Battlefield 4: Beta Impressions

Being a fan of the Battlefield series for a long time (since 1942) I was definitely excited when they announced Battlefield 3, but was sadly slightly let down and didn’t really find that game to be as much fun as previous titles in the franchise I was accustomed to. I enjoyed the multiplayer to an extent, and the single-player was a complete shit show. However, playing with buddies, and the enhanced destructible enviroments we saw in Bad Company, and Bad Company 2 were welcome additions and kept me interested, and playing the game. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed my time with Battlefield 3 but most of my friends stopped playing about a year after release, and that’s when I had put the game down too.

Then comes the Battlefield 4 announcement and well, honestly I don’t think anyone was too surprised by that. They talked it up, showed some cool stuff, etc. I purposely have kept myself out of the loop on this game so I’m not expecting some amazing video-game, and I don’t let it get overhyped for me (which happened with Battlefield 3).

Either way, I found out that a public beta for Battlefield 4 was launching on the 4th of October (Friday) and decided to download it, and give the game a shot. Get away from the GTA Online for a few hours at least. Now, keep in mind I am playing on an Xbox 360 as my PC has been having a ton of issues at the moment and I’m not too concerned with getting it repaired. I’m not much of a PC gamer anyways, but that’s besides the point (I think the console war mindset, and PC master race mindset is annoying, and won’t support that on my site).

Now, I realize this is a beta and things are most likely going to be wrong, and well there is. So, hopefully this issues do get fixed before the game launches. One of the primary issues I noticed while playing on the Xbox is that this game feels like it’s using everything that the Xbox 360 can handle to play the game. This can be seen by the numerous texture pop-ins, and just the way it looks. It just looks rough, but I have a feeling that can be fixed by the time release hits. The game just looks gross on 360, and I really feel like Battlefield 3 looked far superior, and well felt way better to play. Less clunky.

Now, like the video states things are always rough in the beta for most video games, and Battlefield 4’s beta is rough, and it has some issues but you can still enjoy it, no matter what platform you’re using. I will say that Battlefield has always felt like it should be played on PC, but I’m not going to talk shit, or rip into people for playing on consoles. Some people can’t afford high-end gaming rigs and it’s understandable.

Plus, the game was built for the next generation of consoles, and gaming. So, of course it’s not going to be the best running, or most gorgeous game on Xbox 360, or PlayStation 3 but it’ll definitely appeal to those hardcore Battlefield fans no matter what platform you’re running the game on. But yes, as mentioned above in the article there are still some glitches in the game, and issues that need to be worked out.

For example, but this could just be me but the AK-47 in the Assault class feels incredibly OP and will most likely be nerfed soon. Either way, here’s a list of issues present in the Battlefield 4 beta that you should keep and eye out for:

Xbox 360

  • Player stats in Battledash may not match the stats displayed on Battlelog.
  • You may experience an 8 seconds non-interactive pause, when leaving a Multiplayer session or after pressing Start when booting the game.
  • You may be floating if you jump on the bollards.
  • Cruise Missiles may not destroy any vehicle dropped by Vehicle Drop.
  • The requirements for unlock criteria may not be displayed.
  • Two flag icons may appear overlapping on each other at each flag point.
  • The first attachment of any weapon that is not unlocked, will be the only attachment shown for the first unlocked weapon.

PlayStation 3

  • When you choose to quit during the EOR, you may be able to see “underworld” for 1 second.
  • The camera transition before the EOR screen is under water.
  • If you destroy an enemy tank near the Flag A, it may trigger the map’s Mini-Levolution event.
  • If you quit from the XMB™ menu after the “Press Start” screen, you may experience a forced shutdown.
  • The background screen for the losing team during EOR, is placed “under the game world” for Domination and Obliteration game modes.
  • The Hit Indicator is not present when shooting at enemies.
  • The EOD Bot can’t arm or disarm MCOMs on Rush mode.
  • If you disconnect and reconnect your Ethernet cable while playing, the Game may remain in an endless loading loop.
  • You may not be able to perform a knife takedown on an enemy using the TAW Launcher.
  • If you sign out from PSN while loading into a MultiPlayer server, you may experience an infinite loading screen.
  • In the Soldier Progression menu, you may be able to see upcoming vehicle unlocks that will not be available in the Beta.
  • You may be able to see several Medals, Ribbons, and Dog Tags in the “My Soldier” menu.

PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

  • If you’re disconnected from the EA Servers, the Main Menu tiles remains fixed in the front end.

PC

  • We have received reports of Freezes and Crashes affecting the BF4 Beta client. Our team is currently investigating this matter and we will update you here as soon as we know more.
  • If you are affected by a Freeze or a Crash upon joining a game, and the error message “BF4 Beta has stopped working” appears, please make sure your Windows is fully updated and your Graphic card is running on its latest driver. Alternatively, some players using GeForce drivers were able to fix this by downgrading their driver to an earlier version.
  • We received report of unusually low performances, and are currently looking into that as well.
  • Please note that the Battlefield 4 Beta does not support Win32 and 32 Bit operating systems.
  • Video settings may not be saved after rebooting the game.
  • The tooltip “E” to enter the Venom is visible at a 400 meter distance.

So what platform performs the best? Leave your opinion in the comments below, and try to stay away from any console war/PC master race crap. It gives me a headache.

In the end, I have to say I definitely enjoy the multiplayer more (from what I played) than Battlefield 3, and seeing an entire skyscraper collapse is pretty surreal. I’ll definitely be getting BF4 but only on next-gen as that’s what I feel like it’s been developed, and targeted for.

PC players are advised that Battlefield 4 Beta does not support Win32 and 32-Bit operating systems. The manufacturers also recommend checking that Windows is updated and graphic cards are running their latest drivers. This should help avoid unusually low performances, crashes and freezes.
Read more at http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/battlefield-4-beta-problems-ea-release-full-issue-list#FaS8SW8VSrpm6eZf.99
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