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Battlefield 4 Bugs, Problems and Known Issues

By October 29, 2013

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Battlefield 4 was released on October 29th and while developers/testers try their best, it is next to impossible to test every possible configuration and scenario that would uncover all game bugs. Most bugs are detected and resolved during development and internal testing, while others are uncovered and fixed during a Beta release. However, many bugs, and in some cases major issues, end up making their way into the final release making the game or portion of the game unplayable for some. This immediately unleashes a backlash (and rightly so) from gamers who've put down $60+ for the game, followed by a flurry of hot fixes and game patches to address the major issues as quickly as possible.

This post is intended to help gamers track down the different issues that may be experience with Battlefield 4, whether it be for the single player campaign or multiplayer component. I encourage you to post a comment here with any Battlefield 4 bugs, issues or problems you may be experiencing. Many times a work around has been discovered by other gamers that may minimize the impact of the game bug until a patch is provided. I also encourage you to read through the offical Battlefield 4 Forums for updates to specific bugs the developer may be tracking and release timings for fix/patch.

Another resource worth checking out is a reddit "official bug and help thread".

October 29, 2013 at 12:49 am
(1) Eli says:

Preloaded just fine but won’t install. Does nothing. No errors or anything. Just won’t install.

October 29, 2013 at 2:24 am
(2) Sean says:

I have the black normal xbox 360 which at purchase comes with a internal memory unit which isn’t an xbox brand hard drive. Just like what they did in battlefield 3 at the start menu u can download the hd package for 2 gbs problem is you can’t just download it only an xbox brand hard drive is required so if u use usbs for storage don’t expect to play this game AT ALL cause it’s either u download it or u quit to the dashboard. That means if u go out tommorow and buy the base 360 console and try to play battlefield u will be unable to unless u go out and buy an external 250 gb hard drive for 100 more bucks. U would think by now problems like this wouldn’t exist especially when we pay 65 dollars for these games! I’m so furious that I might switch to playstation after bein loyal to Microsoft since the very beginning. Ridiculous.

October 29, 2013 at 6:49 am
(3) james says:

my exp keeps resetting after every match it seems i have hit rank 5 6 times and my grenades and other weapons reset as well

October 29, 2013 at 7:54 am
(4) James Jacobs says:

for Xbox 360 I have discovered an ” out of map glitch” though it’s not really a glitch. In the mission just after Kunlun Mountains you’ll come across an area that requires you to go through a tunnel under a bridge. In that same area you can find a giant piece of the bridge missing, as if EA forgot to put a wall there. You can walk through the wall, take a left crouch under some unfinished graphics, and explore the entirety of the ” out of bounds” portion of the map. I don’t know anyone else’s opinion, but I feel EA got really lazy with the release of battlefield 4. Hopefully it’s not just my game!

October 29, 2013 at 6:40 pm
(5) bLiSM_TROYous says:

Same as Eli, downloaded fine overnight, wont install today. No errors, nothing… just acts like its going to load for about 3 seconds and then just stops.

October 29, 2013 at 8:31 pm
(6) ninetoes says:

do not get this game. buggy as hell. loading screen freezes and nothing happens. I am on PS3 and never had this happen with a game. DO NOT BUY THIS GAME. Bugs all over the place.

October 29, 2013 at 9:48 pm
(7) Ben says:

So my xbox game isn’t compatible with my xbox, because I have the most recent version of the console.

My Hard Drive, which I deleted everything on, only to find out Its not compatible enough for EA.

Instead it wants me to replace my modern xbox solid state flash memory with an external 320 gig hard drive which is worth more than a brand new console.

Cool bro.

October 29, 2013 at 11:13 pm
(8) john says:

While playing for a whole day with a few hiccups and glitches here and there and ranking up to level 7 I was playing conquest on xbox live with a gen3 xbox and it froze during loading screen which I knew better not to turn it off 30mins passes and I finally reset it only to find out that when it started back up I had a damaged safe file :( now I am wondering if it will happen again I even bought the premium so I dropped more money on this game than any other game I ever have purchased I am so pissed!!!!!!

