I could go on for a while about all of the reasons why Battlefield 3 somewhat disappointed me after having put over 1000 hours into Battlefield: Bad Company 2. I could do that…but then I might have to explain why the heck I put so much time into that game in the first place. Suffice it to say that one of the most annoying things about switching over to Battlefield 3 was the Battlelog. Being able to connect with friends and share gameplay milestones sounds great in theory, but ended up being a little clunky in practice. DICE hopes to change that with the new iteration of Battlelog that will accompany the release of Battlefield 4:
Battlelog features a range of enhanced features, including:
- Anytime, Anywhere – No matter where players go, Battlefield is always at their fingertips. Whether they’re heading home on the bus, taking a lunch break at work or lounging on the couch, players can log into Battlelog and check out their stats, interact with friends and much more from their smartphone, tablet, browser or directly through their console.
- Battlescreen – Battlelog is now more seamless, offering a coherent second-screen experience to give players the chance to better enhance their game. Whether it’s highlighting attack points on the mini map, keeping track of squad members or playing as the team’s Commander, every move made in Battlelog reflects directly back to the game in real-time.
- Real-Time Load Outs – Gamers can now switch their weapons, change their load outs and check their progression at any time, all with real-time results in-game. Players can also select servers or even launch a match from their devices, making the transition between game sessions easier.
- Missions – Want to find out who is the best tank destroyer is or who can capture the most bases? A brand-new feature called Missions will allow players to custom create challenges for their friends to compete. Battlelog will also notify players when they have been kicked out of the number one spot so they won’t miss a beat to boot back up and fight for the title.
- Geo Leaderboards – Battlelog is introducing targeted, geo-localized leaderboards that will allow players to not only compete with everyone in the Battlefield community, but with people in their city, in their country or on their continent. This is a great way for gamers to rank up while making new friends, or even adversaries, on the battlefield.
“More seamless” sounds great, and the ability to change my load outs and pick a new server on my phone while waiting for the current match to end is far preferable to the current situation when it comes to switching games. Have a look at the new changes for yourself in the video and screenshots below: