Straight Outta the Trenches of WWI (Battlefield 1)

Game: Battlefield 1
Genre: First-person, Shooter
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
ESRB Rating: Mature
Completion Time: 6 hours (campaign)
Average Critic Score: 89.5/100
My Score: 97/100

This week we have one of the best selling games of 2016; Battlefield 1. This post is going to be a little different than the last two since this game also has an online multiplayer component. Anyway let’s get into it.

Boy is this game fun! I thought about it and this is probably the most fun I’ve had with a FPS game since Modern Warfare 2 and that’s saying a lot. Overall the game is fantastic but what really stood out was the graphics. The game just looks beautiful. The sound design is also fantastic. You really feel like you’re getting down and dirty in the trenches of war.

Short but Sweet

Battlefield 1’s campaign is divided into six individual chapters or as they refer to them, war stories. In each chapter you play as a soldier from a different army. For example, in the second chapter you are a British tank driver, but skip ahead to the fifth chapter and you are an Australian message runner. I really liked how DICE and EA approached the campaign because each chapter only took about an hour to complete and none of the individual stories weren’t directly related which meant I could pick the game up after a few weeks and not be confused because I forgot what I was doing.

Teamwork is Key

Multiplayer has always been a huge part of the Battlefield series, as with most other FPS games. I’ve always enjoyed shooters set in the past more than the ones set in present day or the future and this is the first game that takes place during either WWI or WWII that I’ve been able to play the multiplayer. I was big into Call of Duty: WaW back in the day but I didn’t have Xbox Live at the time so I was stuck playing the campaign over and over again.

Battlefield 1 offers six different multiplayer modes with different variations of each:

  • Conquest – Two teams fight to capture flag points around the map until one team reaches 1000 points. The more flags you have, the faster your score goes up. Kills also increase your team’s score. Conquest is probably the mode I play the most. The matches are pretty well paced and each one usually takes about half an hour.
  • Rush – Defenders protect telegraph posts from attackers. The attackers however have a limited amount of lives. The closest thing I can compare it to is Search and Destroy mode in Call of Duty, the main difference being that you have multiple lives instead of just one. Each match takes between 15 and 25 minutes depending on the number of rounds.
  • Domination – This mode is similar to Conquest but with smaller maps and fewer control points. The games only go to 100 points instead of 1000 and each one lasts between 10 and 15 minutes.
  • War Pigeons – Similar to Capture the Flag, the goal of this mode is to capture a pigeon and hold it long enough to write out a note and send it away. The first team to capture and release three pigeons wins. I haven’t actually played this mode but the internet tells me that each game lasts about 20 minutes.
  • Team Deathmatch – This mode is pretty self explanatory; first team to get a certain amount of kills wins. Games usually last 10-20 minutes.
  • Operations – This mode is new to Battlefield 1 and is the most involved one. There’s a team of attackers and defenders. The attackers must capture points from the defenders before the defenders get a certain amount of kills. I recommend not getting into a match unless you have an hour or more to kill because that’s how long each match can last.

I recommend checking this Kotaku article if you want more in depth explanations of what Battlefield 1 multiplayer modes have to offer. A Beginner’s Guide to Battlefield 1’s Multiplayer

Critic Scores

  • Metacritic:
    • PC – 88/100
    • PS4 – 89/100
    • Xbox One – 87/100
  • Game Informer – 9.25/10
  • GameSpot – 9/10
  • IGN – 9/10
  • Polygon – 9/10

 

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