Battlefield 4 on Xbox One has been plagued with issues since its release, and players have had to wait quite some time for the title update to address them. But today the update lands on Xbox LIVE and has a long list of fixes that it will address:
Dec 19 Xbox One Game Update Notes
-Reduced the probability of the “Kill trade” issue (see below for details).
-Fixed a common crash that could occur during gameplay.
-Fixed an issue that could corrupt save files in the single player campaign.
-Fix for the game mode specific ribbons being counted twice in the multiplayer progression.
-Fix for a graphical glitch that could appear on terrain.
-Fix for the SUAV (introduced in the China Rising expansion pack) not exploding when hitting enemy soldiers. While these indeed should be deadly, they were never designed for “roadkilling” opponents.
-Fix for an issue where 4x the damage from a vehicle’s minigun would be applied to the chest when a player had the Defense specialization equipped.
-Servers that friends are playing on now have a higher priority in the server list.
-Server Browser is no longer showing empty or full servers by default.
-Balancing jet handling across all stealth and attack jet classes.
-Fixed a bug in Defuse mode where defenders could win a round by killing all the attackers without disarming the bomb. If the attackers arm the bomb, the defenders need to disarm it to win, even if they have killed all the attackers.
-Fix for a Defuse bug where none of the teams would win a round by letting the timer run out.
-Fix for players getting stuck in the revive screen.
-Fix for players getting stuck in the kill camera after being revived. Note that you might see a graphical bug on-screen after being revived when accepting a revive within 1 second. This graphical bug will be removed in the next patch.
-Fixed the instance where players suddenly would transition into Spectator Mode while playing the Defuse game mode.
-Fix for the death camera/screen being displayed too early.
-Raised the first-person camera slightly for walking in crouch to more accurately reflect the actual position of the character.
-Fixed an issue with the party chat app not working.
-Fixed an issue in the in-game Battlelog where non-ASCII characters would display incorrectly.
-Fixed an issue when maps were not loading properly while player didn’t have the game in full screen.
Kill trading issue
We’ve addressed the so-called “Kill trading”. This refers to when two players fire at each other and, seemingly, both die at the same time. The time window where a bullet could cause damage from an already dead player is now calculated as intended, decreasing the time frame when players with high latency could get a kill, even though they should be dead according to the server. This should reduce the probability of kill trading.
The update includes fixes with the aim to increase the general stability of the game, and eliminates bugs that players may have experienced.
The ‘Official’ Battlefield forums have released information about an upcoming patch for Battlefield 4 on Xbox One. There is said to be a One-Shot Kill bug doing the rounds and a brief internet search shows freezing issues which will soon be fixed.
Just a quick note that we’re finalizing the upcoming Xbox One Game Update and aiming to have that live the week of Dec 2. We will share the patch notes for this update soon. The update will focus on stability and performance, and includes a fix for the so-called “one-shot kill bug”. Stay tuned for full patch notes.
Battlefield 4 was released on November 22nd for the Xbox One at launch and we will have our review published shortly.
Battlefield 4 is the latest chapter in the Battlefield series, published by EA and developed by DICE. Known for its grand scale MP game types and more emphasis on a more realistic combat gameplay then the more arcade style of other FPS franchises, Battlefield has always been an impressive FPS title to take online, but how does the Xbox 360 edition fair?
The Single player campaign begins with a prologue mission that sees the player’s character known as Recker, appearing trapped in a vehicle under water with fellow squad members Irish, Pac and Dunn. Handed a pistol by Dunn the squad leader who is trapped, the player must shoot out the window to enable the squad to swim to safety. With Irish protesting you must take aim at the window, and then following an onscreen RT prompt you fire and shatter the glass trigging a flashback to the first mission.
Set in Baku, Azerbaijan, the opening action plays out the events which lead to being in the car underwater. In a nice introduction to the playing style of Battlefield 4, as the player you are introduced to the rest of your squad as you all must escape Russian forces trying to prevent you from escaping with important intel. What strikes you is the size of the world in which the missions take place. Starting off inside an old school with no ammo, you are soon in an open fire fight across open land as you fight your way to the extraction point. The action is fast with up close battles and long range combat will keep the player on their toes. Nice set pieces will see helicopters play a part both in support as the player can spot enemy soldiers and call in the helicopter to take them out but also the enemy will send in their gunships, which dramatically changes the dynamic of the mission in a well choreographed and visually impressive set piece.
