Is Battlefield 4, Worth Playing?
Despite a terrible launch and almost a year of lacklustre updates, Battlefield 4 ended its life as one of the most beloved titles in the Battlefield franchise and is to this day viewed as the standard to which other games must aspire.

The Lowdown.

Product Details
Genre: Shooter
Developer: Dice
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Price: $39.99
Release Date: 29 October 2013
Supported Modes:

Environmental Destruction.

Battlefield 4 handles environmental destruction better than just about any other game before it and since, with even Battlefield 2042 failing to capture the spectacle of a collapsing skyscraper or bursting a dam, flooding the map in the way that Battlefield 4 did.

While Battlefield 4 was not the first (nor the last) Battlefield title to allow for elemental destruction when considering the limitations of 8th-generation hardware, what DICE could accomplish without the aid of powerful local or server-based resources is nothing short of miraculous.


Bad Launch.

At launch, Battlefield 4 was a buggy mess, and while DICE worked tirelessly to address the most pressing issues, over a year later, when Battlefield Hardline launched, Battlefield 4 was still a mess, widely regarded by the gaming community as being one of the least optimised titles of all time.

This would only begin to change in earnest during Battlefield 4’s second year of life, with a series of updates vastly improving game performance, resulting in a wave of goodwill that continues today.

Because of these updates, Battlefield 4 enjoys the benefits of a small but active community on all platforms nine years after release, something that is relatively unheard of in the genre, with only a few first-person shooters able to maintain stable matchmaking for more than two years.


Battlefield IV FAQ

Battlefield 4 is a first person shooter video game developed by Dice and published by Electronic Arts, it was released on 29 October 2013 and retails for $39.99.

Platform Availability.

Battlefield 4 is available on the following platforms: PC, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

Are The Developers Active?

Battlefield IV is no longer in active development, and the developers have moved on to other projects.

How Many People Play Battlefield 4?

As of April 2024, around 50,000 people play Battlefield 4 on a fairly regular basis.

How Active Is The Battlefield 4 Playerbase?

Battlefield 4 is fairly active, meaning that matchmaking is stable for much of the day in populated regions and viable in less populated regions, even though wait times are considerably longer.

Please note that while the PC community is fairly active, the Xbox community is far smaller than both the PC and PlayStation communities, and outside of peak NA/EU play times, finding active servers is very difficult and, at times, entirely impossible.

Is Cross-Platform Multiplayer Supported?

Battlefield IV supports:

  • Cross-Generational Multiplayer.
  • Cross-Generational Parties.

Is There Group Finding/Matchmaking Support?

Battlefield IV offers the following matchmaking options:

  • Region-Based Matchmaking
  • Solo Matchmaking
  • Group Matchmaking
  • Server Browser

Are There In-Game Microtransactions?

The Battlefield IV in-game store sells:

  • Cosmetic Items.
  • Pay for Convenience Items.

What Peripherals Are Supported?

The following peripherals are officially supported:

  • Console - Controller.
  • PC - Controller.
  • PC - Mouse and Keyboard.

Is There Any Mature Content?

Battlefield IV is rated PEGI 18+ and contains the following:

  • Bad Language
  • Drug Use
  • Mature Themes
  • Violence

Final Verdict.

Despite a shaky start, Battlefield 4 became one of the most beloved titles in the franchise’s history. It is still worth playing in 2024, despite its diminished player base and lack of 9th-generation optimisation.

Is Battlefield 4 Worth Playing In 2024?

Honest Video Game Reviews has given "Battlefield 4" a rating of 7/10, indicating that it is a good game, that is well worth playing, and while it may have a few shortcomings, the average gamer will enjoy it.

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