The Battlefield series, at least recently, has earned a reputation for its weird and wonderful bugs. The latest game in the series is no different, though there's quite a gap between a funny graphics glitch and "Oh dear, my save is corrupted, my life is over". Recognising this, DICE has posted a list of critical bugs it's aware of and the steps it's taking to address them.
The thread, entitled "Known Battlefield 4 Issues and Next Steps", can be found on the official Battlefield 4 forums. It notes that the developer has already taken care of a number of problems via a server-side patch deployed on November 1, but that other issues will have to be sorted out by a client-side update, which is coming "soon".
Here's the list of niggles DICE is currently tackling:
Progress in Multiplayer Lost INVESTIGATING Players have reported losing their progress in multiplayer. This is probably related to crashes stopping the game reports from being sent to Battlelog. We are still investigating this issue in more detail. Note that your progress sometimes can seem to be reset during server maintenance windows. In these cases, your stats will be just fine and reappear later.
Single Player Save File Corrupted INVESTIGATING We are still investigating the issue of single player save files being corrupted for some players. If you have experienced this problem, please describe below the steps leading up to the save file being corrupted, your platform (PC, PS3 or X360), and when the issue occurred. If you’re on PC, please also list your OS and system specs.
Miscellaneous Audio Bugs FIX UPCOMING We are aware of the issues with missing/corrupted audio in multiplayer and have created a fix for them. This fix is planned for release in the next PC client patch (see “Upcoming Updates” below.)
Magazine Reload Bug on Normal FIXED On all platforms, some players were experiencing a bug when playing on Normal servers. The bug caused the reload setting to incorrectly mimic the behavior from Hardcore servers. This was fixed in our fourth and latest server update.
Xbox 360 Missions not Working as Intended FIXED There was a bug preventing Xbox 360 players from creating MISSIONS. This should now work properly, as we made some necessary changes to the backend infrastructure.
Battlefield 4 Premium “Reset Stats” Feature Not Working FIX ROLLING OUT Battlefield 4 Premium members have the option of resetting their multiplayer stats. This feature has not been working as intended. We have now identified the cause and solution, and Battlelog will perform a zero downtime fix for this that should roll out very soon.
Server Queues not Functioning PENDING FUTURE PATCH Players haven’t been able to join queues for servers, and we are actively working on the issue. We believe we have a solution to this, pending a future patch. We disabled server queues as we found a bug in the queue system, and we are working to isolate the real issue and find a solution for it.
Promotional Battlepack Items Not Appearing In-game and/or on Battlelog INVESTIGATING We are aware of this issue, and are working on a solution for it. Note that in some cases the Battlepack items will actually show up after a delay. If you’re still not seeing your items after 12 hours or so, please reach out to EA Help at https://help.ea.com/en/battlefield/battlefield-4 [help.ea.com].
Of course, if you want to stay up-to-date with the developer's progress, best to hit up the original forum post.
Known Battlefield 4 Issues and Next Steps [Battlefield 4 forums, via Reddit]
Head Back to the Free Prima Games Dragon's Teeth Guide
Battlefield 4 Dragon's Teeth might be the best DLC package since the Close Quarters maps that were released with Battlefield 3. It's not that they're better than other maps, just that they focus almost entirely on the infantry combat side of things, and that is a very fresh approach to the vehicle and destruction heavy franchise.
With Dragon's Teeth, players not only got their hands on four new maps, but they're also rocking and rolling with a batch of new guns. The Assault class got the Bulldog, the Recon class received the CS5, the Support soldiers were given a shiny new Ballistic Shield, and everyone got the Deagle 44.
If you're wondering why we left out the Engineers, it's because they were given the opportunity to unlock our favorite gun of the entire DLC, The MPX Personal Defense Weapon. Don't get us wrong, it's not that the gun is better than any of the others, it's just that it fits perfectly with our run-and-gun play style. If you're the soldier who's always on the move and is looking for a new toy for their adventures as an Engineer, here's how you can get a hold of the MPX.
Not the Weakest Link
This definitely isn't the most difficult assignment, but there is an aspect to it that might frustrate people who don't run as a squad. Before we get to that, however, you need to make sure you meet the criteria to even complete the assignment. For that, you must reach a rank of 10, as well as play one round on any Dragon's Teeth map. Oh, and if the second requirement wasn't clear, you must also have access to Dragon's Teeth. If you play one the maps, this is obviously not an issue.
When the assignment finally begins, here's what you need to do.
- 2 PDW Ribbons
- Link 10 points in Chain Link
- Get "Squad Order Followed" 10 times
The first two requirements are fairly simple. You just need to use a Personal Defense Weapon (found in the Engineer class) for a few games. The ribbon requires you to kill six enemies in a round using any PDW, so if you get 12 kills with it in one round, that part of the assignment is complete.
The second part of the assignment will require you to spend a few games (or one really good one) on Chain Link. It's very easy, just play the objective and this will complete on its own. If you decide to play two hours of the game mode, there is almost no reason you shouldn't unlock this. If you're struggling with this aspect, why not check out our Chain Link Tips? We don't want to brag, but it comes with some pretty fancy diagrams.
If you run with a squad and communicate with one another, the final part shouldn't be hard at all. It could also be done in a game or two, but if you're in a squad where you have a lame duck leader, this assignment would take you years to complete. You'll be playing Battlefield 23 before you finish it.
Squad Orders are something given out by the Squad Leader. Essentially, they order you to attack or defend an objective by looking at it, then bringing up the Command Wheel and choosing Attack/Defend. If you move to that objective and neutralize or capture it, both of you get points for working as a team. Heck, even if you kill an opponent at that objective, you'll get points. The problem is, you might have a Squad Leader who doesn't utilize this feature, and in that case, how are you supposed to complete it? Well, quite simply, you're going to need to hop to a new squad, and possibly more until you get one where the leader is competent. If you're having a hard time, wait for a few friends to log on and join up with them, or turn on your microphone and request orders from your leader. Unfortunately, there just isn't a shortcut to this one, so you're going to have to stay patient and grind it out.
Nice Looking Gun... Now What?
The Personal Defense Weapon class of guns are much like the Light Machine Guns or Sniper Rifles, in that they appeal to a particular type of player and excel in specific circumstances. For example, you could definitely get away with a weapon like the MPX on most Team Deathmatch maps, but especially ones like Operation Locker or even Sunken Dragon. The closer the encounters, the more that 850 Rate of Fire is going to come in handy. Your opponents will be falling to the floor before they have even fired a shot.
Of course, the PDWs aren't for everyone, since some people just really love the Carbines and Assault Rifles. There's nothing wrong with that, but for players that like to move around and get into their opponent's face, the PDW class is an excellent option. It's not really designed for anything other than close quarters encounters, but you can get away with medium range engagements if you're comfortable enough with the weapon.
Lastly, while we're not going to go in-depth with the attachment conversation, there are a couple of best practices that can help you out. For example, if you're planning to go with any optic at all, read our Advanced Infantry Combat article, focusing especially on the section for the Kobra and Coyote. What we will also highly recommend is a Suppressor. The PDW class is not the place to go loud. You should be moving around a lot and engaging targets that are very close to you. For this reason, you will greatly benefit from staying off your opponent's mini map, and the damage drop off won't hurt you nearly as much as staying silent will benefit you.
Head Back to the Free Prima Games Dragon's Teeth Guide