At the end of last year Dice recapped on what an exciting year 2014 had been for Battlefield 4 and how 2015 would again hold some surprises. Two months into the year and Dice have now revealed what they meant.
Apart from the normal continued support of the game through tweaks, patches and weapon packs there is also talk of two larger content drops. What these might include we are still unsure about, but one of these could be related to the announcement that Dice want to build a playable map with its premium community.
Yes it’s true, Dice have announced that they want to build a playable map from the ground up using the community’s feedback in every aspect of the project phase. This is something that has never been done before by Dice and could be a way of getting all their premium members back together as one big happy family.
Once completed the map will then be available to all users as a free download. Further information can be found here.
There was also news of the coming Winter Patch that is due out in March. This patch will focus mainly on netcode, soldier collision and a tweak to the very competitive Squad Obliteration mode.
So does this spark your interest, or has Battlefield 4 run its course and you are just twiddling your thumbs before Hardline comes out?
Battlefield 4 is available to buy now on both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Thisisxbox previously reviewed EA’s latest entry in the blockbuster Battlefield franchise for the Xbox 360 which has an identical campaign story – and if you haven’t spotted it previously, we also covered the accompanying hardback titled: The Art of Battlefield 4, which will open your eyes to the artists viewpoint of the game using concepts and visual designs.
As Thisisxbox’s Sean McCarthy covered, 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.
Successfully completing the prologue mission will set up the story which is told over the next six 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.
Set in Baku, Azerbaijan, the opening mission following the prologue plays out the events which lead to being in the car underwater. In a nice introduction to the playing style of Battlefield 4, you are introduced to the rest of your squad as you must all 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 to keep you on your toes. Nice set-pieces will see helicopters play a part both in support as the player can spot enemy soldiers as well as call in the helicopter to take them out, but also the enemy will send in their gunship’s which dramatically changes the dynamic of the mission in a well choreographed and visually impressive set piece.
Now, seven missions all in all 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 and is a solid campaign experience. The campaign itself may be somewhat shorter than previous Battlefield titles, but the level of detail and high intensity fire fights across a varied amount of external and internal environments doesn’t make you feel as though you need more. It’s a great balance to make the story play as though it wasn’t unnecessarily stretched, but you’ve encountered enough action packed scenes through each chapter to get a decent feeling of completion. As the longevity of the most popular first-person-shooters is all about Multiplayer – Battlefield 4 doesn’t disappoint there either offering up a range of new gameplay modes across some truly stunning, next-gen highly detailed maps (ten before extra DLC) to keep you shooting away for many months to come.
Although the campaign was great, albeit a little shorter than what you’re used to from first person shooters it was an enjoyable, memorable experience that does offer re-playability if you’re wanting to hunt out all the collectibles. You do not really buy Battlefield just for the campaign do you?
Moving on to the Multiplayer, Soldier classes – Assault, Recon, Engineer and Support, make their welcomed return where playing as each will once again earn you experience points to further unlock gadgets, weapons and extra weapon attachments. Classes do ensure that team work is supported due to each class having their relevant support in the match to aid other players whether you like it or not, and compared to previous titles, classes in Battlefield 4 now have more variation. Engineer’s for instance offer up more aggressive forms of anti-vehicle usage where as Support class has much more offensive weapons than before. The Recon class has the much needed mobility boost to allow for better movement with better re-balanced sniper rifles to support your team from behind enemy lines – and finally Assault allows you to be the main lead run and gunner whilst doubling up as a Medic to aid downed team mates.
All classes can be applied to all of the game play modes which are listed below:
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
Battlelog plays a prominent part in Battlefield 4 with a small menu bar visible in the top right screen at all times. This allows you to view your current Rank, compare with your friends, view your Soldier and check out the Leaderboards. You can also compete with your friends in new Battlelog Missions where you can create a mission by selecting an objective, such as most kills or Dog Tags taken in a round – then invite up to four friends to compete with you. The winner will be the player with the highest score after all attempts have been used or a set time runs out. Creating a mission in Battlelog is very simplistic and if you’re into competing with friends, you can have a lot of fun with this – or waste so much time trying!