October 30, 2013 at 12:32 am
(9) N473dawg says:

Soo i just went thur 2 used xboxs with 2 new BF4 games and received an error message saying it cant read disc each time. soo i went out and bought a new xbox and new copy of BF4 but still am getting the same error message. WTF is all i can think lol. ANY HELP??

October 30, 2013 at 4:44 am
(10) gamemaster_27801 says:

Won’t let you trigger the C4 at the end of campaign mode for the 360

October 30, 2013 at 6:32 am
(11) dustin says:

during the campaign it constantly jumps and loads like it were to have scratches and when i was on the deck of the sinking air craft carrier it was treating me like i was inside a wall???? i couldnt see anything. my team is the only reason i got passed that level. but other than those two things i havent had a problem

October 30, 2013 at 2:53 pm
(12) Ricky843 says:

I have MANY gripes with this game! Which is a shame because I LOVE the Battlefield series. First the AI SUCKS!!! Sniper rifles shoot through guys and nothing happens (Campaign) , the game constantly freezes., and I hate the new targeting system. I don’t know why devs have to go and change a formula that works. I am seconds away from taking this pile of steaming crap back!!!

October 30, 2013 at 2:53 pm
(13) Darren says:

installed everything i have a xbox S with a xbox hard drive bought afterwards. My game has no in game or in menu sounds, and in most maps my screen blinks two times a second and forces my character to stand up and take his weapon out again and again. This is very frustrating making the game unplayable.

October 30, 2013 at 3:51 pm
(14) Luke says:


October 30, 2013 at 7:40 pm
(15) Chris says:

Can’t join multiplayer matches. Game freezes. Erased my single player progress.

October 30, 2013 at 8:10 pm
(16) Daniel Oestreich says:

I encountered the game loading freeze in multiplayer mode a few times, then campaign mode, my two ai players ran thru a building, not in and out a door, but through the walls. Also locked up in the titan sequence driving the armed rhib boat firing at then enemy jets. Just stopped. So far I have only player a few hours real-time. And what is the loss of B4 beta player progress? I only made it to level 8-9 but I started at zero with B4?!?

October 30, 2013 at 9:30 pm
(17) Twenty24u says:

Can’t move in the game. I just run in place. Unlimited ammo that never hits a target.

October 31, 2013 at 12:58 am
(18) rw_Derusah says:

So i accept that there are many bugs with this game, i’m sure they will not go unpatched. I have a brand new rig, and besides the overheating issue (old case) the game runs smoothly, besides the fact that i have no binoculars in the single player campaign. furthermore, no settings i change seem to have any effect on the game. i have all things hidden (tips, hints,kill-reel-awards and whatnot) yet they still show up. And i don’t know if this is a bug, but am i supposed to see points when i get kills in campaign? if so, i don’t want to and how do i change this? Multiplayer, well its not too bad, i can play, but certain instances will glitch/lagg me out which is partially my router and the game. like if i zoom in optics in a vehicle and zoom out rapidly it will get stuck on one or the other and inverse(double tap) whatever input i do next.

October 31, 2013 at 7:48 am
(19) Richard Lozada says:

I noticed a glitch with the graphics certain maps. The graphics aren’t as crisp as they should be on maps like Seige of Shenghai and Lacang Dam. These two maps seem like they need a lot work. I was looking at the crack in the dam, and I actually saw the outline of the levolution where the dam would destruct. Also, I unlocked claymores yesterday, and the graphics on the claymores need a lot of work also. Hope you guys can get it fixed up soon..

