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Top 5 features and improvements Battlefield 4 needs compared to the other games in the series.

Battlefield 4 is the latest entry in one of the most popular game franchises of all time. It’s one of the most anticipated games of 2013, and already the most pre-ordered one.

With each game in the series, developer DICE improved certain aspects, added some features, removed other features, etc. These changes have had a mixed reception by the community, but overall, few would argue that the series isn’t better off now than it was years ago. BF3 was arguably the best Battlefield game to date (and certainly the best selling one by far).



But BF3 wasn’t perfect. As a developer, it’s hard to please everyone, especially a hardcore fan-base. Battlefield 4 has a lot to live up to, and to improve as well. Here are our top 5 features and improvements we wish in Battlefield 4 compared to BF3.

5: Better Battlefield 4 awards

Battlefield 4 medalBF3 featured the least imaginative awards of any game in the series. The awards were basically based on ribbons, and there was usually only criteria per ribbon (e.g. get 5 kills). To make it even less exciting, the Medals in the game were simply awarded for raking in a certain amount of ribbons.

The whole thing seemed like it was cooked up in the last minute by an intern at DICE who had never played a Battlefield game for any decent stretch of time.

Compare the awards requirements in BF3 to those found in BF2, and you’ll quickly realize that awards in BF2 had a wide range of criteria to be met. The medals were even better. They were harder to get, but infinitely more satisfying. Getting one ribbon in BF2 was more exciting than getting the dozens of ribbons that are awarded after a single BF3 round.

Hopefully DICE will set some time aside and create some interesting Battlefield 4 awards for us.

4: Better player communication

BF4 voipBF3 didn’t include native VOIP communication on the PC version, which left a lot of gamers disappointed. While voice communication is used much less on PCs than on consoles (where BF3 did include voice chat), better overall communication would greatly improve Battlefield 4.

For example, having clear in-vehicle communication, either via text chat or voice, would help Battlefield 4 players send a quick note to the guy operating the gunner seat, or the driver, or pilot, etc. For a game series that’s based on multiplayer and teamwork, it’s surprising how unintuitive and lackluster it’s been when it comes to communication between players.

3: 5th Battlefield 4 class

Bf4 classThe Battlefield series has stuck with 4 classes ever since BF2142 back in 2006. While the simplified class system has its advantages compared to the 7 classes found in BF2, the Battlefield 4 classes should include a fifth class.

Specifically, the Assault and Medic class could be split up into two, as the Assault in BF3 was pretty much the standard class for everything, and could do anything but shoot jets out of the sky. Many players have complained that the Assault class was overpowered, and we tend to agree.

Perhaps a good idea would be to split the Assault into Assault and Medic in Battlefield 4, much like it was in BF2,

2: New anti-cheat system

Every game in the Battlefield series has been plagued by cheaters and hackers, and BF3 was no different. There are even videos out there of hackers going after DICE developers in game.

Battlefield 4 cheatWhile Battlelog made it easier to report hackers and cheaters, the underlying problem still remained: that the game itself was easy to hack and exploit.

BF3 used the Punkbuster anti cheat system, which has been with the Battlefield series for many, many years and was used in BF2, BC2, BF2142 as well. And every time, there have been issues with it. It’s never been very effective at preventing hacks and cheats, and it’s known for delivering false positives, where innocent gamers are banned from playing the game.

A developer as talented as DICE should be able to create its own anti-cheat system for Battlefield 4 and not reply in third party middle-ware makers.

1: Battlefield 4 Commander feature

Battlefield 4 commanderProbably the most wanted Battlefield 4 feature by fans. The Commander feature was last seen in BF2142 in 2006. For those who aren’t familiar with it, one player per team gets to be a “Commander”, and has several tools at his disposal to help his team.

For example, he can drop a supply crate anywhere on the map, or launch a UAV that scans and spots enemies for a set amount of time in a given area. The Commander also has the ability to call in an artillery strike anywhere on the map.

But Commander is much more than that. It’s one of those things that made Battlefield multiplayer so enjoyable and diverse in the past, as it adds a whole new layer of strategy to the main gameplay.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard several rumors about a Battlefield 4 Commander feature.

What Battlefield 4 features would you like to see? Let us know in the comments section!

21 COMMENTS & TRACKBACKS

  1. WOOT FTW
    April 29th, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    #3 WRONG! BFBC1 had 5 classes! Check them out. The support class was the best. LMG, Med Kit, Repair Tool, and Mortar Strike.

