Battlefield 4 Review – destroy all the things!


By Matthew Figueira on Wednesday, November 6, 2013
"A whole lot like its predecessor"

It’s been two years since DICE gave the world Battlefield 3, a pretty impressive multiplayer experience that was visually astounding, too. Fans of the series are more than likely already taking part in the sequel in its large scale warfare and accompanying shenanigans. What about the naysayers though? Has DICE done enough to win them over with the latest Battlefield?

The Single Player

You get those games that focus on single player, but then tack on multiplayer as an afterthought. Then you get those games that exist for the multiplayer, yet also squeeze in a single player in some form or other. I know I am not the only one who couldn’t care less for the single player in Battlefield 4, but for those who do, what exactly are you getting?

Campaign (2)

Welcome to Tombstone squad, you’re here to shoot stuff and be a part of a perfectly stereotypical military shooter. Your team consists of the usual suspects: the moral compass, the irrational hot head, a supposed civilian who wants to help, and finally you, the silent as ever protagonist who just does what he is told. Who is out to kill you? Oh, China and Russia of course! The story itself is honestly a little hollow and unimaginative. However, it is definitely an improvement over the Battlefield 3 campaign, something which I never even had the heart to finish.

What many people will enjoy is the persistent scoring that accumulates throughout the campaign. Killing an enemy nets a default kill score of 100. This basic score can be boosted by simple tasks such as pulling off headshots or raking in killing sprees. Reaching certain score tiers on each level unlocks new weapons which are freely available at weapon lockers that are scattered throughout. This is quite neat, as it allows the player to equip themselves in whatever way they want to. There are also gadget lockers throughout, allowing the equipping of important weapons such as RPG’s or C4.

Campaign (1)

I played the campaign on hard, because real soldiers eat bullets and tanks for breakfast! What I didn’t plan on was my game crashing randomly, more so when I died. That’s not so bad is it? Let’s factor in that you have to watch the beginning of level cinematic again, and again, and again, without the option to skip it. Random crashing aside, if you’re looking to pick up Battlefield 4 just for the single player, keep in mind that it is quite short, spanning 7 missions that are anywhere from 30-60 minutes each depending on what difficulty you play on and how efficient you are at shooting the enemy. The campaign has its moments, but overall it is rather average.

The Multiplayer

Map overview (1)

I’m willing to bet that a large portion of you skipped over the single player blurb just to read more about what makes Battlefield what it really is; large, open scale warfare. DICE really hasn’t changed or innovated the core game drastically, meaning that this feels both a whole lot like its predecessor, yet still manages to feel fresh enough thanks to some minor and major changes.

The deployment screen and map look a whole lot better for starters. You can now see your squad mates point of view before you spawn, letting you decide whether you should risk spawning in that heated gun battle to help out, or spawn safely at a nearby safe zone. One change that I am completely happy with is the squad number being bumped up from 4 to 5. It just feels a little better and an entire squad is just that teeny bit harder to eliminate. Commander mode also makes a return, allowing a player to provide the ultimate support for their team.

Loadout

There are still four classes to choose from: Assault, Engineer, Support, and Recon. Each has their own unique weapons, but every class also has access to carbines and shotguns. This is quite neat, allowing the creation of hybrid classes in a sense. For example, I enjoy the fact that the recon class has access to C4 explosives (and the support class too at much later levels), but I may not be the best shot with a sniper rifle. I can still enjoy the equipment unique to that class by equipping a carbine instead, something much better suited to my play style.

I hear you like unlocks, who doesn’t? As is to be expected, each class has a multitude of unlockable weapons, and each weapon has an unbelievable amount of accessories and scopes that can be unlocked. Customisation is extensive, allowing players to tailor their soldiers to their play styles. There are also new grenades to choose from, all with their own pros and cons. My favourite is the impact grenade. It does a little less damage compared to the standard grenade, but two can be carried and it explodes as soon as it hits the ground, giving the enemy almost no time to run away.

Multiplayer (1)

Destruction is still the name of the game, with the Levolution feature being added to mix things up a little. Basically, each of the 10 maps on offer have a potential large scale change which can affect a number of things. For example, one map has empty streets and ruined buildings with several levels to traverse. A levee can be destroyed with explosives, resulting in a huge surge of water that causes a flood. When I first played the game, I started this map when it was fresh and untouched, and another time I joined after this levee had been destroyed. Tanks and Jeeps were replaced with boats and traversing the map had changed completely.