October 31, 2013 at 7:51 am
(20) Richard Lozada says:

I noticed a glitch with the graphics certain maps. The graphics aren’t as crisp as they should be on maps like Seige of Shenghai and Lacang Dam. These two maps seem like they need a lot work. I was looking at the crack in the dam, and I actually saw the outline of the levolution where the dam would destruct. Also, I unlocked claymores yesterday, and the graphics on the claymores need a lot of work also. Hope you guys can get it fixed up soon. Another glitch I encountered was that hitmarkers tend to work sometimes and then they don’t. I believe that’s essential to any FPS

October 31, 2013 at 12:57 pm
(21) Chris says:

Played the game on the 29th multiplayer with no issues. for past two days in multiplayer, players become invisible with no ability to retrieve weapons and having to restart game as it freezes. Handgun can be seen floating in air before someone comes along and kills you. Sucks as not only not able to play, but my stats get screwed over.
Lesson learned…..never buy a game on opening day or week for the matter. I also was one of the idiots to buy the premium upgraded pack for $49.99…..die hard Battlefield fan………going back to COD.
What a let down!

November 1, 2013 at 12:07 am
(22) kgnate says:

Playing it on PS3 and i’m currently stuck on the Return to Valkyrie mission as there is no Helo showing up at all. The NPCs keep talking about it, but can’t shoot it cus there is nothing there. Restarted from the last checkpoint 3 times still no Helo. Going to restart the whole mission and see if that fixes it.

November 1, 2013 at 5:39 am
(23) J. Eli says:

On Singapore mission, Irish just stands on the part where you’re supposed to help him with the door at the bar. Bad guys can shoot through walls and there are display glitches all over the place. Agree new targeting system sucks. Pretty disappoined so far.

November 1, 2013 at 6:00 pm
(24) Chris says:

I completed the campaign mission where you defend the valkyrie. After coming back the next day my entire campaign progress has been deleted. I am so frustrated that I might trade it in. Spending $60 on a piece of plastic is already frustrating in itself. Fix the damn game before it comes out you impatient greedy mfers.

November 1, 2013 at 10:10 pm
(25) Craig says:

I fire one shot whilst on auto then get shot. I have to say this game is very poor. When you look at recent releases such a 2 souls last if us. I kind if expected more multiplayer is full of bugs, glitches. Roll on ghosts

November 2, 2013 at 8:09 am
(26) MultiePLowermandor says:

My issue is on ps3 online and in campaign it kicks me out to the ps3 menu over and over Again same shit all the time anyone WHO has same issue?

November 2, 2013 at 11:05 pm
(27) AR Patriot says:

Oh do not get this game. Thankfully I just rented it. First major glitch as stated above, no helo showed up at first. Took about thirty minutes to find it. Stuck in next mission. My tank blew up but I was only one who survived so kept playing. Made it past more tanks and troops on foot only to get stuck inside a bar I think is what it is. No way out and its a checkpoint. I’m assuming you need teammates to get through. For Dice to put this game out like this was very irresponsible. Back to Arma 3 for me.

November 3, 2013 at 9:11 pm
(28) curtis says:

4 missions into the campaign i get off. go to start the next day and it tells me to start a new one as if i haven’t played already . now i have to start all over

November 4, 2013 at 4:47 pm
(29) Nige says:

I managed to end up wandering around the map in the singapore mission as my team wouldn’t advance towards the airfield. No probs before that but I did notice that as we landed the rib on the beach initially we had a hostile defence awaiting us after my first death they didn’t seem to know we were coming. I buy one game a year and having enjoyed battlefield 3 so much last year I decided to buy this and am regretting this now. Such a shame.

November 5, 2013 at 4:40 am
(30) Ghost1087 says:

Aside from all the freezes, the early-on server issues trying to join a quick-conquest and being tossed into domination instead, I’ve come across a few occurrences where the enemy and one time even my squad-mate had been displayed as either a corpse running across the floor (yet they are completely alive and well) or they were completely invisible and shot me as I faced them.

“I thought ‘being in the shit’ was a figure of speech.” – Portman, DOOM

November 11, 2013 at 11:28 pm
(31) Davis says:

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November 13, 2013 at 4:19 pm
(32) Gage says:

Return to Valkyrie no helicopters , also stuff from sunken ship floating around in the sky. Fire extinguisher , desks, doors. Redid many times to no avail. Got stuck in jeep. Froze once. Very disappointing . With all their money you’d think these companies would do better. Have some pride in what your doing and stop selling crap 4 &60 a pop.

