Bring the house down.
“This is a sub-review of Battlefield 4 on the Xbox 360 – current generation. Read our lead full review of Battlefield 4 on PC here. An Xbox One – next generation review of the game will be coming out later.”We all know that a game running on 8 year old tech is going to be considerably different from one running on a next gen console or a PC rig you would sell your mother for. The quality of visuals and the number of players in an online game have been discussed since Battlefield 3 was released just over 2 years ago. A comparison between platform versions of Battlefield 4 is pointless. So let’s all just acknowledge that a PC running current specs will easily decimate a PS3 or Xbox 360. Now let’s move on. As Goose has provided a comprehensive review of the overall game play in his review of the PC version I’ll just be touching on the things that Xbox 360 players should be aware of before picking this game up.
On its own, Battlefield 4 on Xbox360 baffled me in many ways. As a big fan of multiplayer I jumped straight into that before even thinking about trying out the campaign. I chose a server and the loading screen popped up, and I waited. I waited, and waited, and waited. Nothing was happening. Pressing my Xbox guide button achieved nothing. On my very first attempt at playing a game my console had frozen. Unfortunately these lockups are all too common affecting me every 3 or 4 games and it’s nothing short of infuriating. Reset, start over, try again. This is a clear sign of a game being rushed to make its deadline and while these issues will be fixed with an update, Dice and EA are still standing around waiting for egg to be wiped off their faces.
When I finally managed to get into a game the first thing I noticed was that the visuals were an immediate disappointment. And I don’t mean when compared to PC or the video footage we’ve all seen of next gen visuals. I’m comparing this to Battlefield 3! It’s almost as if BF3 and BF4 are brothers, one is the older one that is great at sports, drives a shiny Mustang and gets all the girls, the other brother is younger, smells a bit and has a pet rock named Steve as his best friend. As ridiculous as it may sound though the single player campaign looks about a bazillion times better! Admittedly it’s loaded with exciting scripted events, intense action sequences and the level of environmental destruction is miniscule when compared to multiplayer, but the two disks that come in that green box might as well be two different games.
With all of this said though, BF4 is fun to play. The campaign is exciting, even if the narrative isn’t fantastic, and multiplayer is great fun when it works if you can look past its sheer ugliness and abundance of bugs. If you have no intentions of getting a next gen console in the next 12 months Battlefield 4 on the 360 is fun to play when it works and you should pick it up. But personally I would suggest holding out for next gen if you can. After all, it’s only a few short weeks away.
Xbox One Review Coming Soon
*Review copy provided by EA Games
Note: Screenshots used are assets from EA Games and does not reflect the Xbox 360 visual quality.
Battlefield 4's online multi-player is still a powerhouse of a game even if it's on the current generation consoles.