Why a Battlefield 4 commander feature is important
In last week’s article, “Top 5 much needed Battlefield 4 features“, our number one spot went to the Commander mode, which has been missing in the series since 2006. We thought it would be a good idea to have a more in-depth article about the much talked about (and rumored) Battlefield 4 Commander feature.
What is a Battlefield 4 Commander?
For those who joined the Battlefield series with Bad Company and BF3, Commander probably sounds very foreign. The feature was included in BF2 and BF2142, and offered one player per team to “Command” and manage his team.
This included giving orders to attack/defend, dropping supplies, even calling in artillery strikes. A good Commander could rake in a lot of kills and points and help his team achieve victory.
Any player could apply to become Commander at the beginning of the map, and usually the player with the highest rank was offered the role first. The Commander had access to a “battle screen”, which resembled a real time strategy game. However, the Commander could still play in the regular game like all other players. If a Commander didn’t do his job well, the other team members could vote to kick him out.
Check out a video of the Commander in action in BF2:
While BF2 and BF2142 included a Commander mode, the feature was removed with the Bad Company series and replaced with a pathetic excuse for commander: a mobile UAV station where a player controller a small helicopter that spotted enemies. And occasionally shot BB gun pellets at them.
DICE’s reasoning for this was that it allowed more players to have a “commander” role, which was nonsense: there was one UAV station where as BF2 had two commanders.
Adding a commander mode adds a lot of strategy to the game, and generally adds a whole new layer of tactical gameplay. This is how the Commander screen looked like in BF2 (on Strike At Karkand):
A Battlefield 4 commander will improve teamwork
Given two equal teams in BF2, the team with the better Commander usually won. A Battlefield 4 Commander is much more than just dropping supplies and giving orders.
Calling in artillery at the right time can force an enemy attack to a complete halt, giving out supplies to those who need it (like vehicles in the battlefield as opposed to a lone sniper), and providing radar and spotting enemies can help your team in general.
The Commander can improve teamwork by giving orders to squads. The Commander can also spot enemies — in previous versions, a “Scan” feature would scan the whole map for the commander and reveal enemies, where after he could spot them for his team.
More gameplay variety
Overall, a Commander in Battlefield 4 would add more depth to the already stellar multiplayer gameplay. Better yet, it would make Battlefield 4 stand out even more from the competition.
Finally, we do need some extra features added to BF4 compared to what we had in BF3, and a Commander should be at the top of that list. Hopefully DICE will implement the feature in Battlefield 4.