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on January 18, 2015
My son is a computer geek and game player. He loves this stuff. Battlefield 4 was a Christmas gift. Since then, well, we haven't seen much of him. He's been locked up in his room playing this game.

According to him, you don't want the download game. Even with fiber optic broadband internet, this game would have taken ages to download. Moreover, with all the updates required to update the disc loaded game it still took quite awhile to become a playable game.

The have itself is excellent having had some time to cure the bus that plagued earlier generations of the game. The transitions, layers, sounds and movement are very good. The fun/wow factor is very high.

When a 17 year old computer dweeb says the game is fun, well folks, the game IS fun.
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on November 2, 2013
When details about the upcoming BF4 leaked out (e.g. the famous collapsing skyscraper) I was afraid that EA was putting more effort into gee-whiz visual effects rather than worrying about making the game run properly. If you've played Battlefield 3 you know it's a great game with some serious flaws, things that weren't fixed even after a long series of patches and updates--I was afraid BF4 would turn out the same. Well, my fears are realized.

BF4 is full of eye candy, lots of cool things happen, and it has tons of *potential*. Unfortunately the game is packed with bugs and glitches, and it crashes so often that it is extremely frustrating just trying to play. Crashes, crashes and more crashes, and different kinds of crashes depending on the game's mood or the time of day or something. Freezes, black screens, white screens, "Battlefield 4 has stopped responding" error messages from Windows, "Your game has disconnected" messages, "Your connection to the server timed out" (after five minutes?) messages, and so on and so forth--it's a festival of crashes. And it doesn't seem to matter if you have a wheezy old computer or a brand new hot rod with top notch hardware, it doesn't matter how good your computer is, the game will lag, stutter, freeze and crash again and again.

Aside from the fact that the game crashes constantly, there are elements of the design that I really dislike. Perhaps to compete with Call of Duty (which Battlefield players consider a game for kids and refer to as Computerized Online Daycare), the game developers have made BF4 downright cartoonish in many ways. Tanks race across the landscape like sports cars (and without making a sound until they've killed you, then you hear them), and infantry can run and leap like leopards even after you've shot them. Yes, you can shoot an enemy until he is almost completely dead, with only a couple of points of life left, and he can still spin around and kill you and run off laughing.

Jets can still fly in ways they cannot in the real world, just as in BF3. Helicopters can collide with trees and buildings and somehow survive (unless I'm flying them in which case they immediately explode). Armored vehicles can absorb insane amounts of damage without being destroyed, but then become stuck on a tree stump or rock. An annoying feature in BF3 was bullets seeming to follow you around corners, this was due to the shooter and his target not being in sync on the server, they both saw slightly different things. This seems to be even worse in BF4, and it is very annoying to often get shot by someone who should not even be able to see you according to what appears on your screen (but not his).

Sure, they got some things right. They restored squad chat so it is easier for players to talk to each other using gaming headsets, and they made it easier to join teammates already in the game. Commander Mode (something else missing from BF3) has also returned, and there are cool new weapons and some interesting new maps. But none of that matters if you cannot play the game because of horrible lag or because the game crashes over and over.

I assume many of these issues will be addressed in coming weeks (BF4 is less than a week old as I write this) and many of the bugs will be fixed. But the huge question Battlefield players are asking is why weren't these problems fixed before the game was released? Why does EA insist on putting an unfinished product on the market and then scrambling to correct scads of glitches that could and should have been corrected before it was offered to the public? Is it just the highly profitable Christmas sales season that prompted them to release a product that was not ready?

If you want to know if I think you should buy Battlefield 4 right now, the answer is no. Wait awhile, let them correct enough of the problems that the game is at least playable. In a few months this might be a terrific game. But as it sits today, BF4 is a disaster.


BF4 has been out three months and there has been some improvement although many serious issues remain after several patches from EA. The game doesn't crash nearly as often (but it still crashes). Lag and stuttering have been reduced too although not eliminated. The audio no longer suddenly disappears on certain maps. However many core problems remain, e.g. what you see and what your opponent sees not being in sync, leading to many outraged comments by players about being "shot around corners". Of course EA (and this game's developer, DICE) couldn't fix a sandwich without breaking the whole kitchen, and every patch has fixed some things while breaking others. There was a bug where players you had clearly shot still showed 100% health when they spun around and killed you. Now, they instead show 0% health, making it look as if you were just killed by a dead player (leading to much yelling and screaming in the game's text chat). There has been so much angry commentary from disappointed Battlefield players that it got the attention of the mainstream media leading to EA's stock price taking a hit. EA has also ordered DICE to suspend work on expansion packs for BF4 and get all their programmers working on fixing bugs, but there are so many bugs, and I wonder if some of them really cannot be fixed because the basic structure of the game contains hopeless flaws. EA has actually been issuing refunds to some purchasers of BF4 provided they hadn't played many hours (many of them could not play at all).

