Battlefield 4 Campaign Sucks

(Because it’s just like Call of Duty. But that’s OK)

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I’ve been playing Battlefield 4 single player campaign. Partly because some reviewers say it’s really good but also to unlock three good guns to use in the main multi-player part of the game. What’s it like? It’s all gone a bit COD.

From the start it seems muddled. Heavy electronic music followed by Bonnie Tyler in the opening titles. Your first action after watching some men talking is to click the mouse or not. I chose not and I have no idea if it made any difference to anything. Next you are in some rooms and it’s all gone Call of Duty. Press E to open a door. Crouch behind some waist high walls and shoot some men who only come in small groups.

I have to say the ‘next gen’ graphics don’t look that special in most of the first section or the rest of the game either. It’s odd in that the Frostbite engine of the game clearly has much power and yet it’s not used much in some parts. Doom 3 had better looking corridors and that’s relatively ancient tech. Later in the campaign there are some more stunning views as you can see in the screenshot above but, for me, there were not many times to look around in wonder.

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Then there is the ‘action’. Some of which is just walking around, jumping over small objects, climbing ladders, walking down corridors and opening endless doors. And standing around listening to some characters I really don’t care about talk about stuff I don’t care about. Boring. There is one of the boring corridors in the shot above. Then there is the driving of boats and cars which is sometimes livened up by being shot at or a bit of shooting but that’s, again, mostly dull.

This is a gun game though and there are shooting parts but much of that is confused and some of the guns are great and some are duds but I did enjoy some of that. Sometimes a simple shooting gallery can be fun. The developers are clearly aping the CoD series. I think they really wanted a ‘Call of Duty’ campaign and they pretty much succeeded. It did feel very CoD. But. I’m pretty tired of that formula and I never wanted Battlefield to copy that. However there is no doubt that the CoD series is the video game sales monster so being more like that will have boosted sales of Battlefield 4 hugely. So it’s OK. It serves it’s purpose.

So it sucks. I mean it’s OK and it does what the publishers wanted it to do but you could do so much more. The Battelfield Bad Company 2 campaign two games back in the Battlefield series was much more enjoyable for me. I liked the characters and the more open, sandbox nature which let you play it how you want. Yet it wasn’t nearly so well received by the reviewers and the buying public compared to CoD. Then again the Call of Duty series was so much more original and fresh back then.

Would I buy BF4 just for the campaign? Probably not. Maybe if it was £5 or less.

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