Battlefield 1 Reviews

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Deranged Asylum
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Deranged Asylum
TA Score for this game: 229
Posted on 27 October 16 at 16:10, Edited on 26 October 17 at 11:27
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Battlefield 1 Review

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What began with the assassination of Franz Ferdinand at the hands of Yugoslavian nationalist Gavrilo Princip would finally draw to a conclusion some 4 and a half years later, engulfing a large percentage of the globe and leaving behind a death toll of almost 10 million. Those two fateful close range shots fired from the chamber of Princip’s semi-automatic pistol on the 28th of June 1914 would trigger a war of unprecedented scale; the war to end all wars – The Great War. Dating as far back as the eighties, studios have attempted to capture the action and emotions of life during World War 1 through the medium of video games with Verdun, The Snowfield and Darkest of Days attempting to recreate the harrowing battles of WWI. With Infinity Ward continuing to push the Call of Duty franchise off into the future with the soon-to-be-released Infinite Warfare, EA DICE opted to take the Battlefield series back to where it all began on the timeline, with quite possibly the grandest re-imagining of the greatest war in history to date.

Previous Battlefield single-player campaigns left a bitter taste in the mouth, most notably the mediocre stories of predecessors Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4 where the art of telling a war story took a lonely backseat to large scale multiplayer experiences. Engineering a balance between the two main features isn’t unheard of in series history with 2010’s Battlefield Bad Company 2 the nearest we came to a complete game. Bad Company 2 contained an unforgettable multiplayer experience to rival anything the series or any first-person shooter had to offer at that time and yet it also possessed a gritty, compelling campaign that pulled absolutely no punches in its desire to excite. That exact same feeling although significantly upscaled is felt here as a band of Harlem Hellfighters seek to hold station under a constant wave of attacks from German soldiers before breaking out to form an offensive of their own with help from the British. Battlefield 1‘s prologue “Storm of Steel” laid down a perfectly placed marker that also signalled a dramatic change of storytelling for the series.

A former chauffeur turned tank driver for the British army, a veteran message runner from Austrailia and an American gambler with a penchant for flying and bending the truth, Battlefield 1‘s protagonists are a varied who’s who of everyday heroes in a time where any man that could pilot a plane, decipher morse code or carry and point a pistol at their enemy were enlisted into war, thrown onto the front line, risking life and limb to fight for their country. By telling the story of World War 1 from a variety of angles EA Dice has bravely stepped away from the mainstream campaign in favour of multifaceted “War Stories” with Battlefield 1, in-turn developing a wonderful recreation of so many of the key battles, told from the perspectives of the soldiers, fighters and warriors that lived through hell and survived to tell those very tales.

Battlefield 1‘s campaign is a perfectly weighted, finely executed multitude of stories; flitting effortlessly between gorgeous cinematic cutscenes and brutish gameplay that will have you on edge for its entire duration. A seamless, engrossing experience and although its focus might lean heavily on 100-year-old history, its delivery is a real triumph of modern day gaming. While its many characters might be fictional, the detailed description of their pain, anguish coupled with the feeling of victory after each successful offensive play or battle won is very much real and hard to swallow. At times Battlefield 1 is a hauntingly accurate portrayal that unequivocally drives home the unforgiving nature of war.

A British built Mark V tank with a serious habit of being dreadfully unreliable attempts to power through heavy German resistance towards Cambrai, a quaint town in northern France near the Belguim border. Driven by young but confident Danny Edwards, a former chauffeur for the rich – turned tank driver/mechanic, “Black Bess” is a beast of a tank for sure but its stability is constantly called into question as the desperate band of British soldiers push through enemy lines to reach their destination in one piece.

“Through Mud and Blood” is a fantastic example of Battlefield 1‘s diversity and character vulnerability as players are forced to endure moments of loneliness outside the safe confines of Big Bess, halting movement in the soggy mud to clear out German filled trenches. Gameplay is at its finest as players patiently sneak through enemy camps, drawing a single soldier away from fellow allies with the delicate flick of a bullet shell. Paying homage to Metal Gear Solid and Hitman, EA Dice has made excellent use of the distraction technique often seen through the forays of Big Boss and Agent 47 to help players evade enemy sights. Much like the aforementioned games, the opposition is all too aware of a players position if they move too loudly or stay out in the open for long periods of time. With an enemy positioned comfortably away from others, players can ease up on the back of the distracted foe for a silent takedown with whatever comes to hand; be it a knife, shovel or hatchet.

