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BF4: Levolution

August 22, 2013


ArCtiC is so full of sh!t when he compares this to Gears 2 Avalanche.

  1. August 22, 2013 5:13 pm

    Personally, I always felt ArCtiC was full of shit. Looks great, though. Also, it looks like Metro will be back in the Second Assault map pack as well as a few other “fan favorites!”

    Arctic brings up BF4 at around 19 minutes. Be warned, though because it seems as though Arctic has no clue about what he is talking about regarding anything Battlefield. He should just stick with Gears of War. Looks like the Beta is being released in October, not sure if it’s coming to consoles, but judging from years past, there is a strong chance of that.

    • Blankman permalink*
      August 23, 2013 8:23 am

      ArCtic seems to be a very articulate guy. Unfortunately he will be brought to shame by comparing some of BF4’s aspects with Gears 2. That shows how biased he is when he uses his favorite franchise as the “bar.” Very poor choice/practice.

  2. August 23, 2013 9:42 am

    Some concerning info:

    Hopefully this is related to PS4’s development only, and not a limitation in their optimization of the next-gen console hardware. Beyond the beautiful “next gen” affects, 1080p is just as important this gen.

    • August 23, 2013 7:15 pm

      Johann posted an article a while back discussing DICE’s use of some of the Microsoft APIs that would not be available on the PS4, so I have hope that the One version will still be comparable to the PC versions.

      Having said that (and holding on to that hope), I was the one who complained about the rumored console specs about a year ago, and YOU were the one who said they were just fine. Remember that the 360 blew PCs out of the water for the first two years. The only thing that came even close was the Cry Engine stuff on $2000+ computers. If the One launches already behind the PC, it’s life is 4 years max. For $500 that is very disappointing. Traditionally, consoles are supposed to be cutting edge, subsidized hardware that gives them some longevity. They are not supposed to launch with mid-to-low end graphics cards that put them at medium PC settings from launch.

      More on topic, if compromises have to be made, then keeping 60fps over some of the effects is the right choice. One of the biggest problems with BF3 is the framerates that lead to sloppy hit detection. In that regard, on any system, BF4 should feel much tighter than BF3. Finally, after the fiasco that was the BF3 beta (released only a couple of weeks before the game proper) showing Alpha play at Gamescon is probably not indicative of the polish it will have upon release.

      But, who knows? I have no desire to defend DICE.


    • Herandar permalink
      August 24, 2013 8:26 pm

      >If the One launches already behind the PC, it’s life is 4 years max. For $500 that is very disappointing. Traditionally, consoles are supposed to be cutting edge, subsidized hardware that gives them some longevity.

      Sega Saturn: 1994 – Sega Dreamcast: 1998
      N64: 1996 – Gamecube: 2001.
      XBox: 2001 – 360: 2005.

      What tradition are you referring to? 😉

    • August 24, 2013 11:43 pm

      Actually, the Sega Saturn and the Original Xbox were both cut short because of other reasons: low popularity and rushing to the start line for their successors. The Nintendo machines, the Sega Genesis, and the Sony machines sold with specs at least months (if not years) ahead of mid-level PC counterparts and they all lasted only 5 plus years.

      If the One launches with hardware that doesn’t even match a mid-level PC, it is “obsolete” when it hits the shelves. I don’t think it is that bleak, but it is disappointing.

      That was what I thought was so special about the current gen, it lasted more than three years beyond the average – and that was because both the 360 and PS3 were matching high end PCs (RAM excluded) when they started out. It wasn’t until BF3 that I started looking longingly over at the PC screens. I don’t want to start this generation feeling that way with BF4.

    • Johann Nishiki permalink
      August 25, 2013 5:25 am

      Here’s an interesting video from ReviewTechUSA concerning the BF4 article:

  3. Herandar permalink
    August 23, 2013 11:37 am

    So Levolution basically is BFBC2 destructability mixed with BF3 gameplay?

  4. August 26, 2013 2:08 am

    Ars has an interesting article listing and analyzing the software for the PS4 and the One. Check it out.

    Though Microsoft surprisingly loses even in shooter category, it is like rED said. Doesn’t matter the number, but rather the kind – are the games that you want to play coming out for your system of choice? And all the ones I want to play are on the One.

    The more I think about the One, the more I look forward to the digital library (no discs and cases please), and the more I want to limit my purchases to 3 or 4 franchises: Titanfall, BF, The Division, and of course Pinball.

  5. September 4, 2013 6:12 pm

    Interesting DICE interview at IGN.

    [ivy21jaw] Will you lose bullets remaining in the magazine on reload?

    Lars Gustavsson: No, we’ve gone with the Battlefield 3 system. I think it was Battlefield 2 where you lost ammo if you reloaded early, but we’re a bit more forgiving [now].

    And there will be testing grounds to learn how to fly. FINALLY!

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