After a tepid marketing campaign and a lot of cynicism from the audience, Battlefield Hardline finally slogged it to the finishing line and released this week. The critics’ response has been lukewarm to say the least, to the point where I’ve been one of the more positive reviewers on the block. Most of the big guns think it’s “okay” at the very best – a decent enough, but dated and tone-deaf shooter.
What do The People think of it, though? Well, we have a controversial installment in a huge big budget franchise, a new developer on an established IP, Electronic Arts as the publisher… oh my, this is mama’s classic recipe for Shitstorm Soup!
You guessed it – Battlefield Hardline has been Metabombed by user reviews, as gamers take to everybody’s favorite pissing contest stadium and give EA a piece of their angry, angry minds.
The bombing of Hardline could have been worse. Currently, the PS4 version has been hit least with negative user reviews, averaging at a 5.0 score across 255 ratings – 40 positive, only 25 negative. The Xbox One’s 88 ratings give it a 4.8 average, with 16 positive reviews and 8 negative. PC is as brutal as it gets for the current systems – 182 ratings give it a 4.0 average, with 14 positive to 25 negative. All told, it’s a pretty middling showing for Visceral Games’ cop-flavored shooter.
Oh, but it gets juicier. See, the latest Battlefield did not give last-gen consoles a miss, and it appears the port job went terribly. Both the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions have only a handful of user reviews, but they were enough to give them a 2.7 and 2.5 score respectively. Complaints stem from awful graphics and a terrible framerate. Apparently the servers for last-gen consoles are a ghost town, too.
As always, I’ve taken the liberty of selecting the funniest, weirdest, altogether most “interesting” user reviews. I’ve picked them from the PC version, because that’s got the liveliest user section. Let’s dive in, shall we?
Here, Gikori thinks Electronic Arts is responsible for any of the positive reviews.
EA employees are on metacritic now doing damage control/lying about the game. This game is bad it is a mod of Battlefield 4 they want to charge 120$ for. They broke the game up and took some features and added it to premium as a day one dlc. They mocked COD then copied it. EA we don’t want COD we want goddamn Battlefield. (0/10)
Troofserum is really bored after playing it for 15 hours. The weirdest part of his zero-scoring review is that he seemed to love the first 10 hours!
Been playing for 15+ hours and I am completely bored. It really kicked as for the first 10 hours though, but holy **** the mp maps have no depth and are simply ugly and have no heart behind them. In fact this whole game feels so empty in that regard. Recycled regurgitated poor quality waste of time. (0/10)
Here’s monnq with a perfect score. They love it, and if you disagree, you’re on Activision’s payroll.
This game is just perfect. People who hate it are either paid by Activi$ion or just brain dead. This is a subtle mix of Call of Duty, Payday 2 and Battlefield. The multiplayer is like Close Quarters in BF3, which was nicely rated when it was released. The action is much more dynamic than in previous games, cause maps are smaller, not like in BF3/4 where you could camp e.g. on the mountains in Operation Firestorm map and snipe all the players walking around. The gadgets for all classes are nice, and the easter egg with sofa is just lovely 😛 (10/10)
DvNT dropping some hard truths on y’all asses.
Piece of Sh1t – suggest you wait till it’s max $10 pesos. Grafix are lame as and Pay day was better “battlefield” game than this. Oh wait this isn’t actually battlefield. I’m waiting for the next battlefield “Hospital series” where you battle to save or kill patients! (0/10)
Observational comedy comes free of charge when Conejin is in the house.
Let me explain about the battlefield community:
Is this battlefield different?: OMFG THEY CHANGED BATTLEFIELD THIS IS NOW LIKE COD.
Is this battlefield the same?: OMFG THEY DIDNT CHANGE ANYTHING THIS IS NOW LIKE COD. (7/10)
Ricco_ lays into the graphics and believes EA’s trying to pull a fast one.
Piece of crap – just don’t understand how a game with such awful graphics and physics can be created in 2015. Guess partly it is a fault of todays “next gen” crappy consoles built with hardware from 2007, which only contributes to the degradation of todays game industry, on the other hand – nobody forced EA to do a simple port of console game to PC. Even comparing to BF4 it is a step back – graphics quality is worse, as well as there is 0 destruction/physics in this game what so ever.
Seems that EA is a again just trying to make a fast money with a weak product, instead of putting an effort in creating their products. (0/10)
We need a voice of reason. No… screw that, we need a user called davoiceofreason to tell it like it is!
Sadly, after playing for hours it has become very clear, this is just a DLC of BF4. I’ve got that sick to my stomach feeling, that realization that I’ve just wasted my hard earned money. I’m more disappointed in myself then with the developers. Fool me twice, shame on me. (0/10)
It’s quite popular to refer to Hardline as a Battlefield mod. Sinth is all about that.
Straight up cash grab. The textures are haneous. The animations are generic and at times, buggy. The single player campaign is a borefest, which generates no intrigue into the characters or lackluster story. The multiplayer feels like Call of Duty with limited vehicles. Gun mechanics are absolutely whack.
Everything that makes a Battlefield title is missing from Hardline, save the engine, which is nowhere near being utilized to potential. Destructable environment? Nope. Expansive and adaptive maps? Nope. Strategic combat? LOL, not even close.
This game feels more like a poorly executed Battlefield mod than a standalone title. I have played Battlefield since it’s inception, and am a retired pro. This title does not deserve to wear the Battlefield name. Shame on DICE. Shame on Visceral. Shame on EA.
If you’re really looking for a cops and robbers type game, PayDay 2 would probably be a better match for you. At a $60 price point, this title is little more than an obvious cash grab.
BUYER BEWARE (0/10)
Just feels like a Battlefield 4 mod. Its gameplay is faster than Battlefield 4 but for some reason the graphics look worse. And the maps are too small for my liking. If this was sold as an expansion, or for 20 or 30 $ I would recommend this. Campaign is better than any Battlefield besides Bad Company. But that’s not what Battlefield is about. Visceral should just go back to making Dead Space. Battlefield needs a rest right now and i heard battlefield 5 is supposed to come out next year. So good job EA for cashing in on the series. (6/10)
And here’s Tommytanker with the kind of writing that’ll get you featured in IGN.
What a heist – but this time there are no cops to save the day.
A re-skin of BF4 but with worse graphics for some reason?!! And you get this for a jaw dropping $120.
I am no longer surprised at the theft and deception that EA now deploys. Unfinished games, Millions of $$ on marketing & advertising and bought / paid for reviews.
So sad. (1/10)
Such is the sad fate of Battlefield Hardline. Poor bugger never stood a chance, really. I think it was good for what it was, and it earnestly tried. That won’t save it from obscurity, however, and I do think it’s headed down that long and lonely road.
Ah well, Bloodborne‘s out next week, so fuck it.