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This is one impressive Battlefield 4 fan movie


'Through My Eyes'
Apr 29
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
YouTube channel The Two Scotsmen released the first part of a cinematic series depicting a third-person view of Battlefield 4's combat. There's not much in terms of action yet, but I'm really impressed by how all the scenes were captured and put together. Remember when machinima films were going to be the next big thing? The Internet sure was naive back in 2006.
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Battlefield

EA working to move BF2, Bad Company 2, and 2142 away from GameSpy


I'd sure hope so
Apr 11
// Jordan Devore
GameSpy Technology is shutting down on May 31, 2014 and that's real bad news for the many games that rely on the service for online functionality such as multiplayer matchmaking and leaderboards. It's largely unclear what wil...
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There is a GIANT shark in Battlefield 4


MEGALODON!
Apr 04
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Battlefield 4 has a ton of easter eggs. Such as the case with the Megalodon, which can be discovered in the Naval Strike DLC on the Nansha Strike map. And yes, you will die if you get caught underneath its jump.
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Battlefield 4 DLC

Battlefield 4 Naval Strike DLC arrives on Xbox One, still delayed on PC


Sigh
Mar 28
// Chris Carter
Because Battlefield 4 -- a game released five months ago -- is still having issues, the newest bit of DLC was delayed on both Xbox One and PC. After two days the Xbox One version is now good to go this morning,...
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Battlefield

Last-minute issue causes Battlefield 4 Naval Strike PC delay


But it's out for other systems, if you're a Premium member
Mar 25
// Jordan Devore
The Naval Strike DLC for Battlefield 4 launches today for Battlefield 4 Premium members ahead of its wide release on April 8, 2014. That was the plan, anyway. The new content (four maps, Titan mode, a hovercraft) will be late...
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Battlefield

So, Battlefield 4's Naval Strike DLC looks pretty great


Releasing first for Premium members on March 25
Mar 19
// Jordan Devore
It's been months and months since I last touched Battlefield 4, for a number of reasons -- some of them the fault of the game, some of them not. I'm thinking the impending Naval Strike DLC, showcased rather excellently in th...
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Battlefield

DICE prioritizing Battlefield 4 netcode issues


Lays out what's fixed and what's under investigation
Mar 03
// Jordan Devore
In a blog post about the current state of Battlefield 4's multiplayer, DICE wrote that fixing netcode issues with the game is "one of the top priorities." I'd sure hope so -- few things are more irritating in competitive game...
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Battlefield

Battlefield wants you back with player appreciation month


Optionally unlock all grenades and handguns
Jan 28
// Jordan Devore
DICE is still in damage-control mode over Battlefield 4 and the latest attempt to curry favor is a month-long player appreciation event, starting February 1. There will be a double XP weekend (two for Premium members), daily ...
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Battlefield

It's time for another Battlefield 4 update


This time, jets
Jan 14
// Harry Monogenis
As part of an ongoing attempt to fix its game as much as possible before pumping out any more DLC, DICE has launched another update for Battlefield 4 on PC, as well as updates for PS3 and PS4 intended to improve general ...
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Battlefield

Battlefield 4 PC patch puts an end to 'kill trading'


Oh, so that's what they're calling it...
Dec 16
// Jordan Devore
If you see "Battlefield 4" or "DICE," it's likely the word "patch" is about to follow. I don't see that changing anytime soon, unfortunately. The latest patch for the PC version of the game, out now, addresses an issue with t...
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The DTOID Show is shot in front of a live car audience
Hey hey! This video was supposed to go up yesterday afternoon, but a series of unfortunate events resulted in it going up very late last night, and then internet witchcraft prevented me from putting up a post. So, if you don...

