A Step Back
What is inexcusable though are the bugs that plague getting into games. Although Iíve found games to be stable when in them, finding a server to play on can be a chore. At the time of writing, when searching for servers all of them show up empty.
Quick match works, but If youíre the sort of person that tries to find a specific game it might be a bit troublesome. Itís even worse if you play with a group of friends. It seems as though entering a game with a friend is really hit and miss. Sometimes youíll be dropped straight into the same team and squad, other times youíre left battling against a friend.
Itís also a shame that you canít move around from server to server as a party. One of you has to go in, test the waters and invite their friends individually and worse still thereís no queue system. If the room is full (which you wonít know until youíre in) the others will have to keep trying in a hope that they manage to pop in just as someone leaves.
These are issues that will be patched out over time but Iím starting to get concerned that developers think itís OK to launch a game that has these sorts of issues. The 'ship now patch later' approach to game development is starting to become accepted and it shouldnít be. Whatís worse is that these problems have existed in the 360/PS3/PC versions that were launched back in October, so itís not as though theyíve rushed to fix them either.
The single-player campaign is still intact and although itís had a noticeable face lift, itís still the same stilted mess itís always been. I personally hope that in Battlefield 5
Dice decides to try something completely different. To experiment. What has it got to lose?
The single-player aspects of these games are never highly rated and they have an amazing multiplayer sitting on the same disc, so why not go for something completely different? What's the worst that could happen? If theyíre not prepared to show us something different, maybe they should drop it altogether as, if anything, it just leaves a nasty mark on an otherwise incredible package.
As you would expect the leap in visual quality is massive between the console generations and the setpieces will melt your face, but when the gameplay itself is such a let down, youíll be hard pushed to even get to them.
So, seeing as Battlefield 4
on the Playstation 4 is more of an upgrade than a completely new experience you have to ask whether it is worth these next-gen price tags.
I think it is. The improved visuals coupled with the increase in players allowed to join in your shooty fun means that Battlefield 4
is a vast improvement on the PlayStation 4 (and Xbox One, if thatís the machine you chose). Itís by far the best way to play Battlefield
with a controller in your hand if youíre worried about the increased accuracy from those mouse and keyboarders.
PC players will argue that it still looks better on their machines, and they might well be right. But Dice has made a significant improvement on their console version and unless you are versed in the ever-evolving platform, this could well be one of the best looking games youíve ever seen.
Itís also the best military based first person shooting multiplayer out there. This means that if you choose to pick this up, youíll have a game that will fill your life with enough gaming time to justify the purchase of your new black box.
Although itís nothing new, it doesnít need to be.
Massive visual improvements.
Extra players handled well.
One of the best launch games out there.
Server issues and bugs.
Occasional audio problems
SPOnG Score: 4/5