Battlefield 4 Review for Xbox One

Battlefield 4 Review for Xbox One

An Appetite for Destruction

Bullets are snapping by my head; I better get behind some cover. There’s an incoming enemy helicopter to my west, and snipers in the building to my east. I’m a sitting duck out here in the open. It’s time to find a defensible position. Tanks have blown the building closest to me all to hell. I better make a run for the intact bunker down the hill. I’m surrounded, outnumbered, and outgunned, and I’ve been hit. I’m gonna take as many of these sons of bitches with me as I can. It’s a good day to die…

This is the life of a Battlefield player. In previous Battlefield games, the unpredictability of an online match is a direct result of the amount of freedom given to the players. The environment is destructible. You can drive land vehicles, fly aerial vehicles, or simply run around on foot–these variables make every game different and allow for some of the most memorable moments you are likely to experience anywhere in gaming. Battlefield 4 not only accomplishes this; it absolutely excels at it, delivering moments you will be bragging about to your buddies for years.

There’s no denying that the core of the Battlefield experience is its robust multiplayer component. Overall, the changes in the multiplayer are minute, but the tweaks that have been made, along with some well-placed additions, drive an online experience that feels fresh without losing what’s made the franchise great.

The big “game changer” this time around is something called Levolution. With Levolution, players are given the opportunity to literally change the battlefield by triggering an event on the map. The most well known of these events is the falling skyscraper in “Siege of Shanghai,” but every map has a significant Levolution that will change the way the game is played. You can collapse a satellite dish in “Rogue Transmission” or run a battleship aground in “Paracel Storm.” These changes open up new avenues of approach, close old ones, and can change the placement of a point of interest. Of course, these are just major set pieces that can either be triggered or not, but it’s player controlled and can happen at any time, which adds to the already unpredictable nature of Battlefield 4 . Add to that the ability to reduce almost any freestanding structure to a frame and a pile of rubble, and you have the most diverse battlefield ever conceived in gaming.

Battlefield 4 Screenshot

Other new additions include the ability to lean and peek around corners (finally!) and the expansion of sea warfare with new patrol boats and jet skis. These additions only build on the already solid foundation that has been built in previous games, adding to the overall experience and freedom of taking the battlefield.

Commander mode is something hardcore fans of the series will remember from Battlefield 2 , and makes its triumphant return in Battlefield 4 . This time, however, it has taken on a new form. Not only can you access this mode from in-game, but you can also use your iPad or Android tablet to control the action as the commander. This is by no means a required facet of gameplay, but the option is there for those of us who just can’t get enough of Battlefield .

Battlefield 4 Screenshot

Also, in an effort to promote team play, DICE has brought the Field Upgrade mechanic out of retirement from Battlefield 2142 . This basically replaces the squad-perk system that is used in Battlefield 3 , which is just a static attribute that your squad gains for having it selected. Field Upgrades give squads who work together and complete tasks an undeniable edge on the battlefield–such as extra grenades or the ability to sprint faster, among other perks. The standard 4-player squads from Battlefield 3 have been bumped up to 5 players now, so you can be a more effective fire team and achieve field upgrades.

As I said before, the core of the Battlefield experience lies in the multiplayer. Even though the single-player FPS is what spawned the multiplayer shooter phenomenon, it seems that it’s often left behind as an afterthought. The single-player campaign of Battlefield 4 feels like it’s caught somewhere in the middle. Not to say that the campaign isn’t worth playing, because it definitely is (there are moments during the single-player that will wow you), but the 5-7 hour length was just a little short for my taste.

In the campaign, you play as Sergeant Daniel Recker of Tombstone Squad, a small unit of Marines assigned to the USS Valkyrie. During a routine intel mission, all hell breaks loose, and a chain of events are set into motion that could start World War III. The action is palpable, almost never slows, and set-piece-driven levels create spectacles that you have never seen before in a shooter. Although the campaign is short and sweet, it is easily the best Battlefield campaign so far, in both scope and quality.

