Metabombed: Battlefield Hardline is a ‘Piece of Sh1t’

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.

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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)

Glaspeylawson agrees!

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.

walruscake
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Hey. Hey Jim.

You’re my hero.

ElektroDragon
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ElektroDragon

It’s total shit and EA will close Visceral. Who the hell wanted a TV Crime Drama as a video game? At best its good for cheap CSI cash in games everyone ignores, not AAA EA titles. Just an awful game.

Bacon Mage
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Bacon Mage

I’m really glad for reviews like this so I don’t have to waste my money on rehashed shooters that have turned into more into DLC than actual game for EA and their shareholders. I generally don’t buy anything anymore without reading reviews on it, and when they’re this mixed I’ll go with my gut and stay out of it. However I will be buying Bloodborne next week because so far the Dark Souls franchise hasn’t let me down…….. so far.

Retro
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Retro

I’ve been really enjoying it. Feels more like the Bad Company games and that is a good thing in my book. The single player campaign while not on the level of dedicated single player titles, is pretty good. Far better than the campaigns for BF3 & 4.

While Conquest is better in BF4, the new modes of Heist, Blood Money, Crosshair and Hot Wire are really fun.

Dr. Colonoscopy
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Dr. Colonoscopy

EA is a strange beast, I can’t think of any other company that has so many classic IP’s that it’s either killed off or given a Zombified reboot to. Dungeon Keeper, Syndicate and Simcity come to mind. This feels to me like one of those somehow, but I’ll give it a fair try regardless. I honestly think they’d of been better dropping the Battlefield name from this and going all the way to create a new series entirely. This game was never going to be judged on how good it was as a game, it was always going to come… Read more »

Ushio
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Ushio

My money’s still on it selling over 3 million first week and over 5 million first month.

CoD and BF4 have all been reviewed bombed yet have still been some of the best selling games in the last decade not to mention Madden.

Lasse Andersen
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Lasse Andersen

As you predicted, Jim, Visceral is sooooo f*cking dead.

Mitch
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Mitch

“everybody’s favorite pissing contest stadium” Jim you have the heart of a glorious poet.

canneddirt
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canneddirt

You have no idea how much I love these. Yay!

Dave Dogge
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Dave Dogge

I managed to twist my own arm and stop working and give it a try tonight for a few hours, I tried out the multi-player and I rather liked it; what are these reviewers giving it low scores comparing it against … what used to be the holy grail of battlefield for them ? was it Battlefield 3 or Battlefield 2: Bad Company ? because I remember playing these games and they were no better than Battlefield Hardline. I urge them to go back as far as Battlefield 2 or Battlefield 2142 or even my old time favorite Battlefield Vietnam… Read more »

Enuo
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Enuo

Would anyone be offended if I touch myself?

Mr.Bugbee
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Mr.Bugbee

I guess thats the last time ea tries to make something different. Back to the same game every year then i guess…

PantryRAID
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PantryRAID

Visceral…godspeed. Godspeed…

‘Cuz here comes EA
To fuck you in the A
Go on and get ahold of that butt plug
Don’t have one? Well, snatch up that coffee mug

darkrage6
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darkrage6

To quote Totalbiscuit “This is why Metacritic should be abolished”, they are a completely and utterly useless site. I have NEVER once used them to judge as to whether or not to check out a game/movie/album/TV Show.

PeachyPixel8
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Bye Bye Visceral. You did everything EA wanted and now as a final swansong you can also be their fatted scapegoat.

kripto
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kripto

One thing that’s popping up recently that’s tickling me is this idea of ” They’re charging $120 for this game ” or such, because that’s how much it is when you add up the full price of the game and all the DLC with it. While completely ignoring DLC is obviously silly, implying that the game is just not complete without it is ridiculous to me. You don’t see people saying things like ” League of Legends is being peddled for $8000 ( or however much it would cost to buy every single character and cosmetic ), what a rip!… Read more »

Ragna
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Ragna

Yes Jim, Bloodborne is indeed out next week…….and it shall be glorious!

Sanlumiere
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I find it interesting that a game that CLEARLY deserves to sit at the point of AAA mediocrity is pinned by prejudice to one extreme or the other. EA surely doesn’t assist the cause here. It’s a polarized world. It’s either thumbs up or thumbs down, recommend or don’t recommend, 10 or 0. You need games, and restaurants, and movies, etc, to define average. There needs to be mediocre games. Otherwise truly great and truly bad games cannot stand apart. This game appears to be very mediocre, and that’s entirely okay. I have paid $10 to see many mediocre movies.… Read more »

Sergio
Guest

Honestly, I know this isn’t a good attitude to have but I really wanted to see this game bomb. This game was unlucky to come out at the time it did but let’s be real the police were getting bad before all this other stuff came out. We didn’t really need this game or this game needed a less serious edge. Beyond that I just love to see EA lose money. Still I’m glad that the people who bought the game should be enjoying it if Jim’s mindset transfers to the masses.

Edwin Jackson
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Edwin Jackson

It’s like some weird paradox when people criticize this game for being so much like Call of Duty now and not being the same as the last few BattleField games when what Call of Duty does every game is be exactly the same as the last one. One of my favourite BattleField games was 2142 because it changed things up just Hardline has.

Kr0nin
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Kr0nin

Mine review got deleted. :/ I said that everyone who bought Hardline should buy HL Premium as well since they are apparently retarded and shouldnt be left in charge of money in their lives and that this is the least worst way they can spend it. Was that offensive?

DontBeSoDerpy
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DontBeSoDerpy

Interesting that Visceral was seemingly spared the worst of it, maybe they wont be “unicron-ed”.

TheMagicLemur
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Ah, the ol’ “dollar sign replacing an ‘S’ in the company name”. I love those because when the pop up early in a user review, they’re a great shorthand for “go ahead and just ignore the rest of this, buddy!”

Sylocat
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I don’t have the nerve to look and find out how many of them (if any) mention the Villain Controversy.

FRIEZASBALLSACK
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FRIEZASBALLSACK

if you listen closely, you can hear EA sharpening their tools.