When it comes to shoot-em-ups then I am your man. For the PS3 I was (and still am) a big fan of on screen violence, and spent many a day robbing banks or murdering people in GTA5 or Red Dead Redemption.
I’ve never jumped onto the band wagon when it comes to war games, but I always found time to try them out otherwise you cannot have an opinion on them. I also follow this rule when it comes to film, and is the very reason I have seen such classics as Howard the Duck and Sharknado. So while recuperating from Christmas-over-eating, I checked out Battlefield 4.
…I was pleasantly surprised to see the level of detail in each level.
The first, and major selling point for the game in my opinion, lies in its beauty. The new graphics engine for the PS4 makes the gameplay fluidic and stunning. As I battled my way through the single player campaign, I was pleasantly surprised to see the level of detail in each level. However, games do not sell on their looks alone.
The campaign puts you in the seat of one soldier (as opposed to flipping between characters in Battlefield 3) and also runs in a linear style unlike its predecessor. This time round you are trying to stop a Chinese coup that could challenge world peace. Queue massive set pieces in the Middle East and general team bravado.
In the end I felt like Arnold Schwarzenegger as it was just me taking on an army of henchmen…
Battlefield 4 is a beautiful game that will keep you entertained for long enough, but after you’ve completed the game to me it seemed there wasn’t a reason to go back and replay any missions. The emotional moments of the main characters never resonate or leave you feeling much for them. Perhaps it’s the storyline, but I just felt it was quite conventional.
The gameplay hasn’t changed all that much, and the AI definitely needs a revamp. On several occasions my team mates got stuck or fired a gazillion rounds at an event who was standing in clear view. Only for no one to hit anyone! In the end I felt like Arnold Schwarzenegger as it was just me taking on an army of henchmen, with my teamsters cheering me on from the sidelines.
Battlefield 4 is a spectacle, and if you want an immersive and beautiful vision of war, then look no further. Just be prepared to be a one man army at the end if the day — it’s essentially a multiplayer game at the end of the day — but in all honesty who doesn’t like being a super hero who can take down the baddies all by themselves.
This has been sponsored by EA