EA shows 17 minutes of Battlefield 4 gameplay


— 10:22 AM on March 27, 2013

The Radeon HD 7990 did more than appear on stage on stage at the Game Developers Conference. The card also powered a demo of Battlefield 4, which is being previewed at the show. It looks like the hype train is now in full swing for the upcoming title. EA has posted a handful of screenshots in addition to two videos.

Let's start with the official announcement trailer:

Rihanna provides the soundtrack for a predictable series of quick cuts and over-the-top action sequences. Fans of the franchise will want to get comfortable for the second video, which shows off 17 minutes of actual gameplay from the Fishing in Baku mission.

How can you not love a gameplay video that starts with Total Eclipse of the Heart? And no, I'm not talking about a dubstep remix.

Admittedly, the gameplay trailer does feel like a bit of a Battlefield 3 remix. The single-player action looks similarly scripted, although there's perhaps a little more drama this time around. Even the settings are familiar from the last game. However, this is just one mission, and the end of the video teases a visit to the east coast of China. That should be different.

As expected, the graphics are gorgeous—even better than in BF3, which is already a great-looking game. There seems to be more environmental destruction this time around, and the character detail seems to have been bumped up. The environments shown off in the footage are pretty varied, from open outdoor areas to cramped building corridors.

Battlefield 4 is due to be released in the fall, and I hope the single-player portion is less formulaic than in the last game. That's probably asking too much, given the Call of Duty style that has afflicted all too many first-person shooters. For me, the Battlefield franchise has always been about the multiplayer, anyway. We don't have a sense of what BF4 will offer that front, but I'm sure EA will trickle out snippets of multiplayer action in the coming months. You can check out the first batch of Battlefield 4 screenshots in the gallery below.

   
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