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My Pre-Review Thoughts on the Game

In a few short days, I've earned all of the achievements but two in the Battlefield 4 Xbox 360 game version. How have I done this in such a short time? I'll fill you in as we go. Battlefield 4 is not a bad multiplayer game by any stretch thus far, and the campaign itself isn't terrible- however, it is definitely the weakest portion of the game's offering. I'd go so far as to say the single player of Battlefield 4 is one of the weakest entries that the series has yet seen, aside from the classic B1942/3 seeing as that was multiplayer only. In my opinion, Battlefield 4 probably could've actually been better if it had ignored single player completely. I started off with only a few hours to play the game on release day, having to balance that time between Assassin's Creed IV and Arkham Origins as well. Therefore, I was only able to earn six achievements worth 115 points total. Those achievements were the respective achievements for completing the first three campaign missions, and earning their easy-to-grab corresponding score achievements as well. Over the course of the next three days, I was able to earn 810 more points for the other thirty-four achievements of the forty-two total. As of now, simply playing through the short campaign once on every difficulty, choosing a different ending each time, will earn you thirty-seven achievements- assuming you also go through the efforts of finding the collectibles and scoring above a certain point total. Really, it's not too hard if you put in about ten to twelve hours of hard work.

So, instead of simply bragging about how much I've utterly obliterated the campaign in four short days, I'm going to give you some of my pre-review thoughts concerning the game and some of its various issues or flaws. To make it a little bit easier without spoiling too terribly much yet, and to also maybe give you guys a hand with some of the achievements- those of you who try to earn as many of them as you can- I'll be talking about each achievement as a way of breaking this down into points. Meanwhile, while I do so, I will talk about flaws and certain encounters I had whilst earning those achievements. If you were curious as well, the two achievements I have yet to earn are the Bomb Squad for 25 points and Call me "Sir" for 50 (the first for delivering 5 bombs in Obliteration, and the second for reaching rank 25). As of right now, I am ranked at 22- so I'm near there surprisingly enough... In such a short time. I guess it's because I've been encountering a lot of noobs lately, and farming them for points he he he. Anyway, here goes...

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Un-Missable Campaign Achievements

Braving the Storm- All you have to do is complete Singapore on any difficulty level.

Wolves in sheep's Clothing- All you have to do is complete Shanghai on any difficulty level.

The fall of a Titan- All you have to do is complete South China Sea on any difficulty level.

Dead by Dawn- All you have to do is complete Kunlun Mountains on any difficulty level.

Guns at Dawn- All you have to do is complete Suez on any difficulty level.

Fishing in Baku- All you have to do is complete Baku on any difficulty level.

Antediluvian- All you have to do is complete Tashgar on any difficulty level.

-These Next Three are Interchangeable-

For Tombstone- All you have to do is let the Valkyrie be destroyed in the ending. This is one of three endings that you can choose to experience. You will earn at least one of these each time you play through, but must play three different times to earn all three and the achievement for viewing every ending.

For the People- All you have to do is choose to sacrifice Irish to save the Valkyrie from being destroyed in the ending.

For the Cause- All you have to do is choose to sacrifice Hannah to save the Valkyrie from being destroyed in the ending.

-Earned if you Experience all Three Endings-

Patience is a Virtue- All you have to do is play through each of the three endings to get this achievement for doing so.

Points Total: 220 Achievements: 11

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Missable Campaign Achievements [Points]

Storm Bringer- All you have to do is earn at least 20,000 points in the Singapore mission, on any difficulty level.

A One-Man Riot- All you have to do is earn at least 11,000 points in the Shanghai mission on any difficulty level.

Terror of the Deep- All you have to do is earn at least 11,000 points in the South China Sea mission on any difficulty level.

Gladiator- All you have to do is earn at least 12,000 points in the Kunlun Mountains mission on any difficulty level.

Demolition Man- All you have to do is earn at least 15,000 points in the Tashgar mission on any difficulty level.

Guardian of the Fleet- All you have to do is earn at least 6,000 points in the Suez mission on any difficulty level.

