Excerpt: With Battlefield 4, EA and DICE deliver the latest game in this decade old first-person military shooter series known for enormous team-based vehicle- and infantry-based combat as well as (in recent years) destructible buildings and environments that mix up the gameplay with dynamically transforming battlegrounds.
Excerpt: After a lacklustre Call of Duty release this year, is " Battlefield 4 " also a cynical phone-in on the current gen consoles, or are DICE doing their best to deliver a next-gen experience on the aging home consoles?
Conclusion: D.I.C.E. set out to do one thing with the Battlefield series and that is tell a compelling story through epic events and sequences that help shape the battlefield. Many will find things to love about Battlefield 4, as well as hate, but at the end of the day, it’s one of the greatest first-person shooting experiences to grace the home console.
Excerpt: ‘Levolution’ may've made it onto the list of history’s most appalling buzzwords, but after sending a skyscraper tumbling, blowing up a nuclear warhead and submerging an entire Chinese village underwater, you’ve got to admit, maybe DICE was onto something after all. The significance of each scenario doesn’t truly start to sink in until you appreciate that these are dynamic multiplayer moments rather than scripted single-player events, with up to 63 other players also...
Battlefield 4 (PS4) Review – DICE & EA Score a Next Gen Headshot
15 December 2013
Excerpt: When I reviewed Battlefield 4 on the 360 back in the beginning of November I couldn’t help but notice just how far the console was being pushed to deliver gamers their first person shooter fix. Screen tears were not only evident but abundant and frame rate drops were frequent, especially when the action got a bit hectic. Luckily, with the power that the next generation of consoles can provide, these issues are largely solved.
Summary: Battlefield 3 promised gamers that the Call of Duty franchise would soon be pushed off its pedestal that it has grown fondly of and that Battlefield will finally take its place upon it. Now let’s all be honest, Battlefield 3 was awesome, but Call of Duty remained on top. With Battlefield 4 ready to once again dethrone the Call of Duty franchise this year, does it succeed or does it become a casualty of war?
Conclusion: What I played was a far more polished experience than the buggy beta, and there was a DICE dev on hand making notes of issues we encountered and sending them back to the team in Stockholm to apply to post-launch patches. These issues were few and far between, though, with the most common woes being sporadic vaulting fails on certain items and iffy spotting of enemies and capture points that often didn’t seem to work with the first tap of ‘Q’.
Pros: Best representation of the Battlefield formula, to date, Beautiful visuals, Incredible sound design, Addictive multiplayer modes (even the new ones), The extent of levolution, Squad VoIP, Five-person squads and squad progression system, Commander is back and better than ever
Cons: Forgettable, short single-player campaign, Missed co-op opportunities, The term “levolution”, Limited VoIP functionality (at launch), Return of some old Battlefield 3 sins