Battlefield 1 - Review
Battlefield 1 is a breath of fresh air in a genre that for the most part I have never been a fan of. Over the years I have only payed snippets of games like Battlefield 3 and a bit of last year’s Battlefront. Neither game really interested me as much as I wanted to and honestly Battlefront was disappointing especially considering how much of a fan of Star Wars I am. I was really excited for Battlefront and honestly it barely even scratched the surface of a want I have for a Star Wars game. Hopefully we get something like that in the second iteration next year.
As a whole I am not a huge fan of the shooter genre, but often I can get pulled in by the stories involved in basically any game. The first real shooter I finished was Bioshock Infinite. While in full honesty that game is not meant to be a shooter, for many it boiled down to that. The story and the characters of that game really were my first experience liking a game where the game heavily relied on gunplay. In my years since with various Wolfenstein games and slowly working into more multiplayer shooters like Destiny I still am not the greatest at shooters. I play on the easiest levels for the most part, and have to think tactically about each game as I didn’t grow up playing games like this and mostly sports and tycoon based games.
That said from the moment Battlefield 1 was announced I was interested. My experience with previous Battlefield games aside I was really looking forward to the game. With the pull back to World War 1 I was definitely more excited to play the new game. The stories and ideas beside the great war and the general outpouring of Modern based shooters has often kept me away from playing games such as Call of Duty and its most recent iteration. The idea of going back to a previous war, and looking at something I had never really played before was exciting. Earlier guns and stories based on real events also pushed me towards the game in a way I haven’t recently been pushed towards a franchise like this.
The story mode in Battlefield 1 has been praised across the board and honestly that praise is fully warranted. Across 5 main stories you learn about various fronts and get to play in different situations with cool characters. From Bedouin’s, to Aussies, to Americans in the sky, and Brits in Tanks the game is a real fun experience. For the most part the faultiness of the war machines in World War 1, far different than the modern perfect machines, or even the slightly more advanced World War 2 vessels really is a key part of why this game is so cool.
The planes move in ways that seems realistic, is fun, and honestly has you fearing for your character dying any second. You can do awesome stunts, but you can also maneuver quickly enough to avoid death. That said when making runs to attack positions on the ground often you end up miscalculating and running into the ground which is really realistic. The tanks slowly deteriorate and have to be fixed constantly. While the tank is easily fixed and suddenly brand new, this change from real life helps the continuance of the story.
That said at times the story puts you incredibly unrealistic situations. Most notably 1 man taking on a whole castle so his team can escape, which reminds me of Wolfenstein where the character ends up dying after taking the castle from hordes of enemy soldiers only to issue the command to leave him to die. Further a single tank takes on waves of other tanks, and soldiers are put in 1 on many situations which would surely have earned purple hearts for all characters or the equivalent in their countries. That said for the most part this is used to create the story and does not take away from how awesome it is for the most part. Often in more fiction based games you end up doing similar things it is just harder to put away doubt in more realistic situations.
As for the multiplayer the game is very reminiscent of Battlefront. The game modes are very similar, and having not played online in previous Battlefield games I’m sure much like Call of Duty similar maps, and game modes have been used for years. That said unlike Battlefront I find myself firing up the game each day to get some multiplayer in, which is incredibly interesting because honestly I’m not good at killing other players. Often I get my points from capturing and getting lucky kills, and tactically staying away from dying. For the most part the multiplayer continues the fun multiplayer ideas we see in almost every other modern game from Destiny to Black Ops.
As always the trophies in this game are not the hardest, but require a certain skill in a game like this that I don’t really have, at least the single player ones. The multiplayer ones really are a busy work deal of trophies with most of them realistic if you have the time to push for them, with no real skill based online ones.
On the whole the Battlefield game is a cool change in the landscape of shooters and hopefully we see a Call of Duty come forward in World War 2 or similar times soon, and the continuance of different ideas in shooter games. As such this game gets a 8.8.