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Tech Curse’s Impressions Of The Battlefield Hardline Beta

Posted August 11, 2014 by Ivan "Tech Curse" Mashkov in Features

E3 2014 is long gone, however we still can’t forget all the great games that were revealed during the show. The highlight of the Electronic Arts Media Briefing was the announcements that the beta for the latest title in the Battlefield series was available right then and there. Having sunk more than ten hours into the beta, I am ready to tell you about the latest game in a series that I’ve loved and hated at times.

This is, most assuredly, a game in the Battlefield series. If you’ve played Battlefield 3 or its sequel, then this game will seem very familiar. You play as a cop or a criminal on a single map, High Tension. The beta transported player to a downtown city map with a lot of accessible high-rise buildings, as well as a crane that can be toppled to block off parts of the map. The map is bright, vibrant and colorful, as opposed to some of the level design that dominated past Battlefield games.

The level design is impressive and allows players of all types to find their perfect battlezone. Professionals (snipers) can set up on high and destroy enemies from the top, mechanics (engineers) can roll up in armored vehicles and blast your opponents head on, operators (assaults) can engage enemies in the close and medium ranges, and enforcers (supports) can set up at a chokepoint or vantage point to decimate your opposing team.

The weapons and gadgets are all ones that we’ve come to expect from a Battlefield game, however there are some new additions – the police baton, the sawn-off shotgun, the police shield and more. New weapons and gadgets will certainly be revealed as the release date approaches. I can say that the game’s developers are using these gadgets in new and interesting ways. For example, if you are taken down, you can revive yourself if you have one of the gadgets. What I love about the people that play Battlefield is how fast they adapt. After a few rounds you already see other players put in a few extra bullets into downed enemies “just in case.”

The game modes that were available in the beta included heist and blood money. Heist tasked the criminals with blowing open two armored cars and delivering the loot inside to escape points. Obviously, the cops have to stop them. The armored car locations are fixed, so you will get better as you play more and more of the Heist mode. Blood Money plops a “pot” of money in the middle of the map and makes you carry it back to armored cars at opposite ends of the map. Did I mention that you can steal money from the opposing team?

Battlefield Hardline is an attempt to turn the series into something more than “die, respawn.” The game will be familiar to fans of the series, however it is making quite a few changes to the tried and true formula. I can’t wait to see how it will turn out, when the game is released next year. Until then, Game Responsibly!

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About the Author

Ivan "Tech Curse" Mashkov

This is the Japanese Tech Curse, who enjoys GTA way too much and need to lose quite a few pounds. I love open world and I love simulators, so laugh all you want. I am RRR112 on the PSN and Ouya and JTC2008 on Steam, so check me out and let's play!

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