More Reviews
REVIEWS Call of Duty: Ghosts Devastation Review
I ain’t afraid of no ghosts, but you better be afraid of anyone who unlocks the predator in Call of Duty’s latest maps.

Skydive: Proximity Flight Review
Countless hours can be spent on the computer watching other people fly through the air in these winged suits. But now it’s time to zip up.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Rise of Incarnates Preview
We've always wanted Japanese developers to bring something new over to the States, and Rise of Incarnates hopes to do just that.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Release date: 04/29/14

Bound by Flame
Release date: 05/09/14

Wolfenstein: The New Order
Release date: 05/20/14

Drakengard 3
Release date: 05/21/14


LATEST FEATURES Bandai Namco's Global Gamers Day Showcase
In Las Vegas, Ryan Bates and I poured through Bandai Namco's full catalogue of titles and learn what the publisher has in store this year.

The Gaming Charities at PAX East 2014
Pause your game and make a difference. Gamers can go beyond player two by helping many others with these charities.
 
Coming Soon

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP shandog137
So much more than war...
By shandog137
Posted on 04/18/14
The recent blog, Peace in the Era of Call of Duty  really made me think about war games that dig deeper than simply a kill streak reward. The first game that came to mind was Spec-Ops: The Line and although I haven’t played it, I began to wonder if it did the war genre as...

Battlefield 4 Preview

Alex_Osborn By:
Alex_Osborn
03/26/13
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE FPS 
PLAYERS 1- 64 
PUBLISHER Electronic Arts 
DEVELOPER DICE 
RELEASE DATE Out Now
M Contains Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language

What do these ratings mean?

Welcome to the next generation.

Those familiar with DICE's work have come to expect a visually impressive experience with each subsequent iteration of the Battlefield franchise, and I'm delighted to report that the fourth proper installment likely won't let fans down. Battlefield 4 blows its predecessors out of the water technically, thanks to a new-and-improved graphics engine that is downright jaw-dropping.

Before firing up the demo, the guys over at Electronic Arts made it perfectly clear that what we were about to see was in-engine footage. Naturally, my expectations (and likely everyone else's in the audience) were incredibly high, and yet I was still wowed when I saw how lifelike each of the characters looked thanks to some superb animation.



The demonstration kicked off with a group of soldiers in a sinking car, submerged deep below the watery depths. The squad's leader is trapped, and there is no chance of saving him. He orders the player as Recker to shoot out the window, freeing himself and the rest of his squadmates, leaving his commander doomed to face an unpleasant fate. As the player turns to the window and fires his gun, the screen goes black, rewinding time to the events that lead to this catastrophe.

The game then opens up in an urban setting with the team on a mission to safely extract a piece of intel. Things go sour rather quickly, and they are forced to fight their way to safety. In typical Battlefield fashion, firefrights are massive and open, truly showing off the large scale of the world. With advances in technology and the power of Frostbite 3, DICE has been able to create an experience that is so detailed, it tiptoes along the line of disturbing. 

Light shines and scatters through the windows, illuminating the various dust particles floating in the air around you. Paint-chipped doors and walls covered in graffiti looks incredibly lifelike, with a level of detail I have never seen in a game before. At one point, the player opens one of these doors only to find a slew of unsuspecting birds that scatter in a frenzya technical marvel. The sheer number of things happening on the screen at any given time is astounding. Massive vehicles rolling the the background, sparks flying on the left, smoke billowing on the right, all while choppers circle overhead. The draw distance is stunning and adds to the level of detail and realism one would expect from a next-gen-developed DICE game.



As Recker and his squad attempt to make their escape, the thunder of bullets and explosions fill the air. Gunplay appears to be incredibly similar to prior entries in the series, so fans will undoubtedly feel right at home. The sound design (to no one's surprise) is incredible, with thunderous booms and eardrum-shattering blasts. Destructible environments have always been a big part of the series, and they're back and more impressive than ever. Not only is blowing a hole in a building disturbingly lifelike, but it yields a gaping hole that looks wholly authentic. After spraying bullets into a slew of enemies, racing through buildings, and dodging helicopter fire, the squad hops in a vehicle, as the player grabs the wheel.

Because the first section of the demo already made it clear how this mission would end, it was almost difficult to bear watching the player race away from enemy pursuit, blowing a pursing chopper into a state of disrepair, sending it plummeting to the earth below. Unfortunately, the destruction sends the car careening off the road and into the water, bringing the story full circle.

There aren't many who'd argue against the fact that Battlefield 3's single-player campaign was rather underwhelming, and based on what we've seen of Battlefield 4, I'm happy to say that it appears DICE is very much on the right track this time around. With characters that the player will actually care about and missions that put the player in difficult situations, there's a lot of potential here. Oh, and it's really pretty, too.

See the full 17-minute demo below.

More GR previews for this game:
Battlefield 4 preview posted on 06/17/13.
More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about Battlefield 4


More On GameRevolution