Battlefield 4 Release Overview
As we all know one of the biggest moguls of the gaming industry has launched what is undoubtedly going to be going to be one of the biggest successes ever released. However, the questions that will be raised today will dive into the soul of Battlefield 4 and answer a few questions such as, was it ready for Official release, what new features are going to set Battlefield apart from the rest, and most importantly, is it worth the money? While Battlefield 4 is certainly one of the most inventive and interactive FPS ever released, it doesn’t come without it’s pros and cons.
In my first time loading Battlefield 4 on my PC I did take note to a few new key features. Battlelog hasn’t changed much in appearance, however EA has done a wonderful job of incorporating Battlelog into real time game play. With the newly released Battlelog app for Android and iOS you can use your tablet or phone as a second point of interaction with your game. One of the new features that brings this symphony of technology together is the Battlelog accessible “Battle Screen”. This allows you to turn your Battlelog into a real time map of the battlefield. It allows you to set attack and defend points, while also keeping track of your squad and choosing your next spawn point. Battle Screen is very useful in keeping track of vehicles and flag status’ across the map. I do find it a bit hard to use Battle Screen as a defense against infantry as they rarely show up on this map as they do the in game HUD mini-map. One fatal flaw I have found with the desktop Battle Screen is you are unable to see the screen in-game unless you have a second monitor or load into it on a tablet phone. In either having Battle Screen open on a second monitor or on a tablet, phone, etc. I find it extremely distracting when averting my eyes long enough to decipher the activity on screen. As we all know it only takes a second of distraction in an FPS to be sent right back to the re-spawn screen. However, this is a very cool feature and I can see it giving a player a better overall awareness of the battlefield.
As if Battle Screen isn’t cool enough EA has set a new standard in awesomeness with Commander Mode. Also accessible from a tablet with the Battlelog app you can access this mode from anywhere anytime without needing to be around your console or PC. Is dinner with the in-laws a little boring? Just whip out the tablet and load into Commander mode though Battlelog. With commander mode you have a unique view from a drone that will circle the battlefield. This allows you to have a view that’s just not possible from the ground. Gather intel, guide your team, or summon gunships while sending a cruise missile from the Atlantic into the heart of the battlefield. All of this is possible through the new Commander mode in Battlelog. EA has put a rank 10 requirement on the commander mode, meaning you must first familiarize yourself with the key functions of Battlefield 4 before jumping into the seat of Commander mode. Features such as Commander mode and Battle Screen will set Battlefield 4 apart from the rest.
As we step into the “boots on the ground” portion of Battlefield 4 I will be pointing out a few pro’s and con’s. With the FPS game play being the backbone of Battlefield I do have high expectations for EA. Right off the bat I notice that the graphics are unparalleled by any game on the market. Keep in mind that I play on my PC on Ultra graphics settings at approximately 85 FPS. The amount of detail put into this game is what makes it such a challenge to play. From the Frostbite 3 engine producing life-like physics and graphics to the objective based game play, I have been very impressed in this category. One of the few things that I have noticed is that the first 10 ranks are very difficult. The default guns are very inaccurate and truly present the player with a challenge right off the bat. I can honestly see late joiners having an extremely hard time creating a positive Kill to Death Ratio when experienced players start to rise in Battlefield 4. In Battlefield 4 we have many opportunities rule the battlefield with new weapons, advanced technology, and a very diverse selection of attachments. Recon class now has the option to carry C4 which gives snipers a much needed way to defend against tanks and enemy ambush. Other than the new and improved load out interface and weapons I haven’t really noticed a difference in “boots on the ground”. Like any new game it has a different rhythm than any before it.
On a side note, one of my biggest pet peeves with any rifle scope in Battlefield 3 was the glint. It has almost a flashlight effect that is visible from across the map even on a night time server when there is no sun to produce the glint. Unfortunately it has followed us into Battlefield 4. There are a few flaws in the game but most of them are being worked out through updates and patches.
Here is the moment we’ve all been reading for. Was Battlefield 4 ready for official release? Yes. I was very close to saying no on this question due to the many sound and graphical bugs in the first couple of weeks, however after the patch on 11/14, game play has improved greatly. With the integration of Battlelog and live game play, I believe no other game will be able to compete with the diversity set by the EA and Dice team in Battlefield 4 within the next release period. Last but not least, is Battlefield 4 worth the money? With Battlefield 4 being set at $59.99, I have to say absolutely. This game should be in any gamer’s collection. With Digital Deluxe and Premium you also have the option to add to your experience if you like what you play. Over all I do believe that the EA and Dice teams have given Battlefield 4 a considerable amount of time and consideration, and have produced a respectful game. I hope that this overview has been informative and useful! I’ll see YOU on the Battlefield!