Get the freshest intel on what it's like to engage in all-out tactical warfare in Battlefield 4 on PlayStation 4.
A new global conflict
The year is 2020. Six years after the events of Battlefield 3, the global military situation is more fragile than ever as the world teeters on the brink of not just another cold war, but an all-out conflict between the USA and Russia. While tensions run high between the two superpowers, China is thrown into a state of turmoil within its own borders as power-hungry General Chang ignites a military coup which could see the Chinese government overthrown – and their mighty army standing shoulder to shoulder with Russia in the global conflict.
In a last ditch attempt to neutralise the growing threat, a US special operations squad - codenamed Tombstone - is deployed to go behind enemy lines and do whatever is necessary to protect American interests.
You play as Sgt Daniel "Reck" Recker, tasked alongside a squad of fellow commandos to infiltrate highly sensitive areas in China and throughout the world and use your skills to secure VIP personnel, vital information and do whatever it takes to stop a new world war from erupting. Outnumbered, outgunned and against all odds, you'll need to call on all of your training and combat expertise if you want to survive on the battlefield.
The beauty of the battlefield
Both the campaign and multiplayer modes offer a huge range of beautifully detailed environments in which to wage war. Within the first few acts of the single player campaign, you're transported from dusty, industrial Azerbaijan, to a highly detailed recreation of inner-city Shanghai.
Waging war on such a massive scale is an intense experience; explosions rock the ground beneath you, buildings crumble and bullets fly past your head. When a building comes down or vehicles are destroyed, the course of the game can change as the terrain evolves, giving you bunkers, rubble and charred remains of tanks and helicopters to take cover behind.
Fight on land, sea and in the air
Survival in both the single player campaign and online multiplayer modes will rely on a tactical mix of attacking and defensive strategies – a "run and gun" frenzy will see your dog tags littering the rubble in no time at all. Using cover is vital, but staying in the same place for too long will prove fatal, as much of the environment around you is fully destructible. That wall you've been cowering behind may soon be reduced to a pile of bricks, leaving you exposed to enemy gunfire.
A handy upgrade for PS4 players is the "lean and peek" ability. If you've taken cover behind a wall and want to take a quick look at an enemy position without putting yourself into the firing line, tilt your DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller to lean out of cover and see how the battlefield lies.
You and whose army?
Multiplayer mode will throw you headlong into battle as one of three factions: China, Russia and the US. Veterans of the Battlefield series will find old favourite game modes present and correct, including the classic Conquest game mode which pits teams against each other in a fight to control various objectives.
Vehicles including tanks, helicopters, boats and fighter jets are all at your disposal in Conquest, providing many different ways to rain destruction down upon the enemy positions. Other game modes include the classics Team or Squad Deathmatch, Rush, Domination and Defuse.
In Multiplayer games, your squad can be your most useful lifeline – so stick with them. Working together with your three squad mates means you can coordinate attacks on enemy positions, share ammo and first aid and, most usefully, re-deploy next to any squad member if you're killed in action.
If you're familiar with the PS3 version of the game, you'll notice a few differences when playing on PS4. In Conquest multiplayer games, up to 64 players can deploy into each fully destructible war zone, so you'll need to think even more strategically and work with your squad to ensure you don't become isolated and overwhelmed by the enemy. And with larger teams comes larger maps, more vehicles and more destructible environments, giving you even more to think about as shrapnel flies past your helmet.