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Battlefield 4 falls further as microtransactions appear

Battlefield 4 microtransactions

It was never going to look good. An expensive game with premium membership options also getting microtransactions. That’s what’s happening in Battlefield 4 today, with DICE and EA making a move that was predicted before the game even launched. 

You can now throw money at the rickety game for the privilege of getting Battlepacks. DICE calls it a “shortcut to catch up with [your] friends on the Battlefield.” A premium shortcut.

Battlepacks will still be available through regular play, providing accessories, weapons, emblems and other assorted bits of tat. But now you’ll be able to drop $1 - $3 on Bronze, Silver and Gold Battlepacks without earning them through in-game progress. 

Given DICE’s difficulties with making the game functional over the last 7 months, the premium DLC and the premium membership options, microtransactions seem in especially poor taste. 

Last year, EA said that Battlefield would not have microtransactions and would instead build on premium services and expansions like membership and DLC. Paying money for Battlepacks clearly does not fall under that.

I anticipate a great deal of seething.

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Dog Pants's picture
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I get a terrible feeling they have randomised contents. I can't find out more because the 'Learn more about battlepacks' link leads to a 404 though. Not that I care with more than a passing mild revulsion because I didn't buy BF4, but from a casual onlooker's point of view allow me to summarise my sentiment as a gamer:

Boooooooooo.

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Yep, they are randomised.

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This makes battlefield 1942 seem so very innocent. I miss the good old days..

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Aw crap and I just bought it a few days ago thinking most the problems have been fixed by now. Reading this makes me wish I hadn't.

Then again you must expect this behaviour from EA, soulless money grabbing corp that they are. Nothing they do suprises me anymore, I would not be at all shocked if they started charging for ammo as Ricitiello once suggested.

If there's an EA game you must have my advice is to give them the minimum amount possible.

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Well there is Planetside 2 - at first it seems hard to get a good K/D ratio, but you need to learn each class as they play very different, almost like TF2. But PS2 is a great alternative, and it provides battles with excellent scope. I'm currently battle rank 75 and very often do I find my self getting killed by battle ranks 10-20.

The scope of battles are just excellent, 40 vs 40 tank raids with infantry and air support make for some spectacular battles.

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Yep I have spent a lot of time with PS2 it's a great game but the gunplay feels so much better in BF games to me. PS2 also gets a bit frutrating and repetitive being that 90% of the time the side that wins battles is the one with the most players in the vicinity. I was in a good outfit and we still could not make much of a difference when outnumbered half the time.

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This is when I laugh at people that still play on-line FPS games. Or EA games ...

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