I'd like to post about my experience with the Battlefield 2142 beta demo. I am an avid fan of team based fps's like Battlefield 2, Wolfenstein Enemy Territory, and to some extent, Unreal Tournament 2004, so naturally I was eager to check out BF2142.
So just this last week, EA released 10,000 keys for the beta program and I was lucky to snab one. I downloaded the 1.5 or so gigabyte file from Gamearena, and I was off to install.
I double clicked on the install file and.... nothing happened. After waiting a few seconds, I did what came naturally next, I clicked the file again. Again, nothing. So after clicking a third time, and not receiving any responses, I noticed that my HD was thrashing pretty crazily at this point. Windows task manager showed three instances of the BF2142 file doing something, so I tried to close them down, except the last one wouldn't and since it wasn't responding anyway, I shutdown the computer and restarted.
Upon booting up again, I tried the file again, and waited. And waited. Then I went off to do some browsing, and after approximately 20 minutes (when I had forgotten about the darn thing), it brought up the BF2142 graphic and the program was ready to install. o_O Ok, no worries, off to install then!
After registering an account, I was off to join a multiplayer map and finally check out the fuss with the titans and the loose mission objective, a huge change from the flag hopping nature of the Battlefield series.
So after a really long load, and when the game doesn't really start, I start to become restless. I try to click the button to start the game, and get no response. I click some more, and then the game crashes to the desktop, but not without providing some vague critical error message.
So I start BF2142 again, join a multiplayer map and wait. Then I remember one of the major pains with Battlefield 2, which is that after waiting for a map to load, the wait is by no means over as the game verifies game data. This takes almost as long as loading the map, which itself is a pretty long wait. In Battlefield 2, it at least tells you that it's verifying game data, so you know that you'll have to wait until it's done. In the BF2142 beta, after the map loads and the progress bar completes, it doesn't tell you anything further, so you're left puzzled as to what the game is doing at this point after a while.
Ok, so I'm finally in the game, I choose my spawn point, which happens to be on top of a Titan, and I jump in one of the air vehicles. I make my descent below, and after a mere few seconds, the game crashes to the desktop.
So I try the game again, and after the usual wait of logging in, loading, and verifying, I'm back in the game. This time I'm at another spawn point which is on ground level. I jump into the closest snazzy vehicle to head off to god knows where, and then.... the game crashes to the desktop.
Loaded up the game again, once I got in, I decide to run off on foot. I needed to check where I was in the map, so I brought up the map, and then.. the game crashes to the desktop.
I decide to give the game one more shot. This time, I thought, I could avoid any crashes by simply running on foot. To anywhere at all. My plan was to not bring up the map and not enter any vehicle whatsoever. This way, I could at least try and see more of this game. I run off into some hillside where nothing much was happening, and after a while I decide to shoot my pistol when.... yep, you guessed it, the game crashed to the desktop.
I rebooted my computer, started the game again, ran off somewhere for a bit, hit the jump button spontaneously at one point, and the game crashed.
So, that's my indepth writeup of my Battlefield 2142 beta experience, I hope you enjoyed it [:)]