Building (Critical) Consensus: Battlefield 4 (PS3 / Xbox 360)
Just when you thought that the next-gen console launches would be the gaming event of the year to bankrupt you, yesterday happened. We had the releases of WWE 2K14 and Sonic Lost World (coverage soon) and the current-gen launches of Battlefield 4 and Assassin’s Creed 4. We’ll be covering the next-gen versions of those games when they come out (I haven’t decided if I’ll break-up critics roundups between PS4 and XB1 later) but for now, we have the current generation editions of these games to cover.
One of this year’s most interesting battles will be the sales duel between spunkgargleweewees as Battlefield 4 and CoD: Ghosts are out within a week of each other this year. The first one up is BF4. While nobody expects the current-gen version of the game to be as good as the next-gen or PC builds of the game, the consensus is that the multiplayer portion of the game is great and the single-player is as underwhelming as usual. However, I don’t think you’re buying a modern military shooter for the story. Unless you’re buying Spec Ops: The Line. That game was fantastic.
Digital Chumps (92%): While the campaign mode is much stronger in BF4 in comparison to BF3, it’s still not quite the equal experience as the multiplayer campaign. Of course, in this day and age, most fans of the series aren’t looking for a mind-blowing single player experience to begin with, unless you’re old like me, so everyone should feel a bit more comfortable with this entire package.
PlayStation Universe (85%): What DICE has created may have players questioning current- and next-generation standards. Precise controls, an engaging narrative, and thrilling gameplay trump minor hiccups and AI routines to make Battlefield 4 a crucial PS3 experience. If the game’s PS4 version can up the already-astounding visual ante even higher, Battlefield 4 will be in my PlayStation disc trays for months to come.
IGN (80%): The current-gen version of Battlefield 4 isn’t the ideal way to play, but it isn’t damaged or deficient despite its limitations. It accomplishes less than you’ll see on other platforms, but it’s still a great multiplayer shooter that makes the most of its ambitions… The campaign, on the other hand is a disappointing, but functioning and familiar game with overwhelming action and remarkable spectacle.
OXM (80%): Multiplayer excellence can’t completely compensate for a misguided and rote single-player campaign, which makes BF4 an unsatisfying choice for those looking for the total package. Even so, its online offerings remain impressive.
ShackNews (70%): As Xbox 360 and PS3 head off to pasture, Battlefield 4 will not be remembered as a graphical showcase. The improved destruction comes at the price of an overall murky display that can make spotting enemies difficult–particularly in multiplayer. Textures lack definition and LOD issues are prevalent as plant life constantly pops into view. It’s a shadow of the glorious PC iteration, but the Frostbite 3 engine runs steady most of the time, and compared to other games on the platform it still checks a lot of graphical effects boxes without throwing a rod.