Battlefield 4

PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Developed by: EA Digital Illusions CE
By Matt Ross
Nov 05, 2013

Back when Battlefield 3 was released, I lamented how developer DICE didn’t seem to care about those who wanted a decent single-player campaign as much as they did an expansive multiplayer experience. That same argument applies to Battlefield 4 – a campaign you can finish in around five hours serves as a pretty clear indicator that solo gamers are not DICE’s priority. But perhaps expecting anything else is unfair. Because Battlefield 4’s online multiplayer is insane. The maps are huge, and the servers are packed with willing brothers-in-arms. No other franchise has managed to blend vehicular and infantry combat so well – it’s easy to forget just how difficult it is to have tanks, aircraft and soldiers on the same battleground, and not have it seem like a one-sided affair. But providing the space and the means for legions of gamers to duke it out is what DICE do best. The solo campaign feels like it’s there just to keep up appearances, but is still a relatively entertaining romp through spectacular locales (which you’ll inevitably decorate with bullet holes), but if you’re buying BF4, you’re buying it for multiplayer. And in that regard, you won’t be disappointed. PC gamers get the better deal in terms of visuals – at least until the PS4 and Xbox One versions are out – so console fans might want to delay buying for another few weeks. But whichever version you go for, you’ll have a blast. Even while us single-player fans sit in the corner and sulk.

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