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November 20, 2013

Battlefield 4 Content Rundown (Areas of Concern)


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Note: The following post contains some Mature Content. Parental Guidance Advised. 


Intro: 



So you're scrolling through the internet not too long ago, and a title catches your eye: Battlefield 4.

"Battlefield 4?" You say, "There's a fourth one?". Your confusion may be because of the fact that you've never really cared about Battlefield past the stellar Battlefield 2 way back when in 2005ish.

It may also be the simple fact that this is not the actual fourth title in the series, as there have been several others, and this is probably the fourth one set in modern times.

Huh, guess that explains the 4....

Mystery solved, right here on KVR Gaming! But hey, you know what else we're solving for you today? The content of the actual game itself, a mystery several Parental and Content reviewers fail to clarify in it's entirity.

So tune in, crack open a bottle of water, and let's get cracking!

Basic Plot:

China and the USA butt heads again over something minor and they can't agree to disagree, so they decide to kill each other. Also, people and buildings get blown up. Blah blah! 

Release Date: October 2013.

Developer: DICE.

Publisher: EA

Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows (the PC kind).

Genre: First-Person Shooter.

Reviewed By: Kyle van Rensburg.

Areas of Concern:

Violence:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Offensive

General Violence:

--Several people are shot: Blood sprays out and stains the environment, cries of pain are heard and the injured flinch and spasm in reaction to gunshot wounds. 

-When your character is shot, blood stains the screen. 

--Lots and lots of wreckage and explosions are portrayed, destruction of buildings and the environment being a huge part of gameplay. Vehicles are blown up by the explosions, and people are sent flying when near exploding objects.

--Stabbings are shown: Your character plunges the knife into the neck/chest of the enemy. No blood is portrayed.

--Vehicular violence is depicted: In addition to firing guns and rockets from vehicles, players can run over enemies, who are sent flying or simply collapse dead.

--A few environments are covered in moderate amounts of blood, and the corpses of fallen soldiers can be seen.

Storyline Violence:

--A man shoots a dog, with blood spurting. Not giving up so easily, the dog attacks him again. He gives it a punch to the head, and the dog passes out/dies with a whimper.

--A man's leg is pinned underneath a block of rubble. We see blood forming around his knee. He asks to have the leg amputated; we see your character insert his knife under the knee and pull upwards, and the man screams in pain. The actual cutting is not shown.

Afterwards, he is dragged out from underneath the blood, and we see the bloody stump where the leg used to be, blood trailing behind it. (Insert pirate joke here)

--We see a man's bloody face after being caught in a missile explosion. He lies on the ground, groaning in pain afterwards, before eventually expiring.

--A man interrogates two men by electrocuting them with a shock baton; we hear screams as they convulse in pain. 

Sex/Nudity:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Offensive

--A hidden conversation has two men discussing being reborn in bed, and one man mentions that he had a "threesome" in bed, to which another man mocks him and they joke about where else one would have it, and they mention a "caddie".

Language:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Offensive

Frequent Strong Language: Uses of F**k, S**t, B**ch, B**t**d, P**s, A*s, C**p, H**l, D**n,

--God and Jesus' names are used in vain.

Spiritual Content: 

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Offensive

--List of symbols:

-Stars. (Satanism)

-Peace Symbol. (...Not actually a symbol of peace.)

Drugs/Alcohol/Smoking:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Offensive

--A few bars are seen in the backgrounds, but no actual drinking.

Morality:

Abysmal Bad So-so Okay Good Very Good

Standard Hollywood Blockbuster Movie: Good guys save the day and keep the bad guys at bay. Yay!

Thoughts & Impressions:


IGN: (8.5) Battlefield 4 is an excellent multiplayer game that makes the most of its ambitions, proving once again that destruction is a valuable strategic addition to competitive combat, which reaches its full potential with two killer Commanders are bringing out the best in their squads. On the other hand, its single-player campaign is a disappointing, but a functioning and familiar game with overwhelming action and remarkable spectacle.

GamesRadar: (4.5/5) Multiplayer shooters don't get better than Battlefield 4. Incredible destruction, smart map design, and solid tech combine to produce a true showcase for PS4 and PC. While solo play still lags behind, it's a big step up from BF3.

Edge: (7/10) Let all the vision-obscuring dust settle and it transpires that Battlefield 4 is a more conservative sequel than we were led to expect. Neither Commander mode nor Levolution’s scripted destructability have changed the feel or flow of multiplayer in any dramatic way. But that’s not necessarily a problem: 

Battlefield’s pitched 64-player battles have a rhythm that’s still all their own, and the emergent carnage caused when jets, tanks and infantry collide is quite unlike anything else. Its tightly scripted singleplayer game, however, is like everything else, and it sticks in the craw that a tepid story is still sucking up resources when multiplayer has arrived with so many avoidable technical problems. 

DICE has ironed out kinks in the past, and it is sure to do the same here, but will the studio ever get it right on the first pass?

Destructoid: It's probably for the best, then, that Battlefield 4 plays it safe. It's a game full of minor improvements to what remains one of the best multiplayer experiences available but, at this point, there's not much left to improve upon without taking some genuine risks for the sake of innovation. DICE is hitting diminishing returns and I'm curious to see where the series goes from here.

For the time being, however, this approach works -- Battlefield 4's multiplayer is strong enough to carry it. The single-player campaign isn't nearly the waste of time that it was in the last game, though it still ends up being an unnecessary inclusion. One can't help but wonder how much better Battlefield would be if DICE quit striving for back-of-the-box feature parity and concentrated its efforts entirely on multiplayer. I hope that day comes again.

My Thoughts: Well, Battlefield is really starting to become one of the definitions for the word "average". I can't be more bored with it's current direction, and I personally believe that it should stop trying to be realistic and go back to the light-hearted below-the-surface silliness of the old titles.

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Conclusion:




Violence: Average violence. The blood is not high, but it does contain some realism when it comes to injuries and the leg amputation scene is bloody, though not as shocking as one would expect.

Sex/Nudity: The one conversation in the game is a hidden conversation, so not much to worry about here if you're just breezing through the game. However, I believe you should be aware regardless.

Language: Probably the most offensive aspect of the game, with several F-bombs being dropped.

The Preacher and Trent: We basically summed up our thoughts on the Call of Duty Ghosts Content Rundown, but we'll reiterate again: The Preacher dismisses that the game is bad at all and quite frankly doesn't care about any objectionable content.

Trent expresses concern about the content, saying that one should be careful to not let this game influence you, though not saying that it will.

Verdict: 16+



For Bloody Violence and Strong Language.

Outro:

Well that's one Battlefield conquered at last. Several thousands more to come....

But hey, don't listen to me mope. Tune in Friday for another article on whatever subject my hilariously crazy mind comes up with then.

See ya!

Writer Bio:


Kyle van Rensburg is the Editor-in-Chief KVR Gaming. He likes cookies.

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