The sheer diversity of Battlefield 1 means that a stealth-minded approach can quickly be switched out for moments of action with the use of the games wide range of weaponry. Dotted around its gorgeous landscape are wooden boxes packed like a child’s toy box with weapons fit to turn a quiet, sombre locale into a chaotic bullet-strewn playground as soldiers trade shots with one another across brush green open plains or constricted alleys in the shadows of dishevelled, crumbling buildings. Carefree in its arrogance, Battlefield 1 doesn’t hold back in its efforts to show you all that ‘The Great War’ had to offer. For the wannabe Rambo’s in all of us you have the Madson MG Light Machine Gun designed to knock down anyone foolhardy enough to stand in its way like a delicately balanced human domino, for those more suited to scaling tall windmills for a high vantage point in which to pick off enemies with all the swagger of Karl Fairburne there’s the SMLE MKIII Sharpshooter – a British bolt-action rifle allowing players to play the patient long range game. The detailed depth that comes with every piece of artillery at the player's disposal is a true testament to the unparalleled research of DICE. Battlefield 1 boasts more authenticity than an episode of the Antiques Roadshow.

Of course, looks aren’t everything. Realism boils down to how each individual handcrafted object of destruction handles and like a gleaming Rolls Royce out for a leisurely spin in the countryside, Battlefield 1‘s control scheme drives like a real dream. Improved hit detection leaves enemies trailing in your wake when compared to Battlefield 4‘s often unbalanced, unpredictable firing, that would often leave a bullet-soaked enemy still angrily wailing his gun in your direction. And it’s not just the feel of the weapon in your hand, the cacophony of sound that rings out during each battle is a beautiful thing to behold. Shells bounce off the soil at your feet, the crack of dynamite as it rips an armoured tank apart is deafening, the sound of your enemies cranium shattering under the weight of a shovel, Battlefield 1 is an orchestra of noise and what a symphony it is.

But it wasn’t just on the ground war was being fought. High in the sky and darting between the opposition in a Bristol F2B twin seater plane is Clyde Blackburn, an American pilot who along with gunner George Rackham must ensure British bombers safely reach a German munitions station while avoiding the attention of Halberstadt CL2’s that fill the sky. Battlefield 1‘s ariel manoeuvres don’t quite match up to that of Star Wars Battlefront with slow abrupt turning key to evading shadowing enemies they are, however, a pleasure to fly and with breathtaking scenery to bask in and magnificent Zeppelins to take on at later points in the game Battlefield 1 feels like the pinnacle of video game technology. Synonymous with vehicle warfare and with the array of power on both land, sea and in the air Battlefield 1 truly feels like a homecoming and that flows over into its multiplayer.

Multiplayer has always been a major focal point of any Battlefield game and with all the tools at its disposal DICE has excelled here with architecturally stunning map design that makes for one of the greatest multiplayer experiences this series or any other has seen. All out war of unrivalled scale ensues as teams contest close fought tactical battles throughout the winding labyrinth of bunkers and brush wooded lands of Argonne Forest to wide open warfare as mounted horses collide with armoured tanks across the plush tropic scenery of Suez. At times multiplayer borders on outright frantic as swarms of enemy opposition converge on your location on a consistent basis. The stealth element triumphantly celebrated in its campaign feels like a distant memory with very little place to hide or find solitude and destruction of property an almost certainty.

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One of the strong points of Battlefield 4‘s multiplayer, Levilution enabled massive pieces of landscape to crumble and fall with the right combination of firepower and willingness, with Battlefield 1 almost anything can and will most likely topple throughout the duration of any given match, which leaves that sniper you see camping high up on the rooftop of a town building more vulnerable than ever before. With destruction actively encouraged it's a different type of ball game, often forcing players out into the open or into sneaking around the outskirts to avoid the carnage at the centre of a map. Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming or claustrophobic and although you may find yourself spawning into death a fair portion of the time, you’ll actively and happily respawn over and over again.

Battlefield games have always been open to varied types of gameplay and it’s no different this time around. You have your basic Battlefield classes ala Medic, Scout, Support although slightly re-imagined, while entry into armoured tanks or fighter planes see players transformed into an entirely different class altogether, widening the spectrum of gameplay whilst also making for an interesting conundrum should you vacate that particular vehicle further down the line.

