Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Review - Battlefield 1

For years now EA and DICE have been trying to dethrone the mighty Call of Duty and this year they have done it with Battlefield 1. Well, only when it comes to multiplayer. The multiplayer is where the meat and potatoes of Battlefield 1 really is. DICE gives you a lot of modes to play around with. Conquest makes a welcome return, along with other modes such as Rush, Domination, and Team Death match. Two new modes added to the game are called War Pigeons and Operations. In the War Pigeons game mode the opposing sides compete to use messenger pigeons to call in artillery barrages on the enemy. Operations is like a full scale war based on battles of World War 1. You either play on the attacking or defending teams and must capture or defend points in each sector of the full map. Maps can have up to five sectors, so the battles can rage on for a while. The base game has a total of 9 maps, which is enough as Conquest and Operations are huge. You can choose if you want to play with 32 or 64 total players online and it can make for some epic battles between the Americans, British, Germans, Ottoman Empire, and Italians. While playing online you can choose between four classes; Assault, medic, Scout, and Support. The Assault class deals with vehicles, Medic can heal and bring fellow team mates back to life, Scout is like a sniper, and the Support class has mortars that can help turn the tide of battle. I feel that the classes are well balanced, but sometimes to many people end up playing Scouts (snipers) and can get kind of annoying. If you play with a well balanced team that has a good amount of each class, your team can dominate the battlefield.

Battlepacks also make a return. These are given random after each game and provide you with new skins for all the weapons in the game. You can't purchase these with real cash, which is for the best. Battlepacks have to be earned and can also be bought with scrap, which is an in-game currency that can be earned in the Battlepacks or scrapping a skin. Along with the Battlepacks, you also level up by getting XP for playing matches. As you level up you get different guns for each class. This is an interesting system, but I didn't really care for it, nor did I have any desire to collect the skins. But it is there for those that like this sort of thing. Really glad there is no micro-transactions in Battlefield 1. That is an awesome thing to see in a $60 video game.

The graphics and sounds in Battlefield 1 are done very well. Visuals are stunning, but not anywhere near Battlefront. The sounds of the weapons, explosions, and vehicles are fantastic. These are done very well and help the immersion of making you feel like you are on the battlefield.

I have to say that Battlefield 1 has been the first Battlefield in which I was really excited to play. It's been a while since I have wanted to continue to play Battlefield online. The last time I really got into a BF game was back in the "Bad Company 2" days. Though, I have to comment on the single-player. When Battlefield 1 first came out I read in the reviews that the single-player was really good. So, when I first picked up the game I jumped right into the single-player. I have to say I was really disappointed after hearing so much praise. The single-player is really short and gets pretty boring fast. You can choose between 5 different stories to play, but each story only lasts about an hour max. The single-player can be completed in less then 5 hours. I was really disappointed from the reviews I read to experiencing the single-player my self. If DICE concentrated only on a few characters and extended the single-player campaign across WWI it could have been better. But instead we get short stories that are very forgettable. If you are itching to play this game for the single-player, I hate to say it but you will be very disappointed.

Let's get to my final score of the game:

JB The Gamer's Final Rating on Battlefield 1: 4 out of 5 - Great Game.

Overall Battlefield 1 shines in the multiplayer, it is very solid, fun, and enough content to keep coming back. Though it looks like EA is holding out the French and Russians for future DLC, but the base game is still worth the $60 price tag. The only big disappoint, and makes the game a 4 out of 5 is the crappy single-player. It was forgettable and to damn short. It really felt like they just slapped it in there to tick off the box that says, hey we got single-player too.

Thankfully DICE has done an amazing job with the multiplayer, which is really the only reason why I keep coming back to Battlefield 1.

Battlefield 1 is available now on the PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

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