Toby, like everybody else, knows that Battlefield is a multiplayer game. So where's our multiplayer?
By Toby McCasker 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.