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GF Rating
7.4

1315 ratings

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GF Rating
7

Good

Gorgeous fun, generic everything else.

posted by Rico731 (WARWICK, RI) Jun 28, 2014

Member since May 2014

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This game looks incredible! The textures and the lighting effects are the most realistic I have ever seen. The sound design makes the game even more immersive, especially with professional head phones. If someone is talking and you walk into a building, their voice becomes faint and muffled and orients in the direction of the door. If you hear a tank, you can tell if it is approaching.

Smooth controls, tight aiming, and a lot of guns from the weapons crates scattered throughout each map, means you don't get board. They even stole (and improved) the cover mechanic from Killzone 2. You can duck behind a low wall, and pop up by aiming.

But the game is generic in almost every other way. There's really nothing in the story that you haven't seen before. Characters and situations are directly lifted from other first person shooters. The crazy Russian who helps you break out of prison. The double-agent that rescues you at a crucial moment. The safe place that is really a trap. The story will only make you scratch your head. Who are we fighting? Why is this person so important? How did all these people get on the ship? So all those people we rescued are dead, right? It does NOT matter. You are HERE, you need to go THERE, and there are a lot of people, tanks and helicopters trying to stop you.

The checkpoint system is mostly generous, but dying during any vehicle sections of the game means repeating the whole sequence. If you miss that swerving helicopter, from your drifting car, with the single RPG you have, you're going to die and re-live the last 2 minutes over and over again until you get it right.

No boss battles! Chang is the dictator, but you never meet him, or fight any of his lieutenants.

If you like shooters, you'll like this game. But if you're looking for a gripping story of dictators, refugees and double-agents, this is not for you.

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Great......when it works

posted by Zebrowa27 (BUFFALO, NY) Nov 30, 2013

Member since Apr 2011

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Great graphics and intense online play. The campaign is awesome but very short. That being said, Battlefield 4 has moderate to severe issues that make this game a frustrating experience. Server issues kick you out of matches and even reboot or freeze the game constantly. Also, you cannot enter a main lobby to team up with friends to start a match. You can enter matches that friends have already entered; however, trying to get on the same team is a pain and frustrating. This is a huge oversight in my opinion, as most people play online specifically to play with fiends. I have also lost all of my campaign progress TWICE (level completion, weapon unlocks, collectibles). After a brief internet search, I found this is a common problem that DICE is aware of and is the result of DICE server issues that can corrupt campaign saved games. Although I did really enjoy this game initially, Battlefield 4 is an unfinished product and ultimately I am disappointed that I made this purchase.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Awesome.... when it works.

posted by ADowske (MILWAUKEE, WI) Nov 29, 2013

Member since Nov 2013

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Battlefield is currently (End of November 2013) being plagued with server issues. So when you can manager to connect to a game, it's epic. 64 players total in one match, 32 per side. Seeing four helicopters in the air (2 on each side) and about 8 tanks on the ground (4 per side), and tons of infantry scattering is amazing. Love the fact there is bullet drop to take into account on the recon class, adds a level of realism. Very fun, recommend as a purchase over a rental (105 hours in).

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