Battlefield 4 runs well in 7 year old machines and it is still fun to play, but if you want the true “Battlefield experience” get it for either PC, PS4 or Xbox One.
Back in 2012, when I received my special edition copy of Medal of Honor: Warfighter I thought “Wow man, I get to play the Battlefield 4 beta early, f*ck yeah!”. I had like 300 or so hours in Battlefield 3 at that time so I was super excited about it. But as time passed and the beta released, all that excitement suffered a “levolution”…
It was bad, like really really bad. The map for Conquest was way too big for 24 players and Domination was just a sh*tfest. It looked total rubbish, the frame rate was f*cked up, tons of glitches/bugs and the whole cool “Levolution” deal only made things worse. So I was not excited about Battlefield 4, hell, I didn’t even ask EA for a promo copy. But the amazing EA PR peeps sent me one and in the end I am glad they did.
Battlefield has been and still is all about mutliplayer. With every installation DICE has improved the mutliplayer to a almost perfection making it the best place for gamers to unite and battle. The epic scale, the cinematic look and feel, the epic infantry and vehicular combat, the amazing “Only on Battlefield” moments, all of those throughout the years have made Battlefield games worth everybody’s time and money and Battlefield 4 is no exception.
Now before going to the comments below and start bashing what I am about to say know that I haven’t tried the game on the PC on Ultra or in the next(current) gen, but only in the old one, PS3 and Xbox 360. The multiplayer of Battlefield 4 on PS3 can be fun, at times, if you choose the correct modes to play. And in this case correct modes are Rush, Obliteration and at times Team Deathmatch. Why? Well, because the main mode, the one that makes a Battlefield game truly a Battlefield game, Conquest, is totally broken and it simply doesn’t work. The maps are frickin huge for 24 players. You will be running around for minutes before finding someone to kill and that’s not fun. This running around would have been acceptable if you had beautiful things to look at, but that is not the case here but also it isn’t DICE’s or Battlefield’s fault. Being huge, the maps don’t load properly. There is a ton of texture pop-in which also takes a lot of time to load making it look worse than Minecraft.
Also the whole Levolution deal, where an event is triggered that supposedly changes the whole battlefield, is not as cool as they marketed it. First because activating, causing or executing the event takes you away from the battlefield since you have to do something “unique” for each one away from the action. Second, it doesn’t really change anything in the battlefield apart from the flooding event. A fallen skyscrapper in the middle of the map, only creates nooks and crannies where snipers can hide. Also a fallen satellite dish away from where most of the action happen has no effect whatsoever in the course of the battle. The only exception is the flooding, which is caused when the dam is destroyed and that changes the whole battlefield as it rises the water level making most of the ground vehicles useless. You have to use choppers to get on top of the buildings to get an advantage on the enemy or parachute down or you have to use the boats or jet skiis to move around the map. Last but not least, the Levolution events are not that great to look at, again I am talking after playing only in the old gen, and have a great impact on the frame rate causing it to drop to unbearable levels.
Domination is another mode and it also sucks cause it’s a sh*tfest, but for different reasons than Conquest. DICE kinda changed the classes where now every class has an explosive weapon, being it a rocket launcher, grenade launcher, airburst explosive gun, C4, claymores and such. They moved the C4 from the support class to the sniper class and I kinda liked that since it balances the game even more making the snipers now more fearsome. But when all of these classes are combined in Domination, the game or mode becomes unplayable. The maps are trimmed down so they are very small to support a full on 20 or 24 players match. People like to just spawn rape, they camp in a prone position with their 200 bullets bipod LMG and there is nothing you can do to counter or survive that. And if you survive spawning you will get annihilated by all of the grenades, rockets and the other explosive weapons. This is Battlefield trying to offer the Call of Duty experience, but it just doesn’t work. It’s just not fun and since no one makes an effort to play the objective, which is capture the flags, these matches drag too long.
So an advice, if you are planning on getting Battlefield 4 on the now old gen just skip these two modes, Conquest and Domination. Instead go and play the other two modes, Obliteration and Rush. Obliteration is a new mode and in my opinion it’s one of the best additions to Battlefield. It plays like a football match. Two teams, each with 3 objectives to protect and 3 to destroy and only one bomb that spawns randomly in the battlefield. I had a blast playing the mode! Soldiers running to get the bomb, soldiers on tanks, LAVs, Jets, choppers protecting or hunting down the bomb carrier, soldiers on Jeeps and ATV trying to pick up or road kill the bomb carrier… it’s just crazy…crazy good! It’s a mode full of action where everybody runs towards the objective, get the bomb and destroy the enemy’s “MCOMs”. Sure it’s not good for the bomb carrier as everyone targets him and yes, thing get a little chaotic, but it’s fun, a lot of fun. The maps are still big, but they seem to work fine within this mode. Texture pop-in is still annoying here, but not like Conquest levels. Once the textures load, they will be there for the rest of the match.
The other mode you’ll want to play it’s the classic Rush mode which is better than ever, one team attacks, the other one defends. It’s simple and fun, if your team knows to PTFOs, that is… If you also add the incredible map designs the geniuses at DICE have crafted for Rush only makes it better. There was a map, which I don’t remember the name, where the attackers spawned in a battleship and have to cross the sea by air, swimming or flying much like in Noshahr Canals in Battlefield 3. But the layout is much different where there is a small island between the land and ship where snipers of the attackers can go camp and cover their teammates who are trying to destroy the MCOMS. The defenders in the other hand have turrets, heavy MGs to counter them, towers and building to hide and shoot from. When everyone plays the proper way, the correct way you should play a Battlefield game, it’s a lot of fun and super satisfying.
Team Deathmatch and the other mode Squad Deathmatch return and if you liked them in the previous Battlefield, you will still like them here. If you didn’t like them, like me, then you will stay away from them. There is also a new mode named Defuse where each player is given a single life per round, every shot fired having the potential to drastically change the outcome. The match is won by either killing everyone in the other team or arming and destroying a “MCOM” like object. The maps are small and I won’t lie, there is fun to be had, but it doesn’t really stand to its name, Defuse. In most of the matches I played, no one tried to arm the “MCOM”, instead it turned into a old school Counter Strike Team Deathmatch.