Successfully completing the prologue mission will set up the story which is told over the next 6 missions. Following an assassination attempt on Chinese president Jin Jie, Admiral Chang wants to use it to blame the US and trigger a War knowing that Russia will support Chang. As marshall law takes over China, you and fellow squad members Pac and Irish, forming Tombstone, are sent into Shanghai to rescue Chinese VIPs to help prevent the war.
Now 7 missions may not sound like much, but each level can take up to 20 or more minutes to complete and each will feature changing gameplay styles from FPS to vehicle use. The story is very mature with twists and turns, it is one of the best Single Player story campaigns I have played in many years of FPS playing and is good to see that once again a FPS game can have a solid Single Player campaign and a good Multiplayer experience to make it a total package in a title.
Visually it looks quite dull compared with previous Battlefield games but the engine is still impressive with a smooth and fluid transition from game play to a cut-scene which is all in game engine. Having seen how the game looks on Xbox One, it will certainly benefit from the additional power of next generation, but on 360 the game engine is still one of the best FPS visually and with superb audio effects for weapons and set pieces with great voice acting for all the characters made this 360 experience for Battlefield 4 really stand out amongst other game series available.
Of course the strongest aspect to any Battlefield title is the Multiplayer experience and Battlefield 4 is no exception to this. This time the scale of the action is much grander than previous titles. Returning is the now standard Battlefield Soldier class system; Assault, Recon, Engineer and Support.
Playing as each class will earn the player experience points which unlock gadgets, weapons and attachments. Picking the right class for the right game type and map is essential to victory on Battlefield 4 Multiplayer. I found myself using Engineer most of all and there is nothing more satisfying then using my repair tool to fix a squad’s vehicle, take out an enemy solder and then quickly switching to my Stinger rocket launcher to take out an enemy attack chopper.
Battlefield 4 comes with a great selection of game types which will appeal to whichever style of Battlefield you like to play.
Conquest – Classic Battlefield match type; Large Scale warfare with infantry and vehicle use, aim to capture and hold objectives.
Team Deathmatch – No Vehicles and close quarters combat.
Obliteration – Medium Scale warfare; Both teams fight over possession of a bomb which they need to detonate enemy objectives.
Rush – Medium scale warefare; Attackers Vs Defenders match type, with defending team protecting two objectives.
Squad Deathmatch – 4 squads do battle in close quarters combat, most kills win.
Domination – Close quarters combat, no vehicles; aim to capture and hold objectives.
Defuse – Close Quarters combat; no redeploy option, no vehicles. Multiple quick rounds for Attackers Vs Defenders with one bomb and two objectives
For me, Obliteration stands out as my favourite mode online. It was fast and frantic with both teams of 12 battling to get hold of the bomb and then trying to reach the enemy objective to detonate it. Nothing quite like being in a vehicle with the bomb carrier trying to speed to the nearest enemy zone with enemy gunships and jets bearing down on you or being metres close to deploying the bomb only to be taken out at the last moment by an enemy sniper or infantry.
The modes of course need the right balance in map types and again, Battlefield 4 delivers with 3 types of map for large, medium and close quarter scale maps. Combined with the game types above the multiplayer offers so much choice for players. Battlefield 4 comes with ten maps to begin with, more maps will become available over time via the usual DLC of Map Packs:
Siege of Shanghai
I got to play on Hainan Resort most and sadly there is a known issue of freezing issues on this particular map which can be frustrating when it hits if you have been happily playing matches for a while.
Overall for me, Battlefield 4 is a great FPS title which has made a welcome return to offering a solid Multiplayer experience but also giving a memorable Single Player campaign that will have you replaying the mission to get those missing collectibles and is a challenge for experience FPS players. Visually impressive with amazing audio, Battlefield 4 ticks a lot of boxes as an FPS fan and with Xbox One enhancing this experience even more with greater numbers of players online and more refined visuals, Battlefield 4 delivers for both current generation on Xbox 360 and will deliver a great next generation FPS experience on Xbox One.
To mark the release of Battlefield 4 today on Xbox 360 and then on launch of Xbox One for next gen, tonight will see the epic battle for bragging rights between Team EU, led by Xbox UK’s Aceybongoes (Graeme Boyd) take on Team USA led by Major Nelson (Larry Hryb).
Both teams will feature 32 players as they take to Battlefield 4 Multiplayer on Xbox One. The showdown will also give first look at the Second Assault Expansion pack for BF4 which brings maps from Battlefield 3 across to the action.
The Showdown is being streamed live on Xbox LIVE Event Player from 18:00 PM GMT tonight so tune in to see which team will bring home the glory!
