Last year either EA or DiCE thought it would be great to allow people to run their own servers (games) with their own rules (at a price). And to be honest I cant fault the money making aspect. Ive had great fun in private matches with friends on various COD titles and it was sorely missing when BF3 was first released. BUT that's the point, their NOT private games!
When that server is switched to ranked, (XP is gained and you level up). The server only allows a few alterations, as you would expect. But admins still retain the POWER of kicking, banning and changing teams however they see fit. HANG ON, ranked means its all fair game. As XP is vital to the running of any online multiplayer game. It needs to be regulated and kept in order as the game intended. EA/DiCE have said, they wanted to give people the chance to play by their rules and choose there own map rotation. AND they talk a good talk, BUT what rules can you actually customise in a ranked server? Well NONE, you can write on the welcome note, NO C4, NO shotguns all you want. BUT you cant physically stop people from using said weapons because they are annoying. So the ban and kick options are included to stop people using the tools and weapons the game gives them to start with.
Im sorry, but for a shooter gaming trying to be realistic, you don't see US Marines wagging their fingers at the Taliban because they used an USAS12 they weren't suppose to. When that server is set to ranked, the ONLY rules that are in effect are the ones the makers want. So any weapon can be used. Annoying or not. GET OVER IT.! But its what comes after that really bugs me and is ruining my gaming experience with BF3 along with MANY others. The Server Admin sees this player enjoying the game as he see's fit and the only way he/she can take action is by kicking said person. That's NOT FAIR! no excuse, no arguing. The guy is playing the game as it was made and because one person has a problem, the kicked player has LOST XP. He may have gained XP while playing, BUT a lot of the bonuses and extras are awarded once the game has finished. Which he now won't receive because the arse admin couldn't hack being killed.
Yes, you read right. Ive rarely been kicked while being on the same team as the admin. Why is this.? Yep, abusing their power again. "this guy is doing really well, getting LOTS of kills and helping MY team. Can't kick him for using an annoying weapon?" But the abuse doesn't STOP there. People LOVE to win and to be TOP. So what do they do when someone is playing better than them, yep, kick them from the game. BUT not half way thou the game. seconds from the end to guarantee their place at the top. So I've just had the game of my life, scored lots of kills and captured tons of objectives. And my well earnt place as MVP1 is........... CUT to shreds by someone who cant hack coming second!? WTF!
All that lovely XP GONE, never to be seen again. All that time and effort wasted. I know planting C4 on flags, especially on Close Quarters is a pain. If it starts happening, don't panic. Use spot to locate them. Throw a grenade at the flag to clear them. The radius to capture a flag isn't big so the frag will clear any within range. Shotguns, are very effective at CQB.! that's is what they are made for. One shot kills at close range. Take that baby outside and shoot at range and its a pile of.............! (you know what I mean). There's nothing to counter the powerful shotguns, if you cant hack them, don't play Close Quarters, simple as.!
Battlefield 3 is great, arguably one of the best FPS online games out there. And to have this ruined by someone who cant hack coming second or being killed and banning whoever they see fit. has wrecked my experience of the game. You can quite easily say, only play in DiCE servers then, and yes you have a point. But try you finding them? even at peak times they are difficult to locate. They tend to be very specialised as well, Gun game only etc.
The game was much better without customised servers. 500% tickets are now also a common thing, these can be handy as there's less down time and more actual playing and killing. But games can easily last over 60mintes and 100% was long enough to have a decent game. If the teams are unbalanced, 60minutes of constant dying will take its toll. Customised servers are not a bad thing. BUT as soon as they are set to ranked. Only thing you should be able to change are the maps and modes you play. Unranked games, you can do whatever they want, because you wont have people joining wanting a fair and normal game.
These admins have ruined one of my favourite games and I would like to say, I hope all the ones that abuse their power burn in the fiery depths of hell for a very LONG time!