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

Assassin-chan
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Assassin-chan

This game is too unbalanced, besides, being a medic and going into the field trying to revive people while no one supports you is shitty. Likewise, spawn spots are horrible, I’ve spawned numerous times in front of enemies and died 1 second later. I’m thinking of returning this game.

Scott Tait
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Scott Tait

England and germany???? You’ll find it was BRITAIN & GERMANY ,and each og thier allies , no russia , france ect this will probably be in overpriced exlansions , just like in
Ww2 the americans where late to this one aswell, so dont know why they should be so prominent

Dany Rivest Gaudreault
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Dany Rivest Gaudreault

We were busy with the Japanese

Ron Baron
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Ron Baron

There’s only one mission in the game where you play as an American and it’s in the British Campaign anyway. Also, the United States was a major part of WW2. Are you forgetting the Pacific Theatre? Even besides that, we lost a lot of people in Europe and Africa as well.

Jaujon
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Jaujon

It is not Britain & Germany, it’s Triple Entente & Triple Alliance. The world does not revolve around english-speaking twats.

nicethugbert
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nicethugbert

I’ll wait for the bargain bin to claim it, then, if EA hasn’t turned into a microtransaction scam, I might get it.

IronSalamander8
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IronSalamander8

Black Adder goes forth is indeed excellent Jim!
I haven’t bought this yet but between you and Angry Joe enjoying it I think I might now. Odd that France and Russia weren’t baseline nations although glad to see Austria-Hungary is.

Eric Schneider
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Eric Schneider

Great review as usual Jim I really agree with you on the campaigns that each could be longer and in my opinion I would totally pay for DLC that extended each of their stories.

A Vicious Hunter
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A Vicious Hunter

I agree with Jim on this one, this game is pretty damn sweet.
My favorite campaigns were the plane campaign with Blackburn, which was a load of fun with an interesting ending, and Harlem Hellfighters, with it’s cruel and heartbreaking depiction of Hell.

Thirdsyphon
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Thirdsyphon

The Harlem Hellfighters introduction was spectacular. Basically, you get to spend 5 minutes playing the game as a series of disposable NPCs. As the designers probably intended, the experience of playing through the prologue without “plot armor” kept coming to mind in the campaign. Mowing down waves of hapless Germans to complete the mission goals has a slightly different feel once you’ve tasted the short, bitter life of an NPC.

Ethan Stapley
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Ethan Stapley

9 is too much really. 7.5 to 8 is more realistic from the criticisms and appraisals you mentioned here Jim; although that’s just my opinion.

Sad to here EA are too scared to give early copies to a fair reviewer as well. Gutless.

marvelator
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marvelator

As someone who isn’t interested in mutliplayer and is only interested in single-player, can someone tell me how long the campaign(s) for this game are? Might buy it if it levels out to something substantial, but if they only equate to a few hours I likely won’t pick it up. Please help?

Manen
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Manen

5 hours according to AngryJoe.

Scott Tait
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Scott Tait

Far too short in my opinion , even taking your time , i managed to complete the lot in around 4 & a half hours

Thirdsyphon
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Thirdsyphon

The single player campaign is short, but astonishingly good. I’d say it’s closer to 6 hours than 5, but that’s not the yardstick to measure it by. I’ve played games that took whole days to complete and come away with fewer memorable experiences than this title creates in its prologue.

If you like storytelling and artistry in gaming, this isn’t one to miss.

Olyphantastic
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Olyphantastic

Jim Sterling and TotalBiscuit should have show together like Ebert and Siskel (offical I guess it was called Siskel and Ebert at the movies) where they discussed video game. The discussion of the Battlefield 1 campaing would be classic. It would be like watching Ebert and Siskel.

George
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George

Sterling Biscuits!!!

ChocoROID
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ChocoROID

If EA are brave enough to go back to WW1. Then perhaps they will be brave enough to give me back a classic CnC tiberium game!
Previous previous tiberium. yeees.

Daracus
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Daracus

As much as I want it. I don’t see it happening anytime soon (I hope I’m very wrong). EA wants to make sure their products can be placed in as many platforms as possible so they can generate as much revenue as possible. The RTS genre has always had difficulty in the console market, mainly because the controls don’t translate as well. I’m not saying it’s impossible, just improbable.

