As with pretty much any article about anything, this is purely opinion. But, in my opinion, after playing the Battlefield Hardline Beta, I believe that Battlefield Hardline has the potential to convert a few Call of Duty fans. Now, that’s not to say that Advanced Warfare is a bad game – far from it. In fact, I think that Advanced Warfare is a brilliant game and possibly one of my favourite CODs since World at War. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that, for me, the Battlefield Hardline beta has managed to create the perfect online FPS experience, and it kind of reminds me of classic COD.
I was once an avid COD fan, but I slowly fell out of love with the series, and I found a new love in the Battlefield franchise. But, this year, I decided to head back to my roots to play Advanced Warfare. I absolutely love the game, it really is a masterpiece, particularly when you consider how different it is to past COD games. But, when the Battlefield Hardline Beta was put out for everyone to play, it was too tantalising to pass up. At first, I must admit, I struggled to get to grips with the game. But, after 20 minutes or so, I was into the flow of things.
Now, the main reason that I have preferred the Battlefield series to Call of Duty of late is down to the fact that the COD series has been moving in a ‘small maps, quick kills, quick deaths’ direction, and I prefer a larger map, at a slightly slower pace – so that I can plan ahead, work tactically and function more as a team than as an individual. For me, World at War had the perfect combination of playing styles, as it created fast paced chokepoints in the larger maps, which gave you the option to play the game in both styles. So, if you wanted the highoctain kill fest that COD has become renown for, you’d head to the chokepoints. But, if you wanted to play more tactfully, you’d avoid them. On occasion, the maps in Battlefield 4 can be a bit too big, and you might go a while without seeing any action – but I still prefer that to the current COD option, where you’re often dead the second that you re-spawn. With Battlefield Hardline, however, DICE seems to have latched on to that winning formula from COD World at War – from the three maps that I’ve played so far. They’ve shrunk the maps slightly, and utilized the chokepoints so that you can play the game how you want to play it.
Whilst playing the Battlefield Hardline beta, all I could think about was World at War. The online gameplay is near perfect. It kind of feels like a Battlefield and Call of Duty hybrid, and that’s why I think that this game could be a good introduction to the series for current COD fans. Some people like to play an FPS which is all about reaction time and fast movement, others like to play an FPS based on tactical manoeuvres and advanced planning – running and gunning is for some, but not for all. I think that’s why there has been such a divide between the COD fan base and the BF fan base, because the games are almost polar opposites. With Battlefield Hardline, however, I think that DICE have managed to offer something for everyone.
Obviously, I’ve only played three maps in three different game modes, but from what I’ve played so far, I’m definitely going to get this game. Also, I’m not denying the fact that, in all likelihood, Advanced Warfare’s campaign is going to shit all over Battlefield Hardline’s. In general, the Call of Duty developers know their way around a good story. But still, for online play, I really think that DICE and EA have struck gold with Battlefield Hardline, and I can’t wait to play the full game next month!
Are you a Battlefield fan or a Call of Duty fan? What made you pick one over the other, and would you consider switching? If so, now would probably be a good time to do it, because Battlefield Hardline might just be your cup of tea.