As far back as I can remember, I developed my first multiplayer FPS addictions with Duke Nukem via DWANGO, custom DooM wads, and later on the Rainbow Six series. There was no ESRB back then and my parents bought me violent video games. Despite what most of society would you have you think, I didn’t turn to a life of real violence and crime. Shooters had simply become something I grew up with, loved, and still to this day almost 20 years later still have a passion for and use as a stress reliever.
When someone mentions to you first person shooters, you probably instantly think Call of Duty; I don’t blame you at all if you do. You can’t deny that the franchise has made a lot of money from it’s fan base, albeit at the same time somewhat taking advantage of them in some ways. I’ll admit when the first Modern Warfare came out I was hooked. I played it non stop on 360 to the point where it was all I would think about in school. Fast forward to present day, Call of Duty has obviously become merely of a shadow of what it once was. Each purchase of the franchise became somewhat of a hope into recapturing that fun period that I first experienced with it.
During my college years all I heard about was Counter Strike. In our cafeterias I would see tons of laptops out and CS 1.4 players. While I didn’t go the CS route hardcore, my PC FPS experience started with Battlefield 2 and mostly the Special Forces expansion. I played it quite a bit and can honestly say that was my first experience with the Battlefield franchise. Prior to Battlefield’s 3 launch, the hype factor for me was seriously high. Exhausted from CoD and wanting to jump back into more of a tactical team work based shooter I had really high expectations of Battlefield 3. A lot of those expectations were met, and some weren’t. Battlefield 3 in my opinion was a huge learning experience for DICE, since, other than the Bad Company series, it was their biggest return to it’s franchise roots to compete against Call of Duty. With all of this being said, you are probably right in labeling me as fan boy, but I think there are a lot of reasons why am one today…that’s why Im breaking it down into a Top 10 list!
Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Play Battlefield 4
While “fun” is subjective, if you are even remotely into any type of shooter involving jets, tanks, helicopters, explosives, there’s something for you to do on the Battlefield.
Battlefield is a tactical shooter that doesn’t require you to have great aiming skills or even great reflexes. Battlefield is about PTFO (PLAYING THE F**KING OBJECTIVE). Modes like Conquest, Rush, Obliteration and much more add a ton of variety and do not require amazing accuracy.
The Frostbite engine has been evolving for a long time into what it is today, one of the most bad ass graphics engines ever to be implemented into a shooter. People that often complain about how all Call of Duty games look the same , would be correct. Battlefield games have been evolving graphically since its inception to take advantage of new hardware.
7. The developers care about what the community thinks. EA has had very little to do with what they provide the community at large, improving the game even this late in the games life cycle.
6. Campers can’t hide in Battlefield, you can probably effectively camp for a few minutes until your cover is blown to bits by an RPG or C4 from the Support class (and now Recon in BF4)
5. If you stick with the game, the long term feeling of accomplishment sets in unlike Prestiging over and over in CoD.
4. Knifing someone in Battlefield has been one of the greatest feelings ever and also very violating if you’re on the receiving end. New counter knifing along with new knifing animations have been implemented into Battlefield 4!
3. The M16A3 is gone. Im a firm believer in weapon balance, but other than the M416 and AEK in close range combat, there were no other guns that could compare to the M16 in damage close/mid/far range and fast reload times.
2. A lot of amazing new content releases. Unlike a lot of CoD DLC, Dice implements a lot of extra content in their releases that include assignments, fresh maps, new weapons, new vehicles, and a lot more.
1. It’s not Call of Duty.
If what I’ve mentioned above doesn’t intrigue you at all and you aren’t sure about shelling out the money for the game itself. There is an open Battlefield 4 multiplayer demo/beta starting on October 4th for you to try out for free. You can access this beta via 360/PS3/and PC. It’s free to play and you get a first hand look at how Conquest plays on Siege of Shanghai. Siege of Shanghai is a multiplayer map set within the Pudong District of Shanghai, China and pits the USMC against the PLA.
Here are details on how to get into the beta
|Ways to get into the Beta||Eligible for|
|Pre-order the Battlefield 4 PC Digital Deluxe Edition (Available on Origin)||The Exclusive Beta starting October 1* and the Open Beta starting October 4* through October 15|
|Be a Battlefield 3 Premium member||The Exclusive Beta starting October 1* and the Open Beta starting October 4* through October 15|
|Be a registered owner of Medal of Honor Warfighter Limited Edition or Digital Deluxe Edition||The Exclusive Beta starting October 1* and the Open Beta starting October 4* through October 15|
|Download the Open Beta on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or PC from Xbox Live, PSN and Origin.com||The Open Beta October 4* through October 15|
Since Battlefield is predominatly the only game I truly play everyday, expect to see a lot of my commentary about the beta and full release of the game itself to come in the next few weeks/months!