Battlefield Hardline Review

Does Battlefield Hardline respect the military?

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682 days ago

Hardline's theme is police and criminals, but you'd be mistaken for thinking it was the millitary by gazing over the hardware that both sides have access to. Assault rifles, grenade launchers, sniper-rifles: this is the USMC's arsenal, surely? As such, it kind of feels like it fetishes a militarised police force. Perhaps it's showing a bit too much respect.

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How much fun are the weapons in Battlefield Hardline?

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The Battlefield series does shooting better than most other FPSs. Guns have an authentic rattle, they feel powerful and deadly, and the sheer amount of customisation available for each weapon is brilliant. If you like guns, there's astonishing depth to Battlefield Hardline's loadouts.

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How active is the PvP community in Battlefield Hardline?

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Very active, with a mix of various abilities. It's most fun when playing with people who are familiar with the Battlefield formula and are dedicated to playing by the rules. If you don't attempt to play a map/mode's objectives, then the game can feel like a deathmatch spread over a too-large map. Playing with people who are simply there for the kills makes the game less fun. It's the luck of the draw, but there are already plenty of populated servers, so you'll likely find the right mix of people to play with.

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Would you buy at full price or wait for a Battlefield Hardline sale?

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That entirely depends on what your history with the series is. If you've never played a Battlefield game and really like the idea of running over criminals in cop cars, then a finding a good deal on a brand new copy is fine. If you already play Battlefield - especially BF4 - then wait off for a sale and keep playing BF4, they're exceptionally similar games.

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How good are the graphics in Battlefield Hardline?

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As a game on the Frosbite engine, Hardline looks pretty damn good. Cars gleam with waxed body panels, sparks illuminate the dark, and there's a great level of detail in almost every area. It's not quite the PC set piece that BF3 was back in the day, but it's still a very handsome game.

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How good are the sounds in Battlefield Hardline?

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The Battlefield series has always excelled at sound, and Hardline carries on that tradition. Guns and vehicles are loud and noisy, there's a nice level of chatter from the player avatars, and the radios in cars have a fun selection of music to play.

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How does Battlefield Hardline run on your PC?

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682 days ago

Despite the graphics being high-level, Battlefield Hardline runs very well on my respectable mid-range rig (i7, 16GB ram, 3GB 7980 GPU). Frame rates are steady at ultra level detail, and dropping to high can notch the rate up. Interestingly Hardline also runs acceptably on my laptop, which runs a 750M GPU. Graphics settings are low, but it's at playable framerates, so ideal as an alternative if your main PC is unavailable.

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