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Battlefield 4 Faces A New Problem, Will This Ever End?

The problems that have plagued Battlefield 4 since launch still haven't been resolved.

Despite numerous updates and patches, developer DICE is still facing several lingering issues. As Game Informer reports, it has been 178 days since BF4 hit store shelves and the game isn't yet stable.

The current problem involves "rubber-banding," which shows up as slow or stalled movement by the character, only to be followed by a "catching-up" speed. It has been happening a lot lately, apparently, and DICE has installed a "high-performance server solution" that should help. Studio vice president and general manager Karl Magnus Troeddson says that performance in 64-player matches continues to improve, which is good news.

Unfortunately, it's too little too late for some gamers. A friend of mine has already traded in BF4 saying simply, "eh, it's just broken." He was patient for a while but at this point, it's getting ridiculous.

Related Game(s): Battlefield 4

Tags: battlefield 4, bf4, battlefield 4 update, dice, battlefield 4 patch

4/26/2014 10:30:03 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (22 posts)

ethird1
Saturday, April 26, 2014 @ 10:57:49 AM
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I will never buy another BF product again.

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ulsterscot
Saturday, April 26, 2014 @ 11:02:46 AM
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deathmatch is fine - the only problem im having is the naval assault comquest maps

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butcherknife
Saturday, April 26, 2014 @ 11:51:02 AM
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I stopped playing because I kept getting a stuttering while running...not sure if that is what they are referring to as rubber banding, but it is annoying. I would be running and then it would stutter for a few seconds, then be fine for a few seconds then stutter again...repeat. I didn't notice it when in a fire fight, but only when traveling by running. But that was enough to keep me from playing since I have Killzone:SF which I liked better anyway...I really like the revive drone and spawn beacons in the support class.

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shaydey77
Saturday, April 26, 2014 @ 1:16:39 PM
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I sometimes get the issue where the game itself just refuses to load. The ship in the background comes up, the waves roll and nothing happens...

Another issue is the lack of sound for about a month. It would just constantly play the '10 kills to go music' or silence.

It's a pity because this came could have been much much better.

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MeXiCaNFiGhTe12
Saturday, April 26, 2014 @ 3:17:57 PM
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Don't we all miss the PS2 era when games had to be completed because there was no updates. :(

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matt99
Saturday, April 26, 2014 @ 7:22:40 PM

But on the flip side, a great game with one or two big bugs can now be fixed shortly after release and we don't have to wonder what could have been.

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LividFiction
Monday, April 28, 2014 @ 4:52:29 PM

I distinctly remember downloading patches for Star Wars Battlefront, both I and II, for online multiplayer. They saved to the PS2's memory card and took up a good amount of its space.

But it was definitely not the norm in that generation. I miss that as well

Last edited by LividFiction on 4/28/2014 4:53:41 PM

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BikerSaint
Saturday, April 26, 2014 @ 4:06:47 PM
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My Spidey senses are telling me that it's not Dice's fault, that it's actually EA's fault for rushing Dice to get the game out on EA's deadline, & way before it's bug fixing & finish product polishing.

HEY EA....WAX ON, WAX OFF!

Last edited by BikerSaint on 4/26/2014 4:07:48 PM

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matt99
Saturday, April 26, 2014 @ 7:19:55 PM

Yeah, that's what I'm guessing. I think they should've abandoned the SP and focused entirely on the MP. Not that the SP wasn't worth playing, I enjoyed it a lot, but they clearly needed more time/resources to fix the MP and that's the main component of the game.

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paulinacio
Sunday, April 27, 2014 @ 7:40:46 AM

Agree 100%. A big reason why I think Sony's Exclusives titles are so well done, is because Sony sits back and lets the Devs have all the freedom they need to make a good solid game.

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booze925
Saturday, April 26, 2014 @ 4:12:10 PM
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I wanted BF4 so bad. But I am glad I did not buy it. This is just unacceptable.

