To kick off the new focus on providing more frequent updates, I want to start with a game series that I have a history playing and holds fond memories. The Battlefield series (@Battlefield) of games are first person shooters (FPS), set in various global locations and time periods. The first Battlefield game launched in 2002 with the title Battlefield 1942. Originally released only on Windows and OS X, now the releases include the Xbox and PlayStation platforms. The newest version, released on Oct. 29th of this year, is Battlefield 4. The battlefield series of games is a staple of the FPS genre.
Battlefield 4 Trailer:
Battlefield 4 (BF4) has been out for a little over a month now; so many people are familiar with it already. If you are not, I recommend watching the video above. Unlike some of the other games of this type, Battlefield 4 allows you to drive or fly a series of ground vehicles and aircraft. While flying is not easy, it is extremely fun once you get the hang of it. If being a pilot is not your dream, you can jump in the gunner seat and concentrate more on blowing stuff up. Maybe flying is not your thing at all; there are several options of tanks, transports, and LAVs. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, but all are a blast to drive around and shoot. Even if vehicles don’t interest you, Battlefield 4 has some of the best infantry combat of any game available.
Whether you are in a vehicle or on foot, there are a bunch of ways to change your “loadout”. The loadout allows you to choose which primary weapon, side arm, grenade, etc. to take with you into the fight. The vehicles also have loadouts which allows you to customize that vehicle’s capabilities. As you rank up, additional weapons will be unlocked and become available for use. Customization of the primary and secondary weapons is done using attachements. Things like scopes, laser sights, suppressors, etc. provide a number of options to make that particular weapon match your play style. These attachments are also unlocked as you level up that individual weapon or from battlepacks. The battlepack can include many ways to enhance gameplay, like weapon attachments, XP boosts, insignias, or weapon/vehicle skins. Each battlepack contains different items.
The game itself, as you would expect from the Developer EA Digital Illusions CE, or DICE for short, is amazing graphically and mechanically. While there have been some issues with disconnects and the multiplayer netcode is still being tweaked, EA is quick to address issues and has provided several updates since launch. Is the game perfect? No, but it is still amazing. As with most games in the FPS genre, there are two game modes, single player (campaign) and multiplayer (online).
* Single Player *
Single player, for anyone unfamiliar, is player against the computer. The fight plays out through set scenarios that you are expected to complete without dying. I personally try to complete the single player mode of any new game before playing multiplayer. While this is not required, many people skip the single player mode altogether, it can be quite fun and it will allow the player to become familiar with the gameplay before joining a multiplayer match.
If you are a fan of the Battlefield series, the Single player campaign takes place in the year 2020, six years after Battlefield 3. The primary countries involved in the conflict are the United States, China, and Russia. You play as a US Special Forces operative named Recker. Battlefield 4’s single player is enjoyable, although I think it is too short. I am an experienced gamer and I’m able to breeze through most single player FPS games, so I didn’t expect extreme difficulty, but it still seemed that I finished the BF4 single player quicker than I expected.
Check out this video for some Battlefield 4 single player gameplay:
* Multiplayer *
Multiplayer, or online game mode, matches you up against other players online. Depending on your skill level with FPS games, this mode can be challenging and sometimes frustrating. Don’t let frustration keep you from having a good time though; everyone has to start out somewhere.
Multiplayer is where Battlefield 4 shines. You are able to play as one of the three primary factions; US, China, or Russia, depending on the map. The maps expand or contract depending on the number of players, up to 64 players at once. There are also various game modes, including Conquest (Large), Rush, and Domination. There will be additional game modes included in the 5 Downloadable Content (DLC) expansion packs. The DLCs will also include additional maps and weapons. This is familiar territory for most games these days and Battlefield 4 is no exception.
While I’m a big fan of the Battlefield series of games, the short single player content may be more important to some. If multiplayer is not your thing, I’m not sure I would recommend BF4 on the single player content alone. I personally think BF4 is well worth the price, but I enjoy multiplayer gameplay quite a bit.
Check out this video for some Battlefield 4 multiplayer gameplay:
All in all, Battlefield 4 is an amazing game that should provide hours and hours of fun. I do feel a responsibility to mention that Battlefield, as with other games simulating war, depicts violence and has adult language. Please keep this in mind when looking for game ideas for younger gamers.
If you would like to learn more about Battlefield 4, I recommend a visit to their website – http://www.battlefield.com/battlefield-4.
Disclosure: This post is NOT sponsored, solicited, or endorsed in any manner. All opinions are my own.