Over the years, the first-person shooter genre has continuously progressed from the iconic World War II setting. Going from modern warfare all the way to futuristic warfare, we’ve gone just about as far as we can into the future. Battlefield 1 broke the mold by going in reverse, focusing on creating an experience that revolved around the events of the first World War. Encompassing the birth of aerial combat, the dangers of the deadly mustard gas, and including the iconic Lawrence of Arabia Battlefield 1 hit all the right marks.
Battlefield 1 not only breaks the trend of modern/ futuristic that controls the fps genre, it breaks the series lack of content to their single-player campaign. Following the events of six characters on very different spectrums of the war, Battlefield 1 successfully creates one of the most well put together campaigns I’ve seen compared to similar fps titles. Unlike prior Battlefield campaigns, there are six independent stories following different aspects of the ware. Consisting of those on the front line, a fighter pilot, a tank driver, a message runner, an Italian shock trooper, and a Bedouin resistance fighter there is more than enough individuality to make each campaign memorable.
Each campaign contains their own stories lasting around two to five missions, which may sound short though the game proves otherwise. All six of the campaigns not only provide hours of game time, the stories feel fully flushed out. Within the smaller campaigns the characters are well developed, the plots are fully played out without feeling rushed, and the gameplay doesn’t restrict the player to a linear path. Upon searching the area, players will find various weapons to suite your playstyle. Personally, I prefer to play a stealthy approach, which upon search the enemy camps I could find silenced weapons that would complement my approach. Playing the level a second time, I searched different areas of the map finding heavy rifles that offered the option of a head on onslaught; and yes, numerous building can be leveled!
Multiplayer in Battlefield stays true to what fans expect from the series. Offering massive maps, countless vehicles, and of course 64 player Battlefield goodness. While some of the classes have changed with the Assault medic from Battlefield 4 being split. After playing a few games, it’s easy to adapt to the new class layout. While the sniper rifle still seems to be overpowered in the multiplayer, it seems bearable.
While personally I believed that Battlefield’s move towards a World War I was one that sounded horrible, the final product proved me wrong. Providing quite possibly one of the most well put together single-player campaigns shows that Dice is listening to the fans requests. Adding in a gorgeous presentation, and various ways to play, and Battlefield 1 becomes a must play.