To throw further spice into the proverbial mix we also have Elite classes which can help to turn the battle in your favour. Rising from the ashes, Flame Troopers scorch the land, turning humans to dust with a single unerring burst of its fuel canister, Sentries shower bullets direct from the hip while able to withstand considerably more damage than any other soldier thus making them a formidable foe. Last but certainly not least, a weapon capable of stripping a vehicle apart like a game of operation, Tank Hunter stands as tall as a man, able to remove machine guns and cannons from an armoured tank. Combat feels overly enriched with an assortment of options that cater to every style of gameplay. Simply put, there is something for everyone.

Conclusion

EA DICE’s bold decision to turn Battlefield 1’s campaign into segmented “War Stories” has massively paid off, with a variety of battles from many countries both captivating, heart wrenching and enthralling at the same time. Uneasy load times aside, Battlefield 1 delivers the greatest single player campaign in series history with a multiplayer element that brilliantly compliments it. The sheer depth of research pours out of every foreseeable orifice while the Frostbite 3 Engine excellently helps to paint a beautiful picture of such an unforgettable time in mankind’s history. This is truly the turning point for first-person shooters and I for one hope DICE continue with this theme.
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Bytyqi
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Bytyqi
TA Score for this game: 4,572
Posted on 27 October 16 at 22:10, Edited on 29 October 16 at 18:33
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Cold and soaked in the mud, dead on the street or alive with a conscience that killed you on the inside, World War 1 is to date one of the most horrible warfare's to have ever played out, and Battlefield 1 depicts the unfortunate events brilliantly.


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“All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers.”
DICE's latest instalment offers the players to take control of multiple soldiers individually, all heading towards and ineviteable death. One thing that really grabs a hold of you is the fact that you "get to know" the soldier for a few seconds, you kill other soldiers but then the soldier gets shot and you get a message telling you their name, year of birth and death. You know the feeling you get when your favourite movie or game character dies and you're left with an hopeless empty feeling of solitude? The prologue brings just that. More soldiers fall to their death before a cutscene shows two soldiers, each of them fighting for their own country, laying down their arms. What a beautiful scene.

“What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger.”
Let's be honest. Although offering spectacular vehicles, bloodshedding animations and lethal weaponry in the single-player campaigns, the Battlefield-series has always been associated with online gameplay. Something about the major maps, brutal battle featuring 64 players and details such as bullet drop are just a few things that makes people volunteer for battle. The campaign of Battlefield 1 deserves as much recognition as the multiplayer portion of the game gets. It gives you the opportunity to partake in five very different "war stories" where you play as different characters and their stories, both pre-war and during the war. The cutscenes are flawless and the gameplay is groundbreaking, and trust me when I say that this is no "ordinary storyline" where "they lived happily ever after". On the battlefield, sacrifices has to be made in order for success to be achieved. As for the length of the campaign, it may seem short with the number of missions ranging anywhere from 3-5 missions for "War Story", but what DICE with their Frostbite engine has done to Battlefield 1 is something that more and more developers should consider doing; giving you multiple choices to proceed in the game. Having one mission in mind, you are given the option to either sneak through the mission, taking out the enemies quietly, or go in guns blazing and leave a trail of blood and quite a few bodies behind you.


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“With heart and courage.”
The campaign will have you play in many ways. On uneven land, soaring the cloudy skies or navigating the wavy seas; you get to experience them all, resulting in a variety of activities to be experienced - something that you can take to the online portion of the game and use to your advantage.

“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.”
The battlefield is without a doubt a scary place to be on, however joined by your brothers in arms you are bound to succeed. As stated earlier, the Battlefield-series is known for its online gameplay and Battlefield 1 is no exception. 64 players combat, all with victory in mind is everything you need to create chaos. Stunning visual gameplay featuring rain drops on rifles, the revolutionary bayonet charge and the zeppelins covering the skies like a meteors stuck in time combined into sweaty team work and objectives mix up to delicious work of art; the online portion of the game is just as good as it sounds.


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“Epilogue.”
Leaving the rest of the pack and creating a game based on past events featuring bloodshed, amazing graphics and adrenaline pumping content, DICE made the correct decision to develope a masterpiece like this. In multiplier, there are plenty of enemies to kill, objectives to capture and levels to reach, making the multiplier part a perfect partner proudly standing by the campaign's side.
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GTASAROCKS88
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GTASAROCKS88
TA Score for this game: 1,002
Posted on 12 October 17 at 18:42
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My review will consists of my opinion! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED

This may be the most i've played a battlefield game so lets jump right into it...

