Conclusion: After breezing through campaign mode and wondering why you bought this game, you'll come to realize that a great online multiplayer experience is the only way to enjoy Battlefield 4. Massive battles on land, sea, and air will keep you coming back for more combat-based thrills.
Pros: Destructible environments. Realistic weather effects. Up to 64 players in online multiplayer modes. Detailed and realistic graphics and sound create a visceral, dramatic experience.
Cons: Short single player campaign mode. Some multiplayer maps aren't fun due to the poor placement of cover and capture points.
Conclusion: Battlefield 4 is another hit in a franchise that has had few misses. If you think all this sounds like not a lot has changed since BF3 , you’re correct. This one features minor improvements, notably with graphics and the added modes. In this way it does feel like a smooth transition from the previous game while offering some new maps, new small arms and just a little bit more of what has always made this series one of the best shooters out there.
Pros: Commander Mode is back; new maps, new modes, more BF fun
Cons: Campaign mode is serious dud; plan on buying a new computer!
Conclusion: If you're planning on buying Battlefield 4 purely for the singleplayer campaign, then I'd strongly advise against it. Yes, the visuals are amazing, audio - especially the voice acting - is top notch and the game runs smoother than the previous instalment in the series. But the story was a little underwhelming, and frankly, a little on the short side. Luckily the multiplayer aspect of the game is superb, making up for any shortcomings of the campaign.
Pros: Damage and weather effects add to the Battlefield experience
Summary: The most fun I've ever had in a Battlefield game was in 2010's Battlefield: Bad Company 2 . That's not to say it's the best title in the series or anything like that, mind you -- just that it arrived at the right time for me and offered a level of environmental destruction I found easy to fall in love with. If I'm allowed to blow open the side of a building and get the jump on an enemy, I'm going to do that. Over and over again. There doesn't even need to be an enemy.
Excerpt: Battlefield 4 hits all the right notes for what it tries to be. It's big, it's dumb and it's loud. It features a ton of unlikeable dude-bro soldiers firing at anything that moves with little remorse in set pieces that would make even Michael Bay jealous. Built on the strength of its much-loved multiplayer suite, EA and DICE have once again failed to deliver anything even remotely memorable about the single-player campaign, making Battlefield 4 a risky purchase.
Conclusion: Battlefield 4 is a great evolution of the series, managing to bring back classic elements, like the Commander mode, and combine them with new mechanics, like Levolution, to create an impressive multiplayer experience. While the single-player story isn't that great and the actual gameplay has some drawbacks, the game's online mode more than makes up for it.