This could be a really long post. I just wanted to air my grievances about the cra.ppy Commander mode on my Android tablet.
I've used Commander mode before on tablet but don't remember it being so extremely frustrating. My tablet is a 7" model so the icons are really small and don't want to go where you want them to. I think Commander mode on Android/iOS is a great idea, at least potentially.
Perhaps this mode works better on 10" tablets (and higher)? Commander mode in general (as played on a PC) is pretty boring and is nothing like how it appears in the trailers.
Oddly, in reality, Commander mode is a lot worse than it used to be actually playing it in BF4 than it was in BF2 all those years ago. Why? Despite there being some useful aerial reconnaissance and electronic tools available it feels really disconnected from what's going on for a number of reasons: you can't go back to playing the game as a soldier for one.
Why isn't there a better explanation for what EMP actually does? You seem to have to guess everything all the time. Reinforce squad? Erm. How does that actually implement then? Rapid redeployment?
Well, anyway. 7" is too small (the actress cries to the vicar. ooer). It's extremely boring though very useful to have an active commander on your team. Back in BF2 you felt more connected as your Commander Assets (ooer) could be destroyed by the opposing team: the mobile UAV command centre, artillery and infantry/vehicle-sweep radar could all be taken out. The fact that artillery never made it back is a huge blessing though there was nothing quite like capturing a flag and getting the hell out before the inevitable attack from the sky came. There's no personality with it these days it seems.
And don't get me started about all the other things wrong with BF4...