Have you ever wondered how it’s like being in a real action movie? Have you always wanted to be like Jason Statham or Denzel Washington or Will Smith in one of Hollywood’s blockbusters? I sure have, and I bet most of you guys out there do too.
Battlefield: Hardline might just let you do so, at least in a video game, inside an action movie. Released last March 17, available on PC, Xbox One, Playstation4, Xbox360 and Playstation3, Battlefield: Hardline is a first-person shooter (FPS) game that allows you to live out your cop and criminal dreams. Co-developed by Electronic Arts and Visceral Games, the game features both a single player campaign and a multiplayer mode that is aimed at being the most complete FPS game of the year.
In a press release, Steve Papoutsis, General Manager of Visceral Games and the Executive Producer of the game, noted “Our goal with Battlefield: Hardline was to create the most complete first-person shooter this year by building upon the unrivaled multiplayer franchise DICE created and adding a memorable single player experience with storylines and characters that fans will care about just like they would their favorite TV show. We’ve added a new level of strategy, speed and storytelling to one of the greatest franchises in the history of videogames. We’re incredibly excited for players to get their hands on it.”
In Hardline’s single player campaign mode, you play the role of Nick Mendoza, a young, straight-up and ambitious detective that aims to tackle an influential and powerful drug syndicate while in the process unravels police corruption and fraud involving people that you used to trust. You use your badge, your weapon and your high-tech police scanner to power through 10 interconnected episodes that literally makes you feel that you are the main character in a TV police drama.
If you are more of an online player, Hardline’s multiplayer offering gives players seven modes to choose from:
- Hotwire is about criminals trying to steal a bunch of marked cars while the police are trying to repossess them.
- Heist lets you in a scene where criminals are trying to infiltrate a cash-filled vault while the police tries to neutralize them.
- Rescue is a cop-centric mode that lets you play a SWAT operative with the mission to save innocent lives from the bad guys.
- Blood Money is about a huge pile of stolen cash being intercepted in transit. The bad guys all want to steal the money, while the police wants to secure it for evidence.
- Crosshair is about a former criminal turned state witness that his former criminal friends want dead, while the police, obviously, wants to keep alive.
- Conquest, a staple among Battlefield games, is sort of a capture-the-flag game with a twist. Capture as many flags as possible until you reduce your enemy’s ability to respawn to zero.
- Team Deathmatch, as the name implies, requires you to kill as many opponents as possible. The mode is also infantry only.
In a recent review by TrustedReviews, writer Stuart Andrews rates the game at 8/10, with positive comments including: exciting single and multiplayer player campaigns, interesting stealth and arrest mechanics, amazing destructible scenery. Gamespot’s Miguel Concepcion, meanwhile, ranks the game at 7/10, with positive feedback on the new multiplayer modes and the game’s emphasis on stealth and team cooperation over endless shooting and selfish gameplay.
Battlefield: Hardline features a veteran cast of actors and writers, including Alexandra Daddario from True Detective, Kelly Hu from Arrow, Wendy Calhoun from Justified, and Benito Martinez from House of Cards. It is now available for purchase and is priced from $56.90 for the PC version and $59.99 for the Xbox360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4.
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