  2. WOOT FTW
    April 29th, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I think it would be cool for the ribbons and medals to show up on the player uniform in game.

    They also need to bring back the “special weapons.” Things like the Howitzer from BFBC1, the UAV from BFBC2, and the Air Raid Bunker from BF1943.

  3. unnamed
    April 29th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    “and could do anything but shoot jets out of the sky”

    Yeah, and its amazing how the assault class can spam mines and disable tanks with dozen rockets on the bag.

    Only metro players or people that stay 24/7 on Nhoshar TDM would think Assaults are OP. Especially when guns such the ACW-R, A91 and M4A1 can rape infantry just as good as AR’s, plus AT weapons and stingers to vomit on air vehicles.

    while I agree that the recon class could’ve been stronger, if anything the “do everything class” in BF3 is the engineer.

    • Ethan Morris
      June 10th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      Agreed. Sometimes I wonder about the fags that run this website. They can’t spell worth crap, and they constantly make it seem like they don’t know anything on the series.

  4. Colin
    April 29th, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    You forgot squad functionality. At the moment, there is no team work – every guy in the game does his own thing…

    In BF 2142, squad orders were clearly communicated via audio and visually on the mini map. That resulted in people working together. It’s part of what made it a multiplayer game

    Also, when you are flying, and someone asks for a ride, you can’t see who’s calling for the ride..

  5. a commmon guy
    April 29th, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Features? No 2 ftw! And this vehicles/engineer shit must be changed somehow. More infantry maps maybe…

  6. BadrJari
    April 30th, 2013 at 2:56 am

    What about more aircraft, such as Blackhawks, Apaches, maybe Ospreys. Maybe more jets, like F-16′s, F-18′s, F-15, F-35 etc. That would be very cool

    • schmectite
      April 30th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      That’s kinda dependant on the service represented. BF3 was the Marines, who get support from the Navy (F-18) and have their own mini-air force (mainly fly Harriers now, but those are expected to be replaced with the F-35). The F-16 and F-15 are Air Force only, so I didn’t expect to see them. I agree that the chopper selection was limited, though the Apache is an Army platform and the Venom filled an identical role to the Blackhawk. Would be nice to see the Osprey in the multiplayer though. It was in singleplayer.

  7. Plakman
    April 30th, 2013 at 3:30 am

    the UAV from BFBC2…

    If you even know what the commander function has to offer than i don’t think you want that.

    The UAV From bf2 was just perfect,
    SPecially since you could prevent your enemy from using it!

  8. whatever
    April 30th, 2013 at 3:54 am

    Let’s go through this by the numbers:

    5 – I generally have no problems or anything against the current reward system. I actually like it, save for a few which are way TOO EASY to get, such as rewards related to suppressing enemies, shotgun ribbons, assault rifle ribbons. The rest are a-okay, IMHO.

    4 – Even if BF3 had actual VOIP (not that Sonar shit), I’d still avoid it like the plague. Who needs to have their ears ruptured by all the swearing kiddies? For people who know each other and work together, the alternatives are always better. However, the Commo Rose needs a MAJOR overhaul. For example, text notifications (when I give an order, receive one, yell for ammo, medpacks, etc.)

    Players need to be notified of who sent the message and what the message was (like in older BF titles), so that they actually know who to help (someone said ‘Go!’, but who was it? Was it a random noob on an adrenaline rush, or our squad leader who might even have an idea of what’s going on?).

    3 – The class system in BFBC2 was a lot better than in BF3, IMO. Assault with LMGs and ammo, Medic with ARs and health packs. The Recon was much more versatile as well. I agree that the Assault class in BF3 is pretty OP and can perform well in almost any game mode with little help from other classes.

    2 – A lot of cheaters took advantage of the fact that BF3′s files can be modified client-side, and the consistency of the files is rarely checked – if checked at all. This allows people to eliminate recoil from any weapon and make any weapon kill with one hit. Combine this with the shitty client-side hitreg (thanks, consoles, thanks a lot) and you can never really know if the guy killing you with one hit was because of lag, or because said guy modified a game file.

    DICE needs to implement a working server-side hit detection and make it so that the game files cannot be modified aside from a few options which can be configured in-game. Also, implement an algorithm that checks the integrity of the game files each time you launch the game, and autokicks if it finds that one of the files have been manually modified.

    As for PunkBuster….it’s always been crap, and will not get better. We desperately need a SPECTATOR MODE and BATTLERECORDER!

