Differing from the other, war-based gamed in the franchise, Battlefield: Hardline is a bit of a standout.

How? “Battlelfield: Hardline is more about police versus criminals. You have different game modes and less military grade weapons. Although there maybe some military grade weapons in the map like a RPG, the new weapons classes have been tweaked because it’s cops versus criminals.” says EA Action Man, Dan Sheridan.

The game modes are:

  • Heists: Your team will come across an upturned vehicle that was carrying money and you have to get it and take it to the designated helipad.
  • Rescue Mode: Rescue a Non Player Character (NPC) and take them to the designated safe zone to be evacuated.
  • Hotwire Mode: Capture the flag mode: take the flags back to your base.
  • Bloodmoney Mode: Your team takes stacks of money back to your base. The team with the most money, wins.

Usually the setting / backdrop for Battlefield tend to be overseas like Russia or somewhere in Europe. Battlefield: Hardline, however, takes place in North America.  Dan explained that “There’s a map in Los Angeles and another one in the Floridian Everglades.”

Just like the previous Battlefield games, there can be a maximum of  64 people in one server on PC. On the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One, it’s also 64, but on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 it has been cut to 32.

What are the differences between Battlefield: Hardline and the other Battlefield games? “It’s the different gaming modes, police equipment, civilian vehicles, and oil tankers. The oil tankers in particular can be blown up by other players.” Dan explained.

After talking to Dan, I had a play at Battlefield: Hardline. Having never played the series before, it took me a while to get a hang of the controls.The graphics on the Playstation 4  were great.

I played Hotwire mode. The “flag” was replaced with vehicles you had to keep control of for the duration of the round, which made it interesting, tactics-driven, and a lot of fun.

For those who are serious about First Person Shooters, I definitely recommend playing Battlefield: Hardline.

Battlefield: Hardline comes out in 2015.