Sunday, January 19, 2014

Battlefield 4 (Xbox 360 Version) Review

Hey Guys, Battlefield 4 has been out for a while. I wanted to wait a while to post a review about the game because of how buggy the game is. However, Battlefield 4 is still a very buggy game. As of writing this review, the game has gotten about 5 updates. I will do my best to try to review the game for what it is than having to judge the game by its technical performance. However, I highly recommend getting this game on PC or next-gen consoles. Anyways, let's get this review started!

Story: 7.5
The weakest part of Battlefield 4 is the campaign. The campaign takes place six years after the events of Battlefield 3. You play as Sgt. Daniel Recker, who is the leader of Tombstone squad, as he goes through a journey of trying to protect China's supposed dead president. The campaign is short and can take about 5 hours to complete. Maybe 10 if you really want to get everything 100% done with the campaign. Yeah, you actually get points in the campaign which lead to you earning a bronze, silver, or gold medal on a campaign mission. You actually feel rewarded for killing enemies and completing missions. However, getting rewarded does not cover up the fact on how incompetent the enemy AI is, even on the hardest difficulty. The only time you can really die is when you are being impatient. The campaign even has weapon and gadget caches which you can use to switch your weapons, or you can refill your ammo. These features are actually nice, but still make the game too easy. What about the characters? The game does a horrible job with trying to get the players to get attached to the characters. All of them, including Recker, are just plain unlikable. The game has 3 endings. Since the characters are not likable, you will not really care about what happens in the ending. Either way, the ending is very unsatisfying. For the love of God, please ignore the campaign unless you are just curious about it.

Graphics: 8
Frostbite 3 is not much different from Frostbite 2. I think DICE was a little too confident in Frostbite 3 as they even have it branded on the cover art "Powered by Frostbite 3". The destruction and physics are actually improved from Battlefield 3, however, the game is filled with muddy textures at times. Glitches and bugs are very frequent in the engine. Please, DO NOT play the game on Xbox 360. Just look at Battlefield 4 on next-gen consoles and you will see what I mean.

Multiplayer: 8.5
Of course this is a Battlefield game, so how's the multiplayer? It's great, but not perfect. If you manged to get into the game, the multiplayer offers hours worth of fun. However, team play seems to be very discouraged in Battlefield 4. In Battlefield 3, the medic kit and defibrillator are default gadgets for the Assault class. However, it takes a series of events to unlock both of those items. My team just does not seem to work together, I get revived less often, and the spawn system is a mixed bag. You will either spawn in a deadly place, or spawn in a location that will save your team. The score would be much lower if I took all the bugs into account.

Battlefield 4 could have been a 9 out of 10 game, but EA pushed Battlefield 4 out the door too quick. I forgot the include the gameplay section of the review, but I think I summed it up in the story and multiplayer section. Battlefield 4 is still a good game, but I don't recommend it on current-gen consoles. I may or may not update this review once the next Battlefield 4 update is up. Until then, I will see you guys on the next post on Video Gamer's Tribune.
Till Next Time!!
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