Dunn's Pride- All you have to do is earn at least 7,000 points in the Baku mission on any difficulty level.

Points Total: 175 Achievements: 7

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Missable Campaign Achievements [Assignments/Collectibles]

Above and Beyond the Call- All you have to do is make sure you earn the points achievements and complete each objective in every single mission, on any difficulty. That seemed to work for me. You can check these so-called assignments in your statistics menu at the start screen.

Full Arsenal- All you have to do is make sure you have collected every single collectible- single player weapons and dog tags, experienced each ending for extra tags, and completed all assignments as previously mentioned.

Stumbled Over It- All you have to do is find three collectibles in the campaign, across all levels, on any difficulty.

It was on the Way- All you have to do is find six collectibles in the campaign, across all levels, on any difficulty.

Took a Casual look Around- All you have to do is find nine collectibles in the campaign, across all levels, on any difficulty.

Done some Searching- All you have to do is find twelve collectibles in the campaign, across all levels, on any difficulty.

Methodical Search- All you have to do is find fifteen collectibles in the campaign, across all levels, on any difficulty.

No Stone left Unturned- All you have to do is find eighteen collectibles in the campaign, across all levels, on any difficulty.

Every Nook and Cranny- All you have to do is find twenty-one collectibles in the campaign, across all levels, on any difficulty.

Recon- All you have to do is find all twenty-eight, or at least twenty-eight collectibles in the campaign, across all levels, on any difficulty.

Points Total: 295 Achievements: 10

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Missable Campaign Achievements [Completion/Kills]

Fish- All you have to do is complete the full campaign on Easy difficulty.

Wolf- All you have to do is complete the full campaign on Normal difficulty.

Tombstone- All you have to do is complete the full campaign on Hard difficulty.

Well Placed- All you have to do is get at least 10 kills using C4 on the Baku mission, on any difficulty level.

Wrecker- All you have to do is get at least 10 multi-kills on the Shanghai mission, on any difficulty level.

Blood Wake- All you have to do is get at least 30 headshots on the South China Sea mission, on any difficulty level.

War Turtle- All you have to do is get at least 15 RPG kills on the Singapore mission, on any difficulty level.

Infiltrator- All you have to do is get at least 10 adrenaline kills on the Tashgar mission, on any difficulty level.

Shawshank- All you have to do is get at least 5 kills with the shank on the Kunlun Mountains mission, on any difficulty level.

Points Total: 190 Achievements: 9

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Multiplayer Achievements

Turn Around...- All you have to do is get 5 dog tag kills in any applicable multiplayer game mode.

Won them All- All you have to do is win at least one round of every single game mode in multiplayer.

.45 Old School- All you have to do is kill at least 45 people with the M1911 handgun in any applicable multiplayer match.

-Ones I've not Earned, but are Self-Explanatory-

Bomb Squad- All you have to do is successfully have delivered at least 5 bombs in matches of Obliteration. This is not in one single game I do not believe, although I have not really played much of this mode so it very well may be.

Call Me "Sir"- All you have to do is successfully reach the rank of 25 in multiplayer.

Points Total: 120 Achievements: 5

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My Final Thoughts Concerning the Campaign and Multiplayer

Battlefield 4's story is only truly weak because it tries too hard to make players care about "the little guys" and sometimes forgets the bigger picture it could be painting. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the gameplay that I've seen as a major misstep, and the multiplayer is just BF3 and then some- aka better than ever. Bigger matches are appreciated, and commander mode returns better than ever. All in all, it's a solid sequel if you're willing to forget the campaign other than to farm in for achievements and enjoy the scenic vistas and explosive moments. The graphics are breathtaking and realistic, so that's a plus as well.

Now, I guess I'll actually begin working on my review in earnest, seeing as I've completely the majority of the game, or more than I anticipated well ahead of schedule. It was a lot easier than I'd expected- with the exception of playing through again on Hard, but oh well. If only they'd include some more multiplayer achievements...considering that is the largest draw for most people anyways... See you later folks.

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