Status Quo for Battlefield

User Rating: 8 | Battlefield 4 PC

Here are my impressions of Battlefield 4 after approximately 15 hours played in both the beta and the actual release.

Battlefield 4 is not really a true sequel to Battlefield 3, the game is largely identical to its predecessor with improvements and gameplay tweaks making it more of a Battlefield 3.5 than 4. This is good in the sense that it retains and refines Battlefield 3's excellent gameplay, and bad in the way that the game is not really revolutionary or much different from the 2011 release.

The gameplay is a lot smoother than it was in Battlefield 3, especially in infantry combat which makes it a lot more enjoyable. I hate to say it, but it actually feels a bit Call of Dutyesque, nevertheless it's for the better as the game retains it's open world and vehicle combat which has made the series so popular.

The multiplayer is, and almost always has been in the Battlefield series, the main selling point of the game and it remains fun, frantic, and an absolute blast. You can choose anything between 2 to 64 player servers in brand new maps which have some very cool destruction which really brings the game alive. Unfortunately, though I have only played a little bit of it, the single player remains somewhat lackluster. I expected DICE to improve their campaign after what was a rather mediocre experience in Battlefield 3, but it seems that once again it is somewhat of an afterthought.

There are some kinks to be ironed out, the sound seems to go in and out at random times, there have been complaints of texture popup, the jets seem to need re-balancing, and I am still not a big fan of having to use a browser based server list (but I doubt this last complaint will ever be changed). Based on DICE's track record I have faith that they will eventually fix most of the problems and the game will continue to progress. Keep in mind that you require Origin, the Battelog browser plugins, and Punkbuster to play this game, these are all things that were required in Battlefield 3.

IN CONCLUSION: Battlefield 4's single player is okay but not great, it might not be the revolutionary sequel some people were hoping for, but it is an excellent multiplayer game that will keep you hooked for a long time. In that regard, Battlefield maintains the Status Quo.

Definitely recommended for fans of multiplayer FPS.

Discussion

12 comments
zzzronin
zzzronin

10 maps on release is not enough, even if DLC will come in a few days.

Claymasterj
Claymasterj

I agree with the part about the campaign. It is only 'okay'. I think they should have made it better and shorter, or just took it out, and focus on the multiplayer. The multiplayer, however, can be summed up in one word, 'awesome'. The multiplayer is something that just cannot be missed, especially after the bugs have been fixed. Definitely one of (if not the) best multiplayers. 

waseemtajgooner
waseemtajgooner

@Andrew1990R Thank you for your opinion, I hope same thing goes for me :), and what about the lenght ? Is it longer than the campaign of BF3 ? 

SouthLSoldier
SouthLSoldier

Thanks for taking the time to write this review. Played the beta and thought it was fun. My friend has just bought me the deluxe copy so now i cant wait till friday. Kinda know what you're in for with when it comes to these sequals. Same game but slightly more polished with a couple of added gimmicks. Still that is the way of the gaming industry aswell as most other kinds of media. It all seems rehashed some how. Has humanity really reached its peak in story telling. The answer is yes, so now i get on with it and try not to spoil it for others.

waseemtajgooner
waseemtajgooner

And is it better than the campaign of BF3 cuz I somewhat liked it and I am not expecting the campaign of BF4 to disappoint

Andrew1990R
Andrew1990R

@waseemtajgooner It's a better campaign,much more enjoyable and more than that you can order your squad :) and let's not forget the graphics which are great.I don't know why but the I thought the campaign was really good...Even if it could've been better