My biggest fear with Levolution was that each map would always have its event triggered, meaning it is constantly played in that state. Thankfully this is not the case, as I have played many of the levels in their natural state as well as their event triggered variants. One thing I’m still craving is full destruction. Although many of the buildings and their elements can be destroyed, there are still those pesky indestructible things.

Multiplayer (3)

There are seven games to choose from: Conquest, Rush, Obliteration, Defuse, Domination, Squad Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch. If you are familiar with the Battlefield franchise then you will most likely recognise most of the above. My favourite so far has been Obliteration, a new game mode in Battlefield 4. A team has three bomb points of their own to defend as well as three enemy ones to attack. The round is over when all three points are destroyed. A bomb will spawn randomly somewhere on the map and it has to be picked up and carried to one of the three points. While a carrier has a bomb, they are highlighted on the map, making them a prime target for death.

Random

The visuals in the game are nothing short of impressive. One of my most memorable moments was playing on a map that consisted of many smaller islands. The sun was shining, flags were being captured and everything was being destroyed in glorious fashion. What I wasn’t prepared for was a random tropical storm. Suddenly the wind picked up, the sky turned black and the heavens opened to let down buckets of water. The waves grew wild, making riding a boat or jet ski a little trickier. It was beautiful to say the least. If you are planning to get this on PC or the next generation of consoles, you are in for a visual treat.

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Unfortunately, much like the single player, I was treated to some first class game crashes. It mostly happened during level change, but it happened in the middle of some games too, for no real reason. I know this problem is not unique to my experience, as many friends suffered the same problem and even worse in some cases. What I don’t quite understand is that there was an open beta prior to launch. Surely that was the time to pinpoint and fix these problems? Thankfully, these were the only issues with the game and it is something that should be fixed soon.

Battlefield 4 was reviewed by on the 6th of November , 2013 at 3:30 PM on PC

GAMEPLAY
9.5
Weapons, classes, and vehicles take some getting used to, but when those kill streaks start happening and you start pulling off head shots with sniper rifles from great distances, there is no greater feeling of satisfaction. The game is incredibly fun, simple as that.
DESIGN
7.0
The campaign is a little hollow and falls flat. Levolution is a nice welcome addition and it marks what is hopefully the start of entirely destructible environments. The game looks and sounds fantastic too, making it an incredibly immersive experience.
VALUE
9.0
If you are buying this for the single player, you might feel robbed thanks to the short campaign. Multiplayer on the other hand, will steal hundreds of your hours. There are 10 maps, 7 game modes, and dozens of weapons and unlocks.
TOTAL
8.5
It's your typical Battlefield experience, filled with vehicle and infantry warfare as well as large, destructible environments. If you're a fan of the series, you will not be disappointed. If you're not a fan, this might just make you one.

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Author:Matthew Figueira

Defence of the Ancients? More like Defence of the cabbages! Have you seen my head? I look like a Merino Sheep on pole. NO SHANGE only SHAPPIES!
  • Vampyre Squirrel

    I so want this game… it looks insane… but I’ll wait for some of the patches to come out :)

    • Rus74

      Patches indeed, the PC version keeps booting me out with BSOD in the SP portions, my MP is mostly dedicated to the X360 version which was barely playable at launch. DICE should concentrate on the MP for the next installment as the SP is simply horrendous.

      • B4d R0b0t

        Yea the story was thin, very thin and weak.

    • B4d R0b0t

      Good idea, looks like a big client side one this weekend. For sure it has been buggy but hwen it works it is so much fun!

  • FSR

    “I’m willing to bet that a large portion of you skipped over the single player blurb just to read more about what makes Battlefield what it really is” Dammit, called out already :P

    • hairyknees

      Haha I knew I would catch you all out :P BUSTED! Thanks man :) glad you like it!

      • http://tumblr.exhibeo.com/ Axon1988

        Good review, although you made it seem like you never looked at any of the preview videos. Is this true? What is your approach to doing a review?