Battlefield 1 has such an amazing take on the WWI style, they combined the levolution from their recent Battlefield games and put it in this! When a grenade explodes the ground will disform like it should, when a explosion happens on a building it collapses like intended. The guns and the all out chaos in the Operations make the game even better.

In my opinion, this game has done what other's tried to do but made it believable. I feel like I am actually in the war, trying my utmost best to fight and not die was what made me cling the game and then purchase the DLC's. If this wasn't the case then the beautiful graphics is also what made me play the hell out of it. The combat combined with the graphics makes any game playable and enjoyable. This honestly was worth the money and every second played
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James Carr
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James Carr
TA Score for this game: 385
Posted on 27 October 16 at 17:32
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The Battlefield to end all Battlefields

Campaign

The most different of the campaigns for any Battlefield game thus far, Battlefield 1's campaign is comprised of five War Stories each one spanning 1-2 hours of play depending on difficulty and player skill. Each of the war stories focuses on a different small group of characters from different countries armies, some of which showcase vehicles or weapon kits including a tank story and an airplane story. Each of these bite sized stories are well paced and feature a good amount of variety in the gameplay to keep the player interested. Another big change for Battlefield is the large number of "stealth" missions in these war stories. I use air quotes because the game does not force you to be stealthy but instead recommends it and you can do the missions without being stealthy but on the harder difficulties (I played on hard) it is a far better strategy to play stealthy. The game also looks gorgeous and all of the environments look amazing. Unfortunately the campaign does have one pretty large flaw. The A.I. both, friend and foe, are incredibly dumb. I died multiple times during the airplane missions from getting sideswiped by friendly airplanes and during a time when you must allow your A.I. to control the tank and you must fight on foot, the A.I. struggles to kill enemies you were killing in one shot in the previous mission. The infantry also can be easily duped by simply running around frantically and going inside of buildings and shutting the doors. The other issue is that I experienced a lot of hitching through my play through of the campaign, happening every 10-15 minutes.

Multiplayer

If you have ever played Battlefield Multiplayer many of the same game modes have returned, including rush and conquest on amazing WWI maps. Pretty much every single map is dynamically different then the others and are fun to play on. The big new mode for this game is the Operations mode which allows players to pick from different battles during the war and play a rush type mode on multiple conquest maps, having one team defend and one team attack for three waves, with the attackers getting supported by either Airships or Dreadnoughts during the waves. This game mode is a blast and after trying it out, the only mode I want to play. As far as customization goes the game has plenty of weapons for players to chose from for the four different classes. While the weapons have less customization then previous games, this isn't really a problem since there is still some options available and it wouldn't really be historically accurate if you had the option to put laser sights on your weapons. I do feel however that many of the weapons are locked behind class levels which take a very long time to get through. I have reached level 9 in multiplayer and I spent the majority of that time playing support and I haven't leveled once yet, meaning I am limited to only a couple of weapons to chose from.

Conclusion

Battlefield 1 is a phenomenal entry in the series and is an amazing game to play for both veterans and newcomers of the series. The WWI setting is a fresh take on the game and feels much more like a change in dynamics then a simple re-skin, like Hardline was. If you are looking for a good first person shooter to play this holiday look no further because this game is amazing.
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ollyyyyy
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ollyyyyy
TA Score for this game: 412
Posted on 17 November 16 at 16:55
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Usually my reviews are a lot less professional and structured as others so be warned. They are quite emotional in the sense that its just what I feel rather than trying to balance up pros and cons in a logical way.

Battlefield 1 is a well made and beautiful game. Its single player campaign is set up in a unique way to the series. You will really feel the stories of individuals and smaller groups during the war. The graphics are phenomenal and the use of the dynamite is well, dynamite! The campaign is over before you know it however but if you are all about multiplayer then this shouldn’t bother you.

Multiplayer – fun, crazy, long loads times and limited maps. Now this is all out war and is fun…for a while. Apart from the craziness of exploding buildings and great graphics, multiplayer has so many flaws. The unbalance of weapons where a shotgun from what feels like a 200 yards away can kill you with 1 shot. You cannot amend your classes outside of the lobby and fine tune it - you have to do it either in play or in the loading lobby. The loading lobbies – bring a book with you, you will have to wait sometime before a match is set up. Maps – you will get bored quite easily as they have released limited maps. Seriously, why? So you can sell us more later – that’s not what I spent A LOT of money on for.

I have sold it now as I am not willing grind out multiplayer for so long it becomes a chore and not fun.

It’s a beautifully made but selfish and unbalanced game.

I’d give it a 3/5.
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