So, while BF4 has been partially repaired it is still a coin toss if you will find it an enjoyable game or an experience more irritating then entertaining. I know several people with new fire-breathing gaming computers who have just as much trouble running BF4 as those of us using less powerful machines. So be warned; while BF4 is terrific when it is working and shows huge potential, it is still a buggy and annoying product needing a lot of work. If you haven't bought it yet you are probably better off waiting awhile to see how far the repair work gets (and how much EA drops the price) because Battlefield 4 still has some serious problems.


There have been several big fixes applied to BF4 over the past year, and they have successfully repaired many of the bugs which plagued this game at release. However, in true DICE/EA fashion each patch has brought new problems, fixing some things but breaking others. I was getting few crashes lately but an Origin update last week resulted in a wave of new "Battlefield 4 has stopped responding" messages as well as black-screen crashes such as I had not seen in ages. Before anyone else says I need a better computer, this past summer I had a hotrod gaming computer built--Cooler Master, Asus, EVGA, Corsair -- all good stuff capable of running BF4 without breaking a sweat. Yes, some issues disappeared with all this computing horsepower available. But many problems continued because they are built into the game, e.g. the clunky "netcode" which means your shots might register on your opponent, or they might not. Enemies still appear to pop out of thin air seemingly shooting at you before you can even see them, grenades still occasionally vanish even though you watched them fly through the air and hit the ground at your opponent's feet, tanks still slide silently up behind you without making a sound and so on and so forth. One positive development is the Fair Fight anti-cheat service which seems to be making using hacks riskier than before, although of course many folks still try. Yet even here EA's policies have a negative effect, and they're giving out one-week suspensions as warnings rather than permanently banning players identified as hack users.

BF4 remains an impressive game with gorgeous graphics and some interesting game play but also a host of really irritating flaws and poor design decisions. This game could have been so much better, but it was released long before it was ready and EA has been scrambling ever since to apply patch after patch trying to make it work. It's certainly better than it was at first, but it's still got significant problems. I regularly play with quite a few serious gamers and all of them swear they will not pre-order any further titles in the Battlefield series--they will wait and buy any new versions only when they have been proven to work. DICE/EA has really alienated much of the Battlefield player community with BF4.
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on January 4, 2015
I came from COD WAW and COD MW2, and I just don't like playing inside a browser's window. Beyond that, installation is a nightmare, you have to download Origin (Steam gone bad) because the one included in the DVDs won't work, and after the panfull install, you have to download almost everything again! Launching the game is another pain, even in single player, and I have a very decent machine. To play in some maps you have to pay extra money! I just did pay for the damn game for god sake. Someone told me that the new COD is the same nightmare as this one, there seems to be a trend here about making the customer suffer and pay xtra money in the new generation of video games.
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on August 24, 2014
Writing this review after 183 hours of playing Multiplayer.
Personally, Battlefield 4 is an awesome game, usually because of a busy life I don't have time to spend much time playing one game for too long. But this game has glued me to my chair for hours and hours. Having many unlocks and upgrading your unlocked weapons with various attachments has a great sense of achievement. Playing maps after maps. One good feature about Battlefield franchise is that you can't win by just random run and spray type of gameplay. Its like a realistic war, and in real war you camp, you hide behind walls, do team work, you position yourself for kills.
From what I read from various posts that it had many issues but gradually EA sorted them out, even during the release I faced very few issues. If you have a PC that can run this game with good frame rate, its a must buy for FPS fans
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on October 31, 2013
Battlefield 4 has had a very rocky launch and it was clearly not ready. Servers constantly crash and when this happens you lose all your progress in that current match. The reason for this is because your stats do not update until the end of the match, so if a server crashes everything just goes into deep space and are lost forever. They need to seriously fix this by having your stats update during a match and not just the end. Your game will also crash at random times and mostly during map changes, even if you have the most up to date drivers. On top of this there has been lag spikes so bad you can't even move your soldier or spawn. The sound cuts out on many maps like Lancang Dam, i assume they never tested this map because they would have noticed this immediately. Most of the maps are lackluster in general. Paracel Storm is the only map that stood out as being awesome. A storm rolls in, waves start crashing and the weather is intense. You have to play this map to really feel how awesome it is.