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Battlefield

Future Battlefield 4 DLC on hold until issues get fixed


After China Rising, that is
Dec 04
// Jordan Devore
With this week's release of the China Rising expansion for Battlefield 4 Premium players amidst the game displaying varying degrees of brokenness depending on the platform, DICE is in something of a messy situation, to put it...
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Battlefield 4

Impressions: Battlefield 4 (Xbox One and PS4)


Far and away superior to the 360 and PS3, with issues in tow
Nov 29
// Chris Carter
Battlefield 4, at launch, was a pretty hectic experience on the PC, but the same can't be said about the watered-down 360 and PS3 versions of the game. Simply put, the maps are built around the concept of huge 64 player battl...
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Today's Battlefield 4 PS4 update addresses crashing


There's surely more where this came from
Nov 26
// Jordan Devore
Can DICE fix crashes in Battlefield 4 across all versions of the game before its "We're sorry!" double XP event rolls out on Thursday? While I wish them the best of luck, it's difficult to be optimistic. The studio has put ou...
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Battlefield

Earn double XP in Battlefield 4 starting on Thanksgiving


All multiplayer matches from Nov. 28 - Dec. 5
Nov 22
// Jordan Devore
DICE says that its number-one priority is to address Battlefield 4's launch issues. According to general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson, "...we are so serious that we have the entire team working to stabilize the game and we w...
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Battlefield

Players criticized Bad Company for not being serious


'It is a discussion about niche and mass market'
Nov 22
// Jordan Devore
It was reassuring to hear that some people within DICE were interesting in working on Battlefield: Bad Company again. I quite like straight-faced Battlefield games -- their multiplayer, anyway -- but the Bad Company titles ha...
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Battlefield DLC

Battlefield 3 maps live on in this new BF4 DLC trailer


Michael Bay would approve
Nov 20
// Jordan Devore
You can go ahead and mute the audio before clicking play on this video for Second Assault, an upcoming Battlefield 4 map pack. The dramatic voice over just isn't doing it for me -- not when, really, all I needed was straight...
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Japanese software charts

Battlefield 4 conquers Japanese charts in debut


EA's shooter topples Pokémon X & Y in first week on the market
Nov 15
// Kyle MacGregor
Battlefield 4 unloaded over 133,000 copies on the Japanese market in its debut, according to data obtained by tracking authority Media Create. The PlayStation 3 version of DICE's first-person shooter vanquished all challenger...
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Battlefield

DICE rolls out Battlefield 4 update for server crashes


Thank goodness
Nov 04
// Jordan Devore
It's to be expected that if you're playing a Battlefield title at launch, you are more than likely going to encounter technical issues. Battlefield 4 is no exception, with a number of problems reported for both PC and console...

