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4.0 out of 5 stars
Prepare 4 Battlefield ... Prepare 4 Battle!, 1 Nov 2013
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Battlefield 4 is spectacular, dynamic, and a mind blowing visual feast with incredible audio effects, yet troubled with occasional crashes, bugs, annoying installation and a short single player campaign. Developed by EA's Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment (DICE), the game mechanics are vastly improved from Battlefield 2: Bad Company and slightly improved Battlefield 3, especially on weapon selection, audio effects and evolution destruction. Everything I can say about the game is naturally in superlatives! (See the PC Game Issues at the end of the review. Also add your comments if you need any help with the game or questions)
Game Crashing and Bugs
Unlike many I haven't experienced any major game crashing or bugs in the game. My laptop is a Toshiba Qosmio X875 series, with 32 GB RAM,ntel i7-3840QM 2.80 Ghz (x 8 threads)/ 3.80 GHz (x 4 Threads) with 8 MB L3 Cache, NVidia GeForce GTX 680M with 3 GB dedicated graphics memory, two terabyte hard disk. I played the game in Windows 8 with NVidia GeForce Version 314.7 which the game prompted an update I have updated it to version 331.65 - (released on 28th October, 2013). I have updated the driver after I updated the OS to Windows 8.1 (64bit). Before the updates I have a few minor issues which I listed at the end of the review. According to NVidia version 331.65 driver has up to 12% increased performance boost in Battlefield 4. And an overall 19% performance boost than the previous version.(update: even after updating to Windows 8.1 and Nvidia ver.331.65 the game crashed once, when playing the cutsecene, with an error: the programme not responding. However, when re-started it saved the checkpoint comes after the cutscene.
To start the game you need to update your origin which will also take you to the Battlelog Browser, unlike other Origin games or Battlefield 3, you will be prompted to a browser - which will ask you to add a browser plugin. Here you might experience your first error much to your annoyance. I use Chrome browser and the plugin didn't work until I closed all the browser tabs and restarted the campaign again. You might find this interface a bit irritating but you'll get used it, after the possible initial confusion. The Game has Three DVD discs for installation and it's better you have the DVDs with you, if you're downloading straight to your PC it might take ages if you've a slow or an average internet connection. With DVDs it took almost 25 minutes for installing the game for me!
Remember your Origin
If you've not played any games on Origin recently, remember to have your username and password (or check in Origin your username) before installing the game, when I installed the game though I was playing MOH-Warfighter recently, the update patch removed my username and password (remembered). So I had to login in again, and since my password was (remembered) also removed, I had to reset the password.
Three difficulty settings Easy, Normal and Hard.
I am really enjoying the immersive gameplay thanks to Frostbite 3. Levolution elements with highly destructible environment, massive and dynamic weather effects, and an interactive environment are brilliant...
Frostbite 3 is Battlefield 4's game engine, developed by DICE. Frosbite (Battlefield 2: Bad Comany) Frostbite 2 (Battlefiedl3) and now Frostbite 3 on Battlefield 4, the game engine is behind the incredible next generation graphics. Like Battlefield 3, you need to upgrade your Direct X version from version 9, Battlefield 4 requires a minimum Direct X 10 preferably Direct X 11. You can see the familiar Frostbite destruction in a heightened new levels, still the familiarity remains in the structural destruction of walls revealing the framework and chipping away of the surface.
The gameplay is similar to Battlefield 3 but with vastly improved controls. As you can see the gameplay videos, you can change the view from scope to iron sights or reflex sights without disrupting the field of vision. For example, press "T" for the secondary scope. I had a bit of confusion when I couldn't laser paint the targets with the binoculars - it's basically for tagging than laser painting for helicopter support fire. Instead you can just use "Q" button for engaging which will designate the targets.
Battlefield 4 provides you with a vast canvas with a great destructible environment, this time Frostbite 3 enables the player to interact with a massive environment that even surprise Bad Company's George Haggard! Imagine the ability to destroy a dam or a skyscraper! Battlefield 4 features both dynamic and scriptures destructive environments, and you can alter the environment to your advantage from minor alterations - jump over a car and you can be sure the car alarms will alert the enemy and spoil your stealthy surprise much to your annoyance - to colossal destructions, like ramming an ocean liner to a sea wall and flooding the entire city.
