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  • Summary: Battlefield 4 is an action blockbuster that aims for unrivaled destruction. Fueled by Frostbite 3, Battlefield 4 allows you to demolish the buildings shielding your enemy. You will lead an assault from the back of a gun boat. Battlefield grants you the freedom to do more and be more while playing to your strengths and carving your own path to victory. Beyond its hallmark multiplayer, Battlefield 4 features an intense, dramatic character-driven campaign that starts with the evacuation of American VIPs from Shanghai and follows your squad's struggle to find its way home. Change the landscape in real-time with interactive environments that react to your every move. Dominate land, air and sea with all-new, intense water-based vehicular combat. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 164
  2. Negative: 69 out of 164
  1. Oct 29, 2013
    10
    This is a great game that is fun to play. You will not be disappointed in it. I really have no criticisms for it. I enjoy playing it all day long. Really great game. Expand
  2. Nov 6, 2013
    9
    Great game. Builds on the decent Battlefield 3 by far. Does include a tacked-on Campaign, but it's not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Kept me entertained far more than it's main competitor's, Call of Duty Ghosts. Also a bit longer.

    Now, the multi-player has always been the meat and potatoes of this series. And it doesn't fail to deliver. Finally they are adding back more destruction. The weapons feel great, good recoil and fairly balanced. Graphics are nothing special (on Xbox 360, on my PC looks much better). Animations are about the same. Controls are responsive and have few flaws. Map design is varied and interesting, at times stellar.

    Overall, this is a great game that I will gladly play for years to come.
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  3. Nov 11, 2013
    8
    Single player;

    Playing single player on Battlefield is what you would expect. It's short and sweet. The campaign takes less than 10 hours
    to complete if you know what your doing. The story is much like a Hollywood action movie rather than a military simulation. That isn't a bad thing specially with today's youth who want instant gratification (Although I would prefer more realism). There are big explosions, plot twists, and many moments that leave you saying 'wow, I can't believe that just happened.' There are a few flaws with single player. More than a few times I found myself being pinned down by gunfire only to have enemies spawn right beside me out of thin air and kill me. This happened way more than it should. Also on several occasions the mission progress seemed to get stuck and I could not go any further unless I restarted from a check point. I managed to make it through the campaign without these flaws detracting from my overall experience and knowing Dice/EA they should have this patched in no time.

    Multiplayer;

    Now this is the meat and potatoes of a Battlefield game. The sounds of the game are amazing specially on a nice pair of headphones. The gameplay remains similar to BF3 while also feeling more fluid and natural. The maps are a bit on the smaller side like BF3 but feel much larger and detailed a definite step up from last iteration. The unlocks and leveling move at a nice pace without being too easy and vehicles are just as fun as you might think they would be. The only flaws I found so far with MP is sometimes the textures won't load on my gun right away making it impossible to look down the sights and sometimes the bipod on some guns wont deploy instantly, also a problem in BF3.

    I think a few patches will do this game good but as it stands it is an easy 4/5 for any Battlefield fan or a shooter fan in general. If the games looks and plays this good on current gen I CAN'T WAIT to see it live on next gen.
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  4. Nov 27, 2013
    6
    i think the game is ok. the graphics and game play are pretty nice but there are a lot of problems with the game. the campaign is short but isnt crap. the multiplayer is very refreshing and the levolution brings a new way to play on multiplayer. some of the problems here are just stupid. first of all, they removed create a squad from the menu so you have to mash the button to get into your friends game. they removed customizing weapons in the menu which is really stupid. on top of that there are frequent game and server crashes. every time i start up my game, it says my data is corrupt and resets all my loadouts,options, and my ENTIRE campaign. the only way i finished it is by playing through the whole thing without stopping and without the game crashing. this really pisses me off. this game had potential but it was rushed by the developers. Expand
  5. Nov 27, 2013
    4
    I was really stoked for this game. Single and multi-player. Can't play the single player because the save files bug out and the can't play the multi-player because it freezes every 3 or so maps. Honestly don't know how you even release a game this broken. Was it because COD Ghosts was coming out? Anyway on release this game scores low. After a few months of patching it might be up to par. That makes me sad. Expand
  6. Jul 20, 2014
    3
    Having clocked up many hours on BF3 I was looking forward to this game and was very disappointed with it. DiCe seem to have 'Cod-ified' it in some ways, which I don't want, I want Battlefield. The multiplayer was just 'unplayable'; now whether that was bad net code/lag compensation or whatever you want to call it, the mp gameplay was dire. I was constantly insta killed with no gun battle opportunities. The maps were rubbish and the spawns were rubbish too. Boo. The single player was the best thing about this game and nobody buys BF for the single player. Expand
  7. Oct 4, 2014
    0
    Not COD 0/10 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ Expand

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