The Battlefield series has returned and is putting a twist on modern first-person shooter games by bringing us back to World War I. Since the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in 2007, we’ve seen Call of Duty Modern Warfare II and III, Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, Call of Duty Black Ops I, II, and III, and the rise of the Battlefield series. All of these games centered on modern day warfare and futuristic settings with almost cyborg like abilities; running on walls, jumping over buildings, and having special weapons and gadgets capable of doing things not possible in real life.
Battlefield 1 has moved away from the recent fad of these games, including what has made them popular over the last four or five years. Developed by EA DICE, a Swedish based company that has also developed every other game of the Battlefield series as well as the popular Star Wars Battlefront series, Battlefield 1 brings you back to the cruel, harsh environment of World War I through a unique campaign and their exhilarating multiplayer experience.
Let’s start with the campaign. Having faced some backlash for their campaigns in previous games, they moved away to something different which was a very nice change. Battlefield 1 takes the player on six different journeys with different characters, with each having their own story and experiences, instead of having just one time, place, and character. You get to feel the full effect of World War I, from the trenches of the Western Front to the open desserts of Africa. As a player, you get everything you expect in a Battlefield campaign, from a variety of vehicular warfare with tanks, boats, and planes to an interesting plot that takes you across the world during the first Great War. The campaign attempts to focus on the human stories of these characters and wants to humanize these characters rather than you playing with a generic super soldier that saves the world from nuclear war that we are used to seeing.
Now, if you’re like me, you enjoy the campaign but naturally are here to see what the multiplayer aspect of the game is like. Battlefield has been known for their large scale, extensive maps that are absolutely insane and chaotic. That aspect is still the same in this one, but there is a certain “new” feeling to this year’s multiplayer setting. I especially love the multiplayer aspect of this year’s game because of the variety of weapons and gadgets that are historically accurate to World War I. The medic class has a syringe to heal people, most rifles have bayonets attached to them, if gas is thrown you need to put on your gas mask, and if you look overhead you’ll see biplanes battling out in heated dog fights. It really adds to the experience of World War I. There is also a very wide range of weapons that are relatively balanced, from shotguns to light machine guns; there is a weapon for everyone’s needs and you will see that certain maps are better for certain weapons.
Aside from the weapons and gadgets, the maps themselves are quite interesting. Based off real battles from the war, there are maps that cover a wide range of climates and environments. The cramped city streets of Amiens, France and brutal close-quarter combat in the thick brush of the Argonne Forrest, to the open desert battles of Suez and Fao Fortress. I really enjoy the variety of maps differing strategies you need to use for each specific map. It isn’t some futuristic world, it brings you back to the raw, intense battles of the early 20th century.
“I really enjoy how Battlefield brought me back to World War I. When I play I feel like I am reliving history and experiencing first hand some of the types of warfare these men went through,” said Payton Clawson, a junior at the University of the Cumberlands.
If you are looking for a new, unique first person shooter game, Battlefield 1 might be your cup of tea. It offers a wide range of gameplay, from their multi-story campaign to their vast, chaotic multiplayer mode. There are plenty of customizable weapons, gadgets, and vehicles to suite your needs and for you to use your creativity on the battlefield. The high intensity feeling of warfare keeps the game fast-paced, engaging, and coming back for more.