REVIEW: Battlefield 4 on PS4 is great… when it works

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Multiplayer is marred by connection stability issues, which we hope will be resolved soon

WHEN I reviewed the PC version of Battlefield 4 I gave it a Golden Thumb Award and noted that DICE would no doubt work through the launch bugs to deliver the best online multiplayer experience around.

In fact, you can read that review here as many of the gameplay elements of the next-gen game are identical to the PC version.

But while the PC version has become markedly more stable, it’s with great disappointment that I note the PS4 version we reviewed is experiencing stability issues with online multiplayer.

Far too often we were kicked out of a multiplayer game only to be shown a PlayStation error code and then given the option to submit an error report (which we did).

Since November 29, I’ve played the hell out of my PS4 and haven’t experienced errors except when playing Battlefield 4.

It’s a great shame because when the game works it runs at a silky smooth 60fps and in glorious 1080p. Unlike its previous-generation impostors which only cater for 24 players in a single game, Battlefield 4 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One caters for up to 64-players, offering an authentic Battlefield experience (when you can stay in the game).

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BF4 on next-gen consoles looks similar to the PC version on High or Ultra settings.

The added detail in explosions, water reflections, and of course the increase in texture and screen resolution means that the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions are the best to ever hit a home console.

I keep returning to the multiplayer mode and just tonight had a successful session which marks the first time I’ve been able to play and enjoy the game.

But until this happens consistently I can’t help but feel that, although a Golden Thumb game on PC, it is too early to cast a final judgement on the next-gen console versions just yet, especially on PS4.

No doubt the new technology, the PSN and large volume of users who weren’t able to participate in any beta testing of sorts due to next-gen consoles not being available at the time are all compounding factors that have led to this issue.

We’ll give DICE the benefit of the doubt and hope, with great anticipation, that Battlefield 4’s multiplayer mode is error-free sooner rather than later.

Battlefield 4 is a great game, but game-killing errors currently ruin the fun on the PlayStation 4 version.
Battlefield 4 is a great game, but game-killing errors currently ruin the fun on the PlayStation 4 version.

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