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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. Expand
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  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: 65 out of 158
  2. Negative: 67 out of 158
  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. Oct 31, 2013
    9
    There are two types of people: COD fans, and Battlefield fans. I find this game to be exactly what I want out of a shooter; tactical, challenging, and customizable to different styles of gameplay. The online is clearly the focal point of the game, but I also found the campaign to be immersive as well. You grow a raport with the characters and most importantly feel like you are in the game. It is a lot like its predecessor BF3, but I genuinely enjoy all aspects of the game. It's the thinking man's/woman's shooter. You can't run and gun and expect to live very long- which is probably why so many don't like it(they should stick to COD). Overall, I plan to play the heck out of this game for a long time to come. Expand
  3. Oct 31, 2013
    8
    Decent upgrade over battlefield 3,definatley made for multiplayer. destuctive enviroments are great ,huge maps, graphics and game play. single player is average. Only real gripes are takes far to long to level up and get weapon upgrades and some of the spawn points are badly placed. The servers are working fine EA seemed to be having a problem just on release day Expand
  4. Dec 2, 2013
    6
    Battlefield 4 is a good example at the fact of life that there has to be a winner and there has to be a loser. In the battle between the BF franchise and the CoD franchise, it's always been neck and neck. But with the latest installments, a winner has been crowned in my opinion. While BF4 may not be the best in the series, with it's own fair share of glitches (campaign saving glitch), the maps are still well designed and the weapons are well balanced." With a community that focusses more on teamwork instead of who can get that 25 killstreak first. I can say that I did have more fun in BF3, but if you have to chose between CoD Ghosts and BF4, you better be wise and get BF4. Expand
  5. Nov 5, 2013
    4
    No pregame lobby to start a squad so you can play with your friends...yeah that right there is a complete failure. Why on earth would you not include a lobby in such a huge MP Game such as the Battlefield franchise. This game was released to early and is an unfinished product. Expand
  6. Nov 13, 2013
    3
    The game has made some advancements over Battlefield 3, but it falls terribly short in game play and over all experience. Usually more is better and in this case it would have been, but instead of just adding features like the battle packs, EA decided to remove features like editing load outs pre-battle so that you now have to waste gameplay time adjusting gun or vehicle upgrades. Unless of course you make those changes from battle log (a 3rd party website) on a computer.

    The tuned graphics are great, but many areas have not been fully refined leaving the game with an unfinished look. In game sounds aren't any more realistic and whatever enjoyment could still be had in the game is ruined by constant crashing and the difficulty one experiences trying to join a game with friends.

    The OEM button mapping is ridiculous and the only other option, "veteran" which is intended to mirror BF3 mapping, is just dissimilar enough to confuse BF3 players in those life threatening in game moments. Again this kills any gameplay enjoyment and no other option for button mapping is available.

    The single player game play is dreadfully slow and boring. Parts of the single player game seem like a mixing of a FPS and an RPG and definitely not in a good way. For example, after a large action fight, your character then has to walk forever around an aircraft carrier looking for someone. When you find that person, you then need to listen to them babble on without any skip option. Not many play BF for the single player and I can't imagine anyone enjoying this. It feels more like a chore to endure in order to unlock multiplayer weapons.

    I would have purchased an xbox1 if BF4 was decent on 360. I'm not going to risk all that money for a game and console that might play the way it does on the 360. Very disappointed. Do not buy for 360 if you haven't already.
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  7. Nov 30, 2013
    0
    This game is honestly the biggest disappointment you will buy this year. Sound does not work, graphics do not load, and glitches are constant. I actually played for 50 seconds today before my gun spawned in. This game is WORSE than a beta. Do no buy, a complete waste of money. Expand

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