I know I’m quite late with this one, but it’s time to talk about Battlefield 4.
I’ll be honest with you by saying Battlefield 3 was a let down for me. I think the engine felt clunky, the maps were awful, and I simply couldn’t continue playing for more than a couple of weeks. I feel the exact opposite about Battlefield 4.
The new Frostbite 3 engine is gorgeous, and runs well on my 3+ year old system. The maps are a huge improvement, although I do wish they could be a tad bigger. I’m a fan of the maps where flying a jet let you go in a straight line for more than 2 seconds before the map being a tiny speck in the distance. The new Levolution feature makes for great destruction. Their marketing materials would have you believe that the maps are now so dynamic that no two rounds are alike, but that’s hyperbole. Still, watching a dam explode or a skyscraper crumble always makes me stop and gawk long enough to get sniped.
The vehicles, gadgets and guns haven’t left me wanting for anything, although I do feel like I will never have the weapons I want most because the progression system has gated so much. I think the gunplay in Battlefield has come a long way overall. Being able to customize all of my weapons with various unlocks definitely adds depth to the few I have unlocked already.
Battlelog has me going back and forth. I love how integrated my profile feels, and how I can have a browser open on another monitor while watching it update in real time. I really love changing my loadout before joining a server and exploring all of the unlocks with my progression alongside. Having to always go through a web browser, however, becomes tiresome. I miss the days of a real server browser in-game.
China Rising expansion came out for Premium members tonight. If you’re not aware, Premium is their way of selling all of the DLC upfront for a small discount to suckers (like me) and granting 2 weeks early access. I’ll post my thoughts in a comment when I log a few hours.
I know the only question on your mind right now is whether or not BF4 is worth buying. Yes, I think it’s worth your money. I give it an 8.5 and think that now is the best time to jump back into Battlefield since BF2. With great maps, vehicles, guns, unlocks, and finally a better engine it’s easy to overlook a few of the shortcomings.