Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 52 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
  1. Oct 29, 2013
    85
    Battlefield 4 is an excellent multiplayer game that makes the most of its ambitions, proving once again that destruction is a valuable strategic addition to competitive combat, which reaches its full potential with two killer Commanders are bringing out the best in their squads. On the other hand, its single-player campaign is a disappointing.
  2. Oct 28, 2013
    80
    So with five versions of the game spread across two generations of consoles, which is the best Battlefield? Unsurprisingly, the PC version remains on top with excellent visuals and sprawling 64-player matches that make the most of the great maps and incredible combat diversity.
  3. Oct 28, 2013
    88
    Battlefield 4 doesn't advance the series in any significant way, but the subtle improvements provide enough incentive for multiplayer fans to invest heavily in the land, air, and sea battles.
  4. Nov 6, 2013
    69
    Unfortunately, it all adds up to be a less-than-stellar experience for Battlefield 4. There is little doubt that the game will see patches to address some or all of these issues, but as it stands, it has an underwhelming single-player campaign and an unstable multiplayer mode that severely hampers enjoyment.
  5. Oct 29, 2013
    90
    Is Battlefield 4 worthy of a brand new integer? Maybe not. Maybe they could have called this Battlefield 3 Next-Gen Edition, but increased destruction (which still holds back from turning multiplayer maps into flattened pancakes after one match), increased fidelity, a new campaign, and engaging multiplayer progression make this a worthy heir to the PC shooter throne.
  6. Oct 29, 2013
    93
    Bigger and better, Battlefield 4 evolves what we saw in Battlefield 3. An experience any fan of the series should try.
  7. Nov 6, 2013
    70
    Let all the vision-obscuring dust settle and it transpires that Battlefield 4 is a more conservative sequel than we were led to expect.
  8. Dec 17, 2013
    70
    It is no masterpiece, but Battlefield 4 is a good starting point for the genre moving into the next generation. And boy, is it pretty. [Issue#142, p.94]
  9. Dec 12, 2013
    80
    At this moment in time, Battlefield 4 is less of a work in progress than it was at launch. It's enjoyable for long stretches, which is a lot more than I could say for it a few weeks ago. It has yet to reach its final form but at least Battlefield 4 isn't a train wreck any longer (at least on PC).
  10. Oct 28, 2013
    84
    DICE is certainly guilty of taking an “if it ain’t broke” attitude to creating BF4, but its modest multiplayer refinements alongside excellent maps are enough to make it one of our favorite current FPSes. A cynic would call BF4 a deluxe map pack in sequel’s clothing. If that’s your predisposition, know that it’s at least a wonderful map pack, one with enough variety, depth, and quality to survive a year of intense play.
  11. Oct 28, 2013
    85
    Battlefield 4 is all about multiplayer. Forget the campaign with it's poor AI and it's lack of personality and instead enjoy one of the best online games out there.
  12. Nov 3, 2013
    80
    With new game modes, an enhanced interface, evolving maps, and greatly improved small-scale battles, Battlefield 4 continues the franchise’s trend of setting the standard for the squad-based multiplayer shooter.
  13. Oct 31, 2013
    80
    It's a game full of minor improvements to what remains one of the best multiplayer experiences available but, at this point, there's not much left to improve upon without taking some genuine risks for the sake of innovation. DICE is hitting diminishing returns and I'm curious to see where the series goes from here.
  14. Mar 11, 2014
    91
    Battlefield 4 could just as well be called Battlefield 3.5. The new Battlefield features are only marginal improvements over Battlefield 3, but even as such it leaves the competitors way behind. Hopefully the bugs will be squashed soon. [Nov 2013]
  15. Oct 29, 2013
    90
    For PCs and next-gen consoles, Battlefield 4 is one of the greatest online shooters to date. Maps are huge, Levolution changes their feelings during the battle and Obliteration is a great new game mode. Having 64 players and 60 fps on console is a huge step forward that helps forgetting an unremarkable story mode.
  16. Nov 5, 2013
    90
    Battlefield 4 is the best Battlefield yet. It has more maps, more modes, an improved progression model, brings back the Commander mode and finally introduces a map in which all vehicles and weapons can be tested at anyone’s leisure. We haven’t even brought up Levolution yet. We couldn’t have asked for more from a new iteration, except for a decent campaign maybe.
  17. 80
    Business as usual with a mediocre single-player campaign and one of the best multiplayer experiences in all gaming – especially on the inarguably superior PC version.
  18. Oct 30, 2013
    70
    If Battlefield 4 were billed and priced as a multiplayer only affair, I’d give it a higher score. Unfortunately, the quality of the single player campaign really brings the overall experience down.
  19. Oct 29, 2013
    90
    Battlefield 4 is a perfect next-gen example. 64 players involved in Levolution, a new gameplay where destruction and catastrophes are protagonists. EA DICE optimally uses the new consoles and powerful PC. Shown by Frostbite 3 and an amphibious war that you've never lived.
