The next dlc for Battlefield Hardline is on the horizon and this one is all about who you can trust. The earlier dlc’s have set the scene, you got the crew together, pulled off the perfect heist, got a clean getaway but now your enemies are everywhere.
Four intricate maps: Alcatraz, Cemetery, Chinatown, and Thin Ice
7 new weapons
2 new vehicles
Customize primary weapons and uniforms with the Gun Bench Super Feature, and test them at the Gun Range
New Assignments and Legendary weapon camos
In addition to the dlc, all users will receive a base game update that includes 11 new weapons and new server presets. After the update, every Gold Battlepack you open may also contain a weapon license voucher – a Distinguished class item that unlocks an entire weapon license.
As always we’ll supply you with more information when it becomes available.
The wait is nearly over for Premium members to get their hands on the first DLC pack coming to Battlefield Hardline. Criminal Activity brings new guns, gadgets and the Bounty Hunter game mode to the already intense cops vs robbers game.
So to keep you on the edge of your seats, check out the new expansion trailer below.
Battlefield Hardline’s 1.02 patch is out now for Xbox One and the notes of the update have been published on Battlelog – kiss goodbye to x2 RPG rockets and couch dominance – say hello to rent-a-server!
Bronze packs – changes made to the last slot drop to improve the chances of collectibles and vouchers rather than boosts.
Silver packs – made the first 3 slots like a Bronze pack, and removed any chances of getting standard drops and increased the chances of collectibles for the last slot.
Gold packs – made the first 4 slots as Silver pack, and removed any chances of getting standard items, drops advanced vouchers and greatly increased the chances of getting superior or distinguished items.
Added the Prima Guide’s Gold Battlepack.
Shortcut Battlepacks added.
Adjusted the RPG to only have 1 ammo when picked up from a vehicle trunk and to have less splash damage.
Fixed a crash related to some specific Nvidia based video cards.
Fixed a crash that could occur in the customization screen.
Bullet impacts near the player no longer cause camera shake in certain cases.
Fixed an issue in the Hollywood Heights map that allowed players to grab cash through a roof in the Blood Money game mode.
Fixed an issue where the Hotwire game mode was showing as available for the Hollywood Heights MP map.
Adjusted Team Death Match spawns so player is closer to friendlies and further from enemies.
Adjusted tickets to 600 for Conquest Small and 999 for Conquest Large.
Added Conquest Large to the Growhouse map.
Fixed an issue with server customization settings for certain game modes.
Enable automatic muting of bad reputation users when they joining games with good reputation users.
Rent-a-Server functionality added
Added licenses for all items granted in the DLC shortcuts.
Fixed an issue where players who finished Episode 1 in the single player trial needing to replay the level when continuing to play after upgrading to the full game.
Fixed an issue were a squad leader gets disconnected and the new leader cannot kick members of the squad or disband the squad.
Fixed an issue where players could bypass the timer at the beginning of the round during Rescue and Crosshair.
Fixed issues where invites/joins were not functioning correctly if joining user performs invite/join after leaving a quick match game.
Reduced the health of the couch and reduced the rate at which it can be repaired.
Adjusted the criminal and law enforcement variants of the sedan so that they now take the same damage per bullet from weapons.
K10 – reduced start damage to 33 and end damage to 8
Saiga, PTR 91, HCAR, and HK51 – reduced the amount of vertical recoil
RO993 – increased the rate of fire to 850
Jury 410 – increased the amount of damage per pellet to 20
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Battlefield: Hardline scales down the over-the-top set pieces, huge maps, devastating vehicular chaos, and multitude of launch period bugs and downtime of Battlefield 4, and instead offer a faster paced, more stable and more thoughtful experience. It’s a bit of a departure from the norm but this refreshing entry is precisely what the long running franchise needs.
Gone are two armies facing off against each other and instead the classic battle between cops and robbers has broken out. Instead of tanks and jets, armoured swat vans, motorbikes and helicopters are some of your vehicular options. Battles are also now fought over much smaller maps with more lethal weapons, culminating in a far faster pace. Yet the Battlefield aesthetic is still present, with stunning lighting effects, uncanny valley character models, and a bright, glossy coating of paint. It’s certainly a greatly tweaked version of Battlefield but it’s familiar enough to keep the majority of its fans, whilst adding enough fresh content to entice newcomers and those who’ve grown tired of the previous title’s setup.
