See you on the Battlefield
I love new releases just as much as the next guy but over the last year I’ve found myself returning to the older and more seasoned games time and time again. More specifically, Battlefield 4, which may be the ideal military first-person shooter.
DICE has mastered fast-paced, non-stop, in your face, adrenaline pumping action. It has been more than 2 years since the release of Battlefield 4 and it is still just as hectic and chaotic today as it was when it was first released. I can still hop into a game of conquest and find full 32 on 32 matches where I’m surrounded by helicopters falling out of the sky, bullets whizzing by from every direction, vehicles careening and shooting around every corner, and ever present explosions all around me. There just aren’t that many shooters that offer the amount of action that Battlefield offers in virtually every game mode.
The maps are another reason I find myself compulsively playing Battlefield 4. They are breathable and extremely immersive, but not the size of a national park, where you might never see an enemy for the entirety of the match. The maps change over the course of battle in game modes like conquest and rush which adds a whole new element to the mechanics. Operation Metro is a great example of this and I am eternally grateful that DICE brought it to Battlefield 4 from Battlefield 3. The way the map would evolve and expand in the rush game mode was unlike anything I had experienced before. Nothing was more satisfying than arming/detonating both the M-COMs in the park and watching the massive explosion open up the subway portion of the map. The spectacle of the entire team rushing into the subway for a grueling battle to the next set of M-COM terminals is a defining Battlefield moment. It is one of those maps that just never gets old no matter how much time you spend on it. Not only do the maps change in accordance to the game mode, but they are fully destructible and every piece of cover can be destroyed to reveal enemies. There aren’t many games that offer this in a large scale multiplayer shooter. The maps also offer countless different strategies for attack and defense and they are wonderfully catered to the game mode being played.
There are the guns; holy hell there’s so many guns. There are at least 20 for each class that you can use, plus side arms, knives, and other equipment. Plus every gun can be heavily customized to suit your style of shooting and every piece of weaponry can be personalized with countless different types of camo. The shooting can be extremely technical too, especially when using sniper rifles and trying to gauge bullet drop. That’s why it is essential to ensure your weapon is equipped with the right gear based on the role you are playing in the game.
The audio is absolutely stunning and makes you feel like you are actually out on the battlefield. Gunshots are deafening and authentic, especially when you hear the shots ring out across the map. The audio isn’t just cosmetic, it’s crucial towards your success. Whether you are being suppressed by incoming fire, picking up on an enemy’s firing position, or just knowing where the majority of the fighting is happening, the game demands that you crank up the volume to get the full Battlefield 4 experience.
Despite my love affair with Battlefield 4, I am man enough to admit that this game is far from perfect and it is not necessarily for everyone. Many of you remember the fiasco that was the release for this game… I don’t want to dive too deep into this but DICE lost a lot of fans in the early stages due to glitches and matchmaking issues. It was a painful experience to say the least. However, they did do much better with Visceral’s Battlefield Hardline at launch and during the ensuing months but I don’t really consider that part of the Battlefield collection. DICE definitely made improvements to Battlefield 4 over time but there are still a decent amount of bugs that I have encountered while playing. Then there are the mechanics which have a style of their own and can alienate some players entirely.
If you haven’t already tried your hand at Battlefield then I highly suggest doing so. You can meet some pretty cool people through the game and you often will find yourself in the game with the same people over and over again, which can make for some great rivalries and battle hearty squad mates. Battlefield 4 will continue to provide plenty of entertainment value until the release of WWI themed Battlefield 1 sometime in October.