        • hairyknees

          The only preview code I saw was what they showed at E3 (the first campaign mission as well as a small portion of multiplayer).I find I enjoy a game a lot more if it surprises me :P its hard to be surprised if you’ve watched every possible preview/gameplay/etc video so I try and avoid them.

          • http://tumblr.exhibeo.com/ Axon1988

            I’m assuming this would be your approach to reviewing digital entertainment as well. I like it, fresh perspective for every new game.
            Depending on how excited I am about a specific game, I take the same approach. Specifically in this case: Dark Souls 2.

          • hairyknees

            Yeah :) I was intrigued and excited for The Last Of Us so I watched a good few of the gameplay videos. Really enjoyed it regardless!

          • http://tumblr.exhibeo.com/ Axon1988

            If only I was into console games. Last of us almost convinced me to get one.

  • Otto_ki

    Every time there is water or lots of rain my graphics card go’s “let me sing you the song of my people” from all the power this game needs.

    • http://tumblr.exhibeo.com/ Axon1988

      Gtx 285 here… I have a persistent temp gauge for my gpu on screen when gaming. On a hot night like last night, it likes to roast the parts around it at a consistent 95C.

  • Admiral Chief Ninja

    Well done MattyFeeg.

    But until the game is fixed, Planetside 2 for me thanks.

    (anyone interested in forming a LAGZ faction in PS2?)

    • Otto_ki

      I downloaded the game on release day and never played it, will have to give it a whirl sometime.

    • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

      Need to download that still. >.<

    • Hammersteyn

      Sign my ass up. Tr for the win. Though if you choose the inferior other two factions I wouldn’t mind much

      • Admiral Chief Ninja

        Hehe, I jam all 3 factions, so it doesn’t matter

        • Hammersteyn

          But seriously though I’m there.

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            Cool, will send invite

  • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

    Wait. You mean you DON’T have to pay for the Blood and Gore DLC? It comes with the ACTUAL game as packaged?!

  • Kromas

    After every game I have to quit before the next one starts or I get the red screen of death. At least they are fixing it.

    • DrKiller

      Red Screen? Stop dying, then you won’t get red screens :P

    • Matthew Holliday

      mine wont start in fullscreen mode, opens up in window mode and i have to change it to full screen, then borderless to get it to work properly.

      • Johan du Preez

        Alt+Enter is you friend :)

  • Hammersteyn

    I went to BT Games and saw COD,BF4 and Batman. And even though it’s broken and will need to be patched I bought Batman. Because Batman that’s why.

    • Jonah Cash

      I pre ordered Batman and now own a steelbook of the Bat!! I am sooooo happy!! I think I might be a steelbook slut!!

      • Hammersteyn

        Steel books are awesome!

    • oVg

      broken broken and broken
      only gamers buy broken shit

      • Jonah Cash

        Luckily I am still playing through Batman Arkham City GOTY so won’t get to Origins till next month, hopefully it is fixed then!!

        • oVg

          I do not think they can fix that game. I have seen some really nasty bugs on reddit. We are talking about floating and stretching characters that get stuck in the walls.

      • RinceandRepeat

        I don’t understand it. ANY other industry would suffer major boycots. Imagine buying your fucking iPoon 5OS162013 and the phone doesn’t work day one? RIOTS.

        • Mark Treloar

          That iDrone, and if Activision had been honest and announced a 2gig patch for COD i would have cancelled my pre-order and that’s why they still make money, because no refunds.

          • Matthew Holliday

            dat patch.
            games still bad though, running it on low makes me wanna vomit. CoD 2 had better graphics than Ghosts on low.

        • oVg

          Games are like crack cocaine for gamers. We do not care if we only get an ounce after paying for a brick as long as we get our fix.

          The suits with the deadlines know that.

        • Hammersteyn

          So true

        • Brady miaau

          You mean like, for example, maps not working out the box?

