Battlefield 1 Review – All This And World War 1

Blackadder Goes Forth was a fantastic series.

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Developer: EA DICE
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Format: PC, PS4 (reviewed), Xbox One
Released: October 21, 2016
Copy purchased

Battlefield 1 successfully pulls off an incredibly tricky balancing act – portraying World War 1 as the destructive, wasteful hell it was while providing a videogame that shooter fans could still find entertaining.

Some authenticity has to go out of the window for this to take effect, of course, with a generous smattering of automatic weapons and thrilling gunfights emphasized over bleeding miserably in a soaked trench. Nevertheless, combat in Battlefield 1 can be chaotic to a terrifying degree – a dizzying mass of smoke, gas, explosions, and screams that turns an ordinary shooter into something altogether more intimidating.

Playing Battlefield 1‘s huge multiplayer modes can be confusing and disorienting, but not due to a design flaw. Instead the chaos is deliberate, designed to evoke a sense of panic and frantic survivalism. After years and years of so many multiplayer shooters, it’s been refreshing to finally get another one that can make me feel like a deer in headlights.

Battlefield 1 immediately sets the tone with an opening “tutorial” level focused on the Harlem Hellfighters. Players are informed that survival is not expected, and each death sees them thrust into the boots of another soldier – complete with an individual name and date of birth. Throughout its campaign and even the multiplayer, DICE is quick to remind its audience that World War 1 was a horror show inflicted on real human beings.

Life is cheap and death is free, this is something players are taught from the outset. While any war can produce heroes, it creates significantly more corpses, many young lives ending within only a handful of minutes.

Through a series of short campaign stories and a mercilessly anarchic multiplayer, Battlefield 1 reinforces that message constantly. Even loading screens are filled with educational information about the scale of the so-called Great War. Not just in terms of its death toll, but its geographical spread and the tremendous impact it had on world history.

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Campaigns have been a weak spot for DICE in recent years – so weak, in fact, that Star Wars Battlefront never even had one – but this time around things have significantly improved. The campaign consist of six short stories that can be played in any order, each one telling a specific soldier’s story in a different part of the world.

From Australian runners to Bedouin warriors, Battlefield 1 does a terrific job of emphasizing that World War 1 did indeed impact the world as opposed to a couple of nations. It’s so common to simply view the event as something that happened between England and Germany, but this game spans across the globe with a multinational cast of well-written characters.

Each story bears a distinct gameplay theme. One is all about an American pilot and therefore contains all the chapters involving flight. Similarly, a story about a British tank unit is the sole source of land vehicle combat. In this way, DICE has done an admirable job of allowing players freedom to tackle the gameplay they like and discard anything they don’t care for.

Not a fan of stealth? You might want to skip the Arabian chapters and focus instead on the Italian ones, where you get to suit up like a space marine and chew through soldiers with powerful weaponry. Hate planes? Stick to the tanks, or ride across the desert on horseback.

Chapters can be picked up and put down at will, and while every single story will feature at least some regular first-person shooting, they all tend to remain distinct with their own unique structure.

The downside of all this is that no one story is ever given much time to develop, often finishing up all too quickly.

Battlefield 1‘s diverse protagonists are all deserving their own full games – their tales are genuinely gripping and I found it hard to dislike a single one. Any single story could support a full-length campaign, so the bite-sized adventures we get are just a little frustrating.

There’s definitely something to be said for a campaign that won’t outstay its welcome, but I have no doubt that more time spent with each character could only be a good thing.

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Returning to multiplayer, DICE has retained most of the flavor you can see in pretty much any Battlefield game. Squads, classes, vehicles, ranking systems, they’re all in place and they’re all instantly recognizable. I can certainly understand some players growing fatigued of DICE’s hallmarks after so many games.

However, this one has its hooks in me.

Perhaps I’m simply so jaded by “modern” military shooters, but I find the WWI overlay truly does lend an added energy to the game. Liberties have been taken with the period weaponry, but the prevalence of slow-loading rifles (complete with bayonet charging), the devastating nature of gas attacks, and the appearance of elite gear for flametroopers and sentinels sets a special mood for every match.

In fact, I’ve no problem saying this is the most fun I’ve had with a DICE game that I can remember – a fun that has a sombre tone to it, given the respect shown for the reality of the war upon which Battlefield 1 is based. It’s a respect that should appear insincere and hypocritical, but somehow works alongside the gameplay, careful to never glamorize things.

Unlike Battlefront, this year’s EA-funded shooter is a complete package with not just a great campaign but multiplayer modes ranging from the moderate to the enormous. Added to Battlefield 1 is a new Operations mode in which one team defends while another keeps pushing back their front line.

Each Operation has a story attached and pits two sides against each other in multiple matches that can last a damn long time. Similar to Battlefront, one team will feel itself forced to retreat as it loses ground, creating a real sense of urgency when territory cannot be held.

