Battlefield: Hardline spans over ten campaigns/episodes and follows the story of Miami police detective Nick Mendes as he investigates a new drug called Hot Shot. Throughout the story, Nick deals with crooked cops and politics as he and his partner travel throughout Miami fighting thieves, mobsters and gangsters. The game is just like a TV show as at the start and end of each campaign you get Last time on Hardline and a Next time cut scene respectively. This especially comes in handy for those who are not able to play frequently.
Despite having reduced weapons as compared to other battlefield games you still have plenty of options to choose from for the various situations you might find yourself in. Weapons include sniper rifles, assault rifles, shotguns, submachine guns, semi-auto sniper rifles, carbines, pistols, battle rifles (which are a mix of a sniper rifle and a machine gun) and a machine gun all of which can be acquired through completion of missions and unlocking collectibles. There is definitely enough fire power to help you take down criminals.
Solve cases and bust criminals
The game also has new detective-style features which were not seen in previous Battlefield games – such as solving cases, issuing warrants and carrying a Miami police badge around. You also have a police force issued scanner which can tag criminals, noting key things about them, and which can analyze people and objects. Warrants of arrest are for individuals that need to be taken in alive, and the scanner allows you to identify them by analyzing individual characteristics and the best way to take down this type of criminals who is wanted alive is showing them your badge where they will know they are busted, or using your taser to shock them. For the case files all you have to do is scan the area you are in for evidence, analyze it and the case is closed. Something to note is that there are several different cases in the game, each with its own set of evidence hence you have to find evidence that matches the case you are working on.
Classic game type modes like Conquest and team death match which were available in previous games are still present, with new game modes such as Heist, Rescue, Hotwire, Blood Money, and Crosshair. Heist is self explanatory as it involves criminals trying to escape with stolen goods and police chasing them. Hotwire is similar to conquest, but the control points are cars, motorcycles and highly combustible oil tankers and the team that ends up gaining the most control points is the winner. Blood Money has both cops and robbers trying to bank money in the midst of a shootout. Crosshair is somewhat like death match and involves two teams, one of robbers and the other of cops trying to take out one another while rescue pits involves the rescuing of hostages form heavily armed criminals.