There is a band called Levolution, but DICE's Levolution is taking the game environment to a new phase of interactive destructive environment. It's the player's decision or choice that will affect or effect the gameplay. The interaction with the environment and using it to your tactical advantage is the core of Levolution. In Battlefield 4, you can use the environment to your advantage to have an upper-hand in combat situations, however, if you're careless the odds are against you. In an unprecedented way, the gameworld is highly realistic, dynamic and interactive. You can raise bollards to stop vehicles, destroy pillars to bring a part of the building down, or access new ways and entry/exit points, destroy sea walls to flood an entire city etc. According to DICE Levolution is a game changer, destructive environment based on the level which drastically change the gameplay and progress through player's choice and actions in Battlefield 4.
The story takes place six years after Battlefield 3. Under the looming war backdrop where China, Russia and United States are the major players - you assumed the role of Daniel Recker, a sergeant of the Tombstone Squad, an elite US Special Operations team. The campaign has locations including Baku, Suez Canal - Egypt, Tashgar, the fortified military prision in Kunlun Mountains - China, South China Sea, Shanghai and Singapore. In the single player character freedom is emphasized. There is more freedom to explore the open world to your advantage and focuses on the player's choice to accomplish a mission which will also impact the rest of the team. Rather than linear progress, the highly versatile, detailed and interactive game world provides a great game experience - and my best bet is that you've never experienced an experience like this before.
Key features: Three playable factions: China, Russia and USA up to 64 players online.
Spectator Mode: Players can watch each other either in first person or third person view.
Command Mode - Like Battlefied 2: Bad Company, select players can access the entire map and able to give orders to their teammates.
When you select a weapon in Battlefield 4 you can see the damage, accuracy, mobility,handling stats displayed, it will also show the firing modes available for the weapons.
All weapons in the Battlefield 4 have unlocks, which include attachments such as scopes, silencers, flashlights, laser sights, grips, paint jobs etc. You can customize further adding muzzle breaks, compensator, flash- hides, heavy barrel, different types of suppressors depend on each weapon. For example, when you opt for a grip, you can opt for different types of grips, like vertical grip, folding grip, angled grip, ergo grip etc. When you unlock a paint job it can apply to every gun and every vehicle in your pack.
Each class has their starting guns, while the rest have to be unlocked by playing. Though pistols, shotguns, sub machine guns can be used for all classes, certain weapons are reserved for their respective classes. Assault rifles are exclusive to the Assault class in the game. Sniper rifles are designated for the Recon class. Only Engineers can use the carbines and rocket launchers. Machine guns are reserved for the Support class.
Scopes and Iron Sights
There are three main types of scopes in the game and guns can be equipped with most scopes except high powered scopes. Scopes are unlockables and as I said the game features three major types of scopes, which are: short range, medium and high range scopes.
Short Range Scopes: scopes with no magnification like iron sights, holo(grphic) sights, red dot sights (RDS) etc. meant for close quarters combat or battle (CQB). The short range scopes included in Battlefield 4 are holo, coyote sight, ghost ring (ring sight), Delta sight, PKA-S (holographic), Chinese HD-33 (holographic), the Russian Kobra sight, IRNV (infrared) and FLIR (Infrared).
Medium Scopes: scopes with limited optical zoom, with the maximum of 4x magnification. The medium scopes in Battlefield are ACOG (4x magnification), M145 (3.4x), JGM-4 (4x), PK-A (3.4x), Prisma scope (3.4x), and PSO-1 (4x)
High-powered medium to high-range scopes are usually available to sniper rifles, and feature scopes that range from the 6x to 40x optical zoom. The high end scopes are: CL6X scope (6x), PKS-07 (7x), Rifle scope (8x), Hunter scope (20x), Ballistic scope (40x).
Knife, Knifing, and Knife Takedowns.