Conquest will always be my bread and butter though, and it’s clear I’m not the only one. While it’s never difficult to get into the territory-claiming sprawling game type, the more exotic modes might be tougher to wrangle a team together for.

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Being a DICE game, Battlefield 1 is gorgeous and sleekly presented, running at 60 frames-per-second even on consoles. Landscapes look both beautiful and haunting, rendered with a ton of polish but ultimately consisting of demolished buildings and burnt up trees. The sound is just as fantastic, with punchy weapon noises, horrible death shrieks, and encompassing explosions.

One thing to be wary of is microtransactions. At the time of writing, none are to be found, but Electronic Arts has already confirmed they’re coming, and the game’s “Battlepack” system looks custom-built to house them.

Right now, Battlepacks are randomly awarded to players post-match or purchased with “scrap” earned by destroying the contents of previous Battlepacks. In the days since purchasing the game, I’ve thus far managed to acquire only a single Battlepack. It’s a “reward” system that makes Overwatch‘s look positively generous, and leaves a sour taste in an otherwise engrossing game.

The constant reminders that Battlepacks exists are a real hassle, too. There’s definitely pressure on the part of the game’s design structure to treat these “packs” of cosmetics with reverence, despite how miserly the game is with them.

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Despite this, Battlefield 1 remains a fulfilling experience on par with this year’s other premier shooters. I get the impression from some commenters out there that I’m supposed to dislike this one, but I’m going to have to disappoint them – Battlefield 1 has provided me with a damn good time and I don’t regret it.

It’s reverent without being mawkish, exciting without being tacky, and robust with content despite all the usual trappings of a big-budget EA product.

War is hell… but Battlefield 1 is pretty damn lovely.

9/10
Superb

Raging Krikkit
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Raging Krikkit
I was all ready to hate this game when it was announced. The same trailer that had the internet praising DICE had me throwing my arms up and crying “what is this MLG bullshit?!” The prevalence of automatic weapons, the bombastic portrayal of combat, the distinct lack of trench warfare–all signs pointed towards this being just another modern military shooter with a First World War skin, and as the first major high-profile release of a game using this setting, I was disappointed to say the least. As details trickled in, this attitude only grew, my personal favorite being the video… Read more »
09philj
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09philj

If anything, the campaign is “Player characters! Fuck yeah!”

Raging Krikkit
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Raging Krikkit

Well, that’s something to be expected. It’s a ubiquitous feature and–outside of a Rainbow Six damage model–not something that can have much done about it. The intro sequence, however, does indeed manage something, if only by serving to remind the player that the life expectancy of heroes is something usually measured in seconds.

Raging Krikkit
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Raging Krikkit

I was all ready to

Locuas
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This is the kind of games in which i wouldn’t complain if we got DLC campaigns.

Ivan Sorensen
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Ivan Sorensen

Why is the comment history full of people who’ve decided to hate the game because some twat on youtube said they should hate it?

zeeby
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zeeby

you shouldn’t talk about the motherbrain like that.

diamond
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diamond

TB is a not a “twat” you moron.

Nada Namae
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Nada Namae

“Stop name-calling, douche!”
Just… sigh.

diamond
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diamond

sigh yourself dumbass.

Nada Namae
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Nada Namae

“NO U”
Pathetic little man.

qorl123
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qorl123

If you’re talking about TB, he said nothing of the sort. But it is possible someone might take his opinion as gospel.

CaitSeith
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CaitSeith

Most of the people who commented negatively seem to be repeating his points. I’d like to know if they had that same opinion before hearing what TB said. Funnily enough, they missed the point. TB’s severe criticism came from hearing critics praise that made BF1 sound almost as serious as Spec Ops: The Line. If you try to compare the seriousness between both games, his complains make much more sense.

Juan Carlos González
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Juan Carlos González
Maybe because they actually agree with his opinion? Just a thought. Regardless, I think the prevailing sentiment is not so much hatred as it is dissapointment. WW1 has been, for the most time, largely ignored by the games industry, since it was completely overshadowed by its successor and has the misinformed stigma of being static trench warfare and nothing else. At a time when spunkgargleweewee games have become so prevalent as to threaten to turn the entire FPS genre into an indistinct grey slurry, for DICE to announce a AAA game set in the Great War was a ray of… Read more »
Keasar
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Keasar
Can’t say I agree on the campaign being that good. I did like one of the stories and that was the first big one, Through Mud and Blood, it had a nice length, enough variety and good character development and storytelling. However, after that it kinda started to fall flat. Every mission after is way too short to tell an engaging story. Two of the missions are set on two multiplayer maps. And most of them are just generally boring to play. The Harlem Hellfighter everyone was so spastic about being featured had never a character, never a visibly spoken… Read more »
qorl123
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qorl123

What, you can’t even play as a German? Or even any other central powers nation? That’s…kinda bullshit. In fact that is really one-sided bullshit.

