Battlefield 1 Review

Battlefield 1 Review Darryl Linington
Storyline
Gameplay
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Sound
Multiplayer
Lasting Appeal
Accolades: Battlefield 1 is a GOTY Contender & has recieved the Editor's Choice Award.
9.2
Just brilliant.
User Rating: 9.4 (2 votes)

Developed by EA Dice and published by Electronic Arts comes the latest instalment in the Battlefield series, Battlefield 1. With Battlefield 4 being a massive success and Battlefield Hardline being a less than stellar outing, does Battlefield 1 live up to the high expectations of this reviewer… All I can say is yes, yes it does.

Set during the time of World War 1, Battlefield 1’s campaign takes a different approach in order to mix things up a bit. Instead of playing as a single protagonist, the campaign allows you to play through the war stories of 6 different characters. Each character is from a different nation and plays a different role in the war.

At one moment, I was playing as Clyde Blackburn, an American pilot with a gambling habit and a history of deceitful behaviour… the next I was playing as Danny Edwards, a former chauffeur who enlists in the war as a British tank driver. Being introduced to each character starts off in a such a captivating way, and each story always ends on a high note. These bite-sized stories, which are well-scripted and portrayed, make Battlefield 1’s campaign an overall success.

What captivated me the most about the campaign mode is the fact that each War Story shows the human side of the war. These soldiers were not just empty shells sent to the front line of battle, they were – those who took part in the real war – people who had families, lives and emotions and this is what Battlefield 1 wants the player to realise. It’s a fantastic as well as an authentic depiction of World War 1, its soldiers, and their stories.

Adding to the authenticity of the campaign, the player will have the opportunity to utilise various weapons from World War 1. This includes the likes of bolt-action rifles, flamethrowers, sniper rifles, mustard gas, and more. As stated above, players will also have the opportunity to pummel through the environment in tanks or, alternatively, take to the skies as a fighter pilot in classic World War 1 style fighter planes. There is also infantry-style combat where the player will tackle enemies in all out warfare or, alternatively,  take on a stealth-style approach. The variety on offer here is great; however, there are one or two issues that I did face. While combat is exhilarating, I found that Danny Edwards’ campaign felt a little too monotonous. Granted… destroying buildings, taking on infantry, and destroying enemy tanks was fun; however, it all became a bit too repetitive after the first few waves.

Apart from some sections of the single-player campaign being repetitive, it’s excellent none the less. I loved how each War Story captured my attention, and how each campaign played out. To add to the accolades, Battlefield 1 is a visual masterpiece. The set pieces are beautiful and the war-torn setting is depicted perfectly. Sticking with graphics, the character models featured throughout the game look absolutely fantastic. Explosions also look rather spectacular and watching buildings crumble to the ground never got old. While the campaign is excellent and a great mix of content, I do wish it was a bit longer.

Moving away from the single-player campaign, most of Battlefield 1’s meat is in it’s exhilarating multiplayer counterpart. While Battlefield 4 lacked a variety when it came to weapons, Battlefield 1 offers up a distinct array of customisable weapons that will keep your multiplayer experience fresh for quite some time.

In addition to a plethora of weapons to choose from, Battlefield 1 comes standard with a great set of 9 maps, which includes:

Ballroom Blitz: Join the final offensives along the Meuse River in 1918. Here, fierce fighting in trench lines is quickly replaced by the untouched beauty beyond hell. A massive French chateau, previously home to officers beyond the rear lines, is now the scene for a battle with both tanks and flamethrowers. The chandeliers are shaking from the barrage as the American forces push for the final railway hub at the edge of this map.

Argonne Forest: The shadowy depths of the Argonne forest is the scene for some of the most brutal close quarter combat in Battlefield 1. The world inside this forest features devious defensive setups combined with a labyrinth of bunkers and machine gun nests. Camouflaged field guns firing at point blank range, Stormtroopers clearing out bunkers with gas, and the best use of sharpened spades will determine who owns the depths of this forest. Heroes are forged surviving the intensity of this infantry-focused map.

Fao Fortress: Join one of the earliest amphibious landings of the Great War as the British Empire struggles to secure the oil on the Al-Faw Peninsula. The majestic Ottoman fortress of Fao guards the entrance and is not falling uncontested. Here you will fight through marshlands and dunes, over bridges and shallow coves. The assault finally enters the ancient fortress itself. The quest for oil begins here. The Dreadnought needs to feed.