Tactics are still just as crucial, if not more so, when it comes to doing well on the battlefield. Weapons pack more of a punch so taking cover, moving thoughtfully and staying vigilant are just as important as ever. Meanwhile, equipment such as trip mines, and grappling hooks add extra danger to consider, as entering a building becomes more deadly and enemies have more options to move around and gain elevation. The five new modes also rely greatly on tactics.
Heist tasks the criminals with breaching a location with explosives on a 30 second timer, picking up two packages and taking them to a randomly chosen extraction point, then defending that area until pickup arrives. These three stages require versatility from both sides as they adapt to the shifting objectives. Blood Money has both sides steal packages from a central point and return them to their home base; however, these packages can also be stolen from each other’s bases, forcing both teams to weigh up the risk vs. reward aspect of offensive and defensive play.
Hotwire mixes up the capture point scenario with mobile capture points in vehicles. Driving the vehicles at speed reduces the enemy’s tickets, the side with the highest remaining score after the time limit – or the team who doesn’t hit zero – wins. Finally, Crosshair and Rescue offer small, 5v5 team based objectives with a single life each, targeted at the e-sports community. Crosshair has a player controlled VIP cop escaping, protected by the rest of their team, as the criminals hunt for them. Rescue tasks the cops with rescuing NPC hostages held by the criminal team, where killing all opponents nets a win for either team. For the cop team, extracting all the hostages nets a win as well.
Each mode offers a different and terrific team based experience, whether you’re joining a full 64 player battle or one of the smaller modes and maps, and additional tweaks to the traditional Battlefield formula improve the experience even more. Your speed on foot has been increased and you can run faster still when holding a handgun. You no longer need to grind experience for each class to unlock weapons; instead you earn in-game currency and can freely buy equipment and weapons as well as earn battle packs to kit yourself out with your preferred loadout. However, with less vehicle combat comes no loadout option for heavy machine guns and rocket launchers, these are now littered across the battlefield as pickups or accessible via ‘armoury upgrades’ to your vehicles. It’s certainly an appropriate change, but some may find it frustrating, especially when playing Hotwire.
Battlefield 4’s Levolution returns, where destructive events and natural occurrences affect the map drastically. A destroyed structure can change the location of an object, as well as kill plenty of cops and criminals caught in its wake as the fantastic explosions and falling debris litter the battlefield. Meanwhile, other events, like a sandstorm, reduce visibility and make combat more difficult and interesting. They have a brilliant effect on the map and the flow of play, challenging you to adapt to new situations quickly as well as distracting you with their awe.
And whilst the majority of your time is likely to be spent on the multiplayer side of things, Battlefield: Hardline has a great single player campaign. You play as detective Nick Mendoza, part of Miami’s Vice squad, waging a war against drugs. An episodic delivery with a framing device as if the campaign is a TV show, proves a great way to set up the narrative and deliver different objectives and intense shootouts and arrests. Moreover, the campaign is distinctly grounded, offering you a choice of stealth in most occasions and encouraging non-lethal takedowns and completion of secondary objectives. An arrest mechanic allows you to flash your badge at groups of up to three people, you must then control the group by aiming you gun at each of them as they get nervous, then throw handcuffs on them to arrest them. Arrest those with open warrants and collect evidence to complete case files and you’ll gain bonus unlocks. You can also throw shell casings to distract enemies. It’s all very well crafted to make you feel like the police, rather than just another gun-toting action star.
Battlefield: Hardline is not the Battlefield you’re used to; it’s faster paced, more grounded and less bombastic. It might split the fan base; the smaller maps and less of an emphasis on vehicular warfare is going to disappoint some, meanwhile, the increased tactical play and aforementioned fast pace will delight others. Overall, it’s a wonderfully refreshing experience for the franchise, with smart changes, enjoyable modes and a well-built single player campaign. It’d be criminal not to pick it up.
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More than 200 GAME outlets across the UK will be opening at midnight this Thursday night to celebrate the launch of Battlefield: Hardline.
The game releases this Friday, March 20th, and you’ll be able to grab the exclusive Battlefield: Hardline Deluxe Edition in-store too.
The SKU includes a Versatility Battlepack, Precision Battlepack and Suppression Battlepack, which collect unique assault rifles, weapons, camos and XP boosts. The pack also provides 10 gold backpacks, delivered in-game once a week, which give players extra-special items.
If you are going to a launch and you local store happens to be either GAME Stratford, GAME Liverpool Lord Street, GAME Birmingham Bull Ring, GAME Newcastle Eldon Square or GAME Edinburgh St James’ Centre then you will also have the chance to take your very own prison mug shot.
Store doors will open at around 11.45pm, but the titles won’t be available to buy or collect until midnight. Doors close at approximately 1am.