Juan Carlos González
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Juan Carlos González

It gets even better. France isn’t even represented in the game.

qorl123
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qorl123

Wow.

09philj
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09philj

Half a mile wide, half an inch thick.

Josh
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Josh

This game is rubbish. Not once was i allowed to play as Blackadder or Baldrick in the campaign. And that flying section was just screaming out for a Lord Flashheart cameo. WOOF!

zeeby
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zeeby

It’s not a total consolation but there is a Time-Team VR game coming out where you have collect and keep Georgian coins in an old sock. It’s no Baldrick, but at least you can be Tony Robinson.

Naz
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Naz

You wonderful people, bringing Blackadder into the discussion. There should be more people like you.

“For us, the Great War is finito. A war which would have been a damn sight simpler if we’d just stayed in England and shot 50,000 of our men a week!” – Blackadder

The Jünger Ludendorf
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The Jünger Ludendorf
“Field Marshal Hague has formulated a brilliant new tactical plan to ensure final victory in the field!” “Ah, would this involve us climbing out of our trenches and walking very slowly towards the enemy Sir?” “How did you know that Blackadder! It’s top secret information!” “It’s what we did last time Sir. And the seventeen times before that.” “Exactly! Doing precisely the same thing we’ve done eighteen times before is exactly the last thing they will expect! There is, however, one small… problem.” “The fact that everyone always gets slaughtered in the first ten seconds?” “Thats right. Field Marshal Hague… Read more »
Dave Dogge
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Dave Dogge

Forward, Joe Soap’s army, marching without fear, with our brave EA commander, safely taking you in the rear

Kevin Wilson
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Kevin Wilson

But Totalbiscuit said this game isn’t that good, so this review is completely worthless! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c2d2456842de3b64b221b2cb393a999a677e67ac9fba9b697d37f2090bf7e9bf.gif

Dany Rivest Gaudreault
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Dany Rivest Gaudreault

That shit was scary on my 60 inch screen

Kevin Wilson
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Kevin Wilson

Sorry mate hahaha

Ana Decker
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Ana Decker

It’s sad how many people said that without irony at other positive reviews.

Kevin Wilson
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Kevin Wilson

I’ve seen loads of that, not just Jim’s review, but Worth a buys as well. I went through the comment section and counted over 100 “TB” or “Totalbiscuit” mentioned.

People seem to think he is the ultimate opinion on games for some reason? and he’s used to discredit or invalidate other peoples opinions.

Lies That Bind
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Lies That Bind

He just didn’t like the single player though right?

diamond
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diamond

He didn’t sound very enthusiastic about the multiplayer either.

qorl123
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qorl123

We only have a video about singleplayer from him for now

diamond
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diamond

I was referring to the Co-Optional podcast, he talked a bit about the multiplayer on there and didn’t sound very into it.

TheDeadFellow
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TheDeadFellow

Says the man who likes David Cage games!

(dramatic music cord)

William Jones
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William Jones
Can I just recommend, anyone interested in the subject of WW1 gets the Dan Carlin Hardcore History series “Blueprint for Armageddon” while it’s still free – the guy removes them and charges for them after a while and I think this series is going to go to a paid status soon. Not involved at all, just impressed at the presentation, he is not a historian and actual historians get their knickers in a twist over his podcasts, but he’s always clear when what he’s talking about is hearsay and when it’s actually credible, and he really makes the subject come… Read more »
Jude
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Jude

Amazing stuff!

zeeby
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zeeby

listening to this now whilst I work.. quite enjoying it actually. His approach is different. Thanks.

boxfetish
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boxfetish

Also, read ‘Storm of Steel’ by Ernst Junger and ‘Goodbye to All That’ by Robert Graves.

Jimmy Donnellan
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Jimmy Donnellan

DICE did a good job with the Campaign acting as a tutorial for the multiplayer. Not enough games do that.

Lasse Andersen
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Lasse Andersen

Well, except the flying, because the way flying handles in the singleplayer has not a tot to do with how it works in multiplayer.

Putang Inamo
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Putang Inamo

How is it different?

Lasse Andersen
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Lasse Andersen

In SP, it plays more arcadey like Battlefront, with all mouse controls except the throttle. In MP, the controls are basically the same as they were in BF3.

Putang Inamo
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Putang Inamo

Ew, all mouse controls. Perhaps a bug. Were you able to change it in the settings?

William Jones
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William Jones

Is the campaign an evenings worth or a days worth or a weekend etc?

Lasse Andersen
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Lasse Andersen

There’s five-six hours tops in there. Multiplayer is definitely the main event.

William Jones
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William Jones

Cheers!

Bind
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Bind

I’d say ten. maybe a full play session or two. But yeah, not a long-winded game.

diamond
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diamond

Funny how you claim you’re “jaded” by modern military shooters, yet one of Total Biscuit’s main criticisms of this game was that it felt EXACTLY like a modern military shooter aside from the setting.

