Battlefield Hardline, developed by Vicereal Games, brings back one of EA's largest franchises with a fresh coat of paint.
HIT AND RUN.
The Battlefield franchise has become renowned for it's bombastic, large-scaled vehicular warfare. Multiplayer is the go-to for most players, and Battlefield Hardline certainly merits the franchise strengths. Multiplayer is back, but it's not just more of the same. Developer Vicereal Games have taken over from Bad Company developed DICE, presenting their own take on the series. At first, Hardline seemed like a simple cops and robbers overlay from past entries, but it's more than that. With some new game types, gadgets and refreshing story mode, Hardline is worth checking out for veteran fans and newcomers alike.
After the troublesome launch of Battlefield 4, the next instalment had to run smoothly, and Vicereal have pulled it off. Jumping into a multiplayer match runs as smooth as butter most of the time, taking only a few minutes to begin. It's far from perfect, however, with numerous bugs cropping up from time to time. But if you've been worried about frame rate or any other major issues, rest assured, Hardline plays great.
Multiplayer is probably where most will jump too straight out of the box, but Hardline's campaign shouldn't be an afterthought. Although it doesn't reinvent the wheel, it does introduce a variety of new features to the table, which make it worth a playthough. The campaign plays out like a TV cop drama, with levels split into a series of episodes. You take the role of a Miami Vice detective, named Nicholas "Nick" Mendoza. Throughout the story, you'll travel across various countries, trying to bring down corrupt partners and bring them to justice. It's a clichéd cops and robbers theme that doesn't do anything new. You've probably seen other TV dramas with similar themes. Still, it manages to hold you in with some interesting characters, set pieces and gameplay.