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Battlefield 4 Hardcore


Battlefield 4 HardcoreBattlefield 4 Hardcore is a multiplayer option that can be applied to all game modes. Hardcore in Battlefield 4 is similar to previous games in the series. In hardcore, players start out with much less health compared to regular game, usually 50-60%. There are a number of other limitations to the Battlefield 4 Hardcore option, which means it’s best suited for skilled players or those who feel that the regular game is too “weak”.

Battlefield 4 Hardcore features

Hardcore in Battlefield 4 is similar to previous games in the series. While there is a general set of rules for the mode, server owners can further adjust some of the settings. Here’s are some of the differences between the Battlefield 4 Hardcore mode compared to the regular game:

  • Hardcore has less health, usually 50-60% of health is available
  • No auto-health regen — players have to be healed by medics
  • No minimap (server option)
  • No health meter, no ammo count (server option)
  • No crosshairs — weapon has to be aimed.
  • Spotting can be turned off (Server option)
  • Friendly fire is on

Battlefield 4 Hardcore vs normal mode

While hardcore might seem a bit too drastic and overwhelming for the average Battlefield 4 player, keep in mind that in hardcore, it takes a lot less to kill an enemy, you cannot be spotted, and the enemy can’t see you in a death cam.

On the other hand, hardcore is made more difficult since there is no health regeneration (or vehicle self repair for that matter), you can’t spot and track enemies, and you can only spawn on your squad leader. Another thing with hardcore is that snipers can one-shot kill without getting a headshot. Field upgrades can also be limited in the HC mode.

Overall, Battlefield 4 Hardcore is suitable for some gamers who take things a bit more seriously, but the name shouldn’t discourage the average player to try it out.

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  1. MRG
    September 7th, 2013 at 5:02 am

    There should be an indicator for wich firemode you have selected in hardcore. Taking away the hud is good but in reality you do know what firemode you have selected. It’s very hard to keep track when you have semi, burst and auto without an indicator.

    • iEclipse
      November 29th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      I think that might be a server option (or its just removed in console). I play on PC and in the hardcore servers I play, there’s the part of the HUD at the bottom-middle of the screen that shows firing modes, gadgets, and weapon toggles (flashlight, laser sight, etc.)

  2. PhillipJFry
    September 15th, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    I totally agree. I have the same problem sometimes too with semi, burst, and auto weapons. Mostly I choose a semi/auto weapon just to make my chances of correctly choosing the firing mode I want at 50%!

  3. Osukaa
    October 1st, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    You forgot to mention that when you reload you change the whole magazine, any remainig bullets will be lost, the reload mechanics is magazine bound, not bullet bound as in normal mode.

  4. Agusti
    October 4th, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Yeah hardcore is fun an all, with the friendly fire and added realism bullshit that everyone loves… but why not take it a step further and REMOVE the godamn aim assist for us consoles gamers, plz ? Or just remove it from the entire game. Be it either the auto-lock on feature when you aim down the sights or the fact that your weapon automatically follows someone running… Trust me stupid kids on the consoles wont notice the difference, us veteran gamers that enjoy games you need to put effort in order to succed, will.

    • Ben
      November 10th, 2013 at 3:44 am

      Or just come and play on PC like the actual good players.

      • Yea
        December 5th, 2013 at 1:23 pm

        They spend too much time convincing console players. Plus they say it’s even easier with a mouse.

      • Connor
        February 28th, 2016 at 9:56 pm

        Or you stop being stupid and realize that it’s about preference, and not everyone has the money to afford a gaming computer like most of your suburban arseholes

    • Hmmm
      November 17th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      Just aim down your sight and shoot them

  5. Nick
    October 15th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    After a couple of weeks playing the PS3 beta, I’ve concluded the hardcore mode gameplay will be the deciding factor of whether or not I purchase this game. I feel as though normal mode weapons are all around far too weak..

    • Rainbow Dash
      November 19th, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      You need to buy the game to try hard core noob -_-

  6. Nicolas
    November 3rd, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    It’s not hardcore enough for me. I’d like more supression, so that you can really pin ennemies and flank them more easily. Shooting a vehicle and setting it on fire should trap the players inside (perhaps with a probability). It’s crazy that one can just magically apear next to the vehicle as if nothing has happend. I mean: it’s F-ing on fire! (Perhaps animations for that part). Oh and destroying tracks and tires of vehicles would be nice too. Snipers should have a harder time given the fact that a bullet in the foot kills you instantly… Add wind, weather conditions… landing a bullet at 400m isn’t as easy as just compensating for drop. Plus it’s quite annoying you can’t defend yourself against them. I mean landing a headshot with any gun should give an instant kill no matter the distance. (Personnaly I’d rather have the whole sniper bullshit removed, but that is never going to happen.)

    • GOplayARMA
      December 24th, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Sooooo basically, you want to play ARMA?

    • Domass james
      February 27th, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      The snipers are so under powered and on most once your past 150 meters its a two shot kill even on hardcore because it does 59 damage of the 60 required for a kill

  7. Huber
    November 5th, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    How do you play in hardcore mode? I mean where do you switch to hardcore?

    • ChipMuck
      November 8th, 2013 at 4:55 am

      Server settings, same place you change to different game modes. Just scroll or trigger to the right, it’s another option. Hardcore is the way to go. So much more realistic…. I do agree that some of the HUD should be up. If I am a soldier out in the field, I know if and/or how many clips, RPGs, grenades, etc I have.