EA have released the Story trailer today for Battlefield 4 which features a dramatic character-driven campaign that starts with the evacuation of American VIPs from Shanghai and follows your squad’s struggle to find its way home.
Battlefield 4 is released for Xbox 360 on November 1st, it is also part of the game upgrade program for those lucky people picking up an Xbox One on November 22, details below:
Don’t wait to get into the action. You can buy the game on current-gen and benefit from up to three weeks of play time – time that can be used to rank up, giving you a competitive advantage on the next-gen battlefield. We respect the time you will invest in playing and don’t want you to lose all of your effort when you upgrade to next-gen. That is why we are making it easy to carry forward your multiplayer stats and your Battlefield 4 Premium membership. No more worrying about starting all over again. Your rank, score, K/D ratio, wins, time played, service stars, dog tags taken, vehicles destroyed, repairs, revives, squad score, accuracy and more will all transfer to next-gen consoles at launch.
Buy battlefield 4 on current-gen, upgrade later to next-gen for as low as £9.99.
So as the PR machines continue their mission to ensure all we do is think about Battlefield 4 over the coming days and weeks up to release, it seems Xbox Live’s Major Nelson and AceyBongos are in on the action too in a USA vs Europe, 32-person Squads in a Head-to-Head Battle.
The official press release looks like this:
Join us in the global, live streamed event, Battlefield 4™: Showdown Live Europe vs. USA on November 1 at 17.00 GMT, where two teams of 32-players will compete in an event in London. The Showdown will mark the debut of Battlefield 4 Second Assault, an expansion pack available at launch first on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. Battlefield 4 Second Assault includes four fan-favourite Battlefield 3™ maps re-imagined with the power of Frostbite™ 3. Top-tier Battlefield players will be hand selected to represent their country as they battle it out on Xbox One.
Battlefield 4 will be available November 1 for the Xbox 360 and November 22 on Xbox One.
Battlefield 4 Second Assault is one of five expansion packs included in Battlefield 4 Premium, an exclusive membership for fans that provides a wealth of new content to keep the action going all year long for only £39.99. Battlefield 4 Second Assault will be available first on Xbox One.
Earlier today X360A posted the full list of Xbox360 Achievements for Battlefield 4. To remain spoiler free, I suggest you look away now. Battlefield 4 is set to be released on October 29th for Xbox 360 and is currently available to play as part of an early BETA via the Xbox Dashboard.
Storm bringer (25) – Obtain 20 000 points in the Singapore mission in the Campaign
A one-man riot (25) – Obtain 11 000 points in the Shanghai mission in the Campaign
Terror of the deep (25) – Obtain 11 000 points in the South China Sea mission in the Campaign
Gladiator (25) – Obtain 12 000 points in the Kunlun Mountains mission in the Campaign
Above and beyond the call (25) – Complete all Assignments in the Campaign
Demolition man (25) – Obtain 15 000 points in the Tashgar mission in the Campaign
Guardian of the fleet (25) – Obtain 6 000 points in the Suez mission in the Campaign
Full arsenal (65) – Unlock all assignments and collectibles in the Campaign
Fish (20) – Complete the Campaign on Easy
Dunn’s pride (25) – Obtain 7,000 points in the Baku mission in the Campaign
Braving the storm (20) – Complete the Singapore mission in the Campaign
Wolves in sheep’s clothing (20) – Complete the Shanghai mission in the Campaign
The fall of a Titan (20) – Complete the South China Sea mission in the Campaign
Dead by dawn (20) – Complete the Kunlun Mountains mission in the Campaign
Guns at dawn (20) – Complete the Suez mission in the Campaign
Fishing in Baku (20) – Complete the Baku mission in the Campaign
Antediluvian (20) – Complete the Tashgar mission in the Campaign
It was on the way… (20) – Find 6 collectibles in the Campaign
Took a casual look around (20) – Find 9 collectibles in the Campaign
Methodical search (20) – Find 15 collectibles in the Campaign
Done some searching (20) – Find 12 collectibles in the Campaign
No stone left unturned (20) – Find 18 collectibles in the Campaign
Every nook and cranny (20) – Find 21 collectibles in the Campaign
Stumbled over it (20) – Find 3 collectibles in the Campaign
Wolf (25) – Complete the Campaign on Normal
Tombstone (25) – Complete the Campaign on Hard
Recon (65) – Find 28 collectibles in the Campaign
Well placed (20) – Get 10 kills with C4 in the Baku mission in the Campaign
Wrecker (20) – Get 10 multi-kills in the Shanghai mission in the Campaign
Blood wake (20) – Get 30 headshots in the South China Sea mission in the Campaign
War turtle (20) – Get 15 kills with RPG in the Singapore mission in the Campaign
Infiltrator (20) – Get 10 adrenaline kills in the Tashgar mission in the Campaign
Shawshank (20) – Get 5 kills with Shank in the Kunlun Mountains mission in the Campaign
For tombstone (20) – Let the Valkyrie be destroyed in the Campaign
For the people (20) – Sacrifice Irish to save the Valkyrie in the Campaign
For the cause (20) – Sacrifice Hannah to save the Valkyrie in the Campaign
Patience is a virtue (20) – Experience all 3 endings in the Campaign
Turn around… (10) – Perform 5 dog tag kills in Multiplayer
Won them all (10) – Win a round of each game mode
.45 old school (25) – Perform 45 kills with the M1911 Handgun in Multiplayer
Somehow forgotten in the midst of Eurogamer and GTA Online launching today – for some of you, the Battlefield 4 beta is a go-go! Developed by DICE and powered by the advanced technology of Frostbite 3, the BF4 beta features the Siege of Shanghai map as well as two game modes including the signature large scale battles found in Conquest and the adrenaline-fueled mayhem of Domination. You can also witness the power of Levolution, a new design concept where the environment dynamically reacts to the players every move, both big and small, to ensure that no two games are ever the same.
