Analog Addiction writes, "Would you play a stealth game that rewards your stealth with weapons that, if used, reveal your presence (e.g. guns)? Would you play a shooter with an experience system that does not reward using your gun? Welcome to Battlefield Hardline’s single player campaign (also known as Episodes). I applaud Visceral Games for taking the Battlefield franchise in a different direction, with a story centred on the police force – it works well for multiplayer (but that’s a conversation for another time). However, contradictory gameplay elements, a clichéd story and unlikeable characters have me longing for a return to a military focused story."