This game does not look like it’s respectful about WW1 in any way.

Jim Sterling
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“Funny how you claim you’re “jaded” by modern military shooters, yet one of Total Biscuit’s main criticisms of this game was that it felt EXACTLY like a modern military shooter aside from the setting.”

You do realize John’s opinion is not a fact, right? I take umbrage with you saying I “claim” I’m jaded, as if I’m lying, and follow it up with TB’s criticism is if that’s a factual contradiction.

diamond
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diamond

I know, i’m just saying I find it interesting is all.

I never claimed you were lying or anything like that, don’t know where you got that from.

Lasse Andersen
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Lasse Andersen

To my eyes, the way your constructed your comment says exactly what Jim read from it. If a communication fails, it’s never the recipient’s fault…

Jim Sterling
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Yeah, this isn’t about grammar. Word choices matter if you actually want what you say to be taken as intended.

Your tone and presentation of TB’s opinion as a contradiction implied I was being misleading.

diamond
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diamond

I just think it’s interesting that you both saw the game in such different ways.

Personally I just want DICE to do Bad Company 3 already, i’m tired of them doing the same game again and again.

Nitrium
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Nitrium

He got it from the this: “Funny how you claim you’re “jaded” by modern military shooters”
You say “claim”, as opposed to “think” – the former implies it’s some sort of lie or dishonesty (i.e. that it’s not how he REALLY feels). Words (and the phrasing thereof) matter.

diamond
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diamond

Well that wasn’t my intention.

Nitrium
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Nitrium

Like I said, words matter. Re-read what you’ve written – it can only be be interpreted in the way you wrote it. Why did you use “claim” and not “think” or “feel”?

diamond
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diamond

I dunno, i’m not much of a grammar nazi.

Nitrium
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Nitrium

Nothing to do with grammar. “claim” has a VERY different meaning to “think” or “feel”.

Lasse Andersen
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Lasse Andersen

It’s nothing to do with grammar nazism, just with clear communication. Hopefully, you’ll take this up as food for thought, for the future. 🙂

Aristatide
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Aristatide

Maybe they’re one of those bakers who always appears on CakeWrecks, with “‘Happy’ Birthday” and the like.

Aristatide
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Aristatide

Oh wait, the word they decided to put in quotations was “jaded”, nvm.

SilentPony
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SilentPony

Hey Jim, I’ve always wondered. If TB challenged you to a Smug-Off, how would you bring your A-Game?

Note: Not meant to be insulting. Legit curious how the Jimquisitor character would be maximum smug.

Aristatide
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Aristatide

Look I myself have no interest in living in the Smugpocalypse so let’s not even play with this idea.

kbc71
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kbc71

Honestly, if Jim and TB were to disagree about some issue and have a debate about it, Jim would dance circles around TB. TB would be out of his league. I do like both of them quite a bit, but TB is the only one who has said things that I find “cringeworthy” or just flat out can’t agree with. I am still waiting for Jim to do the same. Meh, I am sure that is relevant to which of them would win a smug-off.

Otherhand
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Otherhand

Would it have to be like that? I think they would have a discussion, and a discussion exists primarily to explore a topic. It doesn’t have to be gladiatorial, with a winner and a humiliated loser. Quite fun and cathartic for a presidential contest, but pointless for a conversation about entertainment products.

kbc71
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kbc71

Of course not. It was most likely always be as you say. My point was *if* for some reason it was adversarial, by design or accident, it would play out as I say, imo…

Aristatide
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Aristatide

But that’s not my point. My point is the excess smug would roll off of them and cascade across the landscape, blighting the fields and forests and throwing us into smug anarchy. With the value of humble pie lower than ever no one would be safe! Chaos, destruction, roaming gangs of opposing forces wielding tabletop minis vs boglins, and only the rich satisfying tones of their British accents to give us any consolation as the end draws nigh.

Let’s not do it.

Bind
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Bind

I keep hearing this echoed back to me from everyone who tells me I shouldn’t like the game. I don’t even follow totalbiscuit.

CaitSeith
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CaitSeith

At least they both agree on the first campaign mission. I see TB and Jim measured the game with different sticks. TB yearns the game to focus on the war as groups of humans; and Jim appreciates the focus on the war as stories from individuals. IMO neither approach is wrong.

diamond
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diamond

I have nothing against the individual approach, but I do have a massive problem with the game expecting to believe that a person can survive having a plane dropped on, that’s more insane and unbelievable then anything COD ever did.

Also the A.I. are amazingly stupid even for a BF campaign, if you steal a tank in the stealth-focused campaign, then the level becomes a fucking joke, with enemies having no clue how to properly react.

Wolfie
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Wolfie

I should beat you across the head, how FUCKING DARE you suggest we can be respectful to two people with two differing opinions about the quality of a video game because of their two different personal metrics!