Review: Battlefield 4

Oct 31 // Jordan Devore
Battlefield 4 (PC [reviewed], PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 Xbox 360, Xbox One)Developer: DICEPublisher: Electronic ArtsReleased: October 29, 2013 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) / November 12 (PS4) / November 19 (Xbox One)MSRP: $59.99Rig: Intel i7-2600k @3.40 GHz, with 8GB of RAM, GeForce GTX 580 GPU (SLI) If there's one thing the Battlefield series isn't, it's surprising. That's especially true coming off of Battlefield 3, with its depressingly linear, pointless single-player campaign and excellent-as-usual multiplayer. I imagine very few people play these games for the story and yet here we are again, forced to pay full AAA pricing in part for a component we will play through once, if ever. While DICE has learned a fair few things about crafting a campaign since the last installment, Battlefield 4's story suffers from many of the same issues and ends up being largely forgettable. The good news is that it's not quite so linear, and the characters -- mostly just Kimble "Irish" Graves, played by The Wire's Michael K. Williams -- at least threaten to be interesting. It starts off well enough, relying on some slick set-piece moments and the graphical prowess of the Frostbite 3 engine. Impressive visuals can only get Battlefield 4 so far, though. Once the "wow" factor subsides, we're left with a gameplay experience that's not particularly entertaining now and won't get any better with age. In non-combat segments, I often found myself running forward as fast as I possibly could only for my character to need a companion to catch up and allow yet another scripted door-opening sequence to proceed. The first third of this narrative about a conflict between the United States, China, and Russia in the near-future isn't half bad, though not long after that point, boredom begins to take hold. You're going through the motions, taking out predictable enemy troops and charging forward because that's what the game says to do. It's sad to suggest a campaign as short as this can outstay its welcome -- we're talking beatable in an afternoon, here -- but it's true. And the part where you have to escape from a prison? I'm not even mad anymore. Just disappointed. [embed]264654:51119:0[/embed] While the campaign is forgettable, multiplayer is anything but. Yes, moments of frustration are bound to occur in any competitive game like this and Battlefield 4 is no exception. When you're in the midst of an evenly-matched 64-person battle with a tight-knit squad, however, it's bliss. Arguably the biggest new feature is also the silliest sounding -- "Levolution." You'll likely know this from the oft-talked-about map Siege of Shanghai, which features a collapsible skyscraper that players can engage one another inside up until the point when it falls. Even then, the match doesn't stop -- the control point previously found at the top of the structure is now situated on a mess of rubble quickly accessible by land and sea. Other examples of the game mechanic include a breakable levee that floods low ground, oil spills that can be set ablaze, and a tropical storm at sea. Some are better implemented than others, but all successfully work to make Battlefield 4 more dynamic. Levolution complements what this series excels at: providing players with the vehicles, the scale, and the freedom to create their own ridiculous emergent moments. In addition to these grand moments of destruction, DICE has taken a cue from Bad Company 2 by allowing players to tear apart smaller buildings using explosives. It's a noticeable step up from what was possible in Battlefield 3, but some will be left wanting more, myself included. Battlefield 4 may not look it on the surface, but the game sports quite a few minor additions and tweaks to the familiar yet still rather effective formula. The ability to lean over cover and around corners, five-person squads, a spectator mode, tweaks to which classes can use which weapon types, Commander mode, and perks earned in-game for squad play are some of what's new for this installment. I could dive into them, feature by feature, but that's mostly unnecessary -- the core experience remains the same, and that's perfectly okay. Better than okay, actually. It's what most long-time Battlefield players seem to want. I had thought that the return of Commander mode would be meaningful considering all the fuss DICE made promoting it. That's unfortunately not been my experience. Unlocked after leveling up to rank 10, this mode allows one person on each team to monitor the match from a map screen. These commanders can assign individual squads of players to go after certain objectives, scan for vehicles and troops, and even call in airstrikes from time to time. It sounds neat -- and starts out that way, admittedly -- but I lost interest before long. Your impact on the match's outcome isn't always perceivable and as a result, I'd much rather spend my time on the ground, fighting in-person. Perhaps this mode is better suited for tablets, which is an optional way to play. One of the bigger draws has always been vehicular combat and it's still as fun and frustrating as ever, depending on your familiarity with the type of vehicle. I still cannot reliably pilot aircraft to the point where I simply won't take them; I'll feel too guilty when I inevitably crash, if I'm not first taken out by the opposing forces. Too much pressure. With Battlefield 4, at least, there's now a Test Range, launchable from Battlelog just like single-player and multiplayer are. Here, you're given the opportunity to try out vehicles in an open environment free of judgment. It's about time we had something like this and while I'd love for DICE to provide a real in-depth set of tutorials, it is a step in the right direction. Thankfully, the vehicle lineup also includes quad bikes, tanks, boats, and more -- the usual stuff. Naval combat is a particular highlight, and that has a lot to do with the way Battlefield 4 handles waves. In short, they aren't merely cosmetic. Going back to Levolution for a second, one of the maps, Paracel Storm, brings in huge waves once a storm starts brewing. It's my favorite multiplayer map in recent memory if for no other reason than getting (what feels like) twenty feet of air in a jet ski is an undeniable joy. There are ten maps in total -- some big, some slightly less big. On the whole, I found this to be a strong group overall, though it's worth pointing out that I've always preferred the large-scale nature of Battlefield. Maps like Operation Locker and Dawnbreaker are there for players who prefer closer-quarter engagements, however. As always, certain modes on certain maps can essentially be broken if played with too few or too many players. Once you're familiar enough to know them each by name, such situations are entirely avoidable. The modes you'd expect from the vanilla Battlefield 3 are back, plus three new ones: Obliteration, Domination, and Defuse. It's Obliteration that I found to be the most interesting and, after getting used to the way it flows, among the most satisfying. A bomb will appear somewhere on the map, resulting in a mad dash to grab it and plant it on one of the opposing team's bases. It's then got to stay untouched for long enough to go off which is another matter entirely. What usually ends up happening is your team will finally manage to bring the bomb to a target only to be unceremoniously taken out at the last possible second. The other team then quickly snatches the bomb up, bringing it all the way over to one of your marked points -- and then history repeats itself. It's a thrilling, sometimes maddening tug-of-war. All that said, tried-and-true modes like Conquest and Rush are where the majority of us will spend our time. It's probably for the best, then, that Battlefield 4 plays it safe. It's a game full of minor improvements to what remains one of the best multiplayer experiences available but, at this point, there's not much left to improve upon without taking some genuine risks for the sake of innovation. DICE is hitting diminishing returns and I'm curious to see where the series goes from here. For the time being, however, this approach works -- Battlefield 4's multiplayer is strong enough to carry it. The single-player campaign isn't nearly the waste of time that it was in the last game, though it still ends up being an unnecessary inclusion. One can't help but wonder how much better Battlefield would be if DICE quit striving for back-of-the-box feature parity and concentrated its efforts entirely on multiplayer. I hope that day comes again.
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Covering familiar ground
The most fun I've ever had in a Battlefield game was in 2010's Battlefield: Bad Company 2. That's not to say it's the best title in the series or anything like that, mind you -- just that it arrived at the right time for me a...