After playing Battlefield 3 for hundreds of hours i can safely say Battlefield 4 is no big jump. The engine looks the same, physics are the same. Being able to see a live feed of where you spawn is a nice touch. Levolution is cool the first time you see it, but quickly turns into a cheap gimmick that you will probably not even notice again. There are new maps and vehicles, but honestly it feels more like a DLC. The price is steep if you want Battlefield 4 and premium which will set you back $110 before taxes. For a game that feels like a DLC or a beta because of all the launch issues... you are paying way too much.

Now onto Amazon's so called battlepack bonus code that should have been delivered to those who pre ordered. I have contacted customer support 4 times at the time of writing this because i never received my battlepack. It seems like many others did not as well after reading threw reviews and discussions. Every time i contact them they give me a different response, they tell me wait 24 hours... then 48 hours... then 72 hours. I even had a customer service rep promise me it would be in my inbox by the end of the day, of course this never happened. They are completely clueless. Well here is the thing, the store page says it will be delivered after 48 hours and mostly everyone is still waiting. There is no announcement on the store page explaining what the delay is, they just keep us in the dark. Some have reported that some customer service reps will generate you a key and email it to you, but this is not the case for everyone. The whole thing with this battlepack bonus code is a complete mess.

On the bright side, when the servers aren't crashing or lagging, Battlefield 4 runs silky smooth on ultra and 95 FOV. My specs: FX 8320 CPU, AMD 7850 video card, M5A97 R2.0 motherboard, 8GB of 1600 ram, sata 3 HDD.
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on September 11, 2014
I have had a lot of fun playing BF4 multiplayer. I never really got into BF3 or BF2, but the engine, game mechanics, balance, maps, community, and overall experience have been great.

I have a high-end pc and I am impressed on the quality of this game. Buildings can be completely razed, but each piece of the building still exists in the world, creating a shattered mound of rubble. You can use this to create new routes and shooting lanes in buildings, or to destroy a building. A dynamic map makes each match a little different.

The main negatives don't really affect gameplay too much.
-The campain contains a few bugs, such as enemys not spawning/falling through the map.
-Waves go through boats, instead of under them. This is unrealistic and blocks the view while being a gunner in a multiplayer match(plus the gunner can shoot through the water as if it was air). They should patch this to have boats jump over the waves, while jarring around the gunner to create a more realistic feel.
-there is a learning curve, but I have only played ~10 matches and I am now frequently coming in at the #3 on my team of 15

Overall, a huge step up over call of duty or counterstrike.
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on November 4, 2013
Man when this game works it is a real blast to play. However with that said, it only seems to work about %10 of the time. It was actually fairly stable on launch day but the past 2 days I have been unable to even get into a game, and if/when I do the server crashes and you lose all of your points. Talk about a cluster, and we thought the Sim City launch was bad! Please do yourself a favor and stay away from this game until you hear the problems have been sorted out.
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on December 5, 2013
The game will not even launch. I installed everything, allowed it in my anti-virus and firewall, re-installed it, repaired it, restarted the computer and no luck. The game does not even show up on the task bar. When I click launch game it shows it's loading, but nothing happens. I brought a MSI Gaming Series laptop this year 2013, so it will not be problems with my hardware. I launched it many times, but nothing happens. I am frustrated and furious with Electronic Arts, they will not even help you in customer support, they just don't care. They are also ripping off hundreds of people by selling a game that does not work and leaving those people to just deal with it themselves. Do not buy this game, it can't even work on the latest and greatest gaming laptop brought this year. So, now I lost $60 to a game that doesn't work with no customer support.
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on February 3, 2014
I have a MSI top of the line computer and yet i do everything that it tells me on the install and getting the game going. Now i have nothing but a missing 100 dollars in my account. this is horse crap and i am not happy... this game and the method they use is nothing but a waste of time and space on my computer.
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on February 11, 2014
Very disappointed by DICE and EA on this game. Countless problems. The game crashes and causes memory leaks frequently. Many bugs, allowing users without hacking to take advantage of extremely annoying exploits. Hackers are insanely abundant. WIll not be wasting money on DICE games again.
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