In Battlefield 4, following the tradition, the knife is a trusted side arm with which the player can perform the action of slicing, stabbing, cutting, a knife takedown or knife kill. There is a dedicated button (button "F") for the knife kill or takedown like that in Far Cry 3. There are different variations of the standard combat knife and the shank and a version which is available to Premium members . The damage in knife takedown is 100 percent which is a one hit-one kill. While each slashing and stabbing takes 50 percent of the enemy health.
weapons in Battlefield 4
Assault Rifles: M16A3, M16A4, M416,AEK-971, AN-94, F2000, AK-74M. FAMAS, G3A£, SCAR-L, AUG-A3, VZ-805, AK-5, SAR-21, QBZ-95, L85, ACE 23.
Carbines: M4,G36C,AKS-74U,SCAR-H,SG553,G53,Mx4 Storm,A-91,ACW-R,ACE 21 CQB,ACE 52 CQB,AKU-12 . Beretta Mx4 Storm is an excellent weapon with great accuracy and superb gun control with low recoil. It has a short range but for CQB it's an excellent weapon of choice, like Beretta 93 R this one is also one of my favourite guns and it's one of the best weapons in Battlefield 4 when it comes to damage and control.
Sub Machine Guns: UMP-45,M5K,P90,MP7,PP-2000,PP-19,AS VAL,UMP-9,CZ-3A1,CBJ-MS,JS2,PDW-R. I found JS2 is a surprisingly accurate gun in close quarters. Try this SMG for a feel.
Machine Guns: M27 IAR,RPK-74M,RPK-12,PKP Pecheneg,M249,M240B,MG36,M60,Mk 48,Type 88 LMG,U-100,LSAT,MG4,QBB-95
Shotguns: 870 MCS, SPAS-12, M1014, USAS-12. DAO-12, SAIGA-12K, Hawk 12, Shorty 12G, UTS 15, DBV-12,QBS-09
Sniper rifles: M98B,L96, 40A5, SV98, M39, M417, SVD, SVD-12, SKS, Scout Elite, QBU-88 (Type 88), M82, RFB, JNG-90, MK11 Mod 0, ACE 53 SV,CS-LR4,SRR-61
Handguns (Pistols and Revolvers): M1911, Beretta 92f (M9), Glock 17, MP443, 93R (take a note of this one, Beretta 93 R - a military machine pistol - an excellent choice. Beretta 93 R has both single fire mode and 3 round burst fire mode), MP412 REX, 44 Magnum, P226, FN57, CZ-75, QSZ-92
Rocket Launchers: SMAW, Javelin, AT4, SRAW, Stinger, IGLA, M32 MGL, M320, XM25, MBT LAW. Taking the rocket launchers against the tank even Javelin is not a wise decision in campaign mode, it's better take them out with your tank, with a bit evasive tactics. Anti-tank mines are also very effective. When you select a rocket launcher check it's damage rating against armoured vehicles.
C4 Explosives are very effective against buildings and vehicles also it can be used against enemies in close quarter maps to your advantage. It can destroy most vehicles, but at least three packs are need to destroy heavy vehicles like tanks. C4 can be planted and they can stick any surface or vehicles. It can also be detonated by bullets so it can be your advantage or disadvantage.
There are different types of grenades in Battlefield 4. You start with one standard high explosive frag grenade. Greanades are also unlockables - these include incendiary grenade which causes bright fire in a very limited time (and it can also set enemies on fire), smoke grenades which can either use independently or attached to grenade launchers or assault rifles. Flash bangs can create temporary blindness and disorientation for a very limited time with its loud noise and a bright flash, but it does no damage to the enemies.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robot or the EOD Bot is a portabe robot, the one similar in Hurt Locker, to disarm and dispose explosive devices including mines, IED (Improvised Explosive Devices). The remote controlled EOD Bot can be used for various purposes including support and repair.
