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DICE needs to piece together the broken fragments of what could be an EXCELLENT game
on November 20, 2013
UPDATED: From 2 STARS to 4 STARS, reasons shown at the bottom.
I first got into the Battlefield series on the PS3 with Battlefield 3. I absolutely loved it. I've heard all the arguments against it, but it sat very well with me and provided hours of great fun for my buddies and me. Naturally, I have been very excited for this game after the experience I had with BF3.
Sadly, this has been a profound disappointment so far. I have had the game since the PS4 launch, and I have managed to play through the single player once and about a dozen of multiplayer matches. I haven't had as many issues as some of the other comments have described, but my experience has certainly not been bug free. The game crashes regularly (I'm lucky I made it through the campaign unscathed), commander mode is broken, matchmaking is unreliable at best, no prelobby party creation options, and the netcode is one of the worst I've seen. I still haven't played a single conquest match, the absolute bread and butter of the Battlefield series. Needless to say, the game is utterly unfinished, and EA has managed to prove that they rushed this title through testing in an attempt to make some extra cash (something EA tends to do regularly). On top of all of that, the campaign is dry to say the least. I played it out of a sense of obligation. It's simple, don't buy this game for the campaign, it is a multiplayer experience with a crappy mini-game attached.
All that being said, I gave the game 2 stars, instead of 1, for a reason. Something you may notice about the issues being experienced so far (other than the connection to EA, and the low quality campaign), are all things that can be fixed via patch. On the other hand, the things that COULD NOT be fixed using a simple patch; basic gameplay, game modes, map design, graphics, resolution, frame-rate, audio, gameplay mechanics, etc., are absolutely PHENOMENAL in my experience. The visuals are stunning, including player movement which has always been a challenge for FPS multiplayer games. Motions are fluid and smooth, but manage to still be quick and responsive. Each one of massive number of weapon attachments makes a distinct difference in the way each gun handles, ensuring that there is a weapon out there just for you, no matter your play style. The vehicular combat is excellent as always, but doesn't obsolete the need for skilled foot soldiers. Levolution, depending on the map, is at worst interesting, and at best epic and game changing. The list truly does go on and on, and due to these genuinely incredible strengths; the level of immersion is unmatched in my experience.
In short, the game is simply broken, so unless you have the extra cash and are willing to stash the game away or deal with constant frustrations, don't put any money down just yet for BF4. However, and I truly believe this, IF the errors I described above are resolved, this game may quickly become the best multiplayer FPS game of all time. Even if it falls short of that, the ground work is there for this game to anchor anyone's Playstation 4 game library. Overall, I am not upset that I purchased this game, as I am choosing to trust that DICE, despite EA's incompetence, will find a way to make this right. However, for those less naive than myself, proceed with caution until drastic changes are made.
Over the weekend DICE released a number of fixes for this game. Either they were server side patches, or my system downloaded a client patch and I didn't notice, but I was very pleasantly surprised when I put in my game and gave the multiplayer my daily try to see if anything had changed. As far as I can tell, the multiplayer is largely fixed now. Obviously it still will require a few tweaks (my game still did crash once, but I played for almost 14 hours this weekend and only 1 crash, versus once an hour before), but the meat of the content is playable now. I won't go into any lengthy detail on what has changed this weekend, just know that the game is playable now. So far my experience since the updates has been phenomenal! I'm hedging my review at 4 STARS for now, but will update in another week or so after I get a bit more time into the multiplayer. I fully anticipate bumping my rating to 5 STARS.