Is Battlefield 4 too similar to BF3?
Over the past few weeks, DICE and EA have released a ton of Battlefield 4 footage on YouTube. We got to see long stretches of uninterrupted, unedited gameplay in HD for the first time. And something was clear from the beginning: Battlefield 4 resembles BF3 a lot.
Because of this, many gamers have referred to Battlefield 4 as “BF3.5”. We analyzed over an hour of footage and the latest in-game screenshots, looking closely at the game and found out that the “BF3.5” namesake isn’t far too off — at this point in development, Battlefield 4 looks and plays like a large expansion pack to BF3.
Judging by the hours of footage that has was released over the past weeks, it’s clearÂ that Battlefield 4 includes plenty of assets from BF3. Here’s a list of the things we were able to spot which are identical in BF4 and BF3:
- Most of the sound effects are the same (vehicles, explosions, guns, etc.)
- Awards (ribbons etc.) are identical
- Most of the vehicle models are the same (e.g. M1 Abrams tank, Huey and Viper helicopters, etc)
- Voice over is the same
- Some of the in-game assets on the map are the same (crates, trash cans, cars, boxes etc.)
- Most of the player animations appear to be the same
Granted, what we saw was wasn’t the final game, however, DICE has openly stated (via Twitter) that they’ve finished adding features to Battlefield 4 back in July, and from now on, it’s all about polishing and tweaking. Visually, the games are identical, but DICE has always said that most of the changes to the Frostbite 3 game engine remain “under the hood”, which will improve overall gameplay experience (such as faster patching).
Apart from the gameplay, which appears to be nearly identical to BF3, Battlefield 4 does introduce a whole slew of features. Better squads, new unlocks, weapons and vehicles, new Commander mode, tons of new Battlelog features, and much more we don’t yet know about.
Is Battlefield 4 still worth $60? Most likely. Heck, Call of Duty has been pretty much the same game since Modern Warfare — there’s more variety in the BF3 and its DLC than in all of Call of Duty over the past 5 years.