One of the aims that game developers all over the world try to achieve is realism. I don’t just mean the detail of the graphics or the sound effects. Interaction between your character and those around you is one of the things that really makes a game work. With Battlefield 4, there has been a lot of work done on achieving this interaction. Add to this the improved gameplay and the great online multiplayer mode and you have a game that is more than just another in the franchise.
In fact, with Battlefield 4, the line between single player and multiplayer is not that easy to identify. There are a lot of elements of multiplayer that have appeared in the single player world, and this makes for a really enjoyable experience.
Talking again about the interaction with other characters. There are some great examples of banter and jibes between the soldiers. This takes you a little by surprise at first, but then it makes the game feel more natural. No longer are you just another character charging at an enemy position with the commanders voice ringing in your ears. The rapport actually makes you like them and in turn care about their safety. This is I guess one of the reasons that it has been included, but its a nice development.
Its a shame then that the story arc in the game leaves a little to be desired. It isn’t so much the other characters that you are fighting with, but the whole story of why you are fighting in the first place. Battlefield 4 isn’t unique in this though. Other games such as Call Of Duty: Ghosts, also suffer from story fade at times. I guess there are always going to be strengths and weaknesses in any game, and this doesn’t detract from the overall polish of the game.
There are a lot of nice touches in Battlefield 4 that has become the hallmark of the franchise. You are free to do a lot of things including setting up a sniper position or go drive a tank that really make the game enjoyable to play. There are new modes to play that are not just thrown in as an afterthought. They do offer new perspectives on the gameplay and this applies especially to multiplayer.
It’s multiplayer in fact that has always been the best part of games like Battlefield 4. Its nice to do the single player missions, but having others from around the world that you can chat to and fight for or against, is what most gamers love. Multiplayer on Battlefield 4 is quick and responsive and has something for everyone regardless of your experience.
The frame rate for Battlefield 4 has been kept to 60 frames per second, which makes it quick and yet beautifully rendered. The graphics are lovely to watch and there is a lot of detail that you may well miss in the throngs of battle. Of course, you can appreciate the higher capabilities of the next gen consoles here and even though they are not working flat out in this case, they still make a marked difference to the Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles.
Overall, Battlefield 4 is an engaging and thoroughly enjoyable experience that you just have to play to understand.