Fuck you, Cait, for your respectful attitude! Get with the hate-wagon or get burned!

CaitSeith
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CaitSeith

Thank you. I don’t know what just happened. What I meant to write was “screw you! Jim rules, TB drools!” /s

M.
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M.

Why is TotalBiscuit’s prejudged opinion either surprising or relevant? The sky is blue, water is wet, a #GamerGater dislikes a game with diverse protagonists, the Earth keeps turning for another day.

diamond
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diamond

Please don’t bring up that stupid hashtag, TB wants nothing to do with either side of that movement. Also do not suggest that TB hates the game cause it has minorities in it, that is intellectually dishonest and abhorrent to suggest.

M.
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M.

Take it away, TotalBiscuit:

“I’m also not going to claim they [the fifty bazillion death threats] were credible because well, Anita [Sarkeesian] is still breathing.”

Wolfie
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Wolfie
No. He’s not. I know because I fucking listen to the guy, and have throughout that entire shitshow. So let me educate you. When it was still under the illusion of “ethics in journalism,” he was in favor of that. That’s what he was about. When it started revealing that’s NOT what it was about, he distanced himself from it because, oh yeah, turns out their full of shit and give zero fucks about anything actually ethical. Yet, big fucking surprise, he still cares about the ethics stuff, because believe it or not, that exists independently of that filthstain “movement.”… Read more »
Alexander Yordanov
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Alexander Yordanov

Also please, the AGG crowd are monolingual Western Imperialists. Saw the extremely elitist and imperialist demeanor against Slavic games, you people are even more toxic than GG.

Powermad80
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Powermad80

That is exactly what you’re doing. Nothing about him implies he’s on board with that dumb movement. Saying that death threats clearly weren’t credible seeing as none of them were backed up isn’t some proof of any stance, it’s stating facts.

He’s not whatever you want to ignorantly label him as. You can still dislike his work regardless (I personally enjoy his work) but don’t simply stick your fingers in your ears.

diamond
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diamond

That was a long fucking time ago, get over it.

boxfetish
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boxfetish

Is it possible to be critical of Sarkeesian without being a GGer?

Alexander Yordanov
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Alexander Yordanov

Diverse protagonists?
Where are the French, the Russians, the Bulgarians and Romanians?

Russia and France were more important in the war than Murica and arguable even Britain (and the USSR was more important in WW2 as well…). Bulgaria, a Central Powers country with awesome battles is always ignored by Western game developers. In fact… so many missed opportunities with this game…

I may be wrong, but from what I know you can not even play with a German soldier in the campaign…

Powermad80
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Powermad80

Jesus Christ I’m not on that guy’s side but you’re even worse than those people you’re making fun of if you’re actually unironically calling TB a GGer who hates a game because diversity.

BAH!
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BAH!

I think he’s merely pointing out obvious things that should surprise no one, not making actual connections. Though I know TB’s been accused of being a GG-er, which I find pretty funny.

diamond
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diamond

I don’t think this game looks very good at all, I think it looks fucking terrible frankly, have you seen Total Biscuit’s WTF is on the single player of this game? Wow does it fail at being a WW1 story, most notably there is a character who is able to run up a mountain despite wearing heavy steel armor, which makes him nigh invulnerable AND he somehow survives having a fucking plane crash on him, sorry but that’s WAY too much suspension of disbelief for me to possibly take the story in the campaign seriously.

Bind
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Bind

i bet ur a hoot at parties

diamond
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diamond

People don’t have to blindly agree with Jim ya know? To me BF1 just looks like more of the same, at least COD is doing something different, and as such looks WAY better.

Bind
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Bind

I bought the game well before this review. And I enjoy it. Yeah, like with all games you have to suspend your disbelief a bit. It isn’t always accurate. But the old style guns, and plethora of bolt action rifles and emplaced artillery really do have a different feel than the new, and frankly mostly ridiculous weapon choices in modern era shooters.

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

All the big “Hollywood” set-pieces make the game fun to play. If the game was 100% real life accurate it wouldn’t be fun to play. WW1 was as close to hell on earth humanity has ever faced, and the opening tutorial does a great job explaining that.

Playing a game where you spend time hoping the gang green won’t take you or the next artillery barrage misses you would be an awful time.

diamond
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diamond

I don’t expect 100% realism, nobody’s saying that, I just think having somebody survive a plane being dropped on them is FAR too unbelievable for me to possibly take seriously, it’s just sheer lunacy that makes me laugh my ass off in disbelief at how the game expects me to take it seriously.

