Battlefield 4 comes from DICE and EA who have a history in the Battlefield franchise. The franchise dates back to 2002 when Battlefield 1942 was created. Back then, they used the first engine refractor; over the years they have evolved the entire franchise by adding the addition of consoles into the mix. This has also evolved into what is now Frostbite 3. Battlefield 4 is also the first game in the franchise to make it to next gen consoles. This makes it playable on Xbox One and PS4 adding in 64 player support for multiplayer- this option was only found on PC before.
The story of Battlefield 4 has the user taking on the role of Sergeant Daniel Recker. He is a member of a U.S. special operations squad called Tombstone. Joining Recker is Staff Sergeant William Dunn, Staff sergeant Kimble Graves, Sergeant Clayton Pakowski, and Chinese Secret service agent Huang Shuyi. The story follows the deep tension with Russia and China as they are on the brink of war with the U.S. after Admiral Chang blames the U.S. for the assassination of Jin Jie.
Over the course of the campaign, the users will find themselves battling in China on a giant ship called the USS Titan among several other places. The combat stays fresh, fun, and involving. The maps are mostly linear but do have some open spots offering the player the ability to choose their way to fight in combat while the NPC comrades provide some cover fire. The campaign stays interesting and keeps the player hooked! Playing the story unlocks weapons for multiplayer. These can be used for playing throughout the story, therefore, giving an incentive to play all the way through. The player can also gain points by playing and competing against friends on their battlelog.
The gameplay for Battlefield 4 offers tons of gunfire and lots of explosions! The new Frostbite 3 engine on the map seem to hold better and the explosions are more exciting! Vehicle combat is great! The addition of new vehicles makes it fun to use in both single-player and multiplayer mode. Levolution is part of the new Battlefield experience. Levels can change very slightly or in a major way with game changing experiences. For instance a brand new weather system events that can be triggered an entire skyscraper being demolished or a damn exploding and flooding an entire map to change the combat to an urban water map. There are also slight things that are added such as shutting the lights out to blind your enemies, racing guards on the streets to stop vehicles, and shooting guards over windows to protect the inside of a building.
The controls for Battlefield 4 are the basic WASD on PC; therefore, there is nothing new to learn. They did however, put a nice HUD up for changing the modes on the weapon with the keys for quick ease of use. One thing that has to be talked about is the graphics in Battlefield 4. While playing this on PC, the settings are high with the resolution at 1920 by 1080P running at 144 hertz making the game a true benchmark test for any PC on the market. It scales very well. The water effects as well as the destruction and scope of the game are amazing! Having had hands on experience with the PS4 version of the game, I can say that both look amazing and have next gen feel and look to them.
Multiplayer is the biggest and best part of Battlefield 4. There is a lot of content to be had on the servers of Battlefield 4. This includes 10 maps and 7 modes to play. One of the newest game modes Obliteration has a bomb in the middle of the both maps. Both teams fight over control to see what team can detonate the bomb on the other teams’ base first. Although this sounds easy, it is difficult. It is one of my favorite modes to play online. Of course there is a return to the classics, such as conquest and Rush both of which are available with up to 64 player matches. One thing that is awesome about Battlefield 4 multiplayer is customization.
There is a lot of customization available from different weapons to all the attachments and camo’s. This is the largest selection of customization in Battlefield history! It really allows the user to play the way they want to play. Also, by playing the objective there is a larger amount of points rewarded versus just going out and killing everyone. The welcome back to Commander mode is back and better. This lets users play as commanders once they have hit level 10. As Commander the player can issue orders to squads and use in game assets to change the tides of battle. This can be done in the game or from a tablet. Battlepacks are a new addition and are gained from leveling your character. They are also given out to players that have Premium. Premiums Battlefield’s season pass. It gives users all the new content two weeks early and there are also new things to do almost every week, for example, customization or additional XP to be earned.
Battlefield 4 is an amazing title and one of the best shooter games out there right now- it has a great community behind the game. With a great campaign and a robust multiplayer mode the game gives a very high replay ability with new content being added each week. Battlefield 4 is worth the purchase as well as Premium. They are adding 5 new packs to multiplayer over the coming year. Battlefield 4 is a gorgeous game with amazing sound and will continue to push the boundaries on PC. It is a great entry into the Battlefield franchise for first time users.
Overall Score: 9/10
RGN Rating: Gold Game
Developer: Digital Illusions CE (DICE)
Publisher: EA Games
Available On: PS4 | PS3 | 360 | XO | PC
Played On: High-End Windows PC
Review Copy Info: A copy of this game was purchased by RealGamerNewz for the purpose of this Review.
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