Zero Punctuation: Battlefield: Hardline - Cops & Robbers

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Battlefield: Hardline - Cops & Robbers

This week, Zero Punctuation reviews Battlefield: Hardline.

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petro814

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Alas, I was hoping for Bloodborne this week. I guess a game like that might take a little longer to play and analyze.

As for Battlefield, well...at least the ethnically diverse cops and robbers game is less worrying than the ethnic cleansing army game. Still have no interest in playing though.
 

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He has said it takes 2 weeks for a review to come out, also I'm surprised that a) hes going easy on a AAA shooter and b) enjoyed the hotwire mode. Yeah and those trolls on metacritic can go stfu for calling hardline a $60 expansion of BF4. I've had more fun with hardline than I did with BF4.
 

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a gang of allies so perfectly ethnically diverse that they could all line up in order and start a novelty act called the amazing human gradient
Quality.

As for the usual complaints about multiplayer, I'd be interested to hear what exactly Yahtzee expects beyond "trying not to die and being informed 10 minutes later of whether your team had won". This is always going to be the way of things in random matchmaking games played at or below the typical skill level. Yet I'd be surprised if objective based gametypes where there exists a purpose beyond killing the enemy would change his opinion one bit. If you want organization, strategy and a greater sense of purpose, and maybe even fun, sink more time into multiplayer instead of making the same old gripe every time.
 

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Wait, he didn't rip it a new butthole and fill it with sour cream? Haven't watched it yet since I'm using my phone, but considering that most of the Battlefield community hate this one van more than BF4, I was expecting him to hate the shit out of this game.
 

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I'll admit I haven't really been super into Zero Punctuation lately. I mean most games he reviews I can just look at and know almost exactly what he thinks of it, but this one managed to really make me laugh when he got into arresting the private police and talking about the criminal police. Bravo, Yahtzee. Very funny video.
 

Neurotic Void Melody

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You can't arrest me! Not if I arrest you first!

Why haven't I used this playground-esque tactic before??

Oh well. Back to bloodborne then.
 

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StreamerDarkly said:
If you want organization, strategy and a greater sense of purpose, and maybe even fun, sink more time into multiplayer instead of making the same old gripe every time.
...Or just play a good singleplayer campaign, and get all that stuff up front instead of having to offer up unspecified hours of your life to the Multiplayer Sacrificial Altar.
 

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GodzillaGuy92 said:
...Or just play a good singleplayer campaign, and get all that stuff up front instead of having to offer up unspecified hours of your life to the Multiplayer Sacrificial Altar.
Especially since multiplayer becomes utterly disposable due to the game's servers becoming a ghost town. ANd that's before we get into how freaking repetitive the matches become.
 

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"You are a cop on the Feelz. You've been murdered for a spice of cheese you didn't commit. Now, you're out for a good time and to clear your browser history."

OT: Anyway...

1. I would play a game called Bullet Thief just to see what the developers would do with a title like that...
2. So... When someone ask "What does the fox say?", the appropriate response is "RAVE!", then?
3. Well, throwing a grenade is like preparing for a potential arrest... because, in both scenarios, you're hoping the suspect stays still long enough for it to take effect properly...
4. I thought the Criminal Police was just the police only fully run by criminals...
5. There is no 5...
 

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I completely skipped over Battlefield 4 after being so thoroughly bored by Battlefield 3 (though I did watch various people playing BF4), but the "meh" reception to Hardline is something I actually find encouraging. Maybe Battlefield Hardline can good for a few spurts of multiplayer action, and if I get bored I can try out the singleplayer for a bit. Yahtzee being sympathetic to BF: Hardline is definitely a surprise, and a pleasant one at that and I'm no fan of the series.

The complaint about the "return to the battlefield" message really needs to be tooted more by people generally.

I'll wait for the price to go down a bit though.
 

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Yeah, I'd say that list of player names that popped up pretty accurately sums up any given server on any given modern military shooter at any given time. :p
 

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GodzillaGuy92 said:
...Or just play a good singleplayer campaign, and get all that stuff up front instead of having to offer up unspecified hours of your life to the Multiplayer Sacrificial Altar.
As always, single player and multiplayer offer very different experiences. It just amazes me how consistently those who worship in the temple of the former will casually dismiss the latter as the food of peasants, unaware of just how similar to religious fundamentalists they sound.
 

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No crossover this year? No Happy Birthday to Yug? It's like Christmas without decorations around here!

OT: I'm getting more nervous for Visceral Games.
 

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StreamerDarkly said:
GodzillaGuy92 said:
...Or just play a good singleplayer campaign, and get all that stuff up front instead of having to offer up unspecified hours of your life to the Multiplayer Sacrificial Altar.
As always, single player and multiplayer offer very different experiences. It just amazes me how consistently those who worship in the temple of the former will casually dismiss the latter as the food of peasants, unaware of just how similar to religious fundamentalists they sound.
A one-sentence argument with simple but sound reasoning behind it being met with ad hominem wrapped in a twofold blanket of strawman and unironic comparison to religious fundamentalism. The internet is an amazing place.
 

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I find the idea of pushing diversity too far the other direction to be pretty interesting. It drives me nuts when a game has a "minority" character and it seems like every other line of dialogue they have, or dialogue that mentions them, reminds you of that fact like the designers are afraid we will forget their game features a minority. It also bugs me when the cast is a perfect rainbow of diversity like an educational kids show with a representative from every major racial group and usually someone in a wheelchair to boot. Diversity is generally a good thing, but instances like that feel so forced to the point it might actually be detrimental to the cause they are trying to promote.