August 23, 2013

Battlefield 4 - 7 Game Modes Across 10 Maps

The Battlefield Blog revealed today that Battlefield 4 will release with 7 game modes and 10 multiplayer maps.
Battlefield 4 releases October 29 with seven game modes: Team Deathmatch, Squad Deathmatch, Rush, Domination, Conquest, Defuse, and Obliteration. All seven game modes will be playable across the 10 multiplayer maps launched with the game. You can pre-order Battlefield 4 to get the China Rising expansion pack at no additional cost.

August 22, 2013

Battlefield 4 Gamescom Gameplay from JackFrags

JackFrags posted some Obliteration gameplay he recorded while playing at Gamescom. Check it out!

August 14, 2013

Waiting for BF4

So, here we are waiting anxiously for Battlefield 4 to release in 2 1/2 months.  Around this time, I am typically in need of a distraction.  I played a lot of Battlefield 3 over the past few months in anticipation of BF4, but I don't want to burn myself out, so I am going through my game library and getting in some play time on some of the games I have neglected.  I also find myself tempted to try some new games I do not yet have.  I typically do this before a big release; I looked back at my Steam history and found that in the months before Battlefield 3 is the last time I managed to do a little catch-up on my library.

So, what do I have on hand to distract myself?

  • Civilization V - I really enjoy Civ, especially because it is something I can just pick up and play a little at a time, and I can also play it with just one hand while rocking my daughter to sleep.  I have not yet purchased/tried the Brave New World expansion.
  • Saints Row the Third - Goofy mayhem is simply fun.  Nothing more to it.
  • The Walking Dead - I love the series, and this game tells a good story.  I am late getting into this because I waited to get it cheap on the Steam Summer Sale.
  • Amnesia The Dark Descent - If you like horror, this one is seriously awesome.  I definitely recommend checking it out.  Watch this video to get a taste.  :D

There are a couple that are tempting my wallet.
  • Payday 2 - It seems a lot of people are really loving this one, so I am tempted to get on the hype train. Who doesn't want to rob a bank without [real] repercussions?
  • Saints Row IV - I am enjoying the Third, so why not consider getting IV?  It releases next week.  If you pre-order on Amazon right now, you can get $10 credit and the Commander in Chief DLC pack.
What are you playing to pass the time and ease the excitement?

August 13, 2013

Battlefield 4 Dinosaur Mode

There has been a lot of speculation about a dinosaur mode in the Battlefield series after a number of dinosaur-themed easter eggs in the campaign and on multiplayer maps of Battlefield 3.  Whether or not DICE will include such a mode is purely speculation at this point, though they certainly enjoy teasing us.  Nonetheless, there is a very good discussion on the topic taking place over on reddit.  I felt it good to share possibly the best post I have seen on the topic.
I am just going to say what I always say whenever Dino Mode for Battlefield is brought up (and please read my post thoroughly);
According to a GamersSpot article, the dinosaur at the beginning of the E3 demo and Thunder Run trailer was placed in response to a 4chan thread in which a supposed Activision sales manager wondered why their Call of Duty game didn't sell as well on PC as it did on consoles, with several responses saying it was due to a lack of dinosaurs. Gustav Halling, a gameplay designer for Back to Karkand, tweeted about it.
Let me list some things.
-Millers' son's Dino toy in Thunder Run
-5 hidden Dinosaur figures hidden on Wake Island
-Hidden Dino on Epicenter
-On Gulf of Oman there is a strange blue flashing light behind the tarp of the building under construction. It might be just a person welding something, because, as stated above, it's under construction. There is an object inside the tarp that appears to be in the shape of a dinosaur. []
-On Sabalan Pipeline near a collections of silos are two toppled fences, the fences are not destroyed by the player but has been previously knocked over. Near the fences, in the snow is a trail of dinoasur footsteps leading up the mountain and out of bounds, as one nears the out of bounds mark a dinosaur roar is heard. []
On Nebandan Flats there are three dinosaur skulls. []
-Pterodactyl on Nebandan Flats. []
-Plus there is a Dinosaur dog tag for use in multiplayer.
I'm sure I even missed one or two.
Ok I didnt want to bring it up, but... Look at CoD: WaW and how it introduced the Zombies mode, it was one simple level that was a bonus unlock if you beat the game. Now look at CoD: BO2, the once small and lackluster mode is now a HUGE selling point and most of the games players love the fact that Zombies is included, the main reason the game's DLC sells so well is due to it having a new Zombies map.
And when I say "complete creative freedom" I mean DICE wouldent be confined to the realism of the modern day military, the mode could take place on another planet, have all kinds of "un-realistic" content and it wouldent matter, why? It's in a bonus mode that's only correlation to the base game is Frostbite 3, and killing enemies.
Watch if DICE includes a Dino Mode at any point for Battlefield 4 (hopfully included at launch) it will drive even more sales of the game, as long as they take some time doing it and don't piece it together.
I understand everyone wants Battlefield 4's multiplayer to be the best yet in the series and I have no doubt in my mind that DICE has done an amazing job on the multiplayer component. Nonetheless, a Dino Mode would and could be a viable addition to the Battlefield IP.
Look what Ubisoft (Montreal · Shanghai) did with the standalone Far Cry 3 expansion, Blood Dragon. It's themed as a 80's VHS movie with robots and space commandos. And keep in mind that vanilla Far Cry 3 was a "realistic" open world game. The expansion was well received and was downloaded over 500,000 times.
I love the Battlefield IP for it's realism, but I would love for a bonus mode (not an entire game) to allow DICE to go "un-realistic" and really put Frostbite 3 and the teams creative power to it's limits.
Don't be simple minded, just imagine what DICE could do with creative freedom in a bonus Dinosaur mode in Battlefield 4. They are no longer confined to realism like they are in campaign and multiplayer. They could really do some awesome stuff. And I bet the majority of players would try it and enjoy it.
Campaign is for a cinematic story, multiplayer is for team based operations and can be rather stressful. Battlefield doesn't have a mode where you can just play for fun with some friends, and it could really benefit from a mode like that.

