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Battlefield 4 gameplay spawns next gen debate

The moment has finally arrived. EA and DICE have unleashed a 17 minute HD gameplay video of Battlefield 4, giving the world a proper glimpse of the single-player campaign that will be included in the game. It is pretty breath-taking to say the least, although there is already a debate starting on whether the game really is ‘true’ next-gen material or not.

What defines next-gen quality anyway? It’s interesting to note that pre-orders for Battlefield 4 have just gone live as well, but there is no mention of next-gen consoles at the moment so you can’t reserve a copy on PS4. The gameplay is a generous 17 minutes in length and shows you the improvements that have been made, courtesy of the Frostbite 3 engine.

It looks beautiful for sure, but what hasn’t been revealed is whether this is PC footage we are seeing here or the next-gen PS4 version. We’re guessing it is the PC version as that would be logical, but then PS4 users would like to think that this the same exact quality that can be expected on Sony’s console as well.

Then again – is it good enough to say it is next-gen quality? We say this as we’re already seeing a lot of feedback from many who say it just looks like Battlefield 3 with some visual improvements. We are definitely impressed with the effort put into the single-player mode though, as DICE finally seems to be giving the mode some attention – compared to the single-player mode seen in BF3 which came under a lot of criticism.

As revealed prior to EA’s event, the action takes place in Shanghai and the gameplay seen is from the ‘Fishing in Baku’ level. At the end of the trailer, we get a further hint of gameplay in Shanghai, featuring a Chinese female soldier as well which is interesting.

EA has also confirmed that those who pre-order Battlefield 4 will automatically get a Premium expansion pack – the contents of which haven’t been explained fully yet. There is also no confirmation yet, that existing Battlefield 3 Premium members will gain access to the Battlefield 4 beta which takes place later this year.

We’ll be analyzing the footage in more detail through the week, but for now watch it above and give us your initial reactions. Are you satisfied by the first showing of Battlefield 4 and do you believe that it is next-gen quality or not?

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