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Battlefield 4

This Battlefield 4 story trailer is too dangerous


That poor puppy!
Oct 22
// Brett Makedonski
What, you didn't think this trailer was going to be all pleasantries, did you? That wouldn't be very Battlefield-like. Well, there's that nice bit where the guy gently tosses an apple to a little girl. Apple-tossin' asi...
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Battlefield

DICE details Battlefield 4 improvements from the beta


That elevator glitch is being removed, sadly
Oct 16
// Jordan Devore
I quite liked my time spent with the Battlefield 4 beta, even if I never got to witness that darn skyscraper falling down first-hand. (I did, however, participate in some absurd parachute gunfights after diving off the thing ...
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Battlefield 4

Battlefield 4's Spectator mode exhaustively detailed


1,600 words about the particulars of watching people play
Oct 16
// Conrad Zimmerman
There's a new post over on the Battlefield 4 blog describing the title's upcoming "Spectator" mode coming to PC and next generation consoles. I'm going to now accomplish in 15 words what took over 1,600 for the gang at DICE: ...
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Battlefield

Xbox One gets Battlefield 4's Second Assault DLC first


Not this again
Oct 07
// Jordan Devore
The second of five expansions for Battlefield 4, Second Assault, will be available first for Xbox One players. It's another one of those timed exclusives that Microsoft is so into, unfortunately. If you want to play the DLC a...
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Battlefield 4

This Battlefield 4 beta video won't calm your nerves


That music could make walking in the park feel intense
Oct 04
// Brett Makedonski
The open beta for Battlefield 4 starts today for the majority of players, and you can get your fill of reckless destruction one way or another. You could watch this trailer which showcases Siege of Shanghai on Xbox 360, or you could jump into the action and be the one that rains death upon anyone that stands in your way. One option is pretty alpha, the other a bit more beta.
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Battlefield

Battlefield: Bad Company 'isn't forgotten,' says DICE


The team is 'just on a very long vacation'
Oct 03
// Jordan Devore
As a studio, DICE "love[s] the Bad Company series," but a new installment isn't a point of focus right now. Creative director Lars Gustavsson told Polygon that "My feeling is that I would love to do it. For me, when we starte...
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DICE on BF3 mistakes

DICE: 'We should be slapped' for Battlefield 3 unlocks


Glove slap, baby glove slap
Oct 03
// Steven Hansen
Remember when Battlefield 3 came out and all everyone was doing was impotently running helicopters into the ground? DICE wasn't happy with the its flying learning curve, according to Battlefield 4 creative director Lars Gust...
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The Battlefield 4 beta has begun


Find out when and how you can jump into the beta
Oct 01
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Electronic Arts and DICE have rolled out the Battlefield 4 beta. Those that are Battlefield 3 Premium members, have pre-ordered Battlefield 4 Digital Delux Edition, or registered their copy of Medal of Honor: Warfighter (eit...
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Battlefield

These are the 10 maps launching with Battlefield 4


A blinding look at Zavod 311
Sep 27
// Jordan Devore
Battlefield 4 will start off with 10 multiplayer maps, each of which is playable across all seven modes. One of them, Zavod 311, takes place in and around an abandoned Soviet tank factory. It's playable at the Eurogamer Expo ...






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