Nansha Strike is a map that was built for those who love vehicle warfare and, more specifically, Naval Warfare. If your team controls this entire map, they have 12 vehicles at their disposal, including three choppers and two attack boats. The map itself is fairly small, but that means that combat heats up fast!
Taking a look from above, the main island is not much longer than one of the aircraft carriers themselves. This is a map where the outcropping islands really come into play.
As you can see, this island has already been destroyed by Levolution, and I was unable to find another empty map that had not been destroyed by previous players. This island is one of the key locations to winning the game as it not only offers a missile launcher to destroy the opposing team's carrier, but it gives the team that captures it an additional helicopter as well.
Here we can see the main body of the island with its high point that features one of the missile launchers. There are several structures, embankments, and other items that provide cover, so pay attention to your surroundings here, or you may just lose your dog tags to an enemy's knife.
Looking back to one of the boat docks, we can see that it is a capture point that is accessible from the water and is easily defended from an island a couple of hundred yards away.
Here is a view of the island's interior. You can see that a bridge spans a waterway, so be careful when crossing under as some M2 SLAMs or C4 may be waiting. You can also make out a helipad in the distance, which is sitting near a capture point.
Here I am nearing the top of the highest point on the island. A pill box is located at this hill's point, and it is an excellent place to fire rockets and sniper rounds from. For those attacking this point, the rocks provide excellent cover.
Standing at the tip of the point, you can see an awesome sniping vantage point, but again, all of the buildings were destroyed before I could get images of them standing tall.
Here I am back over on the first island outcropping I imaged earlier. You can see that there is a ton of cover to hide behind when defending or attacking this position, and you can see how easy it would be to steal the chopper from the opposing team.
Doing a 180, we can see one of those beautiful landscapes that Battlefield 4 is famous for providing. For anyone who likes post-apocalyptic scenery, Nansha Strike is the map for you. This ends my coverage of this map, and to be honest, I am ready to move on.
Nansha Strike is a map that I am still on the fence about. The smaller island gets really congested when playing on 64 player servers, but at the same time, that can be fun if things heat up with well-balanced teams.
Operation Mortar appears to be everything I look for in what I consider to be a good Battlefield 4 Map. The level itself is quite large and provides both surface warfare as well as close quarters interior fighting. It is quite large, and its peak is one of the tallest points in Battlefield 4.
When you first take to the air, the sheer size of this map is breath taking, and you can forget trying to swim back if you happen to crash far away from land.
Way down at the South end of the map, we see a small grouping of huts that were once part of the resort that resided here. The bridge leading to these huts has long since washed away, but they are still accessible.
Looking back towards the main island, you get a sense of how large it actually is and how high the climb to the top is going to be. Lucky for me, I have a helicopter.
We're getting closer to the top and can now see the main resort lodge and more water-front huts.
Finally! We have arrived at the top. Here you can see old ruins of what had to be an old monk's temple. At the very tip of this hill is a special weapon not seen in any other Battlefield game before, so let's go check it out!
Before we get to the good stuff, here is a shot of the ruins. If it were not for the missile launcher and the American flag, I would have guessed I was on a mountaintop in Skyrim.
IT'S A CANNON! That's right, DICE has included a fully functional ancient cannon in this map. You can fire this cannon at the buildings below or use it to take out those pesky choppers that keep flying around and killing everyone. For those of you who watched the trailers, you see a player do just that.
Now that we have visited the cannon (I know right! It's a cannon!), we can head down to the interior of the hill. This is another one of those "am I in Skyrim?" moments.
Now we find ourselves on the other side of the hill looking back towards the main resort area. This is one of those vantage points I love to find to post up with a sniper rifle.
This is an entrance that leads down into the depths of the hill and a very good place to set up a claymore.
Now I find myself on the opposite side of the hill overlooking the opposing team's carrier. There is not much to see here other than a missile impacting the carrier.
Moving back down the map, we can see one of the capture points is located near the open-air building. This is one of the key points to this map, and capturing it and defending it should be paramount to your gameplay strategy.
Here is another post-apocalyptic scene that I very much enjoy looking at. I can almost picture the resort guests lounging on the beach listening to the waves crash in!
This will be my parting image to this overview. I want you to sit back, close your eyes, and imagine the beauty that this island must have once held...Forget that, why are you still reading this article? Don't you know that reading anything at all equates to negative kills in Battlefield soldier? Get logged into Battlelog and join the fight this instant!