If you are familiar with Battlefield’s Multiplayer style, then you will feel comfortable handling the games menus from creating a soldier and styling your weaponry – this hasn’t evolved much from the very first Battlefield: Bad Company style. Everything about Battlefield 4 on Xbox One offers up more polish and finesse even in the Multplayer Maps. There are ten all in all from the onset before any extra DLC is purchased, but each varies for close quarters team deathmatch to the larger scale environments for Conquest. Whilst they aren’t all perfect for each game type as you will find some maps just fit certain game types better, they are all still visually stunning at least giving you something beautiful to look as whilst downed by a Sniper (yet again!)
Where as the Xbox 360 edition of Battlefield 4 was described as “visually dull” compared to previous Battlefield games; on Xbox One, Battlefield 4 without any question of doubt is the best looking first person shooter even over Call of Duty: Ghosts. I found that as I walked through the campaign missions my eyes were wanting to take in all the breathtaking scenery and intricate detail that made some chapters appear photo-realistic. Everything from the graffiti on the walls, to the demolished skyscrapers looked every bit as striking, making this the best Battlefield game visually on a console. I’ll be honest in saying I have never seen Battlefield on a top-spec PC, and it may be obvious that for next-gen it will be the most stunning visually, but it was better than I had anticipated. Massive improvements to the lighting, textures, detail, resolution that hosts a party to your eyes as you wonder down a war torn path that has never, ever looked this good!
Battlefield 4 on Xbox One is a visual leap more than anything else. If you have recently acquired an Xbox One console and previously had the game on Xbox 360 – the upgrade to Xbox One is more than worth it. A highly recommended game for Xbox One first person shooting fans.
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.
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
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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.
Dice has confirmed via GameInformer that the edition of Battlefield 4 for Microsoft’s Xbox One console will include Kinect functionality. It hasn’t been greatly detailed nor confirmed if the Xbox 360 version will come with the same features.
“We have a pretty pragmatic view [on the new Kinect],” DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson explained in the latest issue of Game Informer. “Instead of just trying to tick all the boxes of features you can do with new hardware, we look at what actually adds value [for] our players.
“When you look at the kind of games that we build – or Battlefield at least – it is a first-person shooter that is very much about skill. Input is really important. You need to have very precise control over what’s going on, and trying to do something like that with motion control input does not make sense – not if you want to keep the same kind of formula of the game as we [have] now. You’d need to build a different kind of shooter.
“But there are other places where it will make sense, and we are going to use it for other things in the game, but we haven’t announced exactly what.”
All will be revealed soon enough – we’ll keep you updated soon as word hits the ground!
Hear about the next generation Frostbite 3 engine powering Battlefield 4, straight from the developers at DICE.
Battlefield 4 is the genre-defining action blockbuster made from moments that blur the line between game and glory – moments found only in Battlefield. With dynamic destructible environments, epic vehicular combat, and the chaos of all-out war, Battlefield 4 gives you the freedom to do more and be more for an unrivalled entertainment experience.
Battlefield 4 will be released on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One this fall.
A leaked image has hit the net suggesting that EA’s upcoming Battlefield 4 BETA will go live across three platforms (Xbox 360, PS3 and PC) on September 24th 2013. This demo will give players the opportunity to prepare for battle on at sea, on land and in the air on the all-improved Frostbite 3 Engine technology.
Battlefield 4 was officially unveiled in March this year and is fueled by the next-generation power and fidelity of Frostbite 3, providing a visceral, dramatic experience unlike any other according to the developers DICE. Only in Battlefield can you demolish the buildings shielding your enemy. Only in Battlefield will you lead an assault from the back of a gun boat. Battlefield grants you the freedom to do more and be more while playing to your strengths and carving your own path to victory.
In addition to its hallmark multiplayer, Battlefield 4 features an intense, 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.
When official announcements are made – we’ll keep you updated, but the image looks pretty real indeed.