GameSpot’s The Controller Battlefield 3 Review

Posted by on October 22, 2011 at 8:29 am

I can’t remember where I first saw the preview for this new show a couple of days ago but I remember thinking that it looks like one giant ad for Battlefield 3. Well tonight I was browsing reddit like I normally do and see an ad for the first episode so I decided to check it out and see if it’s worth it. It’s kind of a cool concept but executed poorly.

The premise of the show is that 6 gaming pros are paired up with 6 noobs in a series of physical and gaming challenges to win $50,000. The twist? The pros aren’t gaming, they have to teach and coach their noob teammates into victory. The teams are: Bravo/Chet (green team), Mrs. Violence/Severn (dark blue), Tsquared/Edgar (red), Proofy/Alex (light blue), Neighbor/Leroy (black) and Mr. X/Ayilla (purple).

After watching the first episode I was a little confused because it looks like the noobs will be doing physical challenges with the pros as well. I think it would’ve been a better show to find soldiers and do an actual swap so the pros are teaching the soldiers how to game while the soldiers are teaching the pros how to shoot guns, clean guns, etc.

The reward for winning the physical challenge is training time for the pro and the noob on a decked out PC (brought to you by AMD) even though the challenge is played on an Xbox 360

The part that makes this not work is the fact that it’s supposed to be centered (and an ad for) Battlefield 3 but we barely get to see anyone playing the game. We do however get to see every second of the physical challenge. The show also screams MTV which is no surprising because it’s produced by Bunim/Murray the brains behind The Real World.

The best parts of this show? Well Freddie W. came out and shot Jonny Moseley, who hosts the show, to freak the participants out a little (then Jonny Moseley spawn out of his own dead body, spoiler, may bad). Also on GameSpot’s website there are behind the scenes showing Blue Cloud Movie Ranch where this was filmed along with Iron Man, Lie to Me and JAG.

Watch it here if you must.

5/10 FleshEatingZipper

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