There are times when I’m playing Battlefield 4 online, and I think to myself, gosh this has to be one of the most frustrating games I’ve ever played. This is mainly due to me being the person who gets it the whole time. When I say this, I mean it in the sense that I’ll be in a group of 10 other players, and I could happily bet I’ll be the one to be shot first. Or I’ll watch a kill happen, realise a snipers shot was intended for someone else, and I just HAPPEN to walk in front of their sights as they pull the trigger. That is the story of my Battlefield life. Yet I keep going back to the game. As the kick arse thing about Battlefield, and the whole series in fact, are the times of awesomeness, which counteracts the low times 100x over. You know the moments I’m talking about. The ones where you jump out of a helicopter, parachute down into a group of enemies and take them out, achieving a squad wipe. Or pulling off incredible sniper shots which make you feel like the man (or woman should that be the case).
I had heard that the servers were shocking in BF on release, so I played the waiting game. Give EA some time to sort their shit out as per usual. So a month down the line I picked up BF4, and since then it has been my go to game. If I am not playing the PSN freebies, you can bet I’ll be on Battlefield. So since I picked it up, I’d say I’ve been playing it religiously. So it’s no wonder it’s got to the stage where I felt something was missing. I know the maps, I know the killing grounds. Players will also know that rarely will two rounds be the same if you’re playing conquest, or even rush (though you can expect bottle necking in the same places). And yet I just wanted that bit more, and I didn’t know what it was.
Now I’m not the sort of person to shell out on DLC. I get the game and only if it has massively impressed me do I then look at the additional content. So with Battlefield, I think I had arrived to this stage. The game itself rocks, and blows CoD out the water easily for me. I mean, who doesn’t want to play on a huge scaled up map for 64 players? Then add all types of vehicular warfare to the mix, all with stunning graphics. And if you want the close quarter fighting maps, you still have the option for that too. Playing Battlefield is like being Jack Bauer from 24, I mean how much shit can one guy go through in a small amount of time? Anyway, I thought it was time to give the DLC a go, I hadn’t looked at any in the past, as I was just happy ticking away on the original content, which is definitely enough for a few months. So for a cheeky £11.99, I went and bought China Rising. I hadn’t seen the need to get it before now anyway, even with Naval Strike basically on the doorstep for release. So I’ve been a bit of a Slowpoke on this one. Once downloaded however, I got straight on with it. The first map I played being Guillen Peaks. Instantly it put me back into loving the game again, although you’re only getting 4 maps, each one is gorgeous, as you’d expect and rekindled fresh life to a game that I felt had gone slightly stagnant. I wasn’t buying the pack for the few extra weapons or vehicles. It was the maps, where they have done a great job of making them completely different to the original list. Every map has its own distinct feel too. Whether it’s Dragon Pass with the middle section being a fire fight for supremacy, or the vast unforgiving dessert that makes the Silk Path.
Playing these new maps revitalized a game that I felt was getting slightly overplayed for me. I know I might be a little late picking it up (it came out Dec 17th for non premium players), and what with the Naval Strike add on being out on the 15th of April (if it doesn’t keep getting delayed), and although I won’t be picking it up until I’ve had my fun with CR, I can without doubt say I’ll be queing it up for the DL if its anything like China Rising.
A brief run down of the 4 additional maps are as follows:
I feel this to be the all rounder. There is a mixture of all sorts of combat, and there is no set fighting square where you can go to for all the action. I also found it a fairly decent map for shotgunning if you hang around the centre area, hiding in the buildings.
This one’s an elongated map. Expect sides to be meeting slap bang in the middle for a good fire fight. Plenty of vehicles and as there are trees and foliage a plenty, being on foot isn’t so bad. You’ll probably be finding yourself on a bike to hop to the next objective then off again, as well as using the main waterway for some quick jet-ski travel. There are also some great ambush points for those players with a handy anti-tank weapon, due to the paths with high rocks either side.
This has to be my favourite map. As there are times when you want to be storming on through in a vehicle, but even though this map is large, you can tell it’s focused for the foot soldier. There are plenty of places to hide as a sniper, with some great open areas for killing zones. But dead in the centre there is a cave within the mountain, which acts as a bit of a battle zone when one team holds it, and the other team has captured the base just at its doorstep. Not only is this a great map to play on, it just looks stunning to play as well.
If you’re into your vehicular warfare, this Is going to be your go to map out of the 4. It’s not overly massive, but you’ll find to stay alive, you’re going to need to hop in the nearest tank. Zooming about on a bike is a great way to get from A to B if youre playing Conquest for those quick area take overs. But expect to have 4 turrets aimed your way when you hit the open dunes. The only time you want to be on foot is when you’re in one of the bases with plenty of places to hide, and some C4 or a bazooka on your back. Expect people to be battling for D the whole round.
Besides the oh so important maps, you’ll also be getting a couple of new weapons and pieces of equipment. This comes in the form of the L85A2, L96A1, MP7, MTAR-21 and RPK-74M for the weapons and the UCAV and SUAV on the gadgets side. Vehicle wise you will find the addition of the dirt bike and the bomber to be called in too by your commander in chief. There is also the addition of the new game mode “Air Superiority”, which is fairly neat, where it was first on the scene back in Battlefield 1943. If flying around is your thing, then you’ll find this right up your nose cone. Or maybe you’re the unlucky one who never gets the chance to fly because there’s that player who managed to steal the jet / helicopter every time it spawns. I’ve never been a big fan of the aircrafts in Battlefield, but I love this game mode as it’s just that bit different that the usual experience. Every one is in a jet or heli, so it’s always a propper dog fight.
If, like me, you are still playing the original maps and are undecided what to do next. Do yourself a favour and join me online in the DLC map packs.