Thirdsyphon
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Thirdsyphon

It’s a pity. One of my favorite memories from all my years spent gaming was the fate of that guy who starts setting up the “mission briefing” for a direct assault on the Pentagon. It’s been a long time since a game shocked me and made me laugh in the same moment. We could use more storytelling like that.

Daracus
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Daracus

*re-installs all of the command and conquer games*

Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum
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Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum

Only hipsters and COD dummies could dislike such a well made game.
So many more facets to multiplayer matches, has a quality campaign, audio/video are fantastic. People just love to hate I think…

Justin Graham
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Justin Graham

Or, you know, people that just don’t like FPS titles in general might not like Battlefield 1, either.

There are a lot of valid reasons why someone could dislike a game you personally enjoy. That doesn’t make them hipsters or dummies.

Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum
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Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum

Oh I’m sooooo sorry, that must have seemed discriminatory against people who don’t like FPSs… There you go, I edited it for you, oh great arbiter of the comment section.

Justin Graham
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Justin Graham

Your edit…really isn’t that much of an improvement, really.

Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum
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Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum

Well it sure works as an answer to your criticism….
I can’t help but notice you never post your own opinion, literally every comment you leave is a critical reply to someone else’s opinion. It makes you seem kind of sad in a way, like you have no original thoughts beyond criticizing others thoughts…. Whats the deal, addicted to all those up-votes you get from doing so?

MrDoctorMan
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MrDoctorMan

You have issues….

Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum
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Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum

Ooooohhh noooo, some douche I don’t know thinks I have issues, whatever will I do?

ChocoROID
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ChocoROID

Where you born in a salt mine? :’)

Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum
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Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum

Is that a common colloquialism where you’re from? And where even are salt mines?

firmicute
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firmicute

well, near you it seems

Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum
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Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum

What is that supposed to imply, that I have a high level of sodium or something? Doesn’t seem like an insult…

Imp Emissary
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Imp Emissary

The largest salt mine is in Goderich, Ontario, Canada.
There are also mines in the U.S., Poland, and many other areas.

Also, to say someone is “salty” is to say they are angry/bitter/upset/annoyed/embarrassed/ect.

Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum
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Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum

I stick to the dictionary. Have fun with your slang, sounds dumb now and will sound even dumber in a few years just like all slang…

Imp Emissary
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Imp Emissary

MY slang? I didn’t make it up. xD

Also, the dictionary isn’t a sanctuary from the dumb will of the public. Just look up literally’s new second meaning. ;p

Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum
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Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum

You take part in it therefore it is yours, that’s how English works imbecile. What are you a 13 year old girl, why don’t you use a few more emoji faces?

Imp Emissary
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Imp Emissary

Well, aren’t you a pleasant person. How many metal rods did you have to stick up your ass to get that way?

Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum
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Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum

I wouldn’t know anything about that gay stuff, man. Why ask me when that’s obviously your forte?

Imp Emissary
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Imp Emissary

<.< Well, as a gay 13&1/2 year old gal, I'd have to guess it would take at least 69 rods to become this level of unfun. I guess it right, oh wise stick in the mud? xD

Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum
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Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum

You are so brave to be so honest…
Idk if that sounds right to you then I’ll go with 69, you’re the one with experience after all. Not sure why I’d ever need this knowledge but thanks anyways

Imp Emissary
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Imp Emissary

Well you’re welcome. Good to know you can be polite when someone answers a question for you.
Guess you managed to pinch out at least 5 rods. Just 64 more and you might actually be alright.
=w= b Best of luck.

Camfry
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Camfry

People just love to hate I think…

Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum
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Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum

I just want to state my opinion without tools like you bandwagoning on the disparage-train. F*** off already

Justin Graham
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Justin Graham

You must not look very hard, then. I’ve posted plenty of my own opinions. But that has little to do with your rather poor attempt at a simplistic insult toward anyone that doesn’t like Battlefield 1.

Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum
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Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum
Maybe don’t get insulted so easily? It’s my honest opinion that if you play FPSs and can’t appreciate this game then you either have bad taste or are a game hipster who hates everything popular. Deal with it. I’m not out to insult anyone in specific, I didn’t even know you existed. If me stating that is insulting to you then you need to put on your big boy pants, life is going to be hard for you emotional wuss. And I’m not going to pan through pages and pages of your comments you self-righteous boob. I scrolled through quickly,… Read more »
Justin Graham
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Justin Graham

I’m not insulted. Your opinion, as stated, is just painting thoughtlessly broad strokes indicating anyone that disagrees with you is a moron.

Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum
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Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum

Is the quality assessment of my opinion over yet? Feel free to move on to criticizing the next person any time now, I’m sure your desperate ego is hungry for upvotes and you’re not garnering many here with me

Justin Graham
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Justin Graham

Sounds like you’re projecting.

Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum
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Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum

Ahh the classic Google psychologist brush off, why am I not surprised…
You know yourself better than anyone, if you look at your comment history and don’t see what I’m saying then your denial is quite deep rooted. You can have the last word now if you like, I won’t read it or reply but I know how import that is to people like you.

Justin Graham
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Justin Graham

I don’t usually accuse people of projecting, honestly.

It’s just that it’s really blatant in your case.

Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum
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Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum
Normally I wouldn’t reply, I did say I wouldn’t at this point after all, but you’re just too high on yourself to let it go… Accusing someone of projecting is just an adult version of “no I’m not, you are”. If what I said wasn’t accurate then why didn’t you dispute it instead of lazily accusing me of projecting? I’d like to say that I understand where you were coming from with your original comment, over generalization usually irks me too, but people are entitled to an opinion. Yes, you’re entitled to disagree with people of course, but you are… Read more »
Justin Graham
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Justin Graham

The only reason I wrote my previous reply was because I knew that, despite your words, you’d respond to it.

thatguy
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thatguy

Wow! Epic thread here. Wish I would have seen this when it was actually going on. Totally agree with your original comment. Nice defense of your comments as well. Poor buttercup just needed to lighten up instead of getting his panties in a wad over nothing. Love the user name, too. bahahahahahahahahaha

Alax Beck
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Alax Beck

The game has facets, and so do the people who you speak of in such a derogatory manner

Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum
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Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum

Oh no, did I offend your delicate sensibilities? Go to your safe space little special snowflake…

BOI
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BOI

i blooming love the game but u cant deny the campaign is lacking

Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum
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Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum

Well I really didn’t feel that, I felt it was top notch but maybe a little short, which in a way is good because I never once felt part of it was too long. Most other campaigns reach a point where you just want it to end, didn’t get that with BF1, actually left me wanting more and looking forward to their next project. I’m curious, what makes you say it’s lacking?

Scott Tait
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Scott Tait

Far far too short for the price of the game

ZeGuy
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ZeGuy

k.

Nuserame
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Nuserame

So, supposedly there is not a single campaign character from the Central Powers side? And what happened to the east front?

Are they still stuck in their American good-guy-bad-guy mentality after a hundred years? There was no good side, or completely bad side in that war. Or any war.

I get that they have limited resources and all, but spreading the campaigns out a bit more might show people that the only ‘bad guys’ are the guys your told to shoot at regardless of what side your one.

Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum
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Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum

You’ve only gotten one battleback? Lol
I’ve gotten at least 10…

Za_Docta
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Za_Docta
“But it’s not realistic enough!” Let’s take all these complaints on board and make a shooter with absolute 100% realism for the people who shriek those complaints. Let’s make a multiplayer shooter where you have to do push-ups for six months before you’re allowed into a public match, then once you’re in that match, you can take one or two bullets before your skeleton shatters (can’t have regenerating health, you silly billy), and you have to be laid up in hospital and rehab for a year or so before being allowed back in the match. Then, three years after the… Read more »
Nuserame
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Nuserame

Of course, most the game would consist of sitting in your trench doing chores and keeping watch, and 3 out of 4 of your deaths will be getting blown up by artillery.

