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Where’s Our Next-Gen Battlefield 4 Review?

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Posted on October 28, 2013 AT 09:02pm

Last week, EGM attended a review event where we were granted hands-on time with both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of Battlefield 4. Due to some complications beyond our control, however, we’ve decided not to publish a review based on our experience on either platform just yet. Here’s why:

On Xbox One, we were only allowed time with the single-player campaign, and given the nature of the Battlefield franchise, we could not possibly base our review solely on that aspect of the game. On PlayStation 4, we were given time with both the campaign and multiplayer, but we experienced crashes nearly once per match, along with other serious issues, like audio dropping out entirely and occasional-but-significant framerate drops. Given that the next-gen consoles are still a few weeks out—and given that they’ll both be receiving significant day-one software updates—it seems possible that our experience was woefully unrepresentative of where the game will be come launch day.

Furthermore, the PlayStation 4 build had every multiplayer weapon, gadget, and attachment unlocked from the start, meaning we had no chance to interact with the game’s progression system to get a feel for how easy or difficult it may be to work toward your ideal loadout.

As a result of all these factors, we’ve decided to hold off on publishing a review of either next-gen version of the game until we’ve had a chance to play a final retail build on final retail hardware. In the meantime, you can check out our review of Battlefield 4 on current-gen hardware. While this review does not take into account the improved graphics or the expanded 64-player battles, rest assured that the core gameplay experience stays largely the same across all platforms.

Josh Harmon, Associate Editor
Josh Harmon picked up a controller when he was 3 years old—and he hasn't looked back since. This has made him particularly vulnerable to attacks from behind. He joined EGM as an intern following a brief-but-storied career on a number of small gaming blogs across the Internet. Follow him on Twitter @jorshy. Meet the rest of the crew.

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