Battlefield Hardline Review

  • Publisher: EA
  • Developer:  Visceral Games and DICE
  • MSRP: $59.99
  • Rated: Mature
  • Release Date: March 17th, 2015
  • Platforms: Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC
  • Rating:  ★★★★☆

Battlefield Hardline Review

Note:  Review based on a Xbox One copy.

The Battlefield series is one that has gained a lot of traction within the last couple of years with Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4 being big hits for EA. This year, DICE  handed the reigns over to Visceral Games to see what they can do with the franchise. Visceral wasted no time changing the game in many different ways, like Bad Company before it. Battlefield Hardline is a huge change in direction for the series, not only in pace, but also in story.

You play as Nick Mendoza, a rookie police officer in a Cop TV show style campaign. That’s right, Battlefield Hardline is about Cops and those they pursue, the robbers.  You read it correctly, cops and robbers. For the first time in a video game of recent that isn’t made by Rockstar, you play as a police officer. Now I must admit, I personally was skeptical of this idea, but after playing it works.

The campaign is structured much like a TV show. So instead of having chapters or missions,  you have episodes. There are 10 Episodes in all, with sub missions thrown in the main story mission. The sub missions are fairly generic, just arrest or kill a wanted criminal(s). One of the coolest things about the way this is done, is whenever you stop playing and resume, it treats it like a TV show. You’ll get the “Last time on Hardline” followed by a recap of the last few “episodes”.  As interesting and fresh of a concept it is, the plot twist you inevitably head toward is very predictable.

Even though it’s a predictable path, the acting is superb. With the likes of Kelly Hu, Benito Martinez, Adam J. Harrington, and Alexandria Daddario among the list for the cast, it really brings the game to life as a would be Cop Show you would see on TV.  Unfortunately, sometimes the audio didn’t sync up with the on-screen acting which took you out of the moment.  The audio issues are not just limited to there, as some of the explosions seemed rather quiet at times, but the presentation never really dropped because of it none of it was enough to ruin the experience.

If you weren’t a fan of the slower paced previous Battlefield games, then this will be right up your alley. It’s faster paced.  It’s in your face.  It’s fun.  Most importantly, the story will keep you hooked from beginning to end.  Anyone who is a fan of first person shooters or just wants a good cop game to play, you cannot go wrong with Hardline.

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