BATTLEFIELD 4

battlefield-4-cover-pcBattlefield 4 was released October 29, 2013 by Electronic Arts. The game was developed by DICE. Battlefield 4 is a first person shooter.

AMD Mantle is broken so to revert Battlefield 4 to DX11 you need to edit the profsave_profile in documents/battlefield4 and search for mantle and change it to 0, then the game will run fine.

If you experience any issues with BF 4 after the September 2015 updates, run the repair option in Origin to check the game to be sure its setup properly.

Battlefield 4 is the 4th mainstream release of the series from EA.

BF4 features several changes compared to its predecessor. The game’s heads-up display is much the same, composed of two compact rectangles. The lower left-hand corner features a mini-map and compass for navigation, and a simplified objective notice above it; the lower right includes a compact ammo counter and health meter.

The mini-map, as well as the main game screen, shows symbols marking three kinds of entities: blue for allies, green for squad mates, and red/orange for enemies. This kind of color scheme for the mini-map is also seen in Crysis etc.

Players can use dual-scoped weapons, including weapons with different firing modes (e.g. single shots, automatic fire). They can “spot” targets marking their positions to the player’s squad in the single player campaign (a first in the Battlefield franchise) as well as in multiplayer, allowing teammates to either suppress or eliminate them.

In addition, players will have more survival capabilities, such as countering melee attacks from the front while standing or crouching, shooting with their sidearm while swimming, and diving underwater to avoid enemy detection. The single-player campaign will see the player using vehicles to quickly traverse mini-sandbox-style levels.

Battlefield uses a richer range of controls than most other action shooters. This allows a player to crawl along the ground while taking cover from snipers. Then the player can use the cover to slowly pick off snipers. Hand grenades are in short supply. This level of detail is excellent but it makes the game very demanding.

Assault rifles such as the M16A4 and AEK-971, carbines such as the SG553 and G36C, SMGs such as the UMP and P90, shotguns such as the M1014 and the SPAS-12, and sniper rifles including the SV-98 and M40A5 are all untouched from BF3. There is no need to recalibarate weapons over and over.

The player can pick up more weapons and ammunition. There are also supply boxes which can be accessed for special operations. Remote detonators and rocket launchers have been part of the series for a long time. There is also a support chopper in the campaign for additional firepower.

BF4 also restores the sandbox view last seen in Battlefield 2142. Spectators are also able to see the sandbox view. You’ve pulled the trigger, now drop the bomb.

Commander Mode puts you at the heart of the situation room, letting you deliver critical intelligence, manage support activity and deploy powerful war assets during true squad-based team play. The action is set in 2020, six years after the events of Battlefield 3. There’s a new hybrid bomb-planting and capture-point mode too.

BF4 follows the fortune of a single squad, Tombstone, as the U.S. becomes embroiled in a war with a militaristic faction of the Chinese government. The first scene does a good job of highlighting a lot of the cool things that happen in the game, and it is also an intense beginning.

Concrete barriers are chewed up with enemy fire so its not possible to hide and pick them off. This has also been seen in Medal of Honor, Medal of Honor: Warfigher and Battlefield: Bad Company 2. The new upgraded Frostbite engine has better capacity to make the game much more realistic while supporting a larger number of players.

The collapsing tower gimmick did nothing to improve sales. It does however make for some different gameplay, snipers are unable to see through the dust allowing an advance. Overall BF4 fails to really make the game characters come into the action like BFBC2 was able to. DICE should have realzied this when designing the game and had they delivered it, BF4 could have been another smash hit.

No surprise that BF4 is also banned in China. They accuse the game of threatening national security. Battlefield 4: China Rising is a fictional war in China triggered by Admiral Chang with plans to overthrow the current government. His success will be supported by Russia, but will bring China to war with the United States which relationship with the Russian is tensed. The game showcases the U.S. military’s fight against the coup and Chinese Liberation Army.

CAMPAIGN CHAPTERS

  • Baku
  • Shanghai
  • South China Sea
  • Singapore
  • Kunlun Mountains
  • Tashgar
  • Suez

The BF4 campaign is short which is typical from EA of late. Most of the game is focused on the multiplayer mode.

ROLES

  • Assault
  • Recon
  • Support
  • Engineer

The game is organized into up to 5 player squads.

FEATURES

  • Only in Battlefield can you experience Levolution on the PC, changing the landscape in real-time with interactive environments that react to your every move to ensure no two matches are alike.
  • Only in Battlefield will you find the awe-inspiring power of the next generation Frostbite 3 engine, delivering unmatched visual and audio fidelity, superior character animations and dynamic destruction.
  • Only in Battlefield can you experience an unmatched level of all-out war that grants you the freedom to play to your strengths and your own path to victory.
  • Only in Battlefield do you have the power to dominate land, air and sea with all-new, intense water-based vehicle combat on the PC.
  • Only in Battlefield will you lead your squad in Commander Mode, which lets you take point and turn the tide of battle from both the edge of your seat or on the go with your tablet.

PERFORMANCE

This game requires 64-bit Windows and a very high-end DX11 video card.

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