Jokes aside, I think the issue a lot of people have is not so much the realism but that the game is just any old Battlefield with a WW1 reskin. I personally expected a bit more emphasis on bolt-action weapons, melee combat and defensive tactics and artillery, rather than just the run-and-spray tactics of your typical BF game.

Austin_sj
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Austin_sj

I wonder if when a soldier gets wounded do other soldiers tell him he needs to “git gud”

Wayne You Nerd
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Wayne You Nerd

The problem is, people mistake the grimdark, angsty, dark setting of WWI for realism rather than what you have detailed. People who ask for ‘realism’ in anything actually want to see sad, moping brooding heroes, bloody gory violence and the assurance that life sucks rather than face the truth that life is just as fucking boring as sitting in the trench with a mix of terror, apathy and acceptance.

Juan Carlos González
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Juan Carlos González
People who complain about lack of realism and are also not made of straw are actually complaining that Battlefield 1 feels more like Battlefield 4 with a WW1 coat of paint rather than an actual WW1 game. Taking into account that WW1 spanned three continents and saw greater amounts of change and innovation than any other armed conflict before or since, DICE could have made something truly original and unique. Instead they made just another modern military shooter. An excellent modern military shooter, mind you, but that’s not what many people, myself included, were expecting from a game set in… Read more »
Even Luck
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Even Luck

Is this gonna be the new CODMW3? Liked by some hated by others, but the latter counteracts the former and all hell breaks loose?

Whatever the case, it looks interesting to say the least.

Philipp Phelps
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Philipp Phelps
Did I get this right? The mission where you play as a black soldier shows how insignificant a single soldier in the war is, while the the (presumably) white characters are actually characters with stories and you are supposed to care about them? This sounds … interesting. Please note: I did not play the game (though I’m interested to do so) and did not read any other reviews and the only video I watched was Jim’s, so I may be completely off with what I wrote. It would be nice if someone could say whether this is true or not,… Read more »
Glockachu
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Glockachu

I was disappointed that they put a black story in it at all. black fighters were less than 1 percent of American fighters. to have a black man on the cover makes this more about race than it should be and your comment is along this trend. this isn’t about race… its about ww1 and history shows that it was fought by white men with 1 black platoon…

EvolutionKills
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EvolutionKills
The game is also filled with prototype weapons, many of which were never deployed in actual combat, so that 95% of the combatants aren’t running around with near identical bolt action rifles. In the campaign it also gives you a suit consisting of steel plates that turns you into Iron Man, being nearly impervious to enemy fire, when it would have slowed you down considerably and been effective against small arms only (or else, why not give everyone steel plate armor?). It’s not about history, it’s about marketing. They’ve made concessions to make the game more fun and sell better,… Read more »
qorl123
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qorl123

It was also mostly not fought by americans. And was also fought by central powers, of whom none get a story.

Benj
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Benj
World war 1 was a global conflict (that’s what the world bit means) with lots of very diverse and different stories. It’s completely arbitrary to say that one particular story is less worthy of being told purely because it’s about a minority group. There are certainly complaints to be made about this game re. historical accuracy and authenticity but “there should be no black people because there weren’t that many black people fighting” is a really shit one. If you want war stories to be representative of statistical demographics (and why the hell would you expect that?) then white American… Read more »
Clark Kent
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Clark Kent

You know, WW1 was also fought by France and England. And do you know who loved to colonize most of Africa? France and England, you guessed it right! (with most of the other European countries, of course, but mostly them)

And what do you think they did with the huge population of these colonies when war broke out? I’ll let you guess, but let’s just say there was more than a single battalion of black soldiers.

ZeGuy
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ZeGuy

The Great War wasn’t only about America, y’know. A lot of Africans from the colonies fought for the British Empire and France.

