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Battlefield 4
Battlefield 4

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Genre: First Person Shooter
Developer: DICE Official Site: http://www.battlefield.com
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release Date:
2013
Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 02:50pm 14/09/16 | 3 Comments
UPDATE: All packs also available on PC!

That includes Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, and PS3. So yeah, not for PC. The 5 Premium DLC packs for Battlefield 4 that have been appearing for free one at a time over the past few months in the lead up to Battlefield 1, are now all free. Which is about a good a deal as you can get. And in case you were wondering, Battlefield 4 still has a very active console community so this is definitely good news.

Especially when you can pick up the base game pretty cheap. The free DLC packs include: China Rising, Second Assault, Naval Strike, Dragon's Teeth, and Final Stand.

Here's the trailer for the snow-capped Final Stand, err, finale. Which, probably wasn't captured using an Xbox 360.



Better be quick as this deal will only be available this week.
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Post by Eorl @ 11:15am 18/11/14 | 0 Comments
If it wasn't hard enough having to patiently wait for the hopeful news that one day DICE would return to their futuristic settings of Battlefield, the developer has today revealed a new gameplay trailer for the fourth and last DLC of their current title, Battlefield 4, and boy does that futuristic dream look closer to reality.

Titled Final Stand, the gameplay trailer below takes a glimpse at the very hectic lifestyle choice players will embark on as they head into the grand Russian wintry landscape as the war closes in on its "epic" conclusion. Alongside the new maps themed around secret military installations, Final Stand will also include some very futuristic additions to the game, including a railgun Rorsch MK-1, the experimental hover tank HT-95 Levkov, Battle Pickups like the flying, machine gun-equipped drone XD-1 Accipiter and the sneaky DS-3 Decoy Signal.

Final Stand's release is expected on November 18th for Premium subscribers, and two weeks later for those purchasing the DLC separately.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014
Post by Eorl @ 03:02pm 08/10/14 | 11 Comments
DICE producer David Sirland has revealed in a recent interview with GameSpot that the launch and subsequent handling of military FPS Battlefield 4 has damaged player trust, with the studio ensuring they won't see a repeat of last year's problems.

In March, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen told investors that the publisher hadn't "seen any damage" to the Battlefield brand after a litany of issues impacted Battlefield 4 in the months following its launch. The current messaging to players is a bit different, as DICE LA producer David Sirland told GameSpot today that the audience's faith in the series clearly took a hit.

"I can absolutely say that we lost [player] trust in the game's launch and the early parts of the year," Sirland said. "We still probably have a lot of players who won't trust us to deliver a stable launch or a stable game. I don't want to say anything because I want to do. I want them to look at what we're doing and what we are going to do and that would be my answer. I think we have to do things to get them to trust us, not say things to get them to trust us. Show by doing."

Sirland said he was certain the launch of Battlefield Hardline would not be a repeat of Battlefield 4's launch, due in part to an earlier beta testing period. (The Battlefield Hardline beta was held in June, and its release was subsequently pushed back from this month to early next year in response to fan feedback.)

"It's just a giant project, any Battlefield game is a giant project," Sirland said. "And the more input you can get early, the better, and the more you can be open with changes you're making or ideas you have, the better, I think. Because our community is much smarter than we probably give them credit for."

How was your experience on the launch of Battlefield 4? Will you be buying Battlefield: Hardline? Let us know in the comments!
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Post by Eorl @ 04:17pm 23/09/14 | 1 Comments
A big patch heading to Battlefield 4 on all platforms is planned for release before the end of September that will see numerous changes to DICE's shooter.

According to the official Battlefield blog, certification for the patch has already been sent out for many of the game's platforms. There are a lot of updates in the fall patch, and you can find the full details here.

Some of the highlights include improvements to looking down the sights of a gun, player movement will feel closer to Battlefield 3, revives are more robust and easier to understand, the implementation of the Teamplay Initiative, and way more that would make this post far too long.
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Post by Eorl @ 03:11pm 17/09/14 | 0 Comments
DICE's modern first-person shooter Battlefield 4 is once again on sale through EA's Origin service, with the prices actually becoming quite reasonable.

Standard Edition of Battlefield 4 will cost you a simple $25 (50% off), while the Digital Deluxe Edition is $29.99 - this includes the China Rising map pack. You can also bundle the game with Premium for $71.48 (35% off), with Premium by itself at $47.99. Find all available packs through the Origin store.