      ** You also have to aim at an ‘enemy’ to make sure they are actually an enemy… so stop all this friendly fire! **

      • Domass james
        February 27th, 2016 at 12:12 pm

        Yes but in real war if you are running through a feild away from an attack heli you won’t be lookimg constantly at your ammunition

  8. RareAir23
    November 8th, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    My thoughts on HC mode in BC2 and BF3 (as I’ve yet to try it in 4). In both games: Some of the maps played perfectly into what I like to call “Recon’s Paradise”. The fact that half of the maps had well designed, hard to find sniper points for where a good recon could sit in 1 spot all day and practically win the day for his team single-handedly? It felt in some ways like Counter-Strike: Source. BF3 was the same way, only difference is the prone made Recon harder to detect. Scope glint helped you find ’em if you fast enough to dodge sniper rounds like Neo in the Matrix and then drop iron fast enough to squeeze off a couple of well-aimed bullets.

    Other thing about HC mode in both games: there will be a ton more times (especially if you’re new to HC) where you will be killed by people (of all classes) and you will never…ever see them. Plus, map memorization is key to playing HC. If you don’t know everything about every map (and I mean everything about it) you’re better off sticking to Normal until you do.

    Point being, if you play great Recon (or were l337 CSS players) hardcore mode is your mode to dominate. Normal I feel has it more balanced between the classes. Heck, I played against Recon so good in BC2 and BF3 they did 2 things right: 1. They knew every map by heart. 2. They were “Mobile Recon”. Which means they would start in 1 favorite sniper point, pwn 4-5 guys, move to the next and pwn 4-5 guys, move to the next and pwn 4-5 guys and then move to the next and pwn 4-5 more guys and then start the whole process over. They would begin their routine on Tuesday at 10:02am. You wouldn’t find them until Saturday at 9:46pm (if you ever found them at all)! No joke, I saw them with my own eyes. There you have it. Out!

    • gazza
      March 15th, 2014 at 3:53 am

      I agree , i recently played bc2 again, found a server with a few players
      spawned in 3 times and got shot by a wookie each time lol
      bf4 has sniper dominated maps, we are are currently looking at
      modding our server to cut back snipers on certain maps/modes also providing
      minimap on hardcore to find the campers

  9. DubluniK
    November 25th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Hey! New on BF4…well maybe depends on the HARCORE mode, the main question is, can we TAKE OFF* the AUTO-AIM? cause Reallly, its REALLLLY ANNOYING and im being Polit…as a Big fan of W@W…its reallly hard to find something sorta similar…Thanx for Answering 🙂

    • Domass james
      February 27th, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      Maybe they are just better then you

  10. brandon
    December 2nd, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I can’t figure out how to get on hc for xbox one and its telling me to pay to browse servers and to play commander

  11. Ryan
    January 4th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Hardcore is terrible in Battlefield 4. You run out of ammo after 5 seconds because you drop your whole magazine no matter what, you end up running around with a half-loaded magazine because you don’t want to waste your rounds and there’s no hit markers to tell whether you’re wasting the bullets that you do get the chance to use. How is it realistic for you to shoot 3 rounds and kill a guy and then replace the magazine and drop 27 perfectly good, unused rounds on the floor? A real soldier wouldn’t waste all that ammo.

    • Wesley
      January 13th, 2014 at 9:18 am

      Then don’t reload if you know you have 27 bullets dumbass

    • Domass james
      February 27th, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      A real solder wont reload that often

  12. JayKay3000
    January 27th, 2014 at 9:50 am

    To be any good in hardcore you generally have to get to know the maps and work out where people will be hiding and spawning. If you’re in a tank you can’t just sit there firing as sooner or later someone will be sticking C4 on you before you have time to react.

    Running out of ammo is generally common sense. You get to know how long the gun runs out of ammo so you account for it.

    Couldn’t really imagine people running through a two minute animation as your solider emptied all his mags for spare bullets and then sits there reloading each one. You’re starting to go into the details of soldier damage and mobility based on where you shoot them, etc and that’s a whole other game. You want a war sim? Playing the wrong game then.

  13. eagle2030
    February 11th, 2014 at 9:14 am

    where can i find hardcore matches ? don’t se them in the multiplayer menu..

  14. Hitman
    February 18th, 2014 at 6:46 am

    Eagle2030 > u have to got to filter and put it on core mate

  15. Krystian00
    March 17th, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    How you guy feeling with the SR338 in hardcore. That rifle would literally rip your heads off, that gun is going to dominated HC games especialy as it’s a 1 hit kill and semi-auto.

    • Dhillon
      August 6th, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Well the sr338 is not a one shot kill unless its to the head it.
      At any distance more than 100mts it takes 2 shots to kill

    • Domass james
      February 27th, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      Most dmrs are a 2 shot kill and the fire rate for like the emr is amazing

  16. Gunner
    August 20th, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Hardcore is not easy its for real players that actually want real warefare as battlefield 4’s half-reality is in the normal mode but hardcore is the real game you’d want to play if your looking for reality of war. HUD are you kidding me? When you auto burst or burst fire just test it there is no screen for you in reality lol. The only thing not real is that grenades cannot kill teamates because then everybody would get kicked if by mistake teamates died. This is what Hardcore is not another option for a server but it should be a game mode called War, a match that took an hour to finish also i wish 🙂

    • jaydi
      August 23rd, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      you might want to try red storm rising on pc. matches take a long time and have more realism. smaller battlefields unlike arma 4 which is enormous.

  17. Aaron
    January 12th, 2016 at 6:45 am

    I love hardcore mode but you need a compass so you know direction and you can tell your squad witch way to look or go

  18. Nexuz
    August 3rd, 2016 at 10:52 am

    I love hardcore tdm, I play it on both BF4 and BF3 but theres one thing I hate and thats when the server mods are inactive with sniper/pistol onky servers, there are always jackasses that join and start using assault rifles and its really annoying, imagine you have a really intense sniper gun fight with someone and youre about to fire the killing blow and then a freaking engineer with an mx4 runs in and ruins your day

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