Tanks: M1 Abrams, T-90, Type 99, M1128, Sprut-SD . The tanks are heavily armoured with powerful cannons and missiles yet vulnerable to anti-tank mines and attacks especially Recon soldiers can use C4 to take out the tank. If you belong to Engineer class you can repair the truck. No other class has that advantage. In campag
Aromured Personnel Carriers (APC): LAV-25, BTR-90, Bradley Fighting Vehicle, BMP-2, LAV-AD, Tunguska, Type 95 AA, and 4 ZBD-09. Also known as IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicles) APC are good for fast movement and firepower. You can also unlock extra armour protection, machine guns and rocket to make APCs a formidable offensive force. They are still vulnerable to mines as a single mine can immobilize the APC. In campaign mode, remember to use the Chinese tanks in Singapore mission, the secondary rocket firing feature is deadly and quite useful in taking out the enemy tanks..
Fighter Jets: FA-18 Hornet,SU-35 Flanker, A-10, F-35, SU-25, Q-5 Fantan, J-20, SU-50, F-22 Raptor, and AC-130 Gunship. Battlefield 4has more air power than the previous battlefield games. While each plane has its own unlocks like anti-air missiles, air to air missiles, increased radar ranges, defensive flares etc. Each faction has access to their jets and bombers.
Attack Helicopters: Battlefield 4 AH-1Z Viper, MI-28 Havoc, AH-64 Apache, AH-6J Little Bird, UH-1Y Venom, WZ-10, 4 UH-60 Black Hawk, Z-9, Z-11
Attack Boats: There are only four boats in Battlefield 4 which are DV-15 Interceptor, RCB (RCB-90), Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB), and Personal Water Craft (PWC). PWC Carrier or Battlefield 4's Jet Ski, can carry two people, a driver and a soldier.
Transport Vehicles: Quad Bike, VDV Buggy, Humvee, Vodnik, Growler ITV, DPV, MRAP (Cougar), ZFB-05, M142, and AMTRAC. Quad bike has no weapons or unlocks , it's a straight quad bike for transport with a top speed of 70 km/h, however,it is also a two seated vehicle and can carry two people.
Most vehicles in the game are also customizable from cannons to anti-air missiles!
The Medkit can be deployed anywhere on the map, and will automatically heal teammates who are nearby and awards you with +15 points each time you heal. Special bonus points for healing squad members.
The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) - known as Defibrillator or Shock Paddles can be used by the Assault class to revive their teammates. Exclusive to the Assault Class, Defibrillator has to be unlocked in order to be used. It can also be used as an offensive weapon to shock-kill enemies.
Motion Sensor, once deployed, scans the surrounding area for enemies can detect enemies within a radius of 25 meters for a brief period of time, about 20 seconds. However, enemies who crouch or are prone will not be detected. Motion Sensors are exclusive to the Recon class.
Repair tool is a kind of blow torch exclusive to the Engineer Class. It has two functions, repair the friendly vehicles or sabotage the enemy vehicles. In addition, it can also use as an offensive weapon (+6 damage to each hit to enemies and their vehicles). The repair tool can be a valuable gadget as it can repair any vehicles including aircrafts. One great advantage of the repair tool is that it can repair helicopters and open vehicles on the go.
There are 10 solid maps with Battlefield 4 and 4 downloadable content (DLC) Maps. The multiplayer maps are available for different game types and multiplayer game modes. The maps are:
Siege of Shanghai - set in the Chinese city of Shanghai.
Paracel Storm - set in South China Sea.
Operation Locker -set in a large complex with the centre of the map located in the underground., emphasis on CQB.
Flood Zone - set in a Chinese town, with a destroyable dam, and the town is flooded shifting the gameplay to naval combat.
Golmud Railway - Large open map set in a real Chinese location.
Dawnbreaker - set at dawn, and set in a location similar to Shanghai.
Hainan Resort - In a tropical setting, similar to Parcel Storm, but the emphasis is on infantry.
Lancang Dam - set in the Lancang area in China
Rogue Transmission - set at a large observatory in China
Zavod 311 - set in Russia, in a tank factory.
Expansion Packs include: China Rising (the first expansion pack of Battlefield 4), Second Assault (planned expansion pack), Naval Strike (planned expansion pack), Dragon's Teeth (planned expansion pack), and Final Stand (planned expansion pack). Premium - Battlefield Premium is similar to the Battlefield 3 counterpart. It will grant premium owners free access to all expansions as well as exclusive content and events.
