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Battlefield 4 campaign details revealed

Battlefield 4 Screenshot - Battlefield 4 characters: Clayton Pakowski and Kimble Graves

When Battlefield 4 was first announced we received a healthy dose of single-player campaign footage. 17 minutes to be exact. Since then, a lot of what has been shown off has centered around the game's extremely popular multiplayer modes -- the return of Commander mode, 64-player multiplayer, etc. Given the popularity of Battlefield's multiplayer, it's understandable why that would be the focus.

But that hasn't stopped DICE from posting an outline of what the game's campaign will entail -- for those of you who are actually interested. In the campaign you will play as Sergeant Daniel Recker, a member of an elite group of heroes known as the Tombstone squad. As the world teeters on the brink of chaos, it's up to you to fight to save the final hope for peace. Here's the full summary:

In Battlefield 4, you take on the role of Sergeant Daniel Recker, member of an elite group of soldiers known as Tombstone squad. While on a mission to collect intelligence from a defecting Russian General in Baku, Azerbaijan, your squad is discovered and you must fight your way through waves of Russian troops in order to escape. Upon getting back to the USS Valkyrie, a Wasp class carrier, the intelligence you’ve retrieved confirms previous suspicions. The Chinese Admiral Chang is planning a coup in China, and if this happens, the Russians would back him up.

With this intel secure, the USS Valkyrie sets a course for Shanghai. You and Tombstone squad are sent on a covert mission into the city to extract a group of VIP’s. China is in uproar after the U.S. has been implicated in the assassination of Jin Jié, the future leader and voice for peace in China. Admiral Chang has canceled elections and martial law has been declared. As U.S. and Russian naval forces position themselves off the coast of China, and the situation quickly escalates into a stare down akin to a tinderbox waiting for a spark.

In Shanghai, protestors clash with police as the streets are filled with chaos and turmoil. Tombstone manages to find the VIP’s, among them a CIA field operative known as Laszlo W. Kovic. With him is a mysterious individual that the Chinese military has been franticly searching for. Together with Kovic you fight your way out of Shanghai and back to the Valkyrie as countless civilians flee the city, many of which are brought aboard the Valkyrie as refugees. With communications dead, the Valkyrie sets course for Singapore to rendezvous with the USS Titan and the 7th US carrier group at their last known position. As you reach Singapore you are shocked to find a horrific scene of fire and mayhem. The flagship is sunk and its fleet is eradicated, and from this point on nothing is certain.

I doubt Battlefield 4's single-player campaign will ever be more than a complement to its multiplayer, but it seems DICE is paying extra attention this time around. Story details aside, Battlefield 4 will feature "signature multiplayer elements" that give the player choice, such as choosing to go for the sneaky approach with a sniper rifle and a silenced pistol, or taking a jeep and having the entire squad shoot at everything they see.

Do you plan on playing Battlefield 4's campaign?

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