        • http://www.youtube.com/themaxiviper117 Maxiviper117

          Ya but with phones and cars, they only way to fix hardware related issues is to recall them, games are all software, they can be patched, this isnt a perfect world where everything goes to plan, we have no idea what it takes to develop a game like battlefield, feel sorry for those guys, working non stop to fix as many issues as they can. They are just people not fucking machines. If u can do a better job then by all means, start your own game studio and feel the burn when shit hits the digital fan

          • RinceandRepeat

            I know many developers actually and they do indeed have a tough time. It’s the publishers I am raging at, the ones who force broken buggy messes out for profit reasons. And no, games are no different when it comes to consumerism. I won’t drop $60 on a broken game and have to wait while they fix it, thousands of us won’t. And do you knownwhat then happens? Studios let those developers you care for go, they lose their jobs. That is called shit hitting fan. Not sure if you were following this mess unfold on twitter but you think managers are not going to blame the coders for all the games breaking? Someone will pay, and it won’t be the publisher.

          • http://www.youtube.com/themaxiviper117 Maxiviper117

            At least they are doing something about it. Not many games have such dedicated who constantly tweak and adjust the game months after release. Even after they fix all the game breaking issues people will then start complaining about game imbalances which I think could never be tested until hundreds of thousands of people play the game. Its just a never ending process until the gamers are mostly satisfied, cuz they can’t please everyone

          • RinceandRepeat

            I agree it is good, but at the same time it’s not right. Watchdogs has been pushed back by months to fix all the issues they have discovered, THAT is right. You cannot create a game under the assumption that us consumers are going to buy it day one and wait till patches roll out. Imagine if I bought you a buggy game for your birthday and upon opening it you are hit with a day 1 2gig patch (like CoD Ghosts has). That’s total bullshit. Move the release date a week or two forward. But they won’t, as the publishers worry about their shares and investors. And as for not many games having those who tweak them, it would seem just about every game does these days. From Borderlands to GTAV, I haven’t played a game that has an online component in the last year that doesn’t require a fix. Shit, even Batman Origins does! And it will carry on like this until we as consumers actually remind the publishers that WE are in charge. We vote with our wallets remember.

      • Hammersteyn

        Yes we do.

      • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

        I bought Origins, completed it and have had no problems with it.

        It crashed once and that’s it.

        For me its the best of the three Arkhams.

        • oVg

          Nice. I do not understand how these people find some of these bugs.
          http://i.imgur.com/QincGfH.gif

          • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

            That’s unfortunate lol. WB did mess up with the bugs, I just got lucky I guess..

    • JHN

      i bought the xbox version and have had zero issues with it, havent encountered any of the bugs frustrating other players.

      • Hammersteyn

        Me neither thus far. Crossing my fingers

  • RinceandRepeat

    “You smell that ladies and gentlemen!? That’s not some glorious napalm no sirrey! That’s the smell of the death of an era! An era that ushered in the 12-year-old ”gonna get yo mumma’. An era that allowed companies to sell you the same shit in pretty new packaging, an era that almost crippled gaming for good and spawned mazes that even the rats down in my basement would be too fucking embarrassed to traverse! That ladies and gentlemen is the FAT LADY SINGING, and I LOVE me some fat lady! HU HA!” http://frenz1964.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/oie_fullmetaljacket2.gif

    • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

      Amen Brother…

    • Brady miaau

      Does your name not say it all anyway?

      • RinceandRepeat

        Where do you think I got it from? :)

        • Brady miaau

          Yes, yes, but I would have thought a blank post from you, for this game, would have been more than sufficient to explain the flaws here

          • RinceandRepeat

            Alas, Disqus won’t allow blank posts :(

    • hairyknees

      That drill sergeant gif kills me xD

    • http://www.youtube.com/themaxiviper117 Maxiviper117

      Don’t buy it then. Simple as that.

      • RinceandRepeat

        I won’t. And thousands of others won’t too.

  • Verrayne

    Like most games these days that have multiplayer features I didn’t buy it day one. I’l buy it after it’s stable. The price savings is an added bonus.

  • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

    Wait, who the hell is Maffew? have i been gone that long?

  • Kerrits

    I also had the crashes, but updating to the latest beta catalyst drivers solved it for me. Not a single crash since.

  • Alcatraz1921

    Yep, dusting off BF3 tonight. Got to keeeeeeeel dem naasties. I love my FPS.

  • Lourens Jordaan

    I’m playing it on the PS3, I completed the singleplayer campaign twice and played a lot of multiplayer and I haven’t seen it freeze yet. I have have only two negative experiences, one was when I got hit by a grenade on Paracelle storm which shoved me through the ground and into the water below the map. The other was that when I was close to the end of the campaign, I switched to multiplayer and when I tried to continue said campaign, all my progress was lost and I had to restart. Other than that I’m more than ecstatic!

