The wait is over, folks. The biggest video game release season of the year is here. There are a lot of games coming out in the next couple of weeks, so let’s start it off with a game from one of my favorite developers: “Battlefield 4.” Developed by DICE, the Battlefield series has brought us some great games over the years. “Battlefield: Bad Company 2” was awesome and made me a huge fan of DICE, whom I love for their Easter eggs in their games.
But on to “Battlefield 4.” I was super excited for its release but, unfortunately, rather unsatisfied upon playing it. DICE added some great things but didn’t take time to develop the game properly, resulting in a pile of glitches that leaves Jeff Goldblum saying “That’s a big pile of glitch.” The in-game experience was terribly frustrating: not being able to see my gun, screen freezes, levels not rendering, being tossed 3,000 meters from a carrier ship, erasing my saved files … the list goes on and on. I really think DICE should have taken another year to polish this game.
Despite the glitches, some of the well-done aspects of the game are things I have been waiting years for games to develop. “Levelution” (as they call it) is an awesome feature — it allows you to drastically change the map (and the strategy you use on it) by destroying a building or taking out a dam. The soldier layout customization has also improved, making it fun and easy to change your weapon while in a match. DICE also added divisions — 1 being the best and 10 being the worst — so you can see how you compare with other gamers locally and worldwide. The campaign is lacking (just like every modern shooter), but I never look for a good story out of games like this. However, I did like the mechanic that allows you to unlock weapons and use them in any level after you pick them out. This feature prompted me to pick up every gun I could find — a creative way to make players explore the map while in-game.
[pullquote align=”right”]Despite the glitches, some of the well-done aspects of the game are things I have been waiting years for games to develop.[/pullquote]
In the end, we have an average story for single player and a multiplayer which is fun when you’re not glitching like a 90’s computer using dial-up internet. I do enjoy the game, so much so that I am in the worldwide Division 1 sniper, handgun and skill points distinctions. That being said, the glitches highly affect my immersion and enjoyment of the game, forcing me to give “Battlefield 4” a 7.5 out of 10. DICE, polish this baby and we’ll enjoy it day after day.