The exclusive Battlefield 4 beta will also introduce fans to Battlepacks, random combinations of new camos, dog tags and more that gamers will earn by progressing through multiplayer and that add an all-new layer of persistence and chance to the multiplayer experience. Fans looking to get into the exclusive Battlefield 4 beta can download it now if they have pre-ordered Battlefield 4 &/or owners of Medal of Honor Warfighter Ltd Edition. In addition, Battlefield 4 will be hosting an open beta available to all Xbox 360 players starting on October 4th – so there’s only a few days in it for everyone to join the action.
Battlefield 4 will be available November 1st for the Xbox 360, and November 22nd for the Xbox One.
Watch intense and dramatic naval combat on swelling seas and stormy oceans, with 64-player action in the Battlefield 4 “”Paracel Storm”” map. Pre-order BF4 to get the China Rising expansion pack: http://o.ea.com/16778
DICE and EA has today announced Battlefield 4 Premium at Gamescom today. Described as an exclusive membership for Battlefield fans that provides a wealth of new content to keep the action going all year long. With Battlefield 4 Premium, DICE will serve up weekly content and unique personalisation options so players can dominate the battlefield in style!
It was also announced that the Battlefield 4 multiplayer beta will start in early October and will be exclusive for Battlefield 3 Premium owners, those that pre-ordered Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe, and owners of Medal of Honor Warfighter Digital Deluxe and Medal of Honor Warfighter Limited Edition for three days. Following that, DICE will host an open beta for all gamers worldwide and will feature the Siege of Shanghai map on the popular Conquest mode. Players will experience the next level of all-out warfare with a new design concept called Levolution, which creates a dynamic environment that reacts to the player’s every move to ensure no two games are alike.
Now, the content for Battlefield 4 Premium membership includes five digital expansion packs featuring new multiplayer maps and more:
Battlefield 4 Second Assault – Includes four fan-favorite Battlefield 3 maps now re-imagined with the power of Frostbite 3. Available first on Xbox One.
Battlefield 4 China Rising – Players fight for dominance across the vast and majestic Chinese mainland. Available December 2013.
Battlefield 4 Naval Strike – Experience dynamic ocean combat as the Chinese armada takes the fight to the sea. Available Spring 2014.
Battlefield 4 Dragon’s Teeth – The US strikes back engaging in all-out urban warfare. Available Summer 2014.
Battlefield 4 Final Stand – Bring the war to its epic conclusion. Available Summer 2014.
Two-weeks early access to all expansion packs for that competitive edge
Unique personalization options including camos, paints, emblems, dogtags and more
Priority position in server queues
New content every week
12 bonus Battlefield 4 Battlepacks
Transfer Battlefield 4 Premium membership from Xbox 360 to Xbox One
Battlefield 4 Battlepacks add an all-new layer of persistence and an exciting element of chance to the multiplayer progression system in Battlefield 4. Through the course of a player’s multiplayer career, they will receive packs containing random combinations of new camos, dog tags, knives, XP boosts, and gun attachments. In addition to what players will earn in-game through normal play, Battlefield 4 Premium members will receive the 12 bonus Battlefield 4 Battlepacks.
Battlefield 4 will be available October 29 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Battlefield 4 will also be available for Xbox One at launch.