There are certainly very few game production companies who deliver more complete and compelling titles than Electronic Arts, and their Battlefield series has been at the top of FPS genre for some years. Released in October 2016, Battlefield 1 is the latest addition to the Battlefield family, introducing fun new mechanics, a new game mode and a ton of weapons and vehicles that give the player and unparalleled World War One experience. The game was released for PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4 and rests on the powerful frostbite gameplay engine.
As always, Battlefield 1 comes with both a single player and a multiplayer mode with the latter being the main focus of the game and the single player campaign serving more as a way for players to get introduced to the game and have a bit of fun with it before jumping into the real action.
The game’s exciting multiplayer gameplay modes, a realistic portrayal of WW1 combat and weaponry and the chaotic experience of battlefield make Battlefield 1 a kind of FPS you have been dreaming off. Coupled with the state of the art graphics, cut scenes resembling an exciting Hollywood action movie and perfect sound effects and we are easily looking at a game to set the new standard for first person shooters.
Battlefield 1 Single Player Campaign
The single player campaigns have not been a strong suite of the Battlefield series historically and Battlefield 1 did not make any tremendous improvements on that. The story of the campaign is very compelling, following a number of very intimate personal stories easily relatable to by any player.
The main problem of Battlefield 1’s single player mode is the fact it is short, but the campaign does do an excellent job of putting the technology and other elements of the WW1 era in the right perspective, making the player feel more like a part of the actual WW1 storyline than ever before.
Despite not being among the best single player campaigns in the genre, the wonderful graphics, exciting gameplay engine and the entertaining story of the campaign do make this the best Battlefield single player mode created to date.
Battlefield 1 Multiplayer
Multiplayer is what Battlefield 1 was actually made for and anyone who has ever played it will tell you this. Unlike many other first person shooters that pit small teams against each other, Battlefield 1 allows for up to 64 players to enter a single online game. This makes for two teams of 32, which makes the gameplay hectic and survival difficult.
Of course, the gameplay in Battlefield is not limited to just one gameplay mode. The main multiplayer mode that most players will want to jump into is the Conquest mode which we have learned to appreciate in the past iterations of the game and which is a very open combat of the two teams down to the last man standing.
Battlefield 1 introduces another interesting gameplay mode