Review: Battlefield Hardline
The wait is over. The latest installment of the Battlefield series is here. This season, we are having “Battlefield: Hardline”. The game ...
The wait is over. The latest installment of the Battlefield series is here. This season, we are having “Battlefield: Hardline”. The game was much anticipated as it deviates from the warfare background to the streets of the criminal crawling L.A. The game has raised the hopes to be a different than the earlier games of the series. The game has tried to follow the foot steps of CoD: Advanced Warfare, by giving the players something new and fresh. So without much ado, we start our review for the much awaited “Battlefield: Hardline”.
The game is not set in the war prone or the affected regions of the world. This time you hit the streets of LA and go on to catch the thugs and the drug dealers who poison the city. In the single player campaign, you play the role of an office of LAPD, detective Nick Mendoza. As the crime rates of the city are on a wild spree, you along with your partner Khai Minh Dao decide to go against all the odds and rage a war against the most powerful people of the city, but only to realize that power and corruption can affect both sides of the law.
The story starts good and keeps you gripped to it. The narration is very good and there are a some moments in the game where your jaw actually falls down. But in some parts of the story, the content has been exaggerated. In some of the scenes, extra nonsense is given than what was required. But one flaw doesn’t fail the game. The cat fight between the cops and the drug cartel is depicted in a good manner. This time, you have a number of different mode of games to play. In the multiplayer mode you have Heist, Blood Money, Rescur and Crosshair modes of gameplay
Like all the other games in the series, this game is also played from the first person persepective. But what’s different this time is that you can decide whether you want to play the lethal way or non lethal, the choice remains yours. The game focuses more on the criminal activities, hence we have access to the military grade weapons, tasers and handcuffs to arrest the criminals. Many changes have been made in the gameplay which differentiates from the other games of the series, The stealth mode is something new. You can distract the guards by throwing objects and luring them into your trap.
Other features like the gunfight and the health quotient remain the same. A new gadget is introduced in the game called the “Scanner” which can be used to scan an area and find valuable objects, high priority targets and can also be used to evaluate the situation. Another new feature is the “Freeze” feature wherein if you spot an enemy you can order him to stand his ground and lower his weapons, so that you can handcuff him. This feature makes the gameplay more fun. This time the choice is given to you on how you want to get the job done. You can play in stealth, or you can charge your enemies head on. The latter is very difficult the possibility is more that you will die.The visuals of the game are mediocre. The game in the next gen consoles also didn’t appear to breathtaking like the “Advanced Warfare” or “AC: Unity”. The biggest changes from the beta to the Battlefield Hardline release.
- WEAPON TUNING
- One hit kill range reduced for 870 and SPAS
- Fire rate reduced for 870
- More vertical recoil for 870
- Recoil reduced for RO933
- Damage reduced for Ro933
- Vertical recoil added to M16A3 and M416
- Increased P90 spread per shot
- Improved Uzi un-aimed fire accuracy
- Magnum Ammo OHK range reduced
- Magnum Ammo vehicle damage reduced 50%
- CLASS BALANCE
- Moved G36C to Cops and M416 to criminals
- Moved M/45 to cops and UMP to criminals
- METAGAME TUNING
- Rank progression slowed down by 50%
- Repriced Battlepacks to cost more in-game cash
- Weapon license increased to 1250 kill
- Gold camo increased to 1000 kills
- HACKER TUNING
- GPS spotting and jamming range for Hacker mode reduced
- Overclock timing reduced for Hacker mode
The game was good. The single player campaing is fun but the actual fun comes when you play the multiplayer gaming modes along with your friends. The tense situation makes you sweat and you remain completely gripped on your moves and trust me, you don’t want to take a loo break when you’re playing the mulitplayer mode esp Rescue and Heist modes. Thumbs up for the game. You should try it.