Bugs & Crashes Persist As BF4 “China Rising” DLC Launches
China Rising, the first of five planned DLC updates for Battlefield 4, is now available for BF4 Premium members on all platforms. Premium-ites have access to the DLC for two weeks before the update is available for purchase by all. The update includes four new maps, an additional game mode (Air Superiority), and several extra vehicles (Dirt Bike, Bomber).
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that Battlefield 4 is still, for lack of a better word, a bit of a clusterf*ck. The PC version, where I’ve spent all my Levolutioning time since our BF4 review went live back in October, is the most stable version of the online shooter, it seems. That version is not without its problems, however, especially the “one-hit kill” bug that applies damage from one bullet multiple times. It’s a Magic Bullet that no one wants.
Those problems should be fixed today, at least for PC gamers. Along with finalizing the China Rising launch, DICE pushed out a number of fixes today. The fixes are…
- Removed the blur effect on soldiers that appeared when Commanders were using EMP attacks
- Fixed the audio bug where audio sometimes randomly dropped out while playing on certain multiplayer maps (typically Golmud Railway and Hainan Resort)
- Fixed the “one-hit kill bug” where occasionally damage from a single bullet was applied multiple times
- Fixed a common crash that would occur when exiting from the Single Player Campaign to Main Menu
- Tweaked the network and computer performance screen to show proper values. Players can now test their computer and network connection and get recommendations if they need to adjust something to improve their gameplay experience
Fixes are good! But only if they’re applied to all versions of the game. The real disaster is in Next-Genville, as the PS4 and Xbox One versions of BF4 are in freefall. It’s so bad, Polygon dropped its review score from 7.5/10 to 4.0.
The Xbox One and PS4 have yet to receive the above fixes — the Xbox One update is supposed to hit this week, and the PS4 update has been delayed. The last major update for the Xbox One version of BF4 hit on November 28th. The post mentions another update that should arrive this week, but no follow-up has been posted yet.
I love the Battlefield franchise. I really like Battlefield 4, too, despite its problems. But we are now over a month out from launch, and Battlefield players on all platforms are still having serious playability problems. Go look at the comments in my Double XP Week news post from November 22nd — 72 comments, and virtually all of them are readers outlining issues with BF4 on next-gen consoles (and there are some PC players in there, too). The key words in most of those comments: crashing, crashed, and crashes.
This isn’t the same level of disaster as the SimCity launch earlier this year, but it’s pretty close. Sure, you can connect to Battlelog and game servers…but that isn’t much comfort when you’re crashing before the round ends, losing all of the XP and unlocks you just spent 25 minutes earning.