  20. Jan 13, 2014
    60
    Even if multiplayer wasn't buggy, Battlefield 4 would still only be a barely passable installment in all respects besides the snazzy graphics. EA and DICE played it safe by providing the same thing they did the last time around, with another phoned-in campaign and only minor alterations to the online.
  21. 80
    In spite of technical shortcomings, Battlefield 4 is a solid continuation of the series and its core content - the multiplayer game - will last you for a long time. [Issue#236]
  22. Oct 29, 2013
    90
    The single player campaign of Battlefield 4 is certainly disappointing, but as everyone knows, here it's the multiplayer offering that makes the difference... and again, DICE offers the best multiplayer FPS this year.
  23. Oct 31, 2013
    90
    With improvements and additions to the tried and true formula, the lackluster single-player can’t hold the game down — the explosive multiplayer playground simply must be experienced.
  24. Oct 29, 2013
    90
    Battlefield is bigger, better, and most importantly more alive than ever.
  25. Nov 21, 2013
    90
    BF4 gives continuity to what was achieved in the previous chapter, but there is still a long way to go until it reaches the desired quality. Recall that initially BF3 was not what we have today, a game improved to the max with all the updates introduced over two years.
  26. Jan 3, 2014
    60
    Battlefield 4 keeps soldiering on in the same footsteps as previous games in the series. The lack of worthwhile news makes you wish for more. Dice stays in its comfort zone calls for explosions and not much more. The series needs to evolve or fade out.
  27. Nov 1, 2013
    90
    Battlefield 4's PC multiplayer represents years of learning distilled into a peerless online experience. Its singleplayer may also be peerless, but for all the wrong reasons. A must-have for multiplayer FPS fans.
  28. Oct 30, 2013
    90
    I don't fault DICE for making another botched campaign for Battlefield 4 - I blame the focus tests and market research that was used to decide that a campaign like this was necessary in the first place. But the online play is obviously where BF4 was always going to shine, and here on PC, the result is pretty damn outstanding.
  29. Nov 8, 2013
    82
    The singleplayer campaign is a failure, but the multiplayer is worth it. Looks great, almost perfect sound and it's fun. The levolution feature improves the atmosphere of the game, but has with little consequences regarding game play.
  30. Dec 13, 2013
    85
    A truly next-gen game that I will invest dozens of hours in. You will not find another shooter like Battlefield 4, so complex, with such verve and so full of goodies. [13/2013, p.40]
  31. Nov 18, 2013
    92
    Battlefield 4 is the latest instalment in the Battlefield series created by Dice and is the first in the series to utilise the Frostbite 3 engine. It is the latest in the stream of modern military shooters.
  32. Oct 28, 2013
    90
    The main draw for the Battlefield series has always been the chaotic camaraderie of its multiplayer, and that's no different here. But the sum of Battlefield 4's parts shows that DICE is capable of more. Not only has the developer iterated on and progressed its marquee multiplayer, it's provided a tight and cohesive campaign that is everything a military shooter needs to be.
  33. Nov 6, 2013
    50
    Another day, another PC launch riddled with bugs and issues. Battlefield 4 is a perfectly decent game with a crashing client, crashing servers, and a whole host of issues that cause lag, disconnections, graphic and sound glitches, and plenty more. When they get fixed it's easily worth a purchase; right now, it's a frustrating experience.
  34. Nov 8, 2013
    80
    The Battlefield 4 single player campaign lacks both depth and complexity, which results in an all-over poor experience. Multiplayer has however always been the focus of the Battlefield series, and even though there’s few revolutionizing changes from Battlefield 3, the game is filled with new and interesting content.
  35. Nov 6, 2013
    80
    As such, Battlefield 4 becomes a game about its online and little else. For most, this isn't a bad thing, but when other games are offering the best both on the web and off, we feel the next Battlefield could do better.
  36. Dec 30, 2013
    60
    DICE, please. Slow down, put the brakes on, and take your time. As Battlefield 4 shows, a two-year cycle isn't worth the rush. [Jan 2014, p.86]
  37. Nov 14, 2013
    80
    Battlefield 4 is delivering what's been expected. Long hours of gameplay, team co-operations, calling names on the uncooperative ones, and surprisingly a flexible system of the chosen profile. All in the neat graphics available even for those with the standard configurations. And its single-player game? Forget it, it's nothing unusual.
  38. 80
    Battlefield 4 is a safe bet – as long as you don't expect much more than a well-done extension of what came before.
  39. Oct 28, 2013
    95
    From the levelouted maps to commander mode to the new squad mechanics, Battlefield 4 is a top-to-bottom improved multiplayer experience over Battlefield 3. And Battlefield 3 was damn good, so that’s saying a lot.
