Battlefield Hardline (NA)
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"In areas where Battlefield has always excelled and pushed forward, Hardline presents experiments, rather than refinements or fixes. The result is multiplayer that feels very familiar, very quickly. " Polygon
Cops vs. Criminals, Battlefield style.
A security truck loaded with cash lays abandoned in a parking garage, and you only have seconds to cram as much cash as possible into your backpack before the cops arrive. Stray bills flutter behind you as you make a mad dash for the elevators. When you get to the roof a teammate jumps on the zipline, but you choose a more direct route and swan-dive over the edge of the building. By the time your chute deploys, bullets are whizzing by far too close for comfort, and the moment you hit the pavement it’s a straight-out sprint to the getaway vehicle.
And that’s when the building starts to crumble.
This is just a taste of Battlefield Hardline. It’s also a fantastic example of why this game needs to be on your radar.
Battlefield Hardline is a collaboration of two highly regarded game studios at EA that builds on the incredible visual and gameplay technology introduced in Battlefield 4, and introduces a new storyline that feels like a primetime crime drama. The levels twist through the detective story like episodes of a TV show, and highpoints of the story will play out in huge memorable gameplay moments. Epic car chases and intense gunfights? Yes please.
On the one hand, you’ve got a multiplayer experience that’s expected from a Battlefield game. Elements like destructible environments, modern-day weaponry, high-performance vehicles and dozens of players all over the world fighting in the urban streets of the US, now with new additions like high-tech gadgets to spice up the action. And on the other, you have the powerful storytelling from the writers and game designers behind the incredible Dead Space trilogy. This is one crime drama that you won’t be able to stop playing until the climactic conclusion.
Downgrade in graphics. Upgrade in game play.gogo0wn4g3 | April 4, 2015 | See all gogo0wn4g3's reviews »
Compared to Battlefield 3 and 4, the graphics and textures for Hardline are a complete downgrade. Battlefield 3 and 4 were made by DICE while Hardline is made under VISCERAL. However, the new game modes such as blood money and hot wire are pretty fun except for a few annoying features they need to fix. There is no invulnerability when you spawn, therefore you are likely to be spawn killed if you spawn on a team mate or near the battlefield.
For the $60 price tag, this game is not worth it. It's nice being able to buy battle packs with in-game money but this game seems like a really expensive DLC for Battlefield 4 with two new game modes and a downgrade in graphics. There aren't many players right now and only a handful of NA servers that are occupied with players while 80% of them are empty.
Not buggy at all, but very disappointing.pipboy344 | April 3, 2015 | See all pipboy344's reviews »
$60 dollars? NO. This is little more than a glorified dlc. I am shocked at how surprisingly good the story characters were, the protagonist especially. It has some very neat mechanics involving getting more points for arrests than kills, though the points unlock lethal weapons, it's very odd. The multiplayer however, is more of the same, love or hate it. It throws all the arrest mechanics out the window. With some terrible MLG modes, and some great(Hotwire), it looks like Battlefield: Hardline might only be for Battlefield diehards, though the faster pace may keep them wary.
BF4 DLC with less bugsnightassassin1 | March 24, 2015 | See all nightassassin1's reviews »
This is basically a Battlefield 4 DLC game mode with less bugs than Battlefield 4. The game is playable and can be entertaining, but if you already own Battlefield 4 then it feels like you just payed $60 for a new game mode instead of feeling like you purchased a new game. The reality of this game is that they took BF4 and merged it with Payday 2 gameplay.
I suggest getting either BF4 or this, but not both. If you want to play this kind of game, but already have BF4 I would suggest just getting Payday 2. It is similar and costs 50% less with the added bonus that it doesn't belong to EA. This is just another example as to how EA will do anything they can to get as much of your money as they possibly can.
Fast Paced BattlefieldDeadlyKrueger | March 22, 2015 | See all DeadlyKrueger's reviews »
Every year EA tries to gain more and more from Activisions FPS market by having Battlefield compete with Call of Duty. This new take on Battlefield is no different, it's actually almost more a Call of Duty game than Battlefield. Here's why...
Yes battlefield like Call of Duty is a "whoever sees someone first gets the kill" but it's even more so now because of how fast paced the game is. Usually Battlefield was only fast paced if you played Team Deathmatch. Well now it's everywhere! And by no means is this a bad thing! You no longer have to run for 5 minutes to get some action. The maps are still battlefield size so they didn't really shrink them, but they are not big like Battlefield 4 was, those monstrosities are to big!
The game modes are different from what we get in Dice's Battlefield games, having a game mode revolve around driving?! That's a nice one, yes I know other battlefields had something along those lines. But Hotwire is all about the muscle cars and driving fast to keep them "captured". While the other team will probably place breaching charges on the road, laser trip mines or some form of explosive for easy kills.
Viceral has taken out the option for the "Engineer" class to have an Rocket Launcher, you now have to find them around the map to take out heli's and of course no one does so there are all these Helis in the sky that don't ever get taken out. This was a poor design choice and I'm surprised with all the testing EA was doing by inviting big Battlefield youtubers out, they never changed this.
There aren't that many guns available in the game so you think balancing them would have been an easy task, but no. Between the shotgun that has crazy range without the spread choker on it and the M416 that will kill in 2 shots. Also gone is having to span "Need medic" and no one drops a health kit because now if someone is a medic class and standing by you. You can take meds from them. Still a hassle but now you can do it yourself as opposed to waiting and hoping they will help you out.
The graphics are on par with what you'd expect from the Frostbite engine. The sounds, once again great sounds coming out of a Battlefield game. None of those weak sounding guns your used to hearing. Even when you die by the shotgun, hearing that thing go off, it's awesome!
The story is pretty bland, but it's better than other Battlefield single players. Unless you want to count the bad Company series, but we won't! It's not as short as you'd expect, maybe about 6 hours and there is a different approach to it. you can be stealthy or you can just go in guns blazin like your used to in Battlefield.
Battlefield Hardline is not just the "mod" everyone said it was, but actually a very nice change up. Which is what we all needed after Battlefield 4.
Oh yeah and Battlefield Hardline actually works! None of this Battlefield 3/4 launch stuff, I have had no problems with the launch. No connectivity issues, no crashing, no falling through the maps or any other crazy thing thats been present in previous EA titles.
Incredibly buggy singleplayerShaide | March 22, 2015 | See all Shaide's reviews »
The game in single player is extremely buggy! This however is fairly common for newly released battlefield games. However, these bugs are extremely bad! We have poor AI(Sometimes NPCs don't sense you, and other times the sense you when you are WELL outside their vision cone.)...It also has clipping issues. NPCs have walked through walls and doors, and the clipping issue also works for their shots. I have been detected while outside of a building, and shot through the wall.
So, aside from the bugs, hows the story? Well, it's pretty bad actually! While it plays like a battlefield game, it just doesn't feel like a battlefield story. Usually, I prefer Battlefield single player campaigns over the Call of Duty titles..This time though? Advanced Warfare had a better story(Although, just barely)
Thankfully online is pretty much what you would expect from a battlefield game. Same great maps and modes. The multiplayer aspect is pretty enjoyable in fact, and fairly bug free(At least as far as I noticed)