We have not had a dedicated World War game since Call of Duty: World at War, and even that was based on World War II. Battlefield 1 is like taking a stroll through a history museum, and catching up with the world’s past through short campaign chapters that take you across the globe. Battlefield 1 is authentic to its core and has the best multiplayer experience we have had this year.
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Reviewed On: PS4
Publisher: EA Games
Distributor: Prima Interactive
Release Date: 21 October 2016
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Battlefield 1 stays true to the classic Battlefield recipe. Large-scale warfare, with beautiful backdrops and stunning set pieces are seen throughout Battlefield 1. Thanks to the setting of Battlefield 1, this is all brought to life like never before. Battlefield 1 proves that you don’t need space suits and laser beams to make an explosive shooter. All you need is a believable setting, and World War I feels like the darkest time in history, just by playing through the Battlefield 1 campaign. The Battlefield 1 campaign spans across a handful of chapter-based missions, in which you get placed in a backdrop of a WWI battlefield or scenario. One mission saw us go from the peaceful hills of Tuscany to the dry desert of Africa. Each mission in Battlefield 1 screams individuality, as you go from controlling a tank, to sneaking about under the night sky. Every location in Battlefield 1 was carefully crafted, and not only draw us in for the 45 minutes of that mission, but gave us insight into the war in that specific location at the time.
Battlefield 1 is not trying to be something it is not, and that is the most charming part about it. The story missions in Battlefield 1 are gripping while paying tribute to the lost veterans of the war, and pulling on your heart strings throughout the experience. In Battlefield 1 you feel like humans are telling the stories which are played out in front of you. Some of these end up in disaster, while some have a happy ending. During these missions in Battlefield 1, we found ourselves on the constant search for documents and collectibles that further expanded the chapter’s historical background. Right from the well-scripted introduction, that plays as a tutorial, all the way to the end missions, Battlefield 1 was a spectacular experience.
Instead of powerful future weapons, Battlefield 1 has done a great job introducing old-school weaponry that feels and sounds authentic throughout the game. Missions will take you from controlling a biplane in intense dogfights, to shooting an anti-air round to shoot down these planes. Battlefield 1 is the closest we will ever get to experience the weaponry hands on, and it really comes to life in the game.
Your loadout in Battlefield 1 feels ancient, with some weapons only housing 21 bullets, with a reload time of up to 7 seconds. You can see that weaponry was simple back then, and they made do with what they had. This combined with the superb missions that showcase some of the greatest war veterans of all time, creates the Battlefield 1 single player campaign, and we could not have asked for anything better. The character we met along the way, and the guns and vehicles we used, will forever go down as one of our favorite gaming moments. Saying that, the campaign is in theory training for the multiplayer. Think of it as a place to try out all the equipment and vehicles you will need to master in the multiplayer as it is one of the best to date.
Think of the biggest all-out warfare you could possibly have in a game. That is Battlefield 1’s multiplayer, as you head into an area untouched by fire, to only leave it with no building left standing. Sure the maps mostly resemble locations that we visited in the main campaign in Battlefield 1, but they all offered enough diversity for each character class, to keep things fresh every time we went into the match.
Weapons in the Battlefield 1 multiplayer mode were familiar to us as we used them in the single player mode. Conquest is intense and using every weapon, gadget, and vehicle around us, made our lives easier. The camera work and sound of our player screaming as he went all kamikaze in the open battlefield was bone chillingly life-like in Battlefield 1.
Battlefield 1 is best played with friends, especially in a squad. Alternating roles between your team is vital for winning in Battlefield 1, as you will always need a Medic, there will always be something to blow up as an Assault, and you will never have ammo, so the Support can drop it for you. This also makes spawning in easier on the various classes, as you can die and spawn on your squad, eliminating that great trek to where you died before.
Working as a team of 4 in Battlefield 1 to capture and hold a point was rewarding, and sometimes the only way we could turn the tide of the battle. The squad system In Battlefield 1 has also seen some vast improvements. Spotting an enemy takes longer in Battlefield 1, and the target above their heads does not stay visible for as long as it did in Hardline.
The best new mode in Battlefield 1 is Operations. This mode sees you either defend or attack a point on the map until the opponents’ lives run out, or you take all the points. The match then shifts to a new part of the map as you all charge forward to a new area in Battlefield 1 to do the same. Zeppelins and armored trains mix the battle up by shifting the scale of battle towards the vehicles. The entire match is just one intense stand off between the two teams until you either take the point or lose all your lives.
The multiplayer would be nothing without maps to play on, and we loved them all in Battlefield 1. Every map has weaknesses and strengths to the various classes. Large open desert maps favor snipers, with enough cover to survive the hard scoping. While the smaller maps in Battlefield 1 favor machine guns and scout rifles. Hopping on a horse and heading into the town square to dice enemies up with a saber is fun, but do not expect to survive the trip back as the hills have eyes in Battlefield 1. The most impressive moments during a match in Battlefield 1 has to be the dense weather effects that change your battle approach. Things could be clear as day when you start, but as the fog rolls in, your viewing distance will be affected by it in Battlefield 1. Rain and thunderstorms also impact your running, and the destruction of a building will forever leave dust in its wake.
Battlefield 1 delivers everything that fans have been begging for. Its stellar multiplayer and classic setting makes it something fresh in a world of copy-and-paste shooters. We need more of these games that take the path less traveled, as it proves that going backward is sometimes a good thing.