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Oct 28, 2013

Although familiar to BF3, but BF4 remains a visually and sonically satisfying, reliably intense FPS. Improved by Commander Mode and a terrific and diverse map set.

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IGN

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 25, 2013

Battlefield 4's devastating destruction is an interesting, imperfect addition to its excellent multiplayer.

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8 / 10
Oct 28, 2013

Consider this the last gasp of the old multiplayer model then. It's a fine swansong, especially when played on the most powerful platforms, and in particular if you treat the campaign as a free bonus feature. It's hard not to wonder just what DICE will be able to do when it no longer has to hobble its designs to suit ageing hardware, though.

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8 / 10
Nov 28, 2013

Business as usual with a mediocre single-player campaign and one of the best multiplayer experiences in all gaming – and at last one that works just as well on consoles as on PC.

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Oct 27, 2013

Multiplayer shooters don't get better than Battlefield 4. Incredible destruction, smart map design, and solid tech combine to produce a true showcase for PS4 and PC. While solo play still lags behind, it's a big step up from BF3.

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8.8 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2013

DICE successfully defends its position as a major player in competitive multiplayer, but another wayward single-player campaign begs the question of why the studio even bothers

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4 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2013

Battlefield 4 melds elements of its predecessors, but their baggage weighs it down

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8 / 10
Oct 27, 2013

Battlefield 4's diverse and deadly multiplayer battles once again deliver exhilarating action, while the single-player campaign struggles to find its footing.

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Kotaku

Top Critic

Not Yet
Oct 28, 2013

The singleplayer certainly isn't worth your time, but multiplayer is as fun as ever so far. Waiting until public servers are up before we make a judgment.

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Oct 29, 2013

Battlefield 4's below average campaign is once again disappoints, but the excellent Conquest mode and large-scale combat is enough to carry the series for another year. Pretty much status quo for EA's top multiplayer shooter.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2013

For the time being, however, this approach works -- Battlefield 4's multiplayer is strong enough to carry it. The single-player campaign isn't nearly the waste of time that it was in the last game, though it still ends up being an unnecessary inclusion. One can't help but wonder how much better Battlefield would be if DICE quit striving for back-of-the-box feature parity and concentrated its efforts entirely on multiplayer. I hope that day comes again.

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Oct 28, 2013

Battlefield has always focused on slower, more purposeful action, but what does the numeral 4 even mean here? Is Battlefield 4 worthy of a brand new integer? Maybe not.

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9.5 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2013

Battlefield 4 is stout entry to the series and a strong addition to the PlayStation 4 launch lineup. As the first game to demonstrate the prowess of the Frostbite 3 engine, its explosive debut indicates a promising future for its technology. Gear up and strap in, Battlefield 4 sets the new standard for next-generation multiplayer.

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Nov 27, 2013

Battlefield 4 is on the PlayStation 4 is a considerable upgrade, and its one of the only cross-generational games to make such a large leap in terms of both fidelity and gameplay.

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Oct 31, 2013
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9 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2013

Single player is quaint, the online experience is a work in process, but once they get the bugs out of that delicious apple pie… it will be well worth the wait

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Oct 31, 2013

Despite bugs and a few absent features, 'Battlefield 4' lays the groundwork for the most immersive and dynamic multiplayer experience in the series to date.

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80 / 100
Nov 3, 2013

It's frustrating to see the same developer who gave us the decent campaigns of the Bad Company games continue to fall flat with the story modes in the core titles. But while it feels as if DICE is standing still while the industry passes them by in terms of single-player experiences, they continue to innovate and raise the bar for multiplayer warfare. With new game modes, an enhanced interface, evolving maps, and greatly improved small-scale battles, Battlefield 4 continues the franchise's trend of setting the standard for the squad-based multiplayer shooter.

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5 / 10
Nov 1, 2013

Another day, another PC launch riddled with bugs and issues. Battlefield 4 is a perfectly decent game with a crashing client, crashing servers, and a whole host of issues that cause lag, disconnections, graphic and sound glitches, and plenty more. When they get fixed it's easily worth a purchase; right now, it's a frustrating experience.

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Nov 5, 2013

Visually it's a masterpiece, and thanks to multiplayer, Battlefield 4 is the best entry yet. But like Battlefield 3 before it, it's the campaign that lets it down. As such, Battlefield 4 becomes a game about its online and little else. For most, this isn't a bad thing, but when other games are offering the best both on the web and off, we feel the next Battlefield could do better.

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