“ Genre: Action & Shooter / Video Game for Xbox 360 / Release Date: 2013-11-01 / Published by Electronic Arts „
Coming off the back of a very successful Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4 had a lot to live up to. But some aspects of the game feel slightly disappointing. For me, the campaign was too short. Only 7 missions. 7 missions for a storyline which felt rushed. Battlefield 3 had 12 missions, and kept me interested, but Battlefield 4 didn't have the same affect. Some of the action in the missions was excellent, don't get me wrong, but the Battlefield 3 campaign is far superior.
Another thing is the customisation online. The fact I have to go into a game to custom my load outs is quite irritating. I want the freedom to do so without having to load up a multi-player match and then quit the match just because I want to see what weapons I have and what I can do with them. Other than that, the level of options in this game is great. All the different attachments, from simple scopes to tri-beam lasers and different suppressors make me want to try different combinations and see how they affect the weapons. The depth of options makes me want to spend hours upon hours unlocking these customisable choices for my weapon and character. The online experience feels a lot better for me than Battlefield 3, a definite improvement. The normal game modes return, with the classic Rush and Conquest, as well as squad death match and team death match, with the inclusion of Obliteration and Defuse. Defuse is BF4 answer to Call of Duty's Search and Destroy. Obliteration can be quite a hectic game mode. A bomb spawns on the map and the objective is simple; destroy the 3 enemy objectives before they destroy yours. With there only being one bomb, there can be a huge rush for it, with clever players just sitting back and picking off the enemy team. Sometimes you can get distracted from the objective, and get pinned down in firefights, where the good players will take advantage and sneak the bomb in.
Next on the list is Levelution, and what a game changer it can be. Sinking a troublesome tank underground or creating an escape route by collapsing a ledge will get you out of a bad situation very quickly. I love it. I feel its one of the best features of the game. Seeing the skyscraper collapsing on siege of Shanghai and how it adds an extra layer to the map as well as changing the weather adds a level of excitement for me, as well as many other gamers. It makes the players have to adapt their game style. A sniper may have to get closer to the action because of the dust that is reducing visibility. Its simple effects like this which makes Battlefield 4 great in my opinion.
The vehicles can be very effective in the right hands. A transport helicopter can circle the map, providing air support as well as acting as a spawn point for its team mates. The tanks can go one on one with the opposition or be used to create new routes through building walls or even bring them down. How you use them is up to you, and will definitely help your team. One negative point I have, however, is that the vehicle controls feel a bit clunky this time round. I did prefer the control layouts from Battlefield 3, and will probably resort back to using them, as I thought they were simpler.
Overall, I think Battlefield 4 is a very good game. Slightly disappointing campaign but it is playable, and with an excellent online, you soon forget about it. The online will suck you in and you will soon lose track of time. In my opinion, a solid 9/10 game.