  • Matthew Holliday

    Still mega stability problems with the game and servers.
    i just came from a game where I was in 2nd place, and 40 minutes in, decides to crash.
    single player crashed even more often.

    better than Ghosts though, even on low settings, battlefield atleast still looks impressive.

  • Johan du Preez

    We should set up a lazygamer platoon …

  • I AM THE LAW

    If I wrote this review it would go something like this: ERROR. Game disconnected: Client closed down connection. Until a patch comes out, this game can go to hell.

    • Jean Jordaan

      Strange.. I have a ton of hours under my belt in MP already. No issues for me. If this game can go to hell. What else will you do ? apart from the afternoon fun with some KY and a cucumber ?
      ;p

  • FUCKDICE&EA

    FUCK YOU!!!!!!!!! THIS SHIT IS STUPID!!!! I HAVE TO SPEND AN EXTRA 100 DOLLARS TO PLAY THIS GAME, MAKING IT A 170 DOLLAR GAME!!!!!!!
    FUCK DICE AND EA!!!!!!! FUCK THEM!

    • Jean Jordaan

      Well then go spend you “dallahs” on some place else.

  • http://tumblr.exhibeo.com/ Axon1988

    Wait what? No murderous rats in the campaign? That’s an outrage!

  • Jean Jordaan

    Why only 7 on design. It has by far the best map designs in any FPS out there.

    • hairyknees

      I agree, the maps are awesome :) BUT! It lost a couple of marks for the mediocre campaign as well as the random crashes that not only plagued me but many other people. That sort of thing should have been sorted out with the beta.

  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    Think I will buy this after about 6 months. After all the patches are out and the DLC outside of premium has a new package with all of it called the Deluxe Premium package. :P

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Awesome review Matt!

    The single player campaign is a vast improvement over that steaming pile of Call of Duty crap they served up in Battelfield 3. There were times that it actually felt like Bad Company and that’s definitely not a bad thing. I actually wanted to see what happens with Hannah, Irish and Pac. I’m just irritated that it’s so damn short. There’s so much left unexplored, like who is Chang really, or what’s the connection between the Russians and the Chinese? I really wanted to know more, and the campaign could have been expanded on. This time round they created interesting characters with a conflict that seems plausible.

    I also loved that it wasn’t a corridor shooter per se. I mean it’s still as linear as every other shooter out there, but when you compare it to Bioshock Infinite, Battlefield 4 surpasses it. The maps (single player) are big, you can approach it in different ways, and I enjoyed that. I like that they gave you the option to sneak around and find a decent overwatch position to rain down some pain and death.

    Another annoyance is “you”. You’re supposed to be squad leader, but it just doesn’t feel that way. I still wish they could have taken a look at the squad commands from Operation Flashpoint. That game made me feel like a leader. I had control over how I would take on a mission, and that’s what battlefield sorely lacks. It’s far to stuck in trying to emulate COD with its cinematic (oh you’re an action hero) Bullshit!

    My other issue lies with difficulty. “Hard” is far too easy. I played through the main campaign in under 6 hours, and probably only died twice (once during the Singapore mission) and once at the end.

    But yeah, overall I’m actually impressed with BF4, and even on PS3, the visuals are stunning, the lighting is top notch.Obviously on the multiplayer side, the PS3 shows it’s age, but let’s not hold that against the ol’ girl. I’m keen to see how this game performs on the PS4. :D WHOOOP!!

    ALSO! NO REUSED ANIMATION LIKE A CERTAIN OTHER FPS TITLE! COUGH COUGH!

    • oVg

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        HAHAHAHA NOW THAT’S A REVIEW!

    • hairyknees

      Sweet thanks dude!!! Really appreciate that :)

      Yeah I agree dude, campaign was a lot better! I also found hard a little “easy”. I died a couple of times but it wasn’t nearly as difficult as it should have been. I get so annoyed with these silent protagonists too >_<

      "HEY RECKER WHAT DO YOU THINK BLAH BLAH BLAH!"
      "…………."
      "YEAH BRO CHINESE AND RUSSIANS OMG SKIET HOM!"
      "……………."

