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Listen to the complaints - But take them with a grain of salt
on January 7, 2014
I am writing this review as an attempt to give a calm description of the game, and not a knee jerk reaction to a bad launch. I noticed a great amount of the reviews are early (i.e. around launch and/or before the first major patch, let alone the other patches).
Was Battlefield 4 a bad launch? Yes it was.
Was Battlefield 3 a buggy launch? Yes it was. Was Battlefield: Bad Company 2 a buggy launch? Yes. See a pattern?
Okay, lets get real. Was the BF4 launch worse than any of those other buggy launches? Yes I agree with that too.
Not to make excuses though, let's look at it realistically.
It is a new game using a new engine (first of the Frostbite 3 realm).
I launched on 5 platforms all at once (PS3, PS4, X360, XBOne, PC). 2 of those platforms are brand new and didn't have anything released on them before. Sure, EA/Dice had dev kits and such, but there wasn't an existing hardware and ecosystem established. That is a pretty big hurdle.
There were bugs on all platforms, some more than others. The 2 prominent "bad" and unplayable platforms are regarded as PS4 and PC. So, one of the platforms is a new system and new waters to explore. The other is the standard platform, but is so open with a zillion different variables to them.
I'd say it makes some sense why they had such a bad launch. I'm surprised they have done as well as they have considering all of this.
Okay, so what is the game like? (Technically speaking that is)
Well, I have on PS3 and PC, and had "some" problems on PC. None on PS3.
At times I would play and have no issues at all. Other times it would crash repeatedly while in game.
This is better than some, worse than others.
Now the big thing is, once they first major patch came out I have not had any of those issues.
Subsequent patches have changed things, and I think the game is pretty stable. Not perfect, but 90% there. Sometimes I have issues getting into a server. Other times the program doesn't want to shut down all the way when I quit. But these are little and few and far between. Everything usually works just fine.
Okay, so now how is the game? (Entertainment wise)
I love it. Absolutely love it. I was a big BF3 fan, and I wasn't too impressed with the BF4 beta. But as I played more, I realized the things I didn't like at first I actually do like a lot. There are a couple things I like better in BF3 (like how the guns feel) but overall I am extremely happy with this game.
In fact, the more I think about it the more I see BF4 as going back to the roots of Battlefield. BF2 was great, but then Bad Company came around and catered to more of the general gamer than hard core Battlefield guy. I liked those games too, and thought BF:BC2 had some great multiplayer aspects and maps. I think BF3 followed along those lines and it strayed from the core BF2 (and prior) premise. Many people were not happy with that game even though I loved it. So now I really view BF3 as more of a Bad Company 3 type game (multiplayer wise) and BF4 as the true BF3 release and successor in the series.
So what makes BF4 so great? It isn't about the great graphics, weather effects and environment, the "Levelution" aspects, commander mode, or anything like that. It is all of those things combined that make it a great game. It isn't a gimmick, it is just made well. It continues to offer that "Battlefield" essence that I just can't find in any other game.
Top that with great maps that are designed really well. Granted, some more than others (and for some game modes), but they really feel great. Especially the China Rising expansion, that has totally blown me away - about as much as the Back to Karkand expansion did on BF3.
As for the campaign, yeah I'm one of those guys that plays the campaign. I liked it. It wasn't great, but it was entertaining. I think it was loads better than BF3 (which I also enjoyed) but not nearly as good as Medal of Honor. But it had likable characters and I liked going on that ride.
So at the end of the day, do you want this game? Then get it.
Are you worried about the bugs and technical trouble? Don't. Expect some, but not a lot. And it will only get better with time.
Really, my only advice to not get this game is to wait for a deal. I saw some really good deals during the holidays, so they will come again and soon. Is the game worth $60. Heck yeah it is, but why pay more if you don't have to?
My basic computer specs if you are interested:
Core i5 (Haswell)
8GB RAM (I recently upgraded from 4GB and this makes a big difference with how fast the game loads and speed you can get in the match)