Also, as a reminder if you don't happen to like Battlefield 4, Origin also offers refunds within three days of purchase. So don't feel too bad when it doesn't quite click.
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
Post by Eorl @ 01:31pm 10/09/14 | 0 Comments
DICE has announced that the final DLC for Battlefield 4, aptly named Final Stand, has now hit the PC Community Test Environment servers for Premium members. The DLC will bring drones, hover tanks, snowmobiles, a rail gun and more to EA's modern warfare shooter.


The number of player slots and servers are limited, but the developer has chosen to open this up to accept more players than usual on the Community Test Environments.

"The amount of feedback we've been getting via the CTE has been incredible, and is a tremendous asset to the team here at DICE LA," the developer stated in its most recent blog post. "That's why we have decided to bring the community into the process even earlier as we reach the finish line of Final Stand."

Final Stand is set in a wintry Russian landscape where scientist are researching weapons. Thanks to the setting it will be slightly more futuristic than the usual Battlefield fare, but not quite as much as Advanced Warfare or Titanfall.

Friday, 8 August 2014
Post by Eorl @ 10:00am 08/08/14 | 1 Comments
Those of you who haven't yet been bit by the Battlefield bug will be happy to hear that DICE and EA are now offering the latest in the first-person shooter series, Battlefield 4, for free.

Available through Origin's 'Game Time' program, the game is being offered for free for the next week, or 168 hours if you want to be more accurate. EA promises the full Battlefield 4 experience — single-player campaign and 64-player online multiplayer. Once you begin playing, the 168 hour countdown begins in real time, so make sure you get the most of it.

Looking for your own Battlefield 4 server? AusGamers Server Hosting has the cheapest Australian-based servers around this globe, and with brand new parts to boost our service what better time to jump in then now!

EA's Origin service is also currently offering a free copy of classic PC game Wing Commander 3, which you can download without worrying about a time limit.
Thursday, 7 August 2014
Post by Dan @ 10:57am 07/08/14 | 4 Comments
Adding fuel to a rumour that originally surfaced a few months ago, notably Battlefield 4 Youtuber Westie's latest report suggests that Snowboards might be planned as an unusual new addition to the multiplayer shooter's next downloadable content (thanks VG 247).

Westie explains that hints of possible snowboards were among other rumours that turned out to be accurate, and also notes that rumoured map names for the Final Stand DLC are Arctic Research, Sub Base, Walker Factory, and Titan, which at least sound like they could be downhill shred-friendly. Watch the report yourself below.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Post by Dan @ 09:05am 15/07/14 | 0 Comments
Yesterday we had a brief tease, and as promised, today here is the full trailer for Battlefield 4's next downloadable content expansion, Dragon's Teeth.
Dragon’s Teeth drops players into four all-new maps that introduce unique environments and gameplay ranging from the bustling alleyways of Pearl Market to the floating restaurant in the middle of a lake in Sunken Dragon.

Dragon’s Teeth sees five new weapons making their Battlefield debut in addition to a new unlockable gadget, the Ballistic shield. Dragon’s Teeth also introduces a new game mode, Chain Link, a twist on the fan-favorite Conquest mode that sees squads battle to link capture points in order to achieve victory. Fans will also get ten new assignments with unique unlocks and a new Battle pickup in the R.A.W.R., a remote controlled ground vehicle armed to the teeth.
If you want to see more, then you're in luck as the developers at DICE LA also just live-streamed a bunch of gameplay on the official Battlefield Twitch channel and you can catch the recap right here which includes commentary on several maps and gameplay modes over the one hour streaming session.

Battlefield 4: Dragon's Teeth is due on July 15th for Battlefield 4 Premium owners on all platforms.

Monday, 14 July 2014
Post by Dan @ 08:55am 14/07/14 | 0 Comments
A more complete trailer has been promised, but as is their way Battlefield 4 developer DICE has released a brief teaser clip of the game's next expansion first.
Dragon’s Teeth drops players into four all-new maps that introduce unique environments and gameplay ranging from the bustling alleyways of Pearl Market to the floating restaurant in the middle of a lake in Sunken Dragon.

Dragon’s Teeth sees five new weapons making their Battlefield debut in addition to a new unlockable gadget, the Ballistic shield. Dragon’s Teeth also introduces a new game mode, Chain Link, a twist on the fan-favorite Conquest mode that sees squads battle to link capture points in order to achieve victory. Fans will also get ten new assignments with unique unlocks and a new Battle pickup in the R.A.W.R., a remote controlled ground vehicle armed to the teeth.
The Dragon's Teeth DLC has now been release-dated for a July 15th launch for Battlefield 4 Premium owners on all platforms and you can catch a few glimpses in the video below.

Friday, 11 July 2014
Post by Eorl @ 10:17am 11/07/14 | 2 Comments
Battlefield developer DICE will be bringing a new in-game event, Battlefest, to the battlegrounds of Battlefield 4 that they describe as a "festival built for gamers."

