Battlefield 4 review

(360 / PS3 / PC)

War. What is it good for? Erm… blowing your mates away in online multiplayer games, apparently.

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The Battlefield games have always been about the multiplayer mode. In fact, the first game in the series didn’t even feature a single player campaign. The world of online war-based shooters is an extremely competitive one, and most die-hard gamers either opt for Call of Duty or Battlefield. It is with a large smile and sore thumbs that I can report that this multiplayer tradition is carried on richly the fourth time around.

The multiplayer mode really is a polished product, being both exciting and addictive enough to keep you coming back for more and more. It’s just a shame the single player mode doesn’t shine as brightly. Still, for the five hours or so that it lasts for just enjoy the ride, as you get to play in a myriad range of environments, with a stupendous amount of weapons and vehicles at your disposal.

The Frostbite 3-powered graphics are one of the games high points, and bode well for the PS4 and Xbox One releases. The numerous cutscenes are of a cinematic quality, and the in-game action is a splendid thing to look at. Gawp, admire and then shoot. The visuals featured here will stay with you for a long time. Beautiful.

The game features a good use of sound as well, with superb voice-acting and ultra-realistic sound effects. The sound is also used to good effect in many other ways as well, as the footsteps of any enemy behind a wall can alert you to their whereabouts, and their distant chatter will let you know when they are nearby.

Being part of a squad of hardened soldiers, in single player mode you soon learn that each one has their own distinctive personalities. If you wait nearby for a few seconds at a quiet point in the game, you will soon hear them start to talk amongst themselves. The scripting here is more than a little cheesy but will have you chuckling away to yourself the first few times you hear it.

You can’t fault the multiplayer mode, but singletons will felt a little hard done by here. But then this is Battlefield we’re talking about, and to be fair the single player mode has never exactly been a high point of the series. Nope, it’s all about the online gameplay, and when it comes to shooting the bejesus out of your mates, you couldn’t find a better means of doing so. Now get out there and kick some pixelated backside.

Mark Pilkington

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