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EA, DICE put future projects on hold and focus on fixing Battlefield 4

By Russ Boswell
Dec 5, 2013
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  1. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 880   +231

    Yeah, BF4 has its issues. But a new kickbutt game engine will take some tuning/patches before its as stable as users would like. I have no problems with that.
    People, this isn't another shooter made from the same engine we've seen before a thousand times. The possibilities are endless and I can't wait to play BF4 after most/all the bugs are found.
     
  2. Chuck Cortes

    Chuck Cortes TS Rookie Posts: 53   +13

    That's what happens when you go up against a powerhouse like Call Of Duty and try to one up them. You end up with egg in your face. Next time try taking them on by making a better game, not getting out before them. The potential this game had to give COD a run for its money was lost thanks to all of these bugs. Both sides have their loyal players but you can't beat your competitors by using their same tactics and repeating their same mistakes.

    This is why I am not a guinea pic, beta tester, day one customer of any product. Only fools subject themselves to such practices by these companies.
     
  3. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TS Evangelist Posts: 2,262   +541

    Well ive played it quite a bunch lately and hoenstly yea the rubber banding and the hit detection is a bit messed up in many regards which is causing alot of frustration for me at least. As for people crashing, I have not experienced that issue much at all as some people claim it happens constantly. Since its launch, I have been playing and the most time ive spent at one time playing was a 3 hour session and I did not see one crash. I have had it crash 3 times since I started playing and those were all server side cut out, not the "BF4 has stopped responding" issue. So I dont know what the problem is revolving around because for me it does not seem to happen.

    This game is bigger than any shooter has ever been, its going to have its issues and I agree I would have rather waited a bit longer for bugs to be ironed out. But DICE knows they have work to do and they cant catch everything before launch, im sure soon enough alot of the issues will be significantly improved or fixed completely.
     
  4. Welp, looks like Mirror's Edge 2 is canceled because they can't seem to make Medal of Duty Field 4 work right.
     
  5. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Enthusiast Posts: 410   +38

    I'm still playing BF3. I have never pre-ordered a game anyway, I see every time how big of a mistake that is if you want a game that works. I don't even know if I will get BF4. I'm still disappointed they never brought LAN functionality back. And I don't care for unrealistic "targeting systems" or whatever added onto what should be unguided rocket launchers such as the RPG. I saw the word "homing" on an RPG somewhere during the BF4 beta battlelog pages that I couldn't get to work anyway. I might just skip this game entirely...
     
  6. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TS Evangelist Posts: 2,262   +541

    If your talking specifically the Beta RPG, that homing feature was only on that weapon because you could not use the Javelin Rocket launcher in the beta and was just there to give you the option to use something like that. In the actual game, you cannot lock on with an RPG.
     
  7. DanUK

    DanUK TS Enthusiast Posts: 193   +8

    To be honest I didn't think it was all that bad I've been playing it since release and have loved it. There may be a bug here or there but it hasn't been anything game-ruining for me personally. Probably my favourite battlefield to date. Even the campaign was enjoyable enough to warrant a playthrough (which never normally happens with me and Battlefield) although it could have been a bit longer.

    Also to anyone massively hating on Dice in this thread.. I kind of get the impression (although I could be wrong) that it was probably EA that forced them to push this out early.
     
  8. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,509   +312

    You are correct, EA forced them to release to early.

    Very true, I refuse to pre-order also (Crysis2 was the biggest let down of the century), annoyingly though my friends love to pre-order stuff for me :(

    Yeah I don't really get it any more either, however before the client side patch it was pretty bad, 3 hours is kinda a short time to play though, try over 4 and you would get it. The thing is, Hit detection and rubber banding destroy it's core mechanics being a first person shooter, that's why it is so frustrating.

    But it is, it's technically the same engine we've seen since Bad Company, just like Call of Duty it has been improved over the years, UNLIKE CoD though, it has actually be improved MAJORLY, not just added some small thing you barely notice. Whole point is though, if your going to release a FIRST PERSON SHOOTER, make sure the guns, bullets and hit detection works, That's not teething issues, that is somewhere along the lines DICE have concentrated on the Graphics and "levelution" too much and not what it's all about, shooting people :/

    Well hold up there! CoD is still the same thing since 2007, Battlefield was great, shrunk and got smaller and now grown again, at least it's changing. Anyway Battlefield has "one-uped" CoD since CoD even existed, just it wasn't on the same platforms or "popular" like CoD grew to be.
     
  9. CODG vs BF4 : 1 - 0
     
  10. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,021   +913

    If I were DICE, I would give the Second Assault DLC free. Or even make BFBC2 or something free for others who dont have it. A scope for the M1911 is a joke. The double XP was nice though. I ranked up a lot.

    My problem with BF4 currently is the amount of lag I get. The game says I have severe packet loss (in game performance tester) and pingtest.net says I have no packet loss.

    I really hope Battlefront 3 is good.

    Finally, I really hope the rumor of a yearly release of Battlefield by another developer isnt true because if it is, I will never buy a BF game again.
     
  11. I had the same experience except that I have played for 6 hour sessions.

    Pre purchased the game and am about 40 hours invested in multiplayer already. I crashed a few times but no more than CoD or other games at launch.

    Problems I have noticed:
    -The rubber banding is rare but does happen
    -The netcode issue is a problem and their claim to have fixed it did not work. I didnt understand how this was impacting my play until I researched it and was like "oh, that happens all the time". Everyone has the same disadvantage though.
    -Sometimes I do not show up as active in the battlelog makeing it hard for my friends to join on me
    -When in tanks or other vehicles the sound will just turn off and all I will hear is gunfire for a bit

    Other than that its been a great experience and I love the game. Always been a huge BF fan since 1942. Didnt care for BF3 very much, always felt like it was missing something. This game feels complete, just need some bug fixes and they are dedicated to fixing them unlike some other companies. Overall, from my perspective on an above average pc playing on Ultra, I would like to say everyone is over exaggerating but it looks like most of the complaints come from the console versions which I have not played.
     
     
  12. gingerbill

    gingerbill TS Enthusiast Posts: 171   +12

    Playing BF4 on PS4 , all I can say is it looks lovely and I have had no lag at all. The only complaint I've had is 64 player servers need improving as they not smooth. It looks light years ahead of its competitor. Not sure why I only see negative stories on techspot about it . If you look at it side by side with COD , COD looks like dreadful.
     
  13. EClyde

    EClyde TS Enthusiast Posts: 177   +19

    You guys just keep coming back for more. If I was EA I would get sex if I could then worry about the consequences later. I'm sorry Sweetheart...you know I LOVE You.
     


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