    1 – I’m slightly on the fence with this one. In an organized team, a good Commander can lead their team to victory. A bad commander can destroy the match for theirs.

    Since DICE is making BF4 more ‘accessible’ to CoD kids (thanks, EA, thanks a lot), we can imagine that a lot of public matches will involve complete noobs calling airstrikes on their own bases, forgetting to use the UAV, forgetting to mark objectives, etc.

    With the community in its current state, I can’t form an opinion on this…

    • Juan
      May 1st, 2013 at 11:59 am

      to solve your concerns with commander, maybe let’s have dice add BOTS so people can practice being commander.

      bots would fix a lot of problems for people, because i know that some people probably feel unwilling to ever practice flying aircraft since they don’t want to just crash it and then they feel like it was their fault the team lost an MCOM or something.

  9. Deviro Verity
    April 30th, 2013 at 4:30 am

    To “whatever” – I think you should think again about some of your points, because there are simple solutions to those issues.

    4. You say that people will spam – well you can mute them. You can mute the whole server. This should be an option.

    1. About the unexperienced players – you can kick the commander if you want. There was a great suggestion by the community to make a tutorial for being an commander, perhaps in singleplayer mode. Those who don’t have done it, will not be able to command.

  10. mohammad
    April 30th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    ” hackers going after dice dev in the game ” will guess this will be another BAD UGLY karma if BF4 was rushed like BF3 without improving the campaing & multiplayer , will in the end it’s EA mistake so better not repeat it .

  11. Lensflare
    April 30th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Theme song to the most improved game feature in Battlefield 4:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GCr1eTbxbw

  12. unit_101010
    May 3rd, 2013 at 7:34 am

    5. agreed.
    4. yes. squad, proximity and SL/Commander VOIP channels with mute capabilities, please and thank you.
    3. meh, tough to balance. it’s roughly OK in BF3.
    2. cheaters mainly go away by attacking the cheat sites. EA should assist gamers in class lawsuits – I’d pay cold, hard cash to kill those walking cancers.
    1. loved Commander, bring it back. Maybe even automate it – should be easy enough.

  13. Walkaida
    May 7th, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I want to be able to make custom games. I also want to see split screen/system link compatibility, especially in the co op and custom games.

  14. Josh
    May 8th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    It would be nice to see a server rater system. If we go back to rent-a-server, there needs to be a check and balance in the system to where if the admins behave poorly(kicks for getting killed not allowing weapons or regions in a ranked server) then there will be consequences to pay. Those consequences would be based on a 5 star system with 5 the best and 1 the worst. Possibly a comment section as well stating why you disliked the server. It would also be nice if in non ranked servers you could have options to what weapons are allowed. Some people dont like semiauto rifles, some dont like m320s, or rpg’s. This forces admins to pick a set of rules and stick to them. If they ban for choice of weapon when it is not prove they may be marked down. Would you really want to play the 1 star server with 400 votes? Also if the rules change from anything other then stock game (with the exception of ticket count) those servers would have to be marked as unranked.

    And yes. We need a far better anti-cheat system, especially for PC. Console servers need to be bigger then 24 players. And split assault and medic classes. I have to agree that the assault as is, is an overpowered class. The m16a3 in all honesty is probably the best all rounded rifle in the game and causes the assault class to be neigh unstoppable.

  15. Ish Singh
    May 12th, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Not to upset Battlefield fans or anything, but I think they should add a single player bots mode as well as co-op multiplayer like they included in Black Ops II.

  16. D3ATHM4SK
    June 10th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Bombs! I loved that feature on Battlefield 2, when you could take an F18 and drop some bombs over a base or a mobile vehicle and kill it. I would pay even more for my copy of bf4 if they include that feature

  17. Jon
    August 28th, 2013 at 2:36 am

    I totally agree with the anti-cheat and communication needs. On top of that, something needs to be done about the server-renting admins. If they’re not going away, they need to be limited on how much they can play God with everyone in the game. Everyone is getting sick and goddamn tired of being admin killed or kicked from every server online for using the “wrong” weapon, vehicle, or tactic, as well as being yanked across teams based on skill. Bombers would be much appreciated (put that destruction to use!). It’s two a.m., I’ll come back with more when I’m not suffering the sleep deprivation effects equivalent to being heavily intoxicated.

  18. Donnie Lloyd
    September 2nd, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    My friends and I are REALLY hoping that they feature a custom game mode with bots.
    That would be awesome !!!

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