Battlefield is back again but this time around, it’s not from DICE. Visceral has taken the helm and have gone to the urban police versus criminal theme in their game entitled Battlefield Hardline. The shit just got real.
Battlefield Hardline features new variety of gameplay that breaks away from the traditional Battlefield game modes. The focus of the game has been shifted to police and the “war on crime”, breaking away from the military setting that has hitherto characterized the series. As such, the main factions in Hardline are the police Special Response Units and criminals. Players will have access to various military-grade weapons and vehicles, such as the UH-60 Black Hawk as well as having police equipment such as tasers and handcuffs.
We’ve played the initial beta last year. Here’s our take back then. The “New” beta has just come out last week and the GamerVets got around to playing some of the Multiplayer beta over the last week. Here’s our impressions of the multiplayer aspect. There were 3 game modes to play: Heist, Hotwire (new game mode where it’s Conquest with cars) and Conquest.
Fun as hell with friends
Seems to run smoother and faster than previous Battlefield games
Menu system is clean, brighter and easier to read and navigate
The cash system to pay to unlock weapons provides more customization choices
Cops vs Robbers type game modes add some interesting gameplay elements and objectives
Ran into typical BF cheesiness (lag, rubber banding, etc)
“Auto melee” function is annoying as it will try to melee if in range even if you are trying to shoot
Still kind of feels like it could be a BF4 DLC
Some balancing will need to be done with the guns but that’s like all FPS multiplayer games
If you’ve never liked Battlefield type games then Battlefield Hardline won’t change your mind any time soon. If you are a fan of the series, give this game a try. Hardcore players will undoubtedly find lots of faults and complain about it but it’s simply a fun game and really must be played with friends. Even the single player, based on the trailers looks like it could be pretty good too.
I’m not fully convinced it’s worth the full $70 retail price so if you didn’t get a deal on it as a preorder like some of us did (around $45), I’d hold off until it goes on sale. Maybe watch some videos or try it out at a friend’s place to see if it’s worth your time and money.
Battlefield Hardline will be available March 17, 2015 on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.
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