Jack Baker
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Jack Baker

Well I mean the main character of the desert one is from a bedouan tribe, also a lot of the characters you play in the opening aren’t harlem hellfighters, they’re just american or british troops, like the tank crew who get blown up

Nism
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Nism
I love all of the teenagers pretending they are WW1 historians all of a sudden. It doesn’t take a smart person to see how this game isn’t historically accurate. Battlefield has always valued authenticity over realism, and BF1 presents the setting in an OTT way that nobody in their right mind would think is accurate. The game presents the loss of life in the war, the senseless bloodshed and the lasting impact as best as a video game can, but at no point was this advertised as a documentary on the first world war, it was sold as an action… Read more »
Jack Baker
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Jack Baker

If people want a historically accurate WW1 game, play verdun, it’s a milsim which is ‘fun’ but also really captures the misery and repetitiveness of WW1, with mostly bolt action rifles. BF1 isn’t supposed to be realistic, it never was supposed to be, just like all of the WW2 games ever made.

Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum
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Gui-Hu Fookd Yoormum

Seriously! If it were accurate to the tee we’d spend the whole match hiding in bunkers trying not to choke on gas, that’s how the war was after all. I read an account written by a soldier years ago and he wrote that they’d been fighting for multiple months just to take the next line of bunkers, less than a mile away…

Juan Carlos González
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Juan Carlos González

I remember the addon “Battlefield: Secret Weapons of WW2”. It was a nifty little addon for Battlefield 1942 that added all the silly weapons and prototypes that never went past the “doodle on a napkin” phase or that would be adopted long after the war had ended.

Battlefield 1is pretty much in the earlier war, but it’s the entire game instead of an added diversion.

mariovsgoku
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mariovsgoku

Seems that Jim has a weakness for multiplayer shooters. Not that I’m faulting him, I have a weakness for fudge, so faulting Jim would make me a hypocrite.

Wayne You Nerd
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Wayne You Nerd

Other than Valkyria Chronicles, I’m serious looking forward to JRPGs inspired by WWI. Oh, RTSs too. There haven’t been many RTSs based WWI saved for a few turn-based strategies like Ace Patrol.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

I dunno, “Operation: Darkness” is a master-class in WW2 strategy games.

I thought about just saying that and nothing else, but to really cement home what i mean, I’ll just add: “You’re a wizard, Adolf!”

ChocoROID
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ChocoROID

I’d like to see a reboot of the Command & Conquer Tiberium series starting in world war one. Before the war ends, all the precious tiberium falls to earth resulting in a change in the way the war is fought, and a much longer war. Then of course the Scrin come along a little later.

is it a good idea? Probably not. But I’ll take any excuse to bring that series back into it’s prime!

Wookie Groomer
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Wookie Groomer

I enjoyed the War Story’s so much I’m incredibly annoyed they were so short and so few. I hate to say it but if they released more War Story’s as DLC I would buy them. I despise multiplayer, could never stomach the ADHD crowd so the few short hours I had with the War Story’s is it for me. Also, the 4K/60 on PC was epic. Many of the environments were recycled from Battlefront so playing through campaign missions made me even more disappointed with Battlefront.

Jack Baker
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Jack Baker

Hey, I have ADHD and most of the puberty ridden twats on battlefield are far worse than most other people with ADHD whom I know

zeeby
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zeeby

I never played a BF (or a COD believe it or not).. not a fan of the contemporary conflict settings personally. Got this and absolutely love it. The intro of the campaign is spectacular, you really feel like you’re in a conflict, the confusion and desperation.. just great. I think the MP is going to have long legs too. Very pleased.

Gixxer
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Gixxer

I will just say stuff like “I have a cunning plan” or “Wobble” out loud on my Xbox to see if people get the reference. Thanks for the reminder Jim!

Benj
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Benj

ahem, I think you’ll find it’s “Wibble”.

Fuckin’ noob!

StarTsurugi
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StarTsurugi
It’s really surprising how much the setting brings into this. I don’t think I’ve ever thought so much about a historic period and event in game before. Unlike most modern-military FPSs with a “Fuck Yeah! Let’s kill the enemy!” vibes and flashing HUDs, this seems minimalistic and reverent…and brutal. It manages to not glorify the violence, but at the same time really show the sheer magnitude and scale of the slaughter the Great War was. Although, a bit disappointed that there wasn’t a campaign for Germany. I know they are the “bad guys”, but the common soldiers in the trenches… Read more »
Aristatide
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Aristatide

Your Big Budget review comment sections remain, as ever, a fascinating train wreck, Jim.

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