On Windows: Microsoft Vista SP2 32 bit, Windows 8 64-bit is recommended. According to DICE Battlefield 4 cannot be playable on Windows XP you need to upgrade your OS to a minimum Microsoft Vista SP 2 32 bit(With KB971512 Platform Update). Windows 8 64 -bit is recommended.
CPU: You need a minimum dual- core CPU but a quad core or six-core is recommended. So go for an Intel quad-core or an AMD hex-core.
Memory: Minimum 4 GB but 8 GB recommended, however, even 8 GB on a quad-core processor the game can be a bit slow unless you have at least a 1.5 GB dedicated memory on your graphics card. Still, I recommend 16 GB for a smooth maxed out gameplay.
Hard Disc Space - Minimum 30 GB
Graphics Memory - Here you can see a difference, according o DICE the minimum required dedicated graphics memory is 512 MB, but the recommended dedicated graphics memory is a leap to 3 GB.
Direct X - if you're still on version 9 time to update to version 11, ignore the minimum version 10 go straight to version 11.
Broadband - necessary for activation and updates and of course, multiplayer
Soundcard - Minimum Direct X 10 compatible.
Android and iOS App
According to DICE on November 19th they launch a tablet app for both Android and iOS tablets. Players will be able to use the app to play as the Commander and lead a team, even if the actual match is taking place on PC or consoles. With the Commander feature one player can lead the team in a match, and can help the team in various ways, from dropping supplies and vehicles, to UAV scans. The Commander can even launch Tomahawk missiles against enemy targets. The Commander app will be separate from the Battlelog app, however, there will be integration between the two apps.
Colour Blindness Friendly
DICE is implementing the feature that makes Battlefield 4 helpful for those gamers who have colour blindness. This feature distorts the colours, changing the hues, making it easier for the gamer to identify others and where they are located. The squad colours will appear based on this form of colour blindness has taken place; Deuteranopia, Trianopia and Protanopia.
Some Gameplay Issues in PC
I have encountered an "Enter Button Not Responding" problem, where the intro play repeatedly. Even when prompted the "enter" button failed to work. At first I assumed it was something to do with the Nvidia Driver update, but it wasn't, two possible causes for this either you've opened two Battlefield Battlelog windows or you're running the game in Windowed mode which is not active. In either case, it will work when you close excessive windows or click on the Window if it's in Windowed mode. If there is any other cause, restarting the application will resolve the issue. Once you started the game this issue will not repeat, because you will be on the gamescreen.
(Update 12/11/2013: I had a problem of the game kept crashing after the loading screen in the Tashgar mission, whenever I try to resume the game. Every time the game fails to respond, till I forget the checkpoints (resuming the game) and click on the replay mission, thus starting the Tashgar mission again, it resolved the issue. So if anyone has a constant crashing issue, starting the game in replay missions might resolve the problem, though you need to play the same checkpoints again)
Twice I had an issue when function button is clicked with control button it changed the screen from full screen to windowed mode with no sound. I had to go to options to change the video to full screen.
Once I got the "Not Responding" error message. It happened when I restart the check point twice (for video recording with Dxtory - since Dxtory is running with Battlefield 4 I am not sure if it was the cause of the error but I guess it's not since the errors never repeated)
Update Video Driver, even if you're using a couple of months old video card, chances are you need to update the drivers. Battlefield 4 recommends NVidia driver version is 320.0, in my case it was NVidia GeForce Version 314.7 still I got a warning that it might affect video or graphical errors. I have not updated the drivers yet, but didn't experience any issues other than I featured above. (I have updated now to version 331.65 as I explained in the update)
Remember, if you're trying to run the game in 32 bit system, you need to download a patch.
If you find an error "Known/An Error Reported by EA/Online", the possible reason is that you've multiple IDs in Origin. To resolve the issue, you need to select "Soldier" in Battlelog, and select your soldier and click active to make the current soldier primary.
Great Visual and Graphics
Variety of Weapons and Vehicles
Annoying Server Issues
Occasional "unresponsive" error
Very Short Single Player Campign
Very high configuration needed to run the game
27+ GB HDD storage necessary (for files only)
Promising the minimum 512 MB Graphics Memory to run the game playable!