Battlefield 4 review six months on

Battlefield 4 may have been out for a good 6 months, but it is never too late to write about our thoughts on what we think of the follow-up to Battlefield 3. We’ve seen plenty of criticism in these six months since release, but those who have played the game will still summarize one key factor.

That factor, is that Battlefield 4 can still offer a gameplay experience like no other – especially Call of Duty Ghosts. Don’t get us wrong, we like COD Ghosts and its arcade style of gameplay which is perfect if you have a limited time to spend on gaming.

However, for out and out tactical warfare for 64 players at once, Battlefield 4 is the game to turn to. We know a lot of you have had problems with various bugs including sound glitches at the start of every map, but when it works – it’s a fantastic experience.

There’s just nothing quite like choosing your vehicle of choice, heading over to the first Conquest point as quick as possible and then watch as action unfolds in every single corner of the map. We love how the next-gen versions of Battlefield 4 are now on par with PC in terms of cut-content, an issue that made PS3 and Xbox 360 BF3 users suffer compared to PC.

It’s now on a level playing field with Battlefield 4 on PS4 or Xbox One though, ensuring that there shouldn’t be any problems whatsoever with players having to wait all the time for vehicles to spawn as with BF3.

Can you have the Battlefield experience anywhere else?
Can you have the Battlefield experience anywhere else?

As with BF3, it’s not an easy learning curve though. Heading straight into online multiplayer is a nerve racking experience and you’ll probably find yourself running around like a headless chicken on Conquest as you get to grips with the absolute carnage that is going on around you.

Luckily, DICE has made this starting experience a lot more pleasurable by offering shortcuts for players to unlock pistols and grenades from the very get go. This may not make those who have spent hours unlocking them very happy, but then again the Battlefield 4 battleground really isn’t a forgiving place if you are jumping into a server without the basic unlocks.

It really does pay well to unlock those weapons and attachments as soon as possible. You won’t stand a chance against experts with the full unlock arsenal of attachments if you are using a rifle without a holographic or red dot sight.

We would also recommend that you spend the time to work your way through the assignments as well including the expansion assignments such as China Rising and Second Assault. Weapons such as the L85A2 assault rifle and the L9A61 sniper rifle are only accessible by completing China Rising assignments.

These include painful tasks such as a Defibrillator kill, but once you have them you’ll instantly go up a few notches in kill to death ratio. One of our Battlefield 4 best setup personal favorites is the ACW-R carbine, which is available through any class – it’s one of the best weapons in the game in our opinion and has a fantastic accuracy, albeit you’ll be running out of ammo very fast.

We’ve seen some complaints that Battlefield 4 is too similar to BF3 to warrant a $60 purchase. However, we feel that the new maps and the variety that the new vehicles add is a price worth paying for the replayability factor and a gameplay experience that differs all the time.

Operation locker is absolute carnage, every time without fail.
Operation locker is absolute carnage, every time without fail.

Think about that for a second, every single online match in Battlefield 4 can offer a different experience everytime. You could be sitting in a transport helicopter only to be dropped off at the very summit of Guilin Peaks for a sniper’s paradise session – or you could be blown away by a jet pilot that doesn’t know how to fly, it’s all fun nevertheless. We ask you: which other FPS shooter can offer this experience every single time without fail?

Battlefield 4 isn’t perfect, we know that and the sound cut off issue is definitely very annoying. The pleasing thing to see though is that DICE are trying to improve the game at a frequent pace and once they iron out everything, Battlefield 4 could be the best console shooter experience for a long time to come – or of course until Battlefield 5 arrives.

Adding Battlefield 4 Premium into the mix and you’ll also be able to experience some of the favorite maps from Battlefield 3 such as Operation Metro and Operation Firestorm. You’ll also gain access to the recently released Naval Strike expansion which adds four new water-based maps to get stuck into.

It’s important to remember the experience that Battlefield 4 offers compared to other games of its genre. Underneath the bugs that will inevitably be fixed, it’s a fantastic adventure that you’ll have a ton of fun with friends that you can’t replicate anywhere else.

For that reason we would still recommend Battlefield 4 to you and your mother. Operation Locker is just absolute chaos and we have a feeling that most of you are still loving it right now. What about flying SUAV planes into those coming up the escalators of Siege of Shanghai?

There’s just too many Battlefield 4 moments to note here, but let us know your thoughts on the game six months after release. Do you disagree with the slight negativity that is creeping around at the moment, and agree with us that it is still a fantastic experience none the less?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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