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Battlefield 4 – Moving the FPS genre forward – The Review

 
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Overview
 

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Release Date: October 29, 2013.
 
Developer: DICE
 
Publisher: Electronic Arts
 
Author Rating
9.1
9.1/10


User Rating
5 total ratings

 

Positives


Solid graphics and team based FPS gameplay.

Negatives


Client and server stability is an issue upon release.


Bottom Line

Battlefield 4 continues to excel squad play making several enhancements to teamwork possibilities. Vehicles and weaponry are well balanced. Maps are well designed and the Frostbite 3 engine takes weather and destruction to the next level. Immersion continues to improve as sound and visuals are better than ever. Aside from some occasional crashes which will hopefully be addressed quickly, Battlefield 4 pushes the franchise forward.

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Posted November 13, 2013 by

 
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Battlefield 4 – The Review

Battlefield 4 Angry Sea

(Credits: DICE / EA)

The roar of the wind howls against your ears as you shout to your squad mates in your warship. The waves suddenly swell to 20 ft, the trees are bending, your eyes wide as you scan the skies spotting for enemy helo’s ready to bare down upon you at any moment. This is the type of experience you will feel almost at every moment in a battlefield game. Rich with action packed moments and great to play with friends. Here is the Battlefield 4 review.

The DICE team at Electronic Arts put together one of the best FPS shooters on the market today. It’s not all great news, there are some technical issues upon the game release that are expected to be resolved with patches. Some audio glitches are prevalent where suddenly certain sounds like your tank’s engine or firing a shell are muted. Map load times are long and are prone to frequent freezing. Certain dynamic events in maps are causing crashes server side. While this is frustrating, the game play design has been improved from its predecessor, Battlefield 3, and visuals have been improved even further.

Map design is one of the strengths of Battlefield 4. In Battlefield 3, maps were a bit too small and full of game deciding choke points. Other issues included mortar fire from safe areas raining upon your squad, spawn camping, people waiting around for vehicle spawns, legs poking out through walls, sniper scopes reflecting beams of light as if they had the power of a thousand suns all have been fixed.

Battlefield 4 Operation Locker

(Credits: DICE / EA)

Battlefield 4 opened the maps up. There are at least three avenues to any point on foot. You have more space to fly, more structures to climb increasing the verticality of situations. Some buildings even have elevators you hit a button to ride up several floors where at the top level the doors open with a “Ding” and you have a whole new vantage point.

Structures and buildings are destructible, and not in that canned animation Bad Company 2 used to use. The interiors have been fleshed out. Maps do have an extra layer of “levelution” that changes the course of how it’s played such as breaking a dam and flooding lower level areas (decreasing foot traffic), or bringing down a huge skyscraper covering the entire battlefield in dust (making it harder to see from the air). You don’t have to worry about it being gimmicky. A lot of the time it isn’t even triggered but it’s just another layer of what the story of your battle could entail.

Battlefield 4 Forest Firefight

(Credits: DICE / EA)

New weapon and vehicle customizations have been added in addition to new types of vehicles. New to the series (although originally playable from Battlefield 1942’s desert combat mod) is a rocket artillery truck. New boats have been added. More unlocks to customize the guns and defenses on each of your vehicles are available. You can even design emblems for your vehicles and paint them with unlockable camouflage themes.

Commander mode has made a return. He can spawn special abilities based upon if you have that conquest point under your control. Certain abilities are a cruise missile from a warship onto a location, or spawning AC-130 gunships in the sky that you can spawn in and fire from, raining hell upon your enemies. The commander position can also be played via a tablet.

Battlelog itself has been improved. It no longer feels like a poor design choice like it felt in Battlefield 3. You can customize your load outs within Battlelog, set new competitive missions between your friends (such as who can get the most pistol kills in 48 hours), and compare your statistics among your friends or the new geocentric leader boards (which breakdown your stats into divisions among people in your area).

Battlefield 4 Golmud Railway

(Credits: DICE / EA)

Some squad related improvements are you can now have five squad members instead of four. You can spawn upon any of your squad mates instead of just your leader. And when you are choosing your spawn you can see the vision of your target before you spawn to cut down on instant spawn deaths. This makes squad play even more powerful than before and helps differentiate Battlefield from other more typical FPS experiences.

Some new game play modes have been added but Conquest is still the way to play the game. Rush, team death match and squad death match is back as well. New modes include Domination (conquest in a smaller infantry only experience), Obliteration (a bomb spawns each team fights to obtain it and plant it at one of three enemy locations until they are all destroyed), and Defuse (a close quarter infantry only experience where you have one life to live, and you must eliminate the other team or take out the two bomb targets in the map).

Battlefield 4 Parcel Storm

(Credits: DICE / EA)

The single player, while fun, is very short lived and the story is nothing special. Story telling was never a strength of the Battlefield franchise as Dice admits themselves. Cooperation missions were also not implemented into this iteration of the game.

Conclusion

Battlefield 4 continues to excel squad play making several enhancements to teamwork possibilities. Vehicles and weaponry are well balanced. Maps are well designed and the Frostbite 3 engine takes weather and destruction to the next level. Immersion continues to improve as sound and visuals are better than ever. Aside from some occasional crashes which will hopefully be addressed quickly, Battlefield 4 pushes the franchise forward.

Check out the official EA trailer and let us know what you think.

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Jason Benedict

 
I'm a fanatical PC gamer and tech enthusiast from S Florida.