After its release, five different expansion packs were released for Battlefield 3. While expansion packs were nothing new at the time (MMO’s like StarCraft have been releasing expansion content for years), EA was invested in creating expansions that were more than a new map and a few new weapons. The second expansion, Close Quarters, introduced Levolution, which gave gamers the opportunity to destroy parts of the environment of each level.
Battlefield 4 will include the same tech on an even greater scale. While we personally didn’t see any buildings collapse during the demo, early information released about the game indicates gamers will be able to take down skyscrapers and break aircraft carriers in two. Did we mention Battlefield 4 is expanding its amphibious assault capabilities as well? Yup, gamers can look forward to new amphibious vehicles, better vehicle handling and some enhancements to water elements as well. High winds and powerful waves will make their debut in the franchise giving gamers the additional challenge of navigating the stormy seas.
What else can gamers look forward to in the newest Battlefield title? New modes to start. Obliteration mode will pit players against each other in a race to pick up bombs from a central zone and destroy enemy targets. Commander mode will put players in an administrative role giving gamers strategic overview of a combat area. In Commander mode, gamers will deploy gunship and missile strikes while strategically commanding their troops. Levolution is back and will change the way a map plays by destroying major structures and objects in the environment. Battlelog will also get some upgrades, including an option to challenge friends for highest kill streak or most dog tags. Players can also expect to see new maps, new weapons, more new game modes, new kill streaks and five new expansion packs to be released throughout the year.
EA announced each of the five new expansion packs that will be released for the game. Each expansion will have a theme. The Naval Strike expansion will feature ocean combat against a Chinese armada while Second Assault (exclusive to Xbox One) will focus on fan favorite maps that have been redesigned. The new enemy in Battlefield 4 will become immediately evident after viewing the rest of the DLC expansion line-up. China Rising will be the first of the five expansions that will take place on the China mainland while Dragons Teeth will put players in war-torn cities locked down by the Chinese army. The final DLC will be Final Stand, wherein the war reaches an epic conclusion.
Gaming Illustrated got some hands-on time with the BF4 multiplayer demo at the GameStop 2013 Expo in Vegas last week. What did we think? Well, we’re super psyched for some of the improvements made, for example, kill assists. Who among the Battlefield multiplayer community hasn’t shaken their fist at the sky while cursing out the noob who “stole” their kill? Getting a 95-point kill assist is like getting a quick punch to the face. Battlefield gamers need curse at kill-stealers no more. Damage up to 90 percent or more will now count as a kill regardless of who got the last bit of damage.
Enemies can now grapple and defend themselves against frontal knife kill attempts. Though we weren’t one hundred percent on what we were supposed to be doing while grappling with an enemy, we must have been doing something right as we stabbed them several times prior to actually killing them. Fair warning, this new knifing ability is graphic and up close. We were also surprised by smaller bits of map environments that could be destroyed on multiplayer maps as well. While standing near a low concrete wall, another player threw a grenade which resulted in a sizable chunk of said wall being blown to smithereens.
Battlefield 3 will be difficult to improve upon but it appears EA has a solid foundation for a sequel that will take the franchise to another level. Battlefield 4 is set to release Oct. 29 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.