This review is an unedited version of the review written by Zombie Dredd and published in the Tech Magazine: Issue 21 June 2015.
If you’re looking for a game that puts you in an American police show, then Battlefield Hardline is the game for you.
We won’t bore you with concerns of police brutality prevalent throughout the game, but simply point out that unlike most first person shooters that insist it’s shoot first or die, Battlefield Hardline offers the opportunity to take *most* suspects into custody with minimal bloodshed. That being said, like every good cop show, someone always wants to go down in a blaze of glory, and being a game without consequence, you should be happy to oblige.
The game’s campaign plays out as a series of TV-like episodes, with each setting up a continuing story that looks at police corruption, drugs and more in the Miami Police Department, complete with car chases, a twisting (but not unexpected) plot and an armoury of weapons that would make a small army jealous.
Some of the game’s levels are high adrenaline set pieces, but the game does offer some stealth options too. In a number of the game’s episodes, the decision to either go in all guns blazing or silently is up to you.
As rookie detective Nick Mendoza you traverse a variety of settings around Miami, in a city that is surprisingly more alive than any previous Battlefield game. Developer Visceral Games have not however deviated that far away from the look and feel of the traditional Battlefield formula and graphics, leaving one to wonder if the game is not really a glorified expansion pack at a full game price.
The game does offer some additional quests to complete during the course of each episode, such as arresting specific suspects and finding evidence to complete a number of case files which also help tell more of the game’s background story. I do suspect that only completists will bother much with these little detours, as it does essentially slow down the pacing of the game a little.
The campaign proved to be an entertaining ride and is refreshing enough with its ‘cops and robbers’ setting to recommend the game. It is also a little longer than a few other recent shooters adding to its value. Add the multiplayer element to the package (for those that are willing to jump in via the internet), with its varied game modes and the game is a complete package for those that just can’t get enough of first person shooters.
Available for: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC
Distributed by: Prima Interactive and available at all retailers of games