With GamesCom now in full swing, a slew of new information and trailers has flooded the gaming universe but as you would expect I’ll be concentrating of Battlefield 4 in this article.
So what have we learned?
Well to begin with a new trailer showing off some more multiplayer gameplay was released showing off a new map named ‘Paracel Storm’. (Video down below) This map was intended to show the new emphasis on naval combat.The map is a group of tropical islands which are each separated by water which forces players to cross the water to reach the objectives. Along with the naval combat came the ocean mechanics which DICE have been going on about since E3. These new mechanics allow every player in the game to see the exact same waves which until Battlefield 4 wasn’t used. They say this will lead to better communication between players when out on rough seas. Many new vehicles and weapons could be seen in the trailer including a new jet fighter, attack boat, helicopters, new rifles, shotguns, machine guns, and new looking gun attachments.
From the trailer it was also evident that gun camos will make a return and so will the AC-130 gunship as well as many of the vehicles that were in Battlefield 3.
The one major thing I took from the trailer was the new map dynamics. As can be seen in the trailer the map, ‘Paracel Storm’, changes from a peaceful tropical paradise, if you ignore the whole war thing, to a raging watery hell. As seen in the trailer you could be minding your own business and suddenly you have a 8,500 tonne navy Destroyer crashing down on top of you!
As well as this great gameplay trailer, EA also released a trailer for Battlefield 4’s Premium. All but one of the five expansion packs planned for the future was described: The first map pack, China Rising, which was announced awhile back and is free with any pre-ordered copy of the game, will find players fighting for dominance across the Chinese mainland.
The second map pack, Second Assault, revisits classic maps from Battlefield 3 and from the trailer it looks like Caspian Border, Gulf Of Oman, and Operation Metro will be included.
The third of the map packs, Naval Strike, in which players will fight over the waves as the Chinese armada takes the fight to the open seas.
The fourth expansion pack, Dragon’s Teeth, throws players into urban warfare as the United States strike back in the multiplayer war.
The fifth and final map pack, Final Stand, hasn’t had any information revealed as of yet.
Not only will Premium players get access to the map packs two weeks early, but also get early access to new weapons vehicles and Premium only content. All of this will presumably cost $50 just like Battlefield 3’s Premium.
With all that has been announced Battlefield 4 is shaping up to be one hell of a game, but I may be a bit biased. What do you think?