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000
Why does the game have to be taken seriously for it to be fun? At any given time you can be shot, and after 10 seconds of hiding you’ll be back in tip-top condition. That’s just as insane. Personally, I’m having a great time playing the game. The good time I’m having has piqued my interest to where I’ve started reading up and learning all sorts of things that were just breezed over way back in school. I, like many, play games to escape reality and do the things not normally possible in real life. Having a good times makes… Read more »
diamond
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diamond
The problem is the game looks way too unchallenging to be fun, in previous BF campaigns you couldn’t run around in the open without getting killed, but here it’s a totally viable strategy to just aimlessly run around and shoot things, there needs to be some kind of challenge for the game to be fun, and that does not look like any fun to me at all. Just cause one thinks BF1 does not look fun does not automatically mean they do not know how to escape reality, that’s a false dichotomy, I know how to escape reality, but I… Read more »
Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000
So play on the Hard difficulty or multiplayer, where you can’t just plow through enemies. I don’t see the problem, if it’s a challenge you want. All it sounds like you’ve done is watched someone, who is confirmed to have hate the game before playing. YouTubers, who aren’t going for platinum runs, always play on easier/normal difficulties so they can get more content in their impressions videos. Because #1-videos featuring constant deaths is boring content that’s isn’t interesting in impressions, and #2- they don’t have the time to keep grinding at a single game when they have so many other… Read more »
diamond
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diamond
Haven’t played it myself, but that was one of the Total Biscuit’s complaints-the games complete and utter lack of challenge, it certainly does not look very challenging at all. I’ve played plenty of games on normal difficulty which were reasonably challenging, even on hard mode this game looks like a joke. TB’s gameplay video showed him easily taking on 20 enemies at once without even coming close to dying once, something that you could never do in previous BF campaigns. It’s not a “poor way” to view it at all, I thought the game looked like shit even before TB’s… Read more »
Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000
Sure you could, on easy/normal mode all the past bf campaigns were easy as hell. Especially with BF4 where you could just hide and let your squad attack for you. BFH was cake even on hard with it’s ability to throw an infinite amount of casings and chain arrests. There’s never been a truly challenging Battlefield campaign because their purpose is just to prepare players for the multiplayer modes. Battlefield is primarily a multiplayer series (the first half of the series was mp only). You play through a 5 hour campaign, learn the game mechanics, get used to the engine… Read more »
diamond
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diamond

not really no it does not.

I’ve liked previous BF campaigns, but this one just looks terrible to me.

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

Fair enough, after playing this one, and playing all the others, there’s nothing more ridiculous in this that isn’t in any other campaign.

TB only showed part of a multi-part, multi-soldier /story game. It’s also being told as a story to someone in game, so the parts that irk could very well be exaggerations made out by the narrator that we play through.

Dunno if you’ve ever played “Call of Juarez: Gunslinger” but that’s the vibe that I get.

diamond
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diamond

TB mentioned on the Co Optional podcast how he played through the entire “space marine” campaign and that at no point in the story did it ever hint that it was in any way exaggerated.

Didn’t care much for Gunslinger(i’m one of those crazy people who actually liked “The Cartel” and hoped the series would continue more in that direction)

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

/shrug

I guess we’re getting to a point where we’ll just have to forever agree to disagree. I had a fun ol’ time with that “Space Marine” bit (almost embarrassingly shouting TF2 Heavy lines to no one in particular in the room with me), and “Gunslinger” was the only “Call of Juarez” game I enjoyed lol.

So cheers mate, been a fun, civil, back and forth, but there’s no common ground to be found lol.

Lasse Andersen
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Lasse Andersen

But apparently people do have to blindly agree with mister Bain. 😉
Battlefield 1 to my mind is faithful and authentic not because it’s realistic, or paced like the real battles, but because it places itself in the era, and reflects the Zeitgeist.

diamond
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diamond

Nope, I disagree with TB plenty of the time, he’s not big on the Borderlands games, yet i’m a huge fan of those.

CX316
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CX316
You realise that TB also claimed none of the battles in the game were real (surprising all us Aussies, considering Gallipoli is kinda fucking important), and complained that there wasn’t part of the game with people in overly colourful uniforms marching across a field into a machine gun nest, right? TB had decided he was going to hate BF1 weeks before it even came out, and had been effectively saying so on co-optional. He’d been complaing about the Battlefield franchise for weeks, and complaining about DICE, even though one of the games he was complaining about (Hardline) wasn’t even made… Read more »
diamond
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diamond

No he didn’t fucking say that, that’s a false dichotomy.

He simply didn’t want the game to feel like BF4 in a WW1 setting, and by the looks of the gameplay it failed miserably in that department.

He did not decide to go into the game hating it, he wanted to like it, but he was let down big time.

BF1 didn’t look like it reworked much of anything.

Most of the people that downvoted that trailer for IW were bandwagoning fools, they had no intention of buying that game to begin with.

Fraser Wakefield
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Fraser Wakefield

Dear lord, a franchise sticks to a formula that people like, but present it in a different way? OH NO!

When will people learn a franchise doens’t have to completely reinvent itself to stay fresh. They can use the same formula in multiple different ways for a completely different experience

Bad Company 2, Battlefield 4 and 1 are distinctive from one another it’s insane

Also, they did try something new (Hardline?)

Nothing wrong with sticking with what your fanbase enjoys instead of trying to please everyone and end up pleasing very few and dwindling into obscurity like Halo is right now

diamond
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diamond
It’s not that simple at all, TB is frustrated because he’s seen COD try new things after enough people complained about it being the same every year(though a number of COD haters still perpetuate that myth) and TB is depressed that Battlefield in his eyes has now become what COD used to be. In Hardline they really didn’t try anything new in the multiplayer, it was pretty much Battlefield 4 with smaller maps(the campaign was different, as it was more stealth focused then other BF campaigns) a lot of fans complained that Hardline was way overpriced at 60 dollars and… Read more »
Aristatide
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Aristatide

So… the Jimquisition Bingo Card definitely needs a “Yes But TotalBiscuit Said” square, is the biggest thing I’ve gotten today.

Locuas
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Yes. which is about a father telling his daughter his memories of an event decades ago. I know Totalbiscuit think they guy was being 100% serious. but it WAS a case of unreliable narration.

diamond
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diamond

There was another story that had a unreliable narrator in it(which TB DID mention) but that particular story did not have one, it just ended with the father coming downstairs from the attic, with no hint whatsoever that his story was exaggerated.

Locuas
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Because it is not necessary. It is an emotional story taken from his memories about what he THOUGHT had happened. He THOUGHT he climbed a mountain. He THOUGHT the armor made him invincible. He THOUGHT he conquered the castle by himself.
Also, there is always the possibility we are seeing his daughters imagination of how it has happened

diamond
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diamond

If there was any hint at all towards that I could understand it, but there isn’t, not a single one.

I think that’s giving the game too much credit IMO.

Locuas
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The game has 5 campaigns. Two are narrated, two are not and the last one, being about Lawrence of Arabia, can easily be read as supposed to be one of his books.
The ones that AREN’T narrated are the most historically accurate.
Also, there are signs of unintentional exaggeration of the details. Look at the narration when he removes his armor, it becomes grimmer and the game becomes darker.

qorl123
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qorl123

TB allowed the possibility of it being unreliable narration.

diamond
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diamond

TB mentioned during the podcast that he did finish that particular campaign and said there was no unreliable narration to be found(there was one in a different campaign though)

qorl123
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qorl123

Alright, I only watched the wtf is.

Bind
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Bind

This game is truly special, and I have a feeling we’ll remember it as fondly as some of the older Call of Duty and Battlefield titles. It certainly brought back that impact. That tangible feeling when you fire your weapon and see the impact on an enemy player. It’s visceral, aesthetically fitting, and responsive, and even though I suck, I’ve been playing a lot.

CX316
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CX316

I would be playing it more but I’ve had some issues with it on my computer where it completely freezes up between levels occasionally which got annoying, plus Civ 6 came out and that ate a day of my time >.>

Alayen Eisenfell
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Managing to portray the cruel realities of WW1 and stay fun as a game is incredibly praiseworthy imho.

I got interested in WW2 by playing BF1942 back in the day. I was still pretty young so I most likely didn’t immediately grasp everything I looked up, but it made me interested in history like nothing else could.

diamond
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diamond

Looks way too easy judging by the gameplay i’ve seen in Total Biscuit’s video.

Bind
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Bind

I think that shooters linked with historical events have more impact in general. We as humans have deep , almost tangible ties to our own past. Some of the newer shooters that focus on make believe wars, just lost a level of emotional credibility. The lack of ties to anything real made them lose. their way.
That’s why I respect shooters based on real wars, they have more impact.

diamond
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diamond
I’m more critical of them myself, because I expect them to not screw things up, and unfortunately it looks like EA royally screwed the pooch with this one. I think being based on a real war automatically makes a shooter more “respectable” then one not based on one. I agree with TB on this one, he claimed he got more emotional impact out of Wolfenstein The New Order despite it being a lot more fantastical and unrealistic, and I can’t really argue with him there, that game had great characters that I really cared about, none of the characters in… Read more »
Bind
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Bind

The New Order was indeed epic, and mechanically masterful. One of the best shooters in a decade, no doubt. But the character moments and general dialogue were just trash. Aside from some very very stark imagery involving torture and holocaust level internment camps, the game didn’t have much emotional impact from a HUMAN standpoint.
That’s the thing about real Wars. Battlefield 1 respects the humans that really died during it.
It was a horrific and brutal war, and Battlefield 1 captures that in some truly moving ways.

09philj
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09philj
diamond
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diamond

Well I strongly disagree there, I thought all the characters were really interesting and well done, certainly not at all what I woudl call “trash”

I didn’t feel like BF1 respected the humans that died during it, I felt like it trivialized it a bit too much.

