There’s no shortage of quality games to pick up alongside your PlayStation 4 this Friday (by the way: GAH, Friday!), and the full lineup is well-rounded enough to suit most tastes. First-person shooters have quickly become a go-to source for benchmark gaming, and Battlefield 4 seems to have fallen off of the next-gen radar somehow.
With that in mind, here are five reasons why shooter fans would do well to pick up DICE’s destructible dynamo.
64-Player Online Madness
There’s no shortage of first-person shooters coming to PlayStation 4, but none approach the scale of Battlefield 4. It’s not even close — while Call of Duty: Ghosts and Killzone: Shadow Fall offer 12- and 24-player matches, respectively, Battlefield 4 makes a huge leap from 24 on PS3 to 64 on PS4. Considering that maps on PS3 are scaled down, the jump to next-gen won’t feel crowded.
No Longer Behind PC
Full-blown scale isn’t the only thing that PC players have been lording over consoles. The most obvious is the giant graphical upgrade; while Frostbite 3 runs admirably on current-gen consoles, it was clearly built with high-end PCs and next-gen consoles in mind. Combined with the aforementioned multiplayer bump, the difference from PS3 to PS4 is night-and-day.
Destructible Environments Like Whoa
Some of the best moments in any Battlefield game come when stuff is getting blown right the hell up, and Battlefield 4 has upped the ante. Destroying buildings is pretty standard fare as far as DICE is concerned, but each of BF4’s maps features a “Levolution” that can be triggered to alter the layout in a major way. You can blow levees and dams, send destroyers astray, and even bring down a skyscraper. The amount of destruction available to you is incredible.