It’s been two years since the release of Battlefield 3 and for someone that clocked over 450 hours of play time, it was inevitable that I would be getting the latest game. I’ve been playing it a great deal over the weekend, so what is Battlefield 4 like?
As you would expect from DICE and EA, the graphics look great, not a massive difference from Battlefield 3 but everything has been tweaked. The guns and camo now look sharper and the draw distance has been greatly improved, meaning that you can spot enemies further away to help your team mates out.
The sound has also been improved, from the different gun sounds to the gurgling of a vehicles engine it gives you an extra level of immersion that you didn’t have in the previous game.
I can’t quite put my finger on what they have changed in Battlefield 4, but the gameplay is superb. Everything seems a bit more balanced although if you’re used to playing Battlefield 3 there is a bit of a learning curve as the buttons have changed. Namely the new command console which is brought up if you hold the RB button (knife in BF3); this button also spots if you press it once.
Once you get used to it the command console is very intuitive, allowing you to pass on orders to your team mates such as attack/defend a certain location, need medic, need ammo and affirmative. The addition of the command console brings it nearer to the PC version and is a great add-on.
DICE has done it again with the level design for this game, although the maps seem big your always just a few seconds from returning to the fight whether that is by spawning on a team mate or at an occupied flag, or jumping in a vehicle there is no running for 500 meters in between engagements.
It’s only been a couple of days but the signs are good, whatever they have done it just seems right and hopefully it will stay that way after the patches and DLC packs come out. The graphics aren’t a whole deal better than the previous version, but I think that is more likely the limitations of the Xbox 360 and PS3 than anything else, but the gameplay is superb. I am interested to see what the game will look like on the Xbox One (when I get it) and am looking forward to some 64 player mayhem.