    • hairyknees

      Sweet thanks dude!!! Really appreciate that :)

      Yeah I agree dude, campaign was a lot better! I also found hard a little “easy”. I died a couple of times but it wasn’t nearly as difficult as it should have been. I get so annoyed with these silent protagonists too >_<

      "HEY RECKER WHAT DO YOU THINK BLAH BLAH BLAH!"
      "…………."
      "YEAH BRO CHINESE AND RUSSIANS OMG SKIET HOM!"
      "……………."

  • Chris

    I am so sick of games launching “incomplete” with it being necessary to download patches or other game related material…games like Starcraft 2 having 6-7Gb of required downloads for it to function correctly. It is utter BS! I don’t pay a couple of 100Rands to buy an incomplete game. Developers are serious dropping the ball. It is probably only countries like RSA that bitch about additional downloads due to sub-standard internet infrastructure.

    • Brady miaau

      Starcraft 2 (Wings) was ready to play on launch. I pre-ordered, played out of the box. Blizzard, do, however do regular updates for balance and game-play issues. I like that.

  • Pjotr Kay

    So in short, it’s a sh*tty SP game (even more so then BF3, who knew that would be possible) but he so what it has a great MP if and when it doesn’t crash.

    But not to worry, we all know that EA/Dice fix any major issue with their game within days if not hours….. or rather months if ever if past track record with BF3 is anything to go by.

    But at least they don’t have the same issues as with BF3, such as netcode (e.g. having ducked behind cover but still killed)- sound (not being able to hear a vehicle coming towards you)-etc.
    Oh wait, those problems are back.

    Well there’s still the great party system …..except it isn’t so good luck trying to play with a bunch of friends trying to find a server with enough places free, and which allows you to join it, that you and your friends can join. And if you do, perhaps you’ll get lucky and not crash out of the game just before the end, taking all the progress you made with it.

    It’s great to have the ability to have 5 team members… still that means that a full squad means that there will be 2 players that will end up on a mini-team (32 : 5 = [6*5]+2), I guess that Dice isn’t big on math skills.

    I’m so tired of ‘reviews’ that paint a rosy picture instead of actual pointing out the faults and not sugarcoat it. ‘They will fix it’. Yeah, right. If it’s normal that a game of 60USD (up to 115 USD all included) has such glaring issues that people are just turning away from it barely a week after launch.

    Then again, it’s not a first for EA, remember the Simcity 5 that had wonderful reviews pre-launch, even gorgeous reviews past launch and it was an utter piece of crap that now is still unplayable.
    Compare the pro metacritic reviews with the player reviews. It truly shows how much pro game reviews are ‘owned’ by the industry they are supposedly reviewing.

  • Pjotr Kay

    So in short, it’s a sh*tty SP game (even more so then BF3, who knew that would be possible) but he so what it has a great MP if and when it doesn’t crash.

    But not to worry, we all know that EA/Dice fix any major issue with their game within days if not hours….. or rather months if ever if past track record with BF3 is anything to go by.

    But at least they don’t have the same issues as with BF3, such as netcode (e.g. having ducked behind cover but still killed)- sound (not being able to hear a vehicle coming towards you)-etc.
    Oh wait, those problems are back.

    Well there’s still the great party system …..except it isn’t so good luck trying to play with a bunch of friends trying to find a server with enough places free, and which allows you to join it, that you and your friends can join. And if you do, perhaps you’ll get lucky and not crash out of the game just before the end, taking all the progress you made with it.

    It’s great to have the ability to have 5 team members… still that means that a full squad means that there will be 2 players that will end up on a mini-team (32 : 5 = [6*5]+2), I guess that Dice isn’t big on math skills.

    I’m so tired of ‘reviews’ that paint a rosy picture instead of actual pointing out the faults and not sugarcoat it. ‘They will fix it’. Yeah, right. If it’s normal that a game of 60USD (up to 115 USD all included) has such glaring issues that people are just turning away from it barely a week after launch.

    Then again, it’s not a first for EA, remember the Simcity 5 that had wonderful reviews pre-launch, even gorgeous reviews past launch and it was an utter piece of crap that now is still unplayable.
    Compare the pro metacritic reviews with the player reviews. It truly shows how much pro game reviews are ‘owned’ by the industry they are supposedly reviewing.

