Caspian Border Screenshots
The first map we will be taking a look at is Caspian Border, a map that was loved for both aerial and ground assaults in Battlefield 3. I spent dozens of hours honing my helicopter and jet skills on this map, as well as mastering my long-range tank shots. Caspian was number 3 on my favorite Battlefield 3 maps list, and Caspian 2014 looks like it just may rank in the top 5 as well.
Caspian is now overgrown with field grass, and a new 50-foot wall runs down the middle. The original tower lays in ruins on the US side of the map, while a new tower has been constructed on the large hill in the center of the RU side. Other than those two features, much of the map is unchanged, aside from new textures and the fact the season has changed from spring to fall.
The first thing you will notice is that Caspian Border 2014 is set in the fall and overgrown with brown grass. The water is much more realistic now, and the sun is coming in from a different angle.
You might remember that the original tower fell at the end of the round in Battlefield 3. It now lays in ruin with its foundation rusting away. The accompanying building is also now destroyed, and grass covers the old driveway.
Heading over to the border crossing, we see that a lot has changed since the events of Battlefield 3 took place. A new wall has been constructed on the border; gone is the easily penetrable fence. The TOW launcher is still present, as are many of the vehicles, although they seem to have changed company names since BF3.
Heading on top of the building adjacent to the TOW launcher, we can get a scope of the wall, as well as more of the border crossing.
Walking around to the other side of the crossing, we can see that the RU crossing lanes have been removed and all that remains is the ominous wall towering high with dual sentry towers adorning the entry / exit point.
Still on the RU side of the map, I headed to the top of the hill. This was the point of many battles for me in Battlefield 3. I loved laying up here and sniping players as they attempted to summit the hill. Now we can see that a new building tops the hill, and you can partially see the downed tower I accidentally blew up out of curiosity.
Just to the left of the building is the location of my favorite sniper nest. From this point, I killed many enemies who attempted to flank the hill during assaults. This is an excellent image to point out the graphical differences between Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4. The water and environment look almost photorealistic, and even the haze in the background looks more lifelike.
Heading over to the "gas station" area of the map, we see that the once burning fire has long been extinguished, and the entire area looks weathered and neglected, something you would expect in a post war zone. Some of the vehicles have changed, or are missing, but that seems to be common in this DLC.
Finally, we head to the gas station rooftop to take a look at the scene from another angle. Once again, it is clear that the fire is now out, and that everything is much browner and less blue/green now. All in all, Caspian Border 2014 feels like a refreshing update to one of my all-time favorite FPS maps from the Battlefield franchise.
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