Dice give us what might have been the best battlefield game ever but turned out to be a half finished rushed game that had a lot of potential.
The story of battlefield 4 takes place in the near future 2020 you play as Sargent Daniel Recker or " Reck " as he is called by his squad who's call sign is Tombstone.
The campaign takes place in a lot of different areas from a gigantic sinking battleship to halfway around the world on the Kunlun Mountins for which the enemies use as a prison camp from beautiful deserts to the littered alley ways of Shanghai the player has a lot of diversity to fight trough during the campaign.
The enemies you encounter don't differ much expect for one or two missions where you get to commander a tank and blow stuff up to get to your mission objective.
It took me about 4-5 hours on the hardest difficulty to complete the game in one sitting not that i necessarily wanted to finish it in one go its that i had no choice as there was a bug that was deleting my save files but i will get to that later.
When it comes to gameplay battlefield 4 is the closest thing you will get to perfect FPS shooting mechanics , the controls are tight the guns behave like their supposed to and there are a lot of guns to choose from.
there is a lot of diversity to choose from weather you want to go on foot and run and gun and thanks to the power of frostbite 3 take down entire buildings or create you own cover by blowing a hole trough a wall and take you the opposing player or snipe from a mile away it all just feels right but if none of that make you want to play why not fly a fighter jet and provide support or use a attack chopper with a full squad and rain down rockets from above, and if all that just sounds a little to hectic you can play commander mode which [font=sans-serif]gives one player an [/font][font=sans-serif]RTS[/font][font=sans-serif]-like view of the entire map and the ability to give orders to teammates. Also, the Commander can observe the battle through the eyes of the players on the battlefield, deploying vehicle and weapon drops to "keep the war machine going" and order in missile strikes and such on hostile targets (as long as at least one friendly player can see the target).[/font] [font=sans-serif]Graphics[/font] [font=sans-serif]8[/font]
Aside from some technical issues that are still plaguing the game,
this is one of the best looking games out right now from amazing particle effects to jaw dropping explosions it just doesn't get better.
Running at 900P (but up scaled to 1080p) on PS4 it shows off just how powerful Sony's new machine really is, all the facial emotions the characters express are shown off in near perfect detail and makes you engrossed into the story that much more.
But nearly all of that goes out the door when you have enemy AI going trough floors or guns disappearing right from your hands when you reload it just makes the game ugly when it happenes because it looks so good when it works perfectly.
As i was writing this review i took a break and played a few matches to refresh my memory of battlefield 4 and i used my 5.1 dolby surround sound headset and i was still amazed on how i could hear every little noise that the game presented in a single match , from the distant i could hear enemy fire battering a wall so the could get around and flank, up above i heard jets roaring from one end to the other showering the battlefild( no pun intended) and choppers bringing in a fresh squad to help the war effort.
and all of this was done on the default sound setting when i changed the output to ware tapes all of the above got even better and that much more immersive.
This is where things to go from good to bad for battlefield because when the game works its a beautiful FPS with a decent story and amazing multiplayer , but most of the time your left with error messages ranging from "you must be signed in to PSN network to play multiplayer" or " battlelog in not available right now please try again later" and that's just the multiplayer side. The campaign save file likes to delete itself when you stop playing after completing half the game or the game randomly crashing to the dashboard and then deleting your save for good measure. The save corruption happened to me so often that i just said fuck it and completed the game in one sitting which i should not have to do with a AAA game.
The Verdict 7/10
What could of been a game of the year contender turned into one of the buggiest games to be released this generation, after battlefield 3 we would have thought that DICE learned where it went wrong and would make the perfect battlefield game and i believe they were on track if EA didn't pretty much force them to release the game half finished just to get it out the door before Call of duty, as of this writing 21st of January 2014 server issues, random crashed and save file corruption still plague the game and that's after nearly 6-8 gigs of patches which is should not acceptable in this day and age.