Excerpt: (Writer's Note: The scores listed are based on the Xbox One version of Battlefield 4 which was reviewed, and should be the same for the PlayStation 4 and PC. For the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games, take a half gem off for graphics, gameplay and fun.) This is a very difficult review for me to write.
Conclusion: If you believe that EA and DICE will get the multiplayer bugs worked out, which I do, Battlefield 4 is a great title that shines on next-gen. The struggles with the netcode at launch here have tainted the experience for many, but when it works, which for me is most of the time, Battlefield 4 is pretty damn special.
Summary: DICE aims to raise the bar with the latest installment of their first-person shooter, vehicular combat, team-based 'Battlefield' series as 'Battlefield 4' is brought to bear on five separate platforms. Without a spinoff or odd expansion in between the new game and 'Battlefield 3,' the pressure is higher than ever to deliver a next-generation playground of wonton destruction. That guy on the cover of the game half alit with orange- well he's ready, but are you?
Excerpt: For more than a decade, EA's Battlefield series has been on the cutting-edge of multiplayer first-person shooters for the PC. However, with the new Medal of Honor titles failing to set the world on fire, the franchise has now taken the role of Call of Duty competitor on consoles starting with 2011's Battlefield 3 . The series returns this fall with Battlefield 4 launching alongside the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
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.
Conclusion: Multiplayer shooters don't get better than Battlefield 4. Incredible destruction, smart map design, and solid tech combine to produce a true showcase for PS4 and PC. While solo play still lags behind, it's a big step up from BF3.
Pros: Multiplayer is genre-leading, again, Levolution and destruction is amazing, Single-player is much improved...
Cons: ...but the story is nonsense, Defuse mode falls flat
Summary: Neither coming across as old hat nor breaking the mould with gameplay innovation, Battlefield 4 comes across as more a maintainer of the franchise than any evolution of the formula. The gameplay is as solid as ever, when it works, and it has a nice new shiny lick of paint to keep your eyes happy. If you want to take part in versatile large-scale battles then you can't go wrong with Battlefield 4.
Excerpt: Battlefield 4 on the Xbox One is swarmed with similar issues to the 360 counterpart. Issues with this game are not specific to Microsoft’s console either. The Sony consoles are having their fair share of problems too. Ultimately, BF4 was probably released a little too early. Despite issues surrounding connectivity to matches, crashes and disconnects, BF4 is still one of the best games so far on the Xbox One when it actually works, but is the most frustrating game to play...