Just a quick note on this review, as I finish this three expansion have already been released namely China Rising, Second Assault and most recently Naval Strike. I will go through the expansions in later post hopefully when all of them have been released, for this review I just want to focus on the initial game. Also I’ve decided to do a single score out of 10 and a what I like/didn’t like to give a better idea and sum up of the review though it doesn’t mean too much I’m just giving an honest opinion.
Release date: 31/10/13
Genre: First person Shooter
Players: 1 to 64 Online
Classification: M (ESRB)
Well that was quick, another Battlefield game already, I suppose it has been two years, it just seemed that every time I’d go back to Battlefield 3 there was a new expansion out though there was 5 different ones over that period too and 5 yet to come for Battlefield 4 but we’ll get into that later.
I was never terribly excited about Battlefield 4, after 3 I really didn’t know what to expect the game had changed so much since my beloved BF2 that I really didn’t think that much would change and suffice to say not much has changed, but what has changed has been good. It’s as if the feel of the game has been freshened up slightly, I used to dislike using battlelog, but having a bit of a poke around and exploring the various options has given me a better understanding of the whole thing. Even the parts that I found confusing in the last game regarding all the upgrades and unlocks for your weapon and also the main map interface just seemed easier to use.
I’ve been having a lot
of fun with the game since I’ve gotten it, and most of that fun was with
friends of course. I managed to get Battlefield 4 for a bargain price at ozgameshop
by purchasing the code only, usually I’d be sceptical of these sort of things
but it went pretty smoothly I got the code emailed to me and I downloaded and
installed and it was all fine though by “all fine” I mean that the game
installed fine, there was still a few problems with connecting to servers and
the games crashing but we’ll get onto that. Among a few changes China’s PLA
(People’s Liberation Army) have made a return meaning that in some maps it’s
the Chinese versus the Russians.
I am now going to talk about the singleplayer mode cause I
did play it but unfortunately it won’t be very high praise as it was quite
insignificant. Practically being the same as before you were a part of a squad
of American Soldiers and become part of a huge conspiracy/thingy except this time
China plays a major role. So needless to say you go places, shoot people, blow
up things, you survive explosions, buildings collapsing you listen to your
squadmates and others banter alot, you smuggle people out, you make decisions,
you do quick time events etc. It’s exciting don’t get me wrong but it’s just
the same old go in shoot that, get him blah blah blah oh this happens oh that
happens, meh well glad that’s over with time for multiplayer. I was reading an
interview with the developers of the Battlefield series and one was saying that
back in Battlefield 2 that “the game was pretty hardcore back then, with no
singleplayer aspect apart from bot matches and only one game mode” and I though
thought to myself “that’s all it needed!” though I digress some of the other
game modes are fun, inc rush. This whole idea of matching other games awesome
singleplayer mode like Call of Duty that DICE (or EA) has is just misguided,
all they need is some kind of training mode for multiplayer and that’s it, the
singleplayer mode is not needed and is a waste of time.
This time when diving into Multiplayer I was determined to
get to grips with the Battlelog.
For those who don’t know the Battlefield 3 and 4 server browser and profile
viewer/editor is accessed through Battlelog which is a site your web
browser. I been through it a few times
and think I got the hang of what’s going on, I even updated my emblem which
shows up on your weapon, occupied vehicle and player ID, you also see them in
the player details bar of who killed you, this was useful information as some
people have pretty funny emblems and I wanted to make one. I also signed up to Gravatar in order to change my avatar cause
you know I like to fill out my profile. The Battlelog is pretty extensive with
the stats showing lots of stats for the guns/items and vehicles.
I purchased Premium for
Battlefield 4 not too long ago and with that you get access to all of the
current and coming expansions. Additional Premium Battlepacks which are
sort of like prize bags where you can get anything from Weapon accessories, Dog Tags,
customization and XP Boosts which I really need to remember to use. Premium
also gives you priority in server queues, which is a huge help especially when
you’re trying to join your friends and are 7th in line. All of this
is good but it meant spending another $50, but I suppose it works out cheaper
in the end. I must say though that I regret getting the “unlock all pistols”
free as I realise that unlocking things is all part of the game though I
suppose I don’t use pistols all that much and would take forever to unlock them
|All good here at base, not blown up or anything.|
|The new Chinese player models|
|"Yeh I don't know why we're doing this either."|
|The battlelog, much easier now that I know what the frack I'm doin|
|Hiding near the flag, I do that a lot.|
|Spawn screen, the map is Zavod 311 on Conquest normal hence the smaller map|
Killer waves dude.