Suez: A struggle for the most vital supply line of World War I. Even though it was considered impossible, the Ottomans crossed the desert of Sinai and threatened the canal. Join the fight by the banks of the grand canal and make tactical use of the dunes. Fight through shallow defences, with field guns or mortars, through the outskirts of Kantara and into the deep desert beyond.

The St. Quentin Scar: A massive attack on the scarred battlefields of northern France. As part of the Kaiser’s battle, the German army throws everything they have to try to break through the British lines. Prepare for truly cataclysmic assaults as you push through the trenches of the St. Quentin Scar. Be the first soldier to break through the fortified lines and assault the pristine village of Travecy, untouched by the war… until now.

Sinai Desert: Engage in all-out war in Sinai Desert, a scorching hot battlefield located just East of El-Jifar. From infantry skirmishes in the narrow streets of the village of Bir el Mazar to dogfights above the majestic cliffs, you’ll need to make tactical use of the dunes as you engage in explosive battles. When all hope is lost, reinforcements will arrive in the shape of a powerful Behemoth: a deadly Armored Train charging through the desert sands.

Amiens: A destructive clash in a majestic city. Fight on the streets and squares in French city of Amiens during the German spring offensive. A struggle in crumbling alleys, a courthouse, around bridges and railways where the British and the Germans desperately seek to control the depths of the city.

Monte Grappa: Take part in one of the final battles among the peaks of kings in the Venetian Alps. High up above the clouds a desperate fight for control of mountain forts are challenging even the toughest soldiers. Utilize the massive fort cannons to stop the advancing enemies as they scale the mountainside. Up here, in this furious struggle, the Austro Hungarian Empire holds the upper hand, but the Italian Army won’t stop until they’ve taken back what’s theirs.

Empire’s Edge: Along the Adriatic coast a fierce struggle for land and life is taking place. A rugged but fortified shore becomes the battlefield for an empire under siege. What was once a beautiful Mediterranean village by the coast is now transformed by mechanized war, where waves and dreadnought battleships pound the remains of Italy’s Great War.

Giant’s Shadow: Prepare to take part in the Battle of the Selle in the cold autumn of 1918. Here, the fighting moves out of the trenches and into open country where a massive crashed airship casts its shadow onto the battlefield. The British forces have broken through the Hindenburg line and are now in pursuit towards an important railway center. Fierce infantry and tank engagements ensue on the open ground and river banks alongside the Cateu-Wassigny railway where an armored train can still turn the tide. Giant’s Shadow will be coming to Battlefield 1 as part of a free update in December.

Apart from the graphically impressive array of maps, Battlefield 1 also features a fantastic set of modes, which includes: Conquest, Domination, Rush, War Pigeons, Operations, and Team Deathmatch. One of the modes that stood out the most was Operations. This mode offers players the opportunity to experience epic journeys across several maps based upon real battles of World War I. This was fantastic to experience and really added to the overall lasting appeal of this title.

Another mode that caught my attention was War Pigeons. In the War Pigeons, the opposing sides compete to use messenger pigeons to call in artillery barrages on the enemy. When the match starts, a pigeon coop with a messenger pigeon is placed somewhere on the map. Locate the pigeon before the enemy and carry it to a safe location out in the open. There you prepare a message and send it off, calling for artillery support. Once a message is successfully sent an artillery barrage will strike the enemy.

It’s modes like these that give Battlefield 1 an advantage over competitor titles in the same genre. Overall, Battlefield 1 has a great multiplayer counterpart that features large-scale 64-player combat. Much like previous titles in the series, large scale warfare just works in Battlefield 1 and allows players to be drawn into a multiplayer experience unlike any other.

Conclusion:
Battlefield 1 is an excellent title. It features a riveting campaign mode as well as a rock solid multiplayer counterpart. While the campaign may not be too long, it does a great job of keeping the player captivated with its excellent storytelling and eye-catching visuals. Battlefield’s multiplayer counterpart is where the meat really lies in the game; however, it’s as equally as excellent as the single-player experience. Overall, Battlefield 1 is a great title that will please just about any first-person-shooter fan until the next title in the series releases.

Battlefield 1 was reviewed by Darryl Linington on the Samsung Quantum Dot SUHD TV. To read the review click here.

Accolades:
2016 Game of the Year Contender
Editor’s Choice Award

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