Even on current-generation consoles, this game looks great. The sheer amount of on-screen action is astounding for this aging hardware to be capable of producing. Character models are easily the sharpest that they have ever been; the weapons look accurate and clean, and character animations flow through the environment without looking stiff or forced. DICE’s new Frostbite 3 engine shows its quality and diversity even on current-generation technology. Although, I will say I did encounter an occasional framerate drop and a character glitch from time to time. Once, I even saw an enemy fly through the air, and continue to do so, until he was out of sight, and all I could see was the orange marker I placed over his head. But overall, these issues are so few and far between that they don’t detract from the experience as a whole.

Battlefield 4 Screenshot

The audio of Battlefield 4 brings as much to the table as the visuals. Soldiers screaming or shouting orders, bullets whizzing by your head and snapping behind you, explosions, crumbling buildings, vehicles rolling or flying by, and other ambient noise put together a soundscape that will simply blow your mind. Score only plays a minor role in the multiplayer, but the single-player campaign uses it to an advantage, and the voice acting is surprisingly well done.

Thankfully, the control scheme hasn’t really changed, something any Battlefield veteran will be able to appreciate. Moving, shooting, driving, and flying all feel tight and well rounded, and fumbling over controls is kept to a minimum. I did have a little bit of trouble figuring out the weapon loadouts, but after a little trial and error, and several trips to the new Test Range (where you can test out new weapons, attachments, and vehicles), I figured it out without too much hassle.

In short, Battlefield 4 is an experience that any shooter fan is going to want to have. The developers at DICE have crafted their own brand of mayhem and destruction out of the series that simply defines their gameplay style. So if you like explosions, intense combat, accurate weapons, and the freedom of choice to play how you want to play, then do yourself a favor and go buy this game. I’ll see you online.


After getting our hands on the next-gen version of Battlefield 4 , the differences are apparent. In addition to a visual upgrade that puts console gaming pretty much on par with the PC experience, it is also host to a couple of features that will be serious game changers.

First off, the visuals of a next-gen Battlefield 4 are simply stunning. Current-gen visuals didn’t disappoint, but the improvement on next-gen consoles is wholly undeniable. Textures are extremely detailed, even getting as close to them as you possibly can, and blades of grass blow individually in the wind. Dust particles float through the air, which is nothing new, but dynamic lighting brings them to life in a way we’ve never before seen on consoles. Lens flares add to the dynamic lighting effects and reflective surfaces, and your weapon of choice reflects the light to create other new and immersive visuals. Of course, all character, vehicle, and world models have received a little visual veneer, but in this case, the devil is in the details, and Battlefield 4 has details in spades.

But it’s not all about a visual upgrade. The gameplay of Battlefield 4 doesn’t suffer in the slightest and (if anything) feels even tighter. But the biggest improvement between generations has to be the expansion of multiplayer capability from 24 to 64. Finally, Battlefield can be played as it was meant to be played on the console, in its frenetic and random glory, with tons and tons of other players. Add to that the return of the commander feature (which can be accessed from your iPad or Android tablet on next-gen), and you can have up to 66 players in a single game for the full Battlefield 4 experience. Battlefield 4 also gives you the ability to enter spectator mode and join a match, and this robust feature set allows you to experience the insanity of the battlefield without the danger of being shot, just another perk.

So all-in-all, Battlefield 4 brings a lot to the next-gen table. It is probably spawned from Battlefield’s native development for the PC, but hey, whatever works. At the end of the day, all that matters is how well a game is put together, and thankfully, Battlefield 4 is one of the most badass games we’ve ever played. Next-gen polish is just a bonus.

The Frostbite 3 engine shows its worth. 4.3 Control
Responsive and adaptive–hallmarks of the Battlefield series. 4.7 Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Voice acting is excellent in single-player, but nothing beats the sounds of the battlefield coming to life around you as you play a multiplayer match. 4.8 Play Value
The single-player campaign is a short but solid experience, but multiplayer is endlessly playable. 4.7 Overall Rating – Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.

Review Rating Legend
0.1 – 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 – 2.9 = Average 3.5 – 3.9 = Good 4.5 – 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 – 2.4 = Poor 3.0 – 3.4 = Fair 4.0 – 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • 64-player matches.
  • Squad based spawn points.
  • Tons of loadout options.
  • Incredible destructible terrain.

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