August 8, 2013

Battlefield 4 - Naval Warfare

In the video below, Battlefield Podcast shares with us potential leaked information that a map tidbit seen in the Frostbite 3 trailer may in fact be a map for Battlefield 4.  The map seen features a relatively small island featuring trees and a helicopter, surrounded by ocean as far as the eye can see (from the angle shown, anyway).  They have been hinting very hard at "dynamic sea battles" being a major feature of Battlefield 4, so one can only assume a primarily water-based map will be in the game.  Now, the question is, will we see this map at Gamescom, or will we see the map for which an overhead view was leaked in the Battlelog trailer?

August 7, 2013

Speculation - Battlefield 4 Game Play Clips

EA/DICE has been releasing a lot of short clips, ranging from 20 seconds to a couple minutes, to various members of the Battlefield YouTube community.  Many of these clips provide little, if any, new details regarding the game.  Honestly, the overall sense one gets is that they are meant to keep stirring up hype as Gamescom approaches in a couple weeks.  I, for one, have enjoyed getting a little hyped up watching the clips, as well as analyzing the content to find the little things to appreciate.  However, I cannot help but wonder if there is a deeper meaning to these clips.

I feel like they have some cohesive theme in them.  However, they seem to show various types of game play, from infantry to tanks to choppers.  They give us first-person examples of some of the features discussed, but not shown in incredible detail, such as the various water effects.  They display a number of bugs, such as the tower falling through the tank and the "blinking".  On the surface, there does not seem to be much cohesion, aside from it being alpha game play of BF4.  However, I have a couple theories, which are not mutually exclusive.

The first is simply that they are showing this to us to keep us hyped up, but also to show off some of the bugs in this alpha game play.  They have already stated they will have Battlefield 4 playable at Gamescom 2013.  I am thinking the version they have on site will be newer than what we are seeing in these clips, and it will evidence that many of these bugs have been corrected before we even get to Beta.

The second has to do with how they obtained this game play.  If they have explained, I have missed it.  My understanding is simply that this is gameplay recorded of spectator mode.  However, what I have not heard is who is playing or how it was recorded.  I believe this will be discussed in more detail at Gamescom, where they will reveal that these clips were recorded using Battlerecorder of game play either by those who had access to the online Alpha, or of journalists, etc. playing at the DICE offices.

Of course, this is all speculation, and it may just be that they wanted to provide us a little material during the doldrums between E3 and Gamescom.  In just a couple weeks, we will know more.

August 6, 2013

Battlefield Event Sign-Up Document

Ian Tornay (@crash7800), Battlefield Community Manager, tweeted a link to a Google Docs form one can complete to be considered to attend real life Battlefield events.  If you would like to sign up, follow the link.
The document asks for your Battlelog, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook IDs, as well as questions about your content type and other information that will help them classify your usefulness in getting out the hype.  I assume, then, these would be events such as those play sessions at DICE HQ that high-profile YouTubers get to attend.  Of course, it could perhaps mean that they intend to have more significant events leading up to and following the release of BF4 that go beyond what we have seen with BF3.

Battlefield 3 - Double XP Weekend

Battlefield is offering a double XP weekend for all those trying to get in a little more ranking up in Battlefield 3 before Battlefield 4 arrives.  It starts August 10 and lasts 48 hours.  It appears this one is for everyone, and not only Premium.  See you on the battlefield!

August 2, 2013

Battlefield 4 - Shanghai Tower Falls on Tank

The video above, posted by VitalSyntax on Youtube, is a clip provided to him by EA/DICE as part of a release of multiple video clips of recent build gameplay footage to throw a little more coal on the fire of the hype train.  This particular video is an interesting one, as it shows the Siege of Shanghai tower falling on a tank.  VitalSyntax does a great job in the video of going back through the clip and providing thoughts very similar to what I would add here if he had not done that.

One of the main things I want to point out in this clip is the buggy nature of the tower falling.  I hope after the build we see here, they were able to make the tower fall more gracefully and/or the blocking/hit detection of the falling tower is improved so one does not see the weird untextured insides.  I also see in this video, as I have seen in others, that there are weird transitions during the falling, where pieces are there, then they aren't, rather than seeing them falling.  If course, I am not a game programmer, so what I am expecting may be beyond the capabilities of current engines.

The other thing prominent in this clip, which I have again seen in others, is the strange blinking going on.  Is that meant to be your soldier blinking as they look through the TV feed for the tank?  It seems really strange and sporadic.  I also recall seeing this same thing when players are swimming.  I really hope we get more information on what this is and why, if it is something we will see in the final build of the game.

August 1, 2013

Sun Glare

Please check out my newest post over at BF4blog, where I compare the sun glare in BF3 to that of BF4. Does DICE still have an OP weapon on their hands?

Sun Glare - Will it be OP in Battlefield 4?