  40. Nov 8, 2013
    85
    Battlefield 4 is a definitive champion of military shooters. The multiplayer mode is superb and shows its magic, when fighters and chopper fly over a big map, when boats jump on the waves and the infantry bravely battles armored enemy units. All of this is beautiful, but there's a lot of issues - from funny minor ones, to some really big and annoying ones. And remember: the single-player campaign is terrible.
  41. Oct 28, 2013
    75
    DICE has failed once again to make Battlefield 4 a serious singleplayer contender. But its emphasis on ambitious, team-based multiplayer does wonders to wash the taste of that failure away. Battlefield 4 takes the elements that have made each installment work and glues them together successfully — even if some rough edges show here or there.
  42. Nov 18, 2013
    87
    The boring misadventures of US marines in China is nothing more than a six-hour tutorial for those who don’t want to jump into multiplayer head first. But to hell with the stupid story – Battlefield 4 delivers the best online battles out there right now, with amazing graphics to boot.
  43. Oct 28, 2013
    94
    Battlefield 4 is visually amazing, with plenty of pretty that is often simultaneously aesthetic and practical, while the DICE sound wizards continue to forge a second-to-none soundscape that complements the eye candy. If you’re a Battlefield fan, this purchase is a given, but even the smaller, faster-paced modes give Call of Duty a run for its money on its FPS formula.
  44. Oct 29, 2013
    90
    It's hard to make a judgment on Battlefield 4 because of the large gap of quality between the campaign and the multiplayer mode. Both are absolutely beautiful, but the former has nothing else... Fortunately, a Battlefield game is made to play with some other players. Maps are huge and well-balanced, the "Levolution" feature is kind of cool and vehicles make the experience really enjoyable. If you play alone, forget Battlefield 4. If not, go for it.
  45. 92
    Battlefield 4 is a great first person shooter. Although the campaign and it’s story aren’t really memorable, the outstanding multiplayer makes the game nearly perfect.
  46. Nov 11, 2013
    82
    If you're planning on buying Battlefield 4 purely for the singleplayer campaign, then I'd strongly advise against it. Yes, the visuals are amazing, audio - especially the voice acting - is top notch and the game runs smoother than the previous instalment in the series. But the story was a little underwhelming, and frankly, a little on the short side. Luckily the multiplayer aspect of the game is superb, making up for any shortcomings of the campaign.
  47. Oct 28, 2013
    70
    Battlefield 4's below average campaign is once again disappoints, but the excellent Conquest mode and large-scale combat is enough to carry the series for another year. Pretty much status quo for EA's top multiplayer shooter.
  48. In closing, single player is quaint, the online experience is a work in process, but once they get the bugs out of that delicious apple pie… it will be well worth the wait.
  49. Nov 10, 2013
    60
    Battlefield 4′s most spectacular failing is its lack of technical stability. I literally cannot play for more than two or three matches without something failing catastrophically and either locking up my computer or booting me from the server.
  50. Nov 6, 2013
    85
    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.
  51. Nov 1, 2013
    85
    Battlefield 4 is an online multiplayer title that has something to offer to every type of player who's looking for a unique experience, and it even comes with a complimentary campaign mode that's perfect for those occasions when you're feeling a little antisocial. If you liked Battlefield 3 we can assure you that you will fall in love immediately with this renewed experience.
  52. Oct 28, 2013
    89
    Battlefield 4 isn’t perfect — its campaign definitely sees to that — but the multiplayer component is one of the best you’ll see in 2014.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 2991 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Oct 29, 2013
    4
    For players looking for Rush gameplay, this BF4 is a sore disappointment. The problem are the maps, seeming more like the Armored Kill and End Game maps. There are no maps like Grand Bazar, Seine or Aftermath.

    There are serious problems with the spawn on the defensive team of a few maps, resulting in many instant kills after spawn.

    The unlocking of several weapons is locked to completing the camping. Since the campaign is very weak and boring, this is a problem for the multi player component.

    Levelution is just PR. It is just a change in the map, more aesthetic than anything else, that little affects the tactics.
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  2. Oct 31, 2013
    0
    pew pew, bloody screen so real, hey look at those destroyed buildings doing nothing more than eye candy, so gimmicky so real. want the full game? pay over 100 euros. want to skip leveling, instead of starting up with all unlocks like in the good old games? pay even more!! This game is a disgrace. Full Review »
  3. Oct 31, 2013
    0
    EA and Dice released an inexcusable broken product, the game is filled with glitches and bugs that they won't address. I would be fine with the product if they admitted their mistakes however they are just ignoring major problems that affect over 50% of users. The game freezes and crashes on 4 "problem" maps and when they don't crash on the other maps extreme rubber banding occurs as well audio loss and audio looping that render it unplayable. Completely disgusted by their support and refusal to address the issue, never buying an EA or Dice product again. Full Review »