Sitrep: Battlefield 4′s single-player campaign is revealed… and nobody cares

Battlefield 4

By on March 29, 2013 at 11:02 am

17 minutes is a long time to sit and watch somebody else play some Battlefield 4, but it’s Battlefield 4 so we all did it (watch it for yourself here). The guy or gal playing it was definitely human (maybe too much), there were definitely some dramatic things that happened (I yawned really loud), and it was definitely believable if you prefix “believable” with “un.”

What’s unbelievable is two-fold: 1) “Fuck Yeah America” scripted single player where the Russians are the modern day bad guys? Really? Guys, Putin now uses those missiles as a couch for visitors he doesn’t like, and 2) Nobody even cares. I can count the number of Battlefield single player campaigns I’ve managed to finish on a freshly amputated hand.

There’s no doubt EA have reserved a carriage for the game’s multiplayer show-off further down the hype-train, but why bother? That’s why we’re here. Yes, I do speak for the universe. Just show it, and keep showing bits of it, until we’re playing it and I’m losing but not caring because it’s fun. Multiplayer is the reason this franchise continues to exist and kick so much ass.

I dare say acknowledging this fact straight away and with unabashed pride would’ve been a better way to come out of the gates. You aren’t Call Of Duty (thank heavens), you aren’t Medal Of Honor (really thank heavens). And so, when you show single-player rather than the multiplayer everybody actually cares about, you get this: Are they hiding something? What’s wrong with it? Oh god EA you are simply monstrous beings I’m not going to buy this (yes I am).

But if yesterday’s thingy was good for something, it was good for inciting a gang-vocal chorus of “More like Battlefield 3.5, lol EA etc.” While there is no mention of the game’s development for next-gen consoles – the packshots show PS3, Xbox360, PC, the usual – I mean, yeah. It’s clearly running on a high-end PC (“press F to drive”), so that’s a far cry from what it’s actually going to look like for those shmoes on the couch at home in front of their pedestrian enjoyment devices. And it looks very familiar.

Got to hand some serious props to an area DICE continually excel above all others in, though: the sound design is insane. Even more so than Battlefield 3, which is saying something. Anyone who’s ever come out on top of the scoreboard largely by tuning into their headphones should be stokered. Won’t be entirely surprised if there’s some kind of handicap for players who’re hard of hearing.

So here’s how this should play out and I don’t get why EA don’t just let their corporate hair down and live in the real world: Peeps are still playing Battlefield 3 online en masse. These peeps know EA’s rep and realise they’ll most likely have to move over to Battlefield 4 if they still want their kicks. These people, like me, are the reason this game is going to make poo-tons of money. Treat ‘em with the respect they deserve, drop the assumed majesty of this game’s pre-amble (seriously, you guys, read the press release, I barfed on myself a little) and just show it. Show the multiplayer.

Shee-it, maybe it doesn’t even matter. All they have to do is kill the BF3 servers and they have our purchase. Well played, entirely unfounded and possibly slanderous prophecy I just made, well played.

28 comments (Leave your own)

+1 Triggerlegs. Either show off the MP or GTFO.

 

I wonder if the SP market is bigger than the MP market. If so, makes sense to try and match/top CoD by luring people in with the same story (CoD4:MW) that really launched that series into the stratosphere.

I’ll be buying it, but the whole time I’ll be hating it for not being 2143.

PK Rockets FOR THE GODDAMNED WIN.

 

a frostbite 2143 would be a lot more interesting, but i guess EA needs to keep milking modern warfare type shooters : /

 

Murray Hibble,

People don’t buy Battlefield for Single Player. EA must surely know this, its just too ingrained in the brand. If they where trying to push into the single player market, I think it would make sense to release the game rebranded; something like “Battlefield: Catchy Single Player Title Here” instead. I haven’t even played the campaign in BF3, I brought the game, I installed it and I jumped into MP. That’s how Battlefield works. I agree with the article. Just MP or GTFO. (Although I’d prefer 2143 or proper 1943. Hell, even 1914, we still have perfectly good BF3.)