The character and vehicle customization screens are now much easier to use in my opinion, the kits have each customization now in categorized ‘slots’, weapons a that can be customised have a gear icon on them that leads to the weapon customization screen. The guns you unlock are now divided into sections i.e. assault rifles, shotguns making them much easier to sort through then Battlefield 3 where you just clicked through them all and you didn’t know what was a carbine and what was a “PDW”. I really enjoy the new in-game interface as I’m not sure the specifics of what they have done it’s just better than before, I approve!
The graphics are beautiful as usual, sometimes I just stop
to look around as it looks magnificent, then I get shot but meh, enough time to
take a screenshot, seeing the Frostbite 3 engine in
action is great and most of the players
and vehicles look damn real but of course they always have, you can’t really
get much more real but they can try at least. What I liked most about the new
maps was the difference in weather and time of day for example some were clear
skies, others were either sunset, nighttime or stormy which I’ll get into with
though some of the sunset (or sunrise I dunno what) looked amazing the sun
glare was a bit too realistic, what I
mean is it’s all well and good to successfully reproduce annoying sunglare but
it actually gets really annoying sometimes.
|Weapon choosing interface, it's complicated but still simple enough to manage.|
|Ah what magnificent sunlight, just don't blind me please|
My thoughts exactly.
I can't tell you how glad I am that they've brought the Commander mode back from Battlefield 2, though technically it's not the same (nothing will ever be the same really). You need to be at least rank 10 to play as the commander and as before can be beaten to the role by a higher ranking player, you can also be voted out by mutiny though you can be "approved" of by players (giving you points) One of the biggest changes to the role is that the commander is no longer a player but I regarded as a "separate slot" on the server, this means that if you decide to go as commander you forfeit your player spot and if you want to go back to actually playing you have to rejoin the server. This sucks major balls and really deters me from going commander, especially when playing with friends. I think this change was mainly due to the Commander mode being able to be played on a mobile device such as an ipad (also available on android), which is fun but really it isn’t worth it, I wanna be a Commander on the field!. I miss all the hiding around your main base and killings those pesky Spec Ops infiltrators trying to blow up your stuff, of course I did that too.
commander mode is still a top-down view of the Battlefield however the
available resources are a bit different this time around, for example some of
the abilities like the Tomahawk missile and the gunship can only be used if you
have control of a particular base whereas other things like map scans and
supply drops can be used by spending “chunks” from the progression bar which
are obtained by squads successfully carrying out orders that the Commander has
issued. I’m actual thinking of getting a Google Nexus tablet so I can do
some commandering in my spare time.
|I am in COMMAND, not sure which team is screwed more.|
Here’s a full list
- Tomahawk missile strike: +50 points to deploy + kill bonus
- UAV deployment: duration: 10 seconds. +25 points for each kill your team gets within UAV zone
- Supply drop
- Map scan feature that reveals enemy infantry
- EMP strike: duration: 20 seconds. +25 points for each kill within EMP zone
- AC-130 Gunship against ground targets. +50 for each kill
- Vehicle drop
- Ability disable enemy commander for 10 second (I think) this one isn’t officially listed for some reason, probably added in a later patch
|Hmm that vehicle drop didn't quite go as planned.|
|Go go guys! attack that control point!|
Battlefield 4 has probably been my favourite multiplayer experience since Battlefield 2, not to say it’s better though just now I’ve got to grips with things and am really enjoying the new battlelog and weapon/vehicle customising, I appreciate the new Commander mode and am having heaps of fun playing with friends and working as a team, I look forward to the expansions, unlocking more weapons/gear and being the commander with my tablet.
What I like:
- In game interface is much better
- ‘Levolution’ is awesome! (despite being a wanky title)
- Playing with friends and/or friendly teammates/enemies is great
- Commander mode is back!
- Game feels better overall then BF3
What I don’t like:
- We don’t need no Singleplayer story
- Bugs, lots of them, at first
- Should be able to do things in loading screen i.e. open battlepacks look at stats etc
- Community is full of angry knobheads with stupid names though there is the occasional nice person
Our choo choo train!