Another installment in the popular FPS franchise. Visceral Games, the studio known mainly for the excellent Dead Space sci-fi series, developed their first major installment in the long-standing Battlefield franchise. It's a result of the transition of the franchise to a two-year production cycle, similar to the one made by its competitor, Call of Duty. Unlike the previous parts, this one is focused on the efforts of police forces against organized crime. The player assumes the role of a young detective Nick Mendoza and has to face his former partners whose desire to get rich quickly pushed them to choose the life of crime. The production features an original method of storytelling reminiscent of popular police TV shows. Despite the introduction of a new theme, the characteristic features of the franchise remained unchanged: impressive arsenal of weapons, fully destructible environment – thanks to the Frostbite engine – and a well-developed multiplayer, in which you will find completely new game modes, such as Blood Money and Heist.
Battlefield Hardline for Xbox One is the first installment of the subseries belonging to the Battlefield series of first-person shooters. Unlike the previous games, Visceral Games, the creators of space survival horrors – Dead Space, was tasked with the majority of development efforts, not, as it was before, the Swedish team at EA DICE.
Battlefield Hardline for Xbox One abandons the traditional theater of war to the conflict of a different sort – the police struggle against organized crime. The player assumes the role of Nick Mendoza – a young detective from Miami who embarks on a personal vendetta throughout United States against his former partners whom the perspective of a fast buck drew the path of lawlessness. The structure of the plot is modeled on television series – it is divided into episodes often finished with plot twists. Detective sequences during which Nick collects evidence and identifies suspects are sort of enrichment. He may also take additional orders (e.g. eliminate wanted criminals) to earn extra money needed to buy new upgrades and weapons.
The maps in Battlefield Hardline are clearly bigger than those in the previous series, although some of them are smaller in size compared to the ones from the previous games. Due to the location of the story, the game is dominated by urban areas, although there are also sites such as American deserts. The game utilizes the Levolution system, known from Battlefield 4, which allows a high degree of destruction of the environment, actually affecting the appearance and shape of the map. The developers designed a new artificial intelligence of the computer opponents, so that the missions can go a little differently when replayed.
The action of Battlefield Hardline takes place in the present, so the players can use a considerable arsenal of modern weapons equipped with a wide range of tactical accessories. The game also contains weaponry that is not used by regular armies, such as stun guns, sawed-off shotguns, or police batons. You can also utilize various gadgets, such as zip-lines or ropes with hooks. As in the previous Battlefields,Battlefield Hardline for Xbox One offers a ton of different vehicles – the players can use helicopters, police cars, special forces combat vehicles, boats, and even civilian cars and motorcycles.
In accordance to the tradition of the series, the emphasis is put on multiplayer mode in which the participants assume the role of law enforcement officers or criminals. Multiplayer in Battlefield Hardline for Xbox One received new variants in competitive gameplay. In Heist, a team of thieves is trying to break into a bank, while the police try to stop them. Blood Money – somewhat similar in spirit, though characterized by faster pace – pits two teams against each other in a fight to secure a big sum of money. In Rescue, a SWAT team must free hostages. Hotwire mode is fairly original compared to the rest. It is a car chase in which, depending on the chosen side, the player must lose the police force or catch running criminals. In addition, the players can play in traditional modes (e.g. Team Deathmatch). The very foundation of the multiplayer gameplay cooperation between team members representing four character classes: Operator, Mechanic, Enforcer, and Professional.