games where you here of a cool squad and think "Hey, that would be cool to join them." only to be rebuffed with a "We recruit only those we think are good enough" or the old, "We'll schedule a tryout."
WWIIOL is different. Occasionally a player will lose his cool and berait a new player for doing something dumb but it is actually pretty rare and the guy is probably just venting because he psent a long time trying to achieve a goal. He will likely apologize then or at a later time. Even then, the sharp tongue of the Vet is nothing like you will find in other games.
What you will find is that players will start chatting to you at some point and ask you how you like the game. Some will offer advice and answer questions patiently. If you meet somebody nice, write his name down exactly as you see it. This way you can find out where he is and what he is doing. Of course you might also want to ask him what side he usually plays for and in what brigade you usually can find him.
But finding him is easy. You just go to the chat window and you find several channels controlled by the Function keys. Some are already preset with F1 being for all people on your same "mission". F2 is "objective" channel so if you are attacking or defending a certain city, you can talk with everybody else who is also doing the same even if they are not on the same mission, in the same brigade or in your squad.
F3 is for the "Brigade" channel so all in your brigade can see what you type.
F4 is "Squad" channel so all n your squad can read what you type.
I believe F6 is the "Help" channel. Experienced VETS who volunteer to help people with questions monitor this channel.
However you will also see a yellow custom channel icon if you click on any of the unused channels. If you select that you can enter a channel number or you can type a player's name in there. My name is Imsneaky and all are welcome to enter my name in a custom channel. I will gladly help you out.
By entering my name, if you type something to me everything you send to me using that custom channel comes to me as a private message and stands out. You also know if I am in game because if I am not, the name won't stick in the channel.
On to the teaching. Here's the kicker. I am a pretty good tanker and regularly finish in the top twn or top 25 depending on how much I get a chance to play so I can and will teach you anything and everything you want to knwo about being a good tanker. In a very short time you can be wacking generals who have played the game for 4 years.
I can also teach you a fair amount about infantry tactics and what does and oes not work. I can teach you a lot about ATG usage. Good tankers usually make good AT gunners and vice versa.
I'm not too good with the AA guns and I'm only a marginal pilot. I can teach you how to fly the plane but to learn advanced ACM, I would have to direct you to some much much better players. In planes, I only score in top 100 categoy in times killed without getting a kill. HAHA. I enjoy it anyway as a diversion.
Here's a hint though. Typing is not so easy to do when teaching the game. Sure it can be done but it might take the better part of an hour to teach you just one small part of the game.
If you have Team Speak, I can teach you a lot in a short time. It is just so much easier and faster. Also, if you have TS, I will let you play gunner in one of my tanks which will be at a level you can not spawn. I have enough rank to spawn anything in any army. Of course since the British tanks is what I use to try to get in the top 10, I will only let you gun for me if you let me train ou first. Let me train you and you'll be deadly. Let me train you and you won't need me to spawn the better tanks. You'll have the rank to do it yourself in short order.
Graphics. We are all going to be very surprised as this year works out. 1st, they are working on a new terrain engine so the detail of the land itself is going to become much more precise and will use actual satelite radar mapping. The detail of the terrain will be about 10 x more detailed.
The more exciting part is that the textures which are much of the real problem with WWIIOL are taking a huge step in the right direction. The patch that is about to be released will include some areas where "Normal Mapping" is done. It looks much much better. Also some other details have been added to the game engine which has drastically altered the eay tanks andother vehicles look. They look much more vivid and sharp. he colors are very bold now and details can be seen much better.
In the coming year expect the game to look much different from patch to patch. For instance, the last of the old style buildings are being worked on. Soon there will be very very little left of the old game.
The true beauty of this game besides its breath taking scope is that you get to see it change with every patch. You feel like it is christmas every time you log in and it says "Update Detected!".
So here is what I would tell prospective players. Don't let the size of it all scare you. Don't try to be a jack of all trades. Find one area that you like the most. Naval, Aviation or Ground Forces. Dabble in the others for some fun but learn one area first.
My suggestion is stick with infantry for the most part in the beginning. Look for a player with higher rank and preferably some binos and stick close to him. If he gets shot, run back to where you see friends and find a new veteran to stick with. You will get shot a lot. When you get to the point that you shot one enemy nfantry for about every time you are shot, you have become a master infantryman. That's right, a 1:1 K/D ratio is bragging rights amongst infantryman.
I say all of this because it is funny how some guys will specialize in one type of infantry weapon in a game like CoD but then come to WWIIOL and feel they need to learn al the weapons right away. Don't put that kind of pressure on yourself. Like I said, I have played for 4 1/2 years and I can tell you that theyre are noobs that just started playing WWIIOL but came from a flgiht sim and they can straight take me to school in aircraft.
The main thing is to get involved with a squad and let them teach you the game. You'll find it to be very addicting if you do. There is much hunor and comraderie. Heck, my squad has an a guy by the name of Mlucas who fonded our squad before the game was released. He used to crash the trucks killing all of us infantry. When you despawned you would see the truck turned over and see dead infantry all over the place.
So we always joke if somebody crashes and tell the guy he graduated the "Mlucas School of Truck Driving". Each squad has a tribute plaque or statue in a chosen town. Ours is Kalmthought and we often joked that we wanted our staue to be of an over turned truck with dead infantry lying all around it. SOme joked that a few empty beer bottles mixed in would be appropriate too. haha.
Anyway, the simple little secret is that the game takes a bit of getting used to but if you give it the time, you will find yourself to be very tough on new games.
Like many of us try new games like BF2 and when we first try it, We say "ooh...Pretty!". A month later if that we say "YAWN, this is boring, I wonder if the Germans are attacking Antwerp? I think I'll fire up WWIIOL and see what's shakin".
BTW, for any new people, the Germans in this game are not the underdogs. They have won 3 straight campaigns and win about 2/3 to 3/4 of the campaigns. SO if you want to be the under dog, join us on the Allied side. We need the help. You will be a valuable member of the team as soon as you spawn in. We need the sort of gamer with a tough inner spririt that is not easily crushed.
10 / 10