A large reason for the sharp decline in competitive gaming for Battlefield 3 has been it’s lack of support for the players. Servers are difficult to organize, with less control of them.
Part of Starcraft 2′s incredible uptake is that a social scene was easily formed around the replays available – both live and recorded matches were very easy to watch.
Battlefield 3 has lacked this and suffered greatly due to it. I personally know that when I try out other games, competitive features and social measures are coming together as a refreshing thing to have.
Before I start telling you to go get off my lawn, Check out this FreeCamera promotional video made by the incredibly talented modders Hattiwatti and Engineerisaac, featuring a new look on a battlefield you may have ran, driven and flown across many times before.
This video was made on an unranked server. This means Punkbuster was disabled, and it was not recording statistics of the players. This is needed due to the fact that DICE have no support to do these neat things – It has been patched into the game by modifying files and other attributes. The developers are that scared about the freecam modification at the moment, that they have locked down access to be on a request basis – to prevent DICE patching out the code in the upcoming patches.
The website to sign up and request a (free) key to download the application
I have applied for this myself, but have not got a key or access to the program. Fingers crossed that will change the next time they open up access to it!