Jpkurihara
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Jpkurihara

Hm, I have a question about the Jimquisition awards.
If a game contains no microtransactions at the time, but it is known that they will be added at a later date, are they still viable for an award?

Nemrex
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Nemrex

He said the same thing with Dues Ex: Mankind Divided when it was released.

As far as my memory serves anyway.

Jpkurihara
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Jpkurihara

So I guess that’s a “no”, then.

Nemrex
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Nemrex

Eeyup.

Jim Sterling
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No game with fee-to-pay elements is eligible. If microtransactions are known to be coming, that game is confirmed as fee-to-pay immediately.

Aristatide
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Aristatide

So wow. You actually would be able to do a “Games I Should Have Had As Serious GOTY Contenders Knifed In The Back By Fee-To-Pay Bullshit” segment at this point, and we’ve still got two months to go.

diamond
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diamond

I’m kinda happy it’s ineligible for an award myself.

Aristatide
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Aristatide

That seems remarkably petty.

diamond
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diamond

Not really no, I was just sick to death of people hyping this game up and claiming how much it better it would be then COD. The fact that EA is being very stingy with handing out review codes for this game makes me even more happy it’s not getting an award.

Andreas Langberg
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Andreas Langberg
Waiwaiwaiwait a second. A game is automatically fee to play if it has microtransactions in it? I never knew all that stood between me and the top teams in cs:go is that 10000 dollar awp skin. Do you just have a automatic hate for any attempt from game developers to procure an extra income that is voluntarily in their games? No, I’m not talking about the obvious cash grabs of games that have micro transactions in their singleplayer games, or those that are literally pay to win. I’m talking about your seeming hate for online games with huge maintenance cost… Read more »
Camfry
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Camfry
I believe Jim’s issue is mostly with the way in which the inclusion of these ‘fee to pay’ elements usually bring with them a crippling of the game’s progression system or similar adjustments to make the paid boxes (or whatever a given game calls them) more appealing. In order to make you want to buy a loot box they have to make it so that the standard drop rates of items (in some cases the only form of progression in a game) is lower than satisfactory. It makes a game less fun. Not trying to shout down your opinion, just… Read more »
GenGaoGaiGar
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GenGaoGaiGar

Your first paragraph’s last sentence is incredibly disingenuous. He has never claimed ‘Fee-to-Pay’ involved pay-to-win elements. Simply that it refers to a premium priced game with Microtransactions in it. Nor has he hated ‘any attempt’ at extra incomes. From what I recall he’s fine with DLC (be they skins or maps) rather than Microtransactions. Especially of the gambling box variety. As they are generally designed to be as unfavorable to the player as possible and strong-arm them into buying.

SilentPony
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SilentPony

Feh! Toy Soldiers is my WW1 game of choice, thank you very much sir!

boxfetish
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boxfetish

‘Valiant Hearts’ was also quite good, although not at all a shooter, of course.

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex
The beta I tried quite sold me on the game alone. Their multiplayers (not battlefront) seem to be the only FPS multiplayer I can get into. Each match is large, ever changing and always something to do for all skill types. Lately I been loving the medic role, and squad dynamics are great for encouraging teamwork and even leadership. The weapon sounds and reloads all are weighty, which is a must for me with FPSs. On the other hand, I tried 2 matches of the Infinite warfare beta and got bored instantly. It was just too quick, light, breezy, small,… Read more »
Jordan
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Jordan

Although I’ve always played through the campaign before even touching the multiplayer, it was the online gameplay that I got hooked to like crack in bad company 2. I’m glad to hear the campaign is so good, but I’m fucking elated to hear that I might get that bfbc2 experience, or something comparable, in the multiplayer… I might actually buy this one.

Pál Mezei
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Pál Mezei

I don’t think so. Bad Company 2 was unique in many ways, single-player and multi-player alike. But Dice didn’t go back there with this one. Sadly. Still, it stands on it’s own, with a more serious tone.

Nitrium
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Nitrium

So this is not the copy pasta of Star Wars Battlefront that it (to the untrained eye) looked like it was heading towards. Who would have thought?

Lasse Andersen
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Lasse Andersen

The only similarities between the two are purely superficial. The graphics engine and ui design are roughly the same, but that’s largely where the similarities end.

goodbyejojo
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goodbyejojo

tally ho, pip pip and bernard’s your uncle!

Lasse Andersen
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Lasse Andersen

…I shout over the mic as i drop another load of bombs on hapless enemy infantry.

boxfetish
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boxfetish

There is no “load” good chap. You have to drop them by hand, over the side of the plane, one by one.

Stephen Mc Devitt
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Stephen Mc Devitt

Well that’s pretty a different-looking shooter is doing well creatively, not just commercially.

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

After playing most of the weekend, this is the most fun I’ve had in a battlefield game since Bad Company 2’s multiplayer.

Scott
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Scott

Completely encapsulated every though I had about it when I played the early enlister version. Kudos.

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