Battlefield Hardline launch gameplay trailer wrecks everything for justice

Battlefield Hardline

If the Battlefield Hardline "official launch gameplay trailer" leaves me with just one thought, it is this: If these criminals ever decide to rob a bank in my hometown, I hope these cops don't show up to try to stop them. Seriously, just let them take the money and go. Because surely whatever they pulled out of the bank vault in this video isn't going to come even remotely close to the cost of the property damage done in the subsequent hot pursuit of justice.

Civil rights violations are obviously an issue too—I'm pretty sure that pummeling a suspect with a briefcase runs counter to both the letter and the spirit of Miranda—but when the highrise construction crane smashed into, and sliced through, multiple stories of the steel-and-glass office building, I realized that perhaps this is not really a depiction of law enforcement at its best. Which is fine: Ridiculous it may be, but aside from the absence of Joe Pesci lecturing everyone about the evils of hospitals I don't see it as fundamentally different than your average cops-and-robbers action flick. And I do like those!

Battlefield Hardline comes out on March 17.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.