Battlefield 4 China Rising (NA)
Third party DRM: OriginPlease note that the free third-party service, Origin, must be used to activate this title.
Requires Battlefield 4 (base game) to use this DLC
In the China Rising expansion pack, the all-out war of Battlefield 4 is expanded with four massive maps, using all-new vehicles and high-tech military equipment.
4 multiplayer maps taking place across the Chinese mainland
5 weapons all-new to Battlefield 4
2 land and air vehicles
The dirt bike returns from Battlefield 3™: End Game
Take control of the map’s control center to deploy the all-new bomber
2 additional gadgets
Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) for the Support class
Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (SUAV) for the Recon class
Air Superiority Game Mode
10 new assignments with their own unlocks
China Rising Appears Mostly DeadJamfrost | April 2, 2014 | See all Jamfrost's reviews »
China Rising was a let down. It was a map pack that had no "levelution" or map changing events in it. So if you're expecting big events similar to Shanghai's collapsing skyscraper or Paracel Storm's map dividing ship, I'd heavily adjust them.
Dragon Pass, a tropical map, suffered from the unbelievable inclusion of invincible trees that no amount of tank shells or tank ramming can destroy. This can result in vehicles becoming caught on plant life, halting their progress. These hazards then force drivers to have a bad time with navigating the terrain. I don't understand how 3 months later, these invincible plants are still here to antagonize vehicles and players. I supposed you can take cover behind them.
You'll also be hard pressed to find servers with China Rising Maps. As of this time, I can only find 3 active servers that have people in them. This map pack died with it.
Go for PremiumCoolicy | Dec. 18, 2013 | See all Coolicy's reviews »
If you're a BF4 fanatic, you likely already purchased BF4 Premium. If you're a casual BF4 player or looking for something different (and IMO more fun) from CoD, this pack is definitely of high quality.
As of this writing, the SUAV (gadget you get from this DLC) is ridiculously overpowered. Which is something I imagine DICE will fix pretty soon when they're done stabilizing the server code. Depending on your own taste in BF4 balance, the SUAV is something that made me LOL while using as well as feel bad for taking advantage of it. Make of this what you will.
The maps are all very high quality. Each of the four maps offer different play styles and tactics, offering very different experiences. You probably already know that BF4 is one of the best looking games out right now, and GuiLin Peaks is definitely a map that showcases the prowess of the Frostbite engine and is easily one of my favorite maps.
However, there is a big downside to this DLC (and all of CoD's map packs). I love this pack and the maps, but for $15 I think it's a bit steep. If you're planning to spend lots of hours in BF4's very robust multiplayer, definitely go for BF4 Premium. If BF3's map packs are of any indication, it's going to be a good investment.