While the current-gen version of Battlefield 4 fails to match the sleekness and scale of its next-gen counterpart, DICE’s achievements on the age-old hardware are commendable.

There are the usual visual compromises: for the most part the frame rate hovers around its target 30FPS, only creaking when under the weight of BF4’s mega-destruction, and the higher resolution textures, skyboxes and particle effects have all become casualties of the downscaling. But somehow the 360 version manages to hold up astonishingly well, with the campaign’s opening sequence so intensely atmospheric you’ll hardly believe it’s running on an eight-year old machine.

It looks at its best during the campaign, of course – and for good reason. A case of beauty over brains, Battlefield 4’s campaign is a healthy halfway house between Battlefield 3’s ultra-linear schlock and Bad Company’s freeform set-pieces, telling an enjoyable 5-hour tale of the eastern superpowers at war with the West.

There are a few bum notes (the awkwardly-told narrative and DICE’s inability to convert the series hallmark full-scale war into a single player structure continuing to be the most disappointing), but the odd excellent set-piece are signs of the developer finally heading in the right direction.

Unlike Battlefield 3, multiplayer appears to be launching in a finely tuned state, with a major balancing overhaul providing a mechanically-solid framework. Though weapon unlocks and upgrades still require a healthy time investment, early balancing issues are sidestepped by providing newcomers with a decent armoury, while vehicle weapon spamming has been restricted by a new cooldown-based ammo counter. All 10 maps are excellent, too, from the exotic radar array of Rogue Transmission to the derelict tank graveyard of Zavod 311, with the revived emphasis on destruction setting the scene for some spectacular wow moments.

It may not pack the same shock and awe as its next-gen cousin (the visual concessions made during multiplayer and occasional bug smack of an engine cracking under pressure), but the top-drawer gameplay makes Battlefield 4 a deeply enjoyable title regardless of platform. As one of the best multiplayer games available on 360 and PS3, DICE’s shooter offers a delightfully destructive send-off to the current-generation.

This review was written after spending approximately 20 hours with the Xbox 360 version and approximately 20 hours with the next-gen console and PC versions of Battlefield 4. In order to play the next-gen versions, VideoGamer.com attended a three-day review event hosted by EA in Stockholm, Sweden. Travel and accommodation was provided by EA. An Xbox 360 copy was also provided by EA on our return.

9 / 10

  • Levolution leads to some spectacular wow moments.
  • One of the best multiplayer games of the generation.
  • Campaign still not at the standard it should be.
  • Few small bugs, occasional slowdown, visuals take a tumble in MP.

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kittykatswell

I hate to say that BF4 does not run good at all with PS3 platform. You would have moments where the game takes a while to load ( You gloves, Aiming sights on the gun, the ground, Depth view and even yourself!! ) It would often times lag pretty bad due to what it described in the article ( only creaking when under the weight of BF4’s mega-destruction, and the higher resolution textures, skyboxes and particle effects ) The 360 version does play it pretty well. Much better then the PS3. But I wish they kept this copy only for this gen.
Posted 05:24 on 12 February 2014
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RadJames@ Hoffmann

Have you played it? It blows bf3 and all bad companys out of the water. As a multiplayer game it is just pure fun.
Posted 14:44 on 03 November 2013
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RazorGecko

I can't wait to get my hands on BF4, I don't care what some haters are saying... to me it just seems amazing so far!
Posted 17:32 on 01 November 2013
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EverTheOptimist@ Hoffmann

Yet you're not prepared to go into why.

No-one will pay attention if you don't back up your opinion with reasons mate. You cite credibility issues and then don't provide a credible argument, haha.

Also, how does this destroy credibility when many other sites are scoring it similarly?

Reviews are opinion and everyone experiences games differently.
Posted 10:34 on 01 November 2013
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Hoffmann

Congrats, Videogamer.com. You've officially just destroyed any and all credibility as a game review website.

"One of the best multiplayer games of the generation."

When the truth is that this is probably the absolute worst battlefield release in their entire history. Good job :)

9/10 MY *****ING ASS.
Posted 03:55 on 01 November 2013
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Kis

BF4 Doesn't work on original Xbox 360. Maybe I should have paid more attention, but who knew that it won't allow you to use a usb drive to play on original xbox 360! Very disappointed after 6 months waiting for the game to find out you HAVE to buy an internal harddrive for the original 360's. No option to just skip the HD content like in BF3. No thanks, screwed by Microsoft again. I'll guess I'll just have to wait 2 weeks and buy the PS4. Bye Bye Xbox.
Posted 00:32 on 30 October 2013

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Battlefield 4
9
Out of 10
Battlefield 4
  • Levolution leads to some spectacular wow moments.
  • One of the best multiplayer games of the generation.
  • Campaign still not at the standard it should be.
  • Few small bugs, occasional slowdown, visuals take a tumble in MP.
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