November 17, 2013 at 2:40 am
(33) John says:

I’m stuck on the dam mission on PS3. At the end there is supposed to be a wooden plank to walk over so that you can blow up the dam. The plank isn’t there so I cant advance. I have tried to restart at the last checkpoint, and restart the mission and it still hasn’t showed up.l

November 20, 2013 at 4:26 pm
(34) James Breeden says:

When you areescaping the Titan you will jump in a speedboat, youhave to destroy the enemy boaters, afterwards the game tells you catch up to the Valkyrie, however you will never catch up to the ship, ive been chasing the ship for aboug 15 minutes and never caught it. Ive been restarting the checkpoint over and over agan but to no avail. Sometimes if you get close to the ship it will speed off.

November 28, 2013 at 12:31 am
(35) MrStraightface says:

Unplayable frame drops and stuttering:

Win 7
GTX 660
AMX FX6200

December 28, 2013 at 7:28 am
(36) Thomas says:

I played the Singapore mission and there were so many glitches but the main one was when I tried to get out of a tank that you can get, it just freezes. Don’t tell me it won’t do it the next time because I have retried and retried so many times mission and checkpoint but it just keep freezes. Do not get this game, it has bad video quality SOOOOO many bugs and the multiplayer glitches out a lot. Typical EA always making unfinished games

January 4, 2014 at 3:38 pm
(37) Hunter says:

On the mission shanghai it doesn’t load when i try to play again

January 11, 2014 at 11:59 pm
(38) ciara says:

I run in place and cant go any where. the only thing I can do is spin in circles and and shoot but I have unlimited amo and it dosnt actually hit the enemy.

January 12, 2014 at 4:31 am
(39) Gamegirl says:

On the Singapore mission, I land the boat on the beach but Recked won’t get out of the boat and keeps getting blown up. All others get out of the boat. Same issue as other posters in previous mission, no help despite them saying it’s attacking. I had to go find it, shoot it down and then was able to progress. Not very good so far…..

January 12, 2014 at 4:59 am
(40) Gamergirl says:

Just started the Singapore airfield mission on PS3 and when I land the boat on the beach Recker won’t leave the boat. The others can get out. Us I’m stuck there until I’m inevitably blown up. Restarted checkpoint and mission but keeps happening. Also, same issue as other posters re the no helo on previous mission – I searched for ages despite Irish saying we were under attack. Finally I had to go looking, found the helo just floating in mid air, shot it down and then the game progressed. Took me 20 minutes of random sailing though…. Disappointing for such a (previously) reliable and good series…

February 10, 2014 at 8:34 am
(41) Scott says:

I have a new Xbox 360 and have been playing Battlefield 4 with no problem. Today I start the game and get an error message, “Install Multiplayer Disc. I change disc and get a message that states “Install Single Player disc” So I go back and forth with the disc and am stuck. Not sure what happened or how to fix it.

Taking console back for refund and a refund on COD Ghost which doesn’t load either.

I guess I’ll go back to PlayStation

February 15, 2014 at 9:59 am
(42) HogDaddy says:

PS3 simply will not load and hangs when trying to enter Singapore mission. Tried countless times.

February 15, 2014 at 2:28 pm
(43) budsmokin1 says:

PS3 – Mission:2 Singapore – I get to the part where the VIP get shot next to the helicopter checkpoint, after the helicopter leaves,Chinese infantry shows up.if I die here at the checkpoint, the game glitches and reloads the checkpoint with a black screen with the loading indicator at the top right hand corner of the screen.if you quit the game and continue your campaign it takes you back to the same glitch.have the power of the ps3 turn it back on continue the campaign and it starts me off at the beginning of the mission all over again. DICE needs to work on the campaign more. and to be able to get an attack helicopter in campaign mode would be awesome!