  • Pjotr Kay

    So in short, it’s a sh*tty SP game (even more so then BF3, who knew that would be possible) but he so what it has a great MP if and when it doesn’t crash.

    But not to worry, we all know that EA/Dice fix any major issue with their game within days if not hours….. or rather months if ever if past track record with BF3 is anything to go by.

    But at least they don’t have the same issues as with BF3, such as netcode (e.g. having ducked behind cover but still killed)- sound (not being able to hear a vehicle coming towards you)-etc.
    Oh wait, those problems are back.

    Well there’s still the great party system …..except it isn’t so good luck trying to play with a bunch of friends trying to find a server with enough places free, and which allows you to join it, that you and your friends can join. And if you do, perhaps you’ll get lucky and not crash out of the game just before the end, taking all the progress you made with it.

    It’s great to have the ability to have 5 team members… still that means that a full squad means that there will be 2 players that will end up on a mini-team (32 : 5 = [6*5]+2), I guess that Dice isn’t big on math skills.

    I’m so tired of ‘reviews’ that paint a rosy picture instead of actual pointing out the faults and not sugarcoat it. ‘They will fix it’. Yeah, right. If it’s normal that a game of 60USD (up to 115 USD all included) has such glaring issues that people are just turning away from it barely a week after launch.

    Then again, it’s not a first for EA, remember the Simcity 5 that had wonderful reviews pre-launch, even gorgeous reviews past launch and it was an utter piece of crap that now is still unplayable.
    Compare the pro metacritic reviews with the player reviews. It truly shows how much pro game reviews are ‘owned’ by the industry they are supposedly reviewing.

  • Pjotr Kay

    So in short, it’s a sh*tty SP game (even more so then BF3, who knew that would be possible) but he so what it has a great MP if and when it doesn’t crash.

    But not to worry, we all know that EA/Dice fix any major issue with their game within days if not hours….. or rather months if ever if past track record with BF3 is anything to go by.

    But at least they don’t have the same issues as with BF3, such as netcode (e.g. having ducked behind cover but still killed)- sound (not being able to hear a vehicle coming towards you)-etc.
    Oh wait, those problems are back.

    Well there’s still the great party system …..except it isn’t so good luck trying to play with a bunch of friends trying to find a server with enough places free, and which allows you to join it, that you and your friends can join. And if you do, perhaps you’ll get lucky and not crash out of the game just before the end, taking all the progress you made with it.

    It’s great to have the ability to have 5 team members… still that means that a full squad means that there will be 2 players that will end up on a mini-team (32 : 5 = [6*5]+2), I guess that Dice isn’t big on math skills.

    I’m so tired of ‘reviews’ that paint a rosy picture instead of actual pointing out the faults and not sugarcoat it. ‘They will fix it’. Yeah, right. If it’s normal that a game of 60USD (up to 115 USD all included) has such glaring issues that people are just turning away from it barely a week after launch.

    Then again, it’s not a first for EA, remember the Simcity 5 that had wonderful reviews pre-launch, even gorgeous reviews past launch and it was an utter piece of crap that now is still unplayable.
    Compare the pro metacritic reviews with the player reviews. It truly shows how much pro game reviews are ‘owned’ by the industry they are supposedly reviewing.

    • hairyknees

      I suffered the same crashes that everybody else did, and I agree, it is utter BS that companies can get away with that sort of thing these days. The fact is, underneath all of my frustrations and random crashes, I really enjoyed those moments of pure multiplayer bliss I had, Even the single player portions had some moments that I really enjoyed. I’m confident that DICE will sort out the crashing issue, as it really is a huge problem for many many people.

      My review may seem generous, but I did really drop the design score because of the glaring problems. Perhaps 7 is a little generous, but I also had to keep in mind that the game really looks great and the maps are pretty well designed (I honestly think Levolution is the start of what is to be some epic destruction in future games.)

    • Johan du Preez

      Sounds like you need to play some other games for a while. Go ask for a refund and get yourself COD.

      I have the same experience as the review and agree fully with him. You sounds like a spoiled brat really. Play something else then or maybe go and see a shrink.

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