Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. Oct 29, 2013
    90
    It may not pack the same shock and awe as its next-gen cousin (the visual concessions made during multiplayer and occasional bug smack of an engine cracking under pressure), but the top-drawer gameplay makes Battlefield 4 a deeply enjoyable title regardless of platform. As one of the best multiplayer games available on 360 and PS3, DICE’s shooter offers a delightfully destructive send-off to the current-generation.
  2. 90
    Battlefield 4 combines a middling campaign with some of the finest larger-scale online warmongering ever conceived. As a package it constitutes extraordinary value. Levolution aside, it hasn't reinvented any shooter tropes, but it has refined and improved them to impressive degree.
  3. Oct 29, 2013
    90
    Most of you have already decided whether you’re playing Battlefield 4 or not. And for those who are riddled with doubt we have the following announcement: buying Battlefield 4 will get you a multiplayer game that’ll suck hours upon hours out of your life in the coming year.
  4. Nov 15, 2013
    85
    The intentions of DICE and EA are quite clear when you start the game up: the multiplayer defines this fourth official installment in the franchise. With the new Levolution system and destructive environments this is a great shooter. However, gamers who want something more need to choose for the next-gen consoles.
  5. Oct 28, 2013
    85
    Anyone hoping that Battlefield would finally get a respectable single-player campaign will be sorely disappointed, but if you’re looking for a worthy evolution of the franchise’s sweeping multiplayer battles, you’ve come to the right place.
  6. Nov 9, 2013
    80
    Battlefield 4 continues the Battlefield heritage by being the best shooter for fans that love multiplayer team-play, but DICE seriously needs to consider ditching the single-player aspect of the series and focus on a multiplayer only experience.
  7. Nov 4, 2013
    80
    As Battlefield 4 takes over carrying the flag for its franchise it comes with much the same baggage as the last iteration. The multiplayer is as amazing as it's ever been, but it continues to be saddled with a sore excuse for a campaign.
  8. Nov 4, 2013
    80
    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.
  9. Nov 4, 2013
    80
    Battlefield 4′s multiplayer is as bombastic as ever, featuring that exceptional mix of infantry tactics, vehicular warfare and big-budget destruction, and the tweaks to the class system and character progression are welcome (but yet to be fully field-tested). The flipside of the coin is that the campaign is soulless and uninspired, the graphics take a knock in fidelity for the sake of prettiness and the overall package comes out as slightly imbalanced.
  10. Nov 4, 2013
    80
    Battlefield 4 is a solid entry in the series.
  11. 80
    Unlike 2011’s installment, though, multiplayer excellence can't completely compensate for a misguided and rote single-player campaign, which makes BF4 an unsatisfying choice for those looking for the total package.
  12. Oct 29, 2013
    80
    While Battlefield 4’s next-gen outing offers something new and exciting in terms of multiplayer – 64-players – and in visuals – it looks fantastic and runs at 60 frames per second – the current gen version is more of the same, with no real evolution aside from a few instances of "levolution." A great game if you’re sticking around on current-gen for the foreseeable future, but worth waiting for if the next-gen of consoles is on your horizon.
  13. Oct 28, 2013
    80
    The current-gen version of Battlefield 4 isn't the ideal way to play, but it isn't damaged or deficient despite its limitations. It accomplishes less than you'll see on other platforms, but it's still a great multiplayer shooter that makes the most of its ambitions.
  14. Nov 17, 2013
    78
    Battlefiled 4 lacks in the single-player campaign with a dull and forgettable story, while its still remains a very strong experience in its multiplayer side. Unfortunately it gets dragged down by several bugs capable of impacting the entire experience with hangs, savegame corruption and hitbox problems that we hope will be quickly be fixed.
  15. Nov 7, 2013
    78
    Battlefield 4, with its huge maps and high attention to detail is just screaming next generation. Playing on maps built for 64 players with a mere 24 seems like not only a disservice but lacking in punch too.
  16. Nov 4, 2013
    75
    It’s an improvement over last year’s iteration, but if you’re getting a next-gen console, you definitely want to wait to upgrade for feature parity with the PC version.
  17. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Dec 7, 2013
    70
    While the campaign is a damn sight better than Battlefield 3's, it still falls a little flat in spots. [Issue#105, p.82]
  18. Dec 3, 2013
    70
    For all of its innovative bonuses however, Battlefield 4 on Xbox 360 is beginning to show signs of age. It can be applauded for great water physics and being able to handle the frame rate of a constantly dynamic environment rather well in both single and multiplayer. However, the character models and maps are definitely looking rather blocky and dated, even at 1080p.
  19. Oct 30, 2013
    70
    Business as usual with a mediocre single-player campaign and one of the best multiplayer experiences in all gaming – although one severely compromised by playing it on the Xbox 360.
  20. Oct 28, 2013
    70
    Battlefield 4 doesn't break any molds, but whether you're making your way through the glossed-up campaign or burning scores of hours battling online, there's always a strong underlying sense of anxiety and uncertainty. You simply never feel safe. All the great things you remember about the series like realistic ballistics, balanced vehicles, and solid gunplay are here.
  21. Nov 4, 2013
    67
    It may be disappointing to some that Battlefield 4’s single player doesn’t live up to a hill of beans, but what they did accomplish with the impressive multiplayer mode is something special that cannot be duplicated even by Activision’s mighty series.
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 543 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 166
  2. Negative: 70 out of 166
  1. Oct 29, 2013
    3
    Destructive environments are great and new maps are fun and provide a solid challenge.

    NOW TO THE BAD STUFF: This game was rushed. While
    Destructive environments are great and new maps are fun and provide a solid challenge.

    NOW TO THE BAD STUFF:

    This game was rushed. While the game has potential, it lacks stability.

    Multi-player is broken. Can't join friends most of the time. Says server is full, but my friends clearly state there are several slots available on both sides. Going from server browsing back to main multi-player menu leaves a ghost of previous text on screen. Have to back all the way out to clear. Server browsing is useless. Doesn't show active games, even if you filter to only show servers with people in them.

    Needs a lot of work to save this title from infamy. I better get my money worth from soon-to-come updates or I won't be pre-ordering this franchise again. Too expensive to gamble on a crap game. Thank you, EA,, for putting our money towards a coffin. 3/10
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  2. Oct 30, 2013
    4
    Umm lets see what one word can sum this game glitchy, multiplayer feels more like a beta version,alot of server problems, graphics are okUmm lets see what one word can sum this game glitchy, multiplayer feels more like a beta version,alot of server problems, graphics are ok game mechanics are absolutely a nightmare (try flying a helicopter to see what I mean..) environments are confusing as well as copy and pasted the commercials on Youtube made it seem like the next great game all in all its a below average experience...it suck that I had such high hopes for it too. Full Review »
  3. Oct 29, 2013
    3
    Sorry to say, this is a buggy mess. The server matchmaking is broken, the load times are still awful, and even the Menus bug out regularly.Sorry to say, this is a buggy mess. The server matchmaking is broken, the load times are still awful, and even the Menus bug out regularly. Just spent 30 minutes trying to get into *any* TDM server. No Dice. I wouldn't mind that this is similar to BF3, if they had only fixed the things that were bad about BF3 here. Full Review »