Battlefield 4 is just on the horizon for fans of the Battlefield series, and they can join the game right now to help EA identify any bugs before the official North American release in October 29. The latest installation in the series is going to be available via Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The current gameplay is slightly different than gamers experienced in 2011’s Battlefield 3, however the main components remain the same. Battlefield 4 is a first-person shooter with two visual panels, a map and ammo and health meters.
The differences in the new game include duel-scoped weapons with various firing modes, such as automatic and single-fire. Gamers can target their weapons in such a way as to alert the other players and get help, both in single-player and multi-player modes. Survival tactics have evolved in the new edition as well, as with the ability to crouch and counter frontal attacks; shoot while swimming, and dive underwater to avoid enemy attacks. In single-player mode, the player can also use vehicles to travel across mini-sandbox chapters in the game.
“Join the Beta – Improve the Game”
EA wants players to jump right on into the Beta play and help them smooth out any programming wrinkles before the official release date, so Battlefield 4 Beta is available right now for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 users, starting today. Between the dates of October 1 to October 4, certain lucky gamers can try out both the Conquest and Domination game modes as a part of the Seige of Shanghai map. To be eligible as a Beta tester, you need to download Origin and check your listings under “My Games.” On October 4, testers should all be able to access the Open Battlefield 4 Beta for PC.
PlayStation 3 gamers will also have access to Beta testing starting today, as soon as the PlayStation Store is updated. Simply enter the PS Store and search for “Battlefield 4.” The listing may be written as “Beta” or “Demo”, so select whichever applies to you and download the program from there.
XBox 360 players can access the Beta program through Xbox Live’s Games section. In order for Xbox players to be eligible for the demo, they need to have a Battlefield 3 Premium or Medal of Honor Warfighter Limited Edition Online Pass. If eligible, the Battlefield 4 icon will be on the Xbox Live dashboard; access this icon to download the Beta. On October 4, Open Battlefield will also be available for testing.
Gamers with access to any of the Beta testing platforms can choose which they use for testing, or use all of them at once. EA says the purpose of Battlefield 4 Beta testing is very straightforward:
“The Beta gives us a chance to properly test our servers, the back end, and configure the multiplayer components of the game. By taking part, you will help us in ensuring a smooth launch for Battlefield 4. You’ll also have the option to feedback directly to us with any gameplay ideas, bugs you find, and other thoughts on the Beta experience.”
By: Mandy Gardner