Battlefield 4 Beta Review

Battlefield 4 Beta testing has begun after it was released for PC yesterday, 1 October, for some players who meet the requirements to get an early taste of the new game. Battlefield 4 Beta offers the map “Siege at Shanghai,” in which gamers can watch an entire skyscraper be destroyed and collapse into the gaming region during gameplay. The beta also offers two game modes: Conquest and domination.


The Battlefield 4 website describes Battlefield 4 as:

Battlefield 4™ is a genre defining action blockbuster made from moments that blur the line between game and glory – moments found only in Battlefield. With dynamic destructible environments, epic vehicular combat, and the chaos of all-out war, Battlefield 4™ gives you the freedom to do more and be more for an unrivalled entertainment experience.








Battlefield 4 Beta Review

Battlefield 4 Beta PC players will need the following to be able to run the game:

Battlefield 4 Beta System Requirements:

Minimum system requirements for the Beta

OS 64-bit version of Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 (the full version of Battlefield 4 will also support 32-bit operating systems)
Processor AMD ATHLON X2 2.8 GHZ / INTEL CORE 2 DUO 2.4 GHZ
Memory (RAM) 4 GB
Graphics Card AMD Radeon HD 3870 / Nvidia Geforce 8800 GT
Graphics Memory 512MB
HDD 1.6GB (approx.)

Recommended system requirements for the Beta

OS 64-bit version of Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 (the full version of Battlefield 4 will also support 32-bit operating systems)
Memory (RAM) 8 GB
Graphics Card AMD Radeon HD 7870 / Nvidia Geforce GTX 660
Graphics Memory 3GB
HDD 1.6GB (approx.)

In the two game modes – Conquest and domination – on “Siege at Shanghai,” the following weapons and equipment are available for use:

Assault Rifles
  • SCAR-H
  • AK-12
  • ACW-R
  • AK 5C
  • MK11 MOD 0
  • RFB
Hand Guns
  • M9
  • P226
Light Machine Guns
  • TYPE 88 LMG
  • U-100 MK5
Personal Defence Weapons
  • PP-2000
  • MX4
  • 870 MCS
  • QBS-09
Sniper Rifles
  • M40A5
  • CS-LR4
  • M320 HE
  • M26 MASS
  • First Aid Pack
  • Defibrillator
  • RPG-7V2
  • Repair Tool
  • XM25 Airburst
  • Ammo Pack
  • Ammo Box
  • PLD
  • C4 Explosive
  • Motion Censor
M67 Frag
  • Bayonet
  • Survival

One thing you must remember if you are / will be playing Battlefield 4 Beta is that the game is exactly that, BETA. Because the game is in beta, you can expect to see some glitches and the game might feel a bit “laggy.” If you don’t believe me, check out some of the Battlefield 4 Beta Known Issues on the EA website.

Battlefield 4 Beta Review

Despite some of the glitches, like spawning outside of the gaming area or rocket launchers showing a loaded projectile when you clearly have no ammo and graphics that aren’t completely up-to-scratch, the game is a lot of fun and gives a pretty good idea of the gameplay you can expect once the full version of Battlefield 4 is released on 29 October.

I have been playing Battlefield 3 since it’s launch in October 2011 and it’s provided countless hours of gameplay… About 200 odd hours to be precise. Playing Battlefield 4 Beta I can already see the gaming hours racking up pretty quickly in the near future. From the new display of your weapon while upgrading and customising it, sound effects during gameplay, elevators to be used, containers doors to be closed to hide in and surprise your enemies to the buttons to be pressed during gameplay which affects the map and game around you, Battlefield 4 Beta is a lot of fun!

Beta players also get to see the new “Battlepacks,” which offer a random combination of Camo’s, dog tags, and more. These can be earned through experience progression gained during gameplay. The game now also offers VOIP between members in your squad. So no need to join a TeamSpeak server between yourself and your friends in your squad. The “Commander” of the team is able to verbally communicate to any squad. Kinda of making the gameplay and hierarchy more realistic.

Great news for fellow South African Battlefield 4 Beta players is that there are South African hosted serves. So don’t thing you’ll be playing with some crazy ping because of being forced to play on international servers. Although in all honesty, I did find the local South African servers a bit more buggy and glitchy, compared to the American servers I played on too.

All players who take part in the Beta will be awarded a this dog tag for use in Battlefield 4 when the full game is out too:

Battlefield 4 beta Dogtag


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Even with the glitches, Battlefield 4 will be an awesome game, and I can’t wait for the full version to be released.

The beta will be open to everyone from 4 October, with the full version of Battlefield 4 will be available on 29 October for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. The PC version of the game is accessed through EA’s Origin client. So, if you don’t have it yet, download Origin! And good news for those planning on buying a PS4 or Xbox One, you can expect the game to be released as a  launch title for both consoles.

Want to know more about the full Battlefield 4 Multiplayer? Check out this video or head over to the Battlefield 4 website

You can also subscribe to the Battlefield on YouTube, like their page on Facebook, or follow their tweets on Twitter for more news and info.

Even if you’re playing GTA 5 or FIFA 14, Battlefield 4 is a must for your 2013 collection!

‘Till then…

Always remember, give a jackass an education and you’ll have a smartass!

Signing out.


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