A first-person shooter with a historic twist – Battlefield 1 transports gamers into the First World War. Sticking with the teamwork element that helped Battlefield to stand out in a saturated FPS market, teams of 32 must take to the trenches to overcome their enemies.
October 21, 2016
One of the largest wars in history, with more than 70 million fighters and 16 million deaths – It’s amazing that it has taken this long for World War 1 to feature in the Battlefield franchise, a series best known for its large scale, all-out warfare.
As with most games, the setting will appeal to some and turns others off, but Battlefield 1 is certainly true to the period. Forget the modern, high-tech weapons of its predecessors, which have been swapped out for aged alternatives. They can be slow to reload and at times frustratingly inaccurate, but this only helps to immerse you in the World War 1 experience. Battlefield fans can also expect a bigger focus on close-range combat this time round, with a number of new melee weapons to play with.
Battlefield 1 offers gamers six character classes to choice from, two more than the number available in Battlefield 4. Unlike the previous games in the series, each class has been altered to stand up fairly well in all types of situations, but each is also equipped with their own unique skills and abilities to counteract a particular threat and turn the battle in their team’s favour.
Assault class – Assaults are deployed to take care of all types of vehicles with the use of explosive devices. Close-range specialists that will put up a tough fight against any opponent – yes, even a tank.
Support class – An endless supply of bullets and a high rate of fire, the Supports are just what you need to keep enemies pegged back and your fellow soldiers supplied.
Medic class – Aside from keeping your team-mates alive, Medics are also skilled mechanics, on hand to revive those dead vehicles, and steely mid-range fighters.
Scout class – Long-range specialists, Scouts are equipped with specialist gadgets to survey the area and keep their team-mates updated on opposition movement. Not too shabby with a sniper, either.
Pilot class – Does what it says on the tin. Rather than allowing any old soldier to hop in a plane that they surely aren’t trained to fly, Pilots can take to the skies and attack their enemies from above.
Tanker class – Similar to the Pilots, Tankers are tasked with pushing forward with the biggest, baddest machine known to WW1 man.
True to Battlefield fashion, EA Dice’s latest edition will feature the humongous maps and crowded battles that separates the series from its FPS rivals, with up to 64 players jumping into the action at one time. One of the biggest additions is the sheer level of damage and destruction that can be done to the map, with 99% of surrounds capable of taking damage. There will be no time to stop and take in the view as buildings and structures collapse, explode and disintegrate around you.
The project was certainly ambitious, but EA have done a fantastic job of creating a World War 1 title that is true to the era. It will be a welcomed change from the usual modern warfare-type FPS games that saturate the market when Battlefield 1 is released on October 21, but will it survive past the initial hype, or will we all get bored of waiting for our ancient weapons to reload?