Why Battlefield 3 Has Such A Low Amazon Rating

Battlefield 3 is one of the break out video games of 2011, yet has an amazingly low review on Amazon with an average rating of two stars out of five at the time of writing. This remains the case despite the fact that reviewers have given the game relatively positive reviews. Herein the reasons for this surprising response will be discussed.

The primary reason Battlefield 3 has been given such a low rank on Amazon is a surprising boycott of the game by the Germans, caused by perceived privacy violations on account of the Origin software that is required to run the game. The argument they are running is that Origin spies on a person’s personal files, with evidence even suggesting that it reads information in tax and other financial-related files. The EULA of the game essentially forces the player to either agree to allow Electronic Arts (EA) access to the files or not to install the already purchased game. This backlash has spread to other countries, representing perhaps the worst mistake a video game design organization has made since Daikatana.

The secondary reason Battlefield 3 has such a low rank on Amazon is that the Origin software is simply bad to use. Beyond privacy concerns the software adds another layer of unnecessary complexity that made it more difficult to use and more likely to crash. The decision to launch the game from a browser was a poor one.

The last and final reason for the low rating is obvious: some people did not care for it. Overall, the game is pretty fun but it is not the game it was advertised as being. The primary reason for this is simply that it is hard to make a good multiplayer and single player game that also has good graphics, voice acting and a plot. Unless you are Valve or Blizzard, such as task seems almost impossible to accomplish and the developers likely stretched themself a little too thin.

Conclusion:

While there are many reasons, the main is to do with the awful Origin software which simply does not function particularly well alongside introducing serious privacy concerns.

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