 

They shouldn’t dare try to turn BF into a once-a-year release series like COD. BF has always been known to be a shooter that raised the bar in technology and gameplay and sets new standards. Some of us old enough should remember the shock of first seeing BF2 :0) And we also shouldn’t be surprised that EA and the industry is trying to milk the modern warfare shooter…they did the same with the WW2 theme in the late 90′s to early 2000′s

 

breno785au:
They shouldn’t dare try to turn BF into a once-a-year release series like COD. BF hasalways been known to be a shooter that raised the bar in technology and gameplay and sets new standards. Some of us old enough should remember the shock of first seeing BF2 :0) And we also shouldn’t be surprised that EA and the industry is trying to milk the modern warfare shooter…they did the same with the WW2 theme in the late 90′s to early 2000′s

A bf game has came out pretty much every year since they started…

 

Alot of hate for something that is included as an extra. I enjoyed the bad company single player and teh BF3 co-op.

 
serioushustle

breno785au:
They shouldn’t dare try to turn BF into a once-a-year release series like COD. BF hasalways been known to be a shooter that raised the bar in technology and gameplay and sets new standards. Some of us old enough should remember the shock of first seeing BF2 :0) And we also shouldn’t be surprised that EA and the industry is trying to milk the modern warfare shooter…they did the same with the WW2 theme in the late 90′s to early 2000′s

Battlefield 2, the battlefield game everyone loved and talked about came out 1 year after battlefield Vietnam.

 

serioushustle,

Yes, but it was something different.

It was a Vietnam era followed by a present era game.

Now its just present era followed by present era. I think what worries people, myself included, is that Battlefield will just become a CoD cycle game. Three, Four, Five, Six, as fast as they can be released with hardly a change between them.

 

Murray Hibble:
I wonder if the SP market is bigger than the MP market.

Er…. no

 

So what if they reversed the anticipation? MP footage and then… SP footage! Yay! …wait, no, that doesn’t work. Save the best for last, that’s how you do it. The fast food generation, so impatient!!

 

schikitar,

If they ripped out SP altogether, people would still complain about it.

 

I play BF because it has infantry, vehicle and air on 64 player maps. That is the major draw card for me. I guess if they improve on other aspects they attract other players but that is the major drawcard for me.

 

Every time someone bitches about “nobody cares about single player” is yet another time someone loses the god-damn plot. It is a sore but truthful point that even CoD does a better job at this, and what should be (but seemingly never is) a reminder that something *better* could be done.

 

Shame we will have to buy BF4 and a heap of DLC again…. i was excited when bf3 came along, the graphics etc, to be honest BF4 is not much better in GFX, if at all, maybe some tweeks but it is no BF2 > BF3. this is what COD did and lost me as a buyer many games ago, BF series will go down the same path, i honestly think BF will take over from COD as they have the newer engine to do it to go on the new ps4 etc. but will lose the die hard fans in the long run. but its business and they will milk every dollar till the series is dead. bf2:mc will always be the best. peace

 

I’m apparently one of the few remaining folks who enjoys single player campaigns – I don’t have the time to invest in long multiplayer sessions and I do like a good story. I’ve enjoyed some of the BF SP in the past, not perfect but a bit of fun all the same :-)

 

A lot of people are just scared for the future of BF. There has always been a distinct line between BF and COD but with the release of BF3 that line blurred. Now with BF4 we probably all hope and prey that the BF conversion to COD with vehicles doesn’t continue…but we all know it will. :(

 

I have an image that will answer ALL of your BF4 MP questions

 
Black Patriot

I’m sure DICE has plenty of metrics about both the SP and the MP, and obviously enough people play the SP to justify the development costs. There are advantages, they can use the art (and some games use the maps themselves) from the SP campaign for th MP, and it can also be very useful for teaching people the mechanics of the game (which is why it was such as shame that the plane part of BF3 didn’t actually teach you how to fly, would’ve led to fewer morons getting into the pilot seat).

 

In Battlelog theres a poll question.
What are you more excited about, BF4 singleplayer or Multiplayer.
Last I looked about 88 percent of ppl said Multiplayer.
That pretty much says it all.

 
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