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matt99
Saturday, April 26, 2014 @ 7:17:22 PM
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I've defended BF4 before, and I still think some of the issues are over-exaggerated, but for a game to have this many lingering issues this long after release is indefensible. The problem is I like my fix of online shooter action and gameplay wise BF4 is way better than CoD or anything else I've played recently so I keep coming back. It is getting frustrating though.

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karneli lll
Saturday, April 26, 2014 @ 8:34:54 PM
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I this these issues are exaggerated. I play this game often and the rubber banding happens occasionally and it's usually no longer than a minute or so.

I'm in love with the bf4 mobile app,it saves so much time.

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PlatformGamerNZ
Saturday, April 26, 2014 @ 10:51:17 PM
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i just stoped playing i got bored the game anoiyed me alot to that probably had something to do with it but yeah watta a mess

happy gaming =)

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PlatformGamerNZ
Saturday, April 26, 2014 @ 10:52:06 PM
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and i glitched into the floor while i was running quite a few times

happy gaming =)

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Undertaker575
Sunday, April 27, 2014 @ 3:25:18 AM
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I have actually never experienced anything besides a couple of sound glitches…. idk… maybe I'm just lucky

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___________
Sunday, April 27, 2014 @ 4:31:55 AM
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another great example of how publishers are slowly destroying the industry!
such a shame, injustice, to see such an amazing talented studio such as DICE being owned, by who is the devil of the industry!
theres a reason why EA has won the golden poo award several years running now, and are a shoe in to win it this year too!
im looking forward to mores "we can do better" speech this year.
and really looking forward to when there actually going to do it!

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markcoull
Sunday, April 27, 2014 @ 4:43:49 AM
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Even broken, this game kicks call of duty's ass!... Updates and patches have helped the game tons!... The new mappack however is terrible to play, but once that gets fixed it'll be great! People forget... No other console game allows you to play 64 players, people forget, this game isn't a yearly product now! There's still three mappacks to come out on it. All everyone does is bitch about the game... For me, once the new maps get fixed... This is the game to have! Call of duty sucks! People that review this game obviously play too much COD.

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markcoull
Sunday, April 27, 2014 @ 4:48:27 AM
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They did release the game too early though, EA will never learn, they never hold anything back. Dice should've told them straight! But this seems to be the thing to do these days..some other companies have done the same. I hate to say it but companies should take a page from Ubisofts notebook. Their not afraid of holding a game back to make it perfect. But Ubisoft ruined the ghost recon series so....

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Akuma07
Sunday, April 27, 2014 @ 7:18:57 AM
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Rubber banding isn't exactly just lag. Rubber banding is where the last few seconds or actions are suddenly undone. For example:

-Swapping weapons. Then all of a sudden your first weapon is back out.
-running around a corner and then all of a sudden you're back behind the corner where you came from.
-switching from first to third person view in vehicles only to find yourself back in first soon after.

Those 3 happen to me ALLLLLLL the fracking time. The server update has helped a bit though. The amount of times I have ran out of primary ammo, switched to secondary weapon to finish a gun fight only to have my primary back out and able to shoot back!!!!!

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LowKey
Sunday, April 27, 2014 @ 12:07:11 PM
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I logged onto BF4 a few days ago for the first time in several months and could not believe that they had still not even put pre game parties in. How are clans supposed to organize before a match? They haven't even fixed the campaign save file problems which from what I hear (correct me if I'm wrong) has stuff that you can unlock for the online portion of the game. Well it did take them over a year to fix the bug on BF3 that made it so you could not progress any further due to an unspawned rocket launcher... Buuuut people still put up with the nonsense and play it anyway.

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chino85
Sunday, April 27, 2014 @ 2:46:58 PM
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Man this is bs, I've never had so many problems with a game ever. They should just refund everyone's money and throw in the towel because they obviously they weren't smart enough in the beginning to have up to date servers instead of old junky ones.

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