For the past two weeks I’ve thought for such an incredible amount of time about what I wanted to review next. Last week I was meant to write about the future of Xbox, but that didn’t go as planned. Expect that in the next month or so. So, when one plan fails, another awaits. I couldn’t think of anything to write about until a friend suggested Battlefield 4. This seemed like the perfect time to write about the up-and-coming FPS title from Dice. Personally I have never been a big Battlefield fan but I did enjoy the previous title to a certain extent. I always give credit where credit is due and I have to say that Dice did an amazing job with Battlefield 3. So what can we expect from Battlefield 4? Lets find out.
Developers of Battlefield
We don’t know much about the single player of Battlefield 4 but I do have some information for you. The story (according to the official website) follows American VIPs’ evacuation from Shanghai and an American squad struggling to make their way back home. In the trailer (click here) which was released on March 26th, 2013, the player is seen engaging Russian special operators, confirming Russia’s return as a faction. In addition, China is conformed as another faction. The confirmation comes at the end of the trailer where an unidentified caller can be heard going toward the east coast of China. The mission which is was showcased in March shows the mission “Fishing in Baku”. Baku is the capital and largest city in Azerbaijan, which lies on the Caspian Sea’s coast.
In the campaign of Battlefield 4, the player controls “Recker”, a member of a US Special Forces squad callsigned “Tombstone” in the year 2020. The squad also includes: squad leader SSgt. Dunn, second-in-command “Irish” and combat medic “Pac”. In the reveal trailer you see Tombstone squad carrying vital information, trying to escape from Baku, Azerbaijan with Russian special forces in pursuit.
So without much to go on, I think the campaign could be promising. With that being said, these big developers don’t really focus on the single player aspect of their award winning products. This saddens me in a variety of ways. I remember when I would buy a video game for the story. I love to be a part of the adventure, but now, the main focus is always the online multiplayer. I just wish companies would focus a little bit more on the single player aspect. Video games like Fallout, Skyrim ETC only have the single player option and look at how amazing those titles are. Playing a great campaign is like living your imagination, it’s like reading a book and that story coming to life in front of you and we [gamers] simply adore this. The last FPS title I played that had a lengthy campaign was Medal of Honor: Frontline. Now I’m not sure if there was a game after that which had a great campaign because I simply wasn’t a big fan of the FPS genre until 2007. Sadly, these days, video game companies just throw a 3 – 5 hour campaign at us and expect the multiplayer to compensate for the lack of creativity in the single player. This just isn’t enough for me and I’m sure many other gamers would agree with me. Lets just hope that Dice have turned the tables and that they have actually produced a fantastic single player experience this time round.
Not much is known about the multiplayer in Battlefield 4 but I have a tiny bit of information for you. It has been confirmed that 3 factions are playable this time around in Battlefield. Those factions are obviously the United States, China and Russia. Also confirmed are a new game mode known as “All Out War! Vehicle Combat” and the return of the “Commander Mode” which was last seen in Battlefield 2142. “Commander Mode” gives select players an RTS-like tactical map and the ability to give orders to a team-mate.
I think that Battlefield 4 will be unique in a way and it will also be the same as Battlefield 3 in other ways, but this isn’t a terrible thing. Battlefield 3 has such a huge fan base and I’m sure the fans will love the new title when it is released in the fall of 2013. I played Battlefield 3 for quite a while and I did enjoy the game. The only thing I can say is that I got bored quite easily, but this was mainly because I play on console. The maps are brilliant, but the amount of players allowed on the map at one time just wasn’t enough for me. I’ve watched so much footage of BF3 on the PC and I think it looks 10 times better than anything I’ve witnessed on the console. Next Generation consoles is where Battlefield will take over as the main FPS game in the World in my opinion. Dice will be able to do so much more with the next generation of consoles. You will see bigger and better battles being fought out on the battlefield (no pun intended). Don’t get me wrong, BF3 was a brilliant game but it didn’t have the excitement that it has on the PC. Battlefield is a brilliant, brilliant video game, don’t get wrong. This is just my opinion and I think it can do so much more in the future.
So, that was Battlefield 4. We haven’t got long to wait until we get to try the multiplayer. There will be a Beta a month or two before the actual release date. We will finally get a taste of the multiplayer. From what we have seen, the game looks fantastic. The graphics are ridiculously good but we all know that graphics don’t make a game. Everything about Battlefield 4 looks amazing but will the gameplay be amazing? We will find out in a few months. Stay frosty.