February 15, 2014 at 7:15 pm
(44) Paul says:

PC – I start campaign (because I like to learn the new features) and in the very first leg of the campaign, after shooting 6 guys from the window of the room, two guys walk through the door (with it closed) and I’m stuck in the room.

It lags, flickers and voices repeat. My OS is Win 8.1 and my hardware meets specs.

Who would sell such a POS game? I just paid $64.00 for this.

I do not even want to play this anymore, I’m so freaking annoyed. I just want my money back and I will get it! This is BS

March 5, 2014 at 11:31 pm
(45) Jason says:

At first game was awesome, no real issues. Then upon docking in drydock bay of the valkrye, then I started noticing issues. First after killing all opposition, team wouldn’t advance. Had to reset and retry, fortunately, after killing everyone the second time, the team advanced. The next issue was upon starting my second round at the campaign, I wasn’t but past the second scene, Baku, and I cannot for the life of me kill the damn helo. I have heard Irish say “burn those ******” more times than I would like, and I mean like 20 times. This is even after starting the entire game from the beginning twice. VERY frustrating.

March 11, 2014 at 6:18 pm
(46) Grinch2112 says:

I was playing had the game for a couple of weeks now open door signs won’t show up I can’t get anywhere

March 13, 2014 at 8:47 pm
(47) william says:

Helicopter on the first mission will not go down! Ive tried shooting it in several places but nothing. I just keep starting over at the last checkpoint.

March 14, 2014 at 8:24 pm
(48) Gordon says:

I have trouble with Recker get out of the boat when landing on the beach. I have play this mission over 20 time with the same results. I got so pissed off I quit playing the game. I will go bacl to playing Call Of Duty Ghosts. No trouble with that game.

March 21, 2014 at 5:54 pm
(49) Nick says:

Ive had a these two bugs that are really bugging me (on ps3) one is every once in awhile my game freezes and i have to restart the system but when i go to play the campaign again all my save data is erased and the second one after re playing the second mission for a third time everything was going ok until i got to the part with the helicopter and out of frustrastion i accidentally killed my self and when the loading screen came up before id could respawn it wouldnt go away and i was stuck with a black screen that says its loading when i can clearly hear myself getting shot at these bugs really suck and discourage me to to continue playing the game :-(

March 27, 2014 at 2:46 pm
(50) alex says:

In mission 2 when on the roof top the VIP gets shot and I keep dieing too then all I have is a black screen :(

March 31, 2014 at 9:13 pm
(51) Jacob says:

William I have the same problem no matter where I hit the helicopter at, it won’t register a hit so I keep dieting. Just bought the game yesterday and can’t even make it past the first mission… This is bull crap! I want my money back!

April 5, 2014 at 5:36 am
(52) tCookOs says:

sorry for my bad english but i will do my best.. a lot of times after a match,when the next map is loading the game freezes and i have to turn off the xbox and turn it on again,that is very annoying..furthermore this freeze appears and in the middle of matches with the same result

April 16, 2014 at 5:18 pm
(53) Eric says:

Right when you put the game in and start …. the camera just sits out on the waves looking at the burning battleship and nothing else happens just keeps repeating

April 26, 2014 at 5:29 pm
(54) Maxim says:

when i play baku the first mission of the game on my xbox one when i drive the car to the part were i have to blow up the helicopter with the grenade launcher when i shoot at the helicopter it wont blow up and then i die. and before this glitch i had to replay the campaign 5 times because the multiplayer kept corrupting my game DICE FIX THIS I HAVE TO PLAY BF3 BECAUSE OF THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 26, 2014 at 5:36 pm
(55) max says:

when i play baku the first mission of the campaign when i have to drive the car out to the part were i have to blow up the helicopter with the grenade launcher it wont blow up and i eventually just die from the helicopter blowing me up. and before this glitch started to happen i had to finish the game 5 times because the multiplayer kept corrupting my game files for the campaign DICE FIX THIS I HAVE TO PLAY BF3 BECAUSE OF THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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