"Battlefest is just a small token of our appreciation and commitment to Battlefield 4," write DICE. "In addition to this, we have DICE teams in Stockholm and LA continually working on improving the gameplay experience, adding new initiatives like the CTE environment, and also developing the next two expansions packs."

DICE will be launching the event this weekend, starting with a round of double-XP before moving onto a series of community missions. "Each week we will be hosting a global community challenge to reach a specific goal in-game," they explain on the official post. The first is to collectively reach 15 million revives across all platforms, and, if successful, participants will be given a gold Battlepack the following week.

If that doesn't sound community-themed enough, the Battlefest will also introduce Battleshot (have you figured out the theme yet?) competitions. Players will be tasked with taking a Battlefield 4 screenshot showcasing the day's criteria, with the chance to win big. Prizes include an AMD graphics card, $50 gift card to the DICE Store and a Battlefield 4 Premium membership. There's also a month-long stunt video competition that promises "a massive prize", and free in-game camo unlocks for all players each week.
Wednesday, 9 July 2014
Post by Eorl @ 01:59pm 09/07/14 | 0 Comments
Battlefield 4's latest expansion, Dragon's Teeth, will be launching on July 15th for Premium member, developer DICE has announced today.

Four new maps will be launching with the expansion as usual. These include: Lumphini Garden: Cruise with fast-moving PWC’s on the canals in the pristine park to get the upper hand; Pearl Market: Wage wars within the bustling alleyways and upon the rooftops of the marketplace; Propaganda: Fight among massive despotic monuments in the grey concrete battleground; and Sunken Dragon: Battle between modern high rises as you wreak havoc in a floating restaurant or drain the lake opening up for a frontal vehicle assault.

Dragon's Teeth will also introduce 10 new assignments with respective unlocks, as well as a new game mode called Chain Link where players create chains by linking capture points in order to win. The package will usher in five new weapons, the Ballistic shield and the heavily armed remotely operated ground vehicle R.A.W.R.

Battlefield 4 Dragon's Teeth will be launching on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360 come July 15th for Premium members, and on July 29th for non-Premium members.
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Post by Dan @ 10:43am 25/06/14 | 11 Comments
Publisher EA has updated the official Battlefield website with a product overview of the next upcoming content update for Battlefield 4, Dragon's Teeth, describing the four new Asian-themed multiplayer maps - Lumphini Garden, Pearl market, Propaganda, and Sunken Dragon --, and confirming 5 new weapons, 10 assiangments, and the ballistic shield gadget will be included when the DLC lands some time in the next couple of months (Norther Summer 2014).
Wreak havoc in a floating restaurant or drain the lake opening up for a frontal vehicle assault, all while the battle rages between the modern high rises of Sunken Dragon. Fight among the huge monuments of despots in the grey concrete Propaganda. Wage wars within the bustling alleyways and upon the rooftops of Pearl Market. Cruise with fast-moving PWC’s on the canals in the pristine park to get the upper hand in the blazing infantry battle of Lumphini Garden.
Head over to battlefield.com for more details.
Wednesday, 4 June 2014
Post by Eorl @ 04:49pm 04/06/14 | 9 Comments
DICE has made due on their promised netcode improvements to the military FPS Battlefield 4, announcing that a new patch will be rolling out across all platforms this week with PC and last-gen consoles already getting a taste as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One await later releases.

This marks the first update developed in the Community Test Environment (CTE), a new initiative by DICE to gain community feedback on in-development patches before handing them out to the public. DICE had also used additional telemetry data gathered on the CTE to further enhance changes.

The patch also adds the "High Frequency Bubble" for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, which will allow server updates in the player's immediate vicinity to happen more often. Essentially the goal is to create a smoother and more "correct" player experience, at least according to the Battlelog post. The feature is turned off by default, and has three different levels: Low, Medium and High.

More on the feature including future plans for the fourth mainline Battlefield and complete patch notes can be found at the Battlelog post.
Friday, 30 May 2014
Post by Eorl @ 03:30pm 30/05/14 | 16 Comments
With a new Battlefield game on the horizon, many concerned gamers have turned their attention to the current Battlefield 4 title by developer DICE, which many believe is still in need of updating and feel that a new Battlefield title may be "too soon" from the last release. Luckily, DICE has today come out and confirmed that support for Battlefield 4 will still continue.

"We've always dared to try new settings and experiences with Battlefield and seeing this new one take shape is a long lasting dream come true," writes DICE VP Karl Magnus Troedsson on the Battlefield blog. "That said, I want to be sure you all understand that introducing Hardline in no way means we're done working on Battlefield 4." With how the playerbase has reacted since its launch back in October, it is pretty clear that DICE haven't stopped working on the Battlefield 4.

While Visceral Games' Battlefield: Hardline may be approaching soon, Troedsson has stated that DICE are working on a "major" update to Battlefield 4's netcode, something that has been the hot topic in the community for quite awhile now. "We also continue to work hard to keep investing in areas where you tell us you see opportunities for improvements and new features. Yes, we're very excited to partner with Visceral on the development of Battlefield Hardline, but ongoing work to refine and enhance BF4 remains a top priority."

What are your thoughts on Battlefield 4? Do you think it is "too soon" to have another Battlefield makes it way onto the market? Let us know in the comments!
Saturday, 17 May 2014
Post by Eorl @ 09:55am 17/05/14 | 1 Comments
After being teased earlier in the week with one sole screenshot, developer DICE has revealed a brand-new trailer today depicting the two final expansions players can expect for Battlefield 4: Dragon's Teeth and Final Stand.

You can find the video below, which gives a glimpse at both expansions in action, which are due for release this winter according to the Battlefield 4 website. Dragon's Teeth will transport players to dense Asian Pacific cities as they fight it out in urban all-out-war complete with a ballistic shield. Final Stand on the other hand takes to the skies as players battle it out to see who will dominate the blue skies.

Both expansions will be available for free to Premium members two weeks early, while non-Premium members will be able to purchase them separately at a price to be determined closer to the date.

Thursday, 15 May 2014
Post by Dan @ 09:52am 15/05/14 | 1 Comments
Official gameplay footage has been promised this week for Dragon's Teeth, Battlefield 4's next downloadable content expansion, but before that, EA has released a single screenshot to whet your appetite for riot shield good times.
Battlefield 4™ Dragon’s Teeth drops you into urban combat across Asian cities in four all-new multiplayer maps. Wreak havoc in a floating restaurant or drain the lake opening up for a frontal vehicle assault, all while the battle rages between the modern high rises of Sunken Dragon. Fight among the huge monuments of despots in the grey concrete Propaganda. Wage wars within the bustling alleyways and upon the rooftops of Pearl Market. Cruise with fast-moving PWC’s on the canals in the pristine park to get the upper hand in the blazing infantry battle of Lumpini Garden.
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Saturday, 10 May 2014
Post by Eorl @ 10:26am 10/05/14 | 6 Comments
DICE will be letting players get more involved in the development scene with their modern FPS Battlefield 4, offering a new opt-in Community Test Environment.

The public CTE will give the development studio a new test bed to throw out new ideas and solutions to current issues, and DICE already has plans for the first test. According to the blog announcement, that will be netcode, which is what the player experiences with the game world including player-to-player interactions like damage registration. This involves tweaking to the “tickrate” servers and networking in general.

"By launching this new program, not only will we be able to address player feedback at an early stage, but also increase the overall quality of the game. We are excited to explore the possibilities together with you."

You can read up on more of the CTE initiative including how to gain access through DICE's latest blog post.
Tuesday, 6 May 2014
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 04:20pm 06/05/14 | 13 Comments
Last week we gave Nathan "NachosJustice" Lawrence and Joab "Joaby" Gilroy a chance to discuss the latest DLC for Battlefield 4 -- Naval Strike.

We did this because Nate and Joab don't often see eye to eye, but their discussions and 'debates' are always well-articulated (to a certain drinking level) and most of all, are always entertaining.

They both play a lot of Battlefield and have a fair amount to say on the subject of Naval Strike. This is also the first in a series of discussions, so please feel free to chime in with feedback and ideas for the next one.

Click here for their Battlefield 4: Naval Strike Conversational.
Thursday, 1 May 2014
Post by Eorl @ 10:23am 01/05/14 | 0 Comments
DICE has issued a new cross-platform update for its competitive first-person shooter Battlefield 4, fixing a widely reported multiplayer glitch and introducing the Rent-A-Server program for console players.

Announced last month, Battlefield 4's Rent-A-Server program gives console owners control over in-game parameters like friendly fire, team balance, map rotation, and regenerating health during multiplayer matches. Rent-A-Server prices range from $1.49 for one-day access to $59.99 for a 90-day rental. Currently, the service is temporarily unavailable on the Xbox One as DICE investigates post-launch issues.

This week's update also patches out a reported "Death Shield" glitch, which would involve killed players being enveloped with an invisible bullet-blocking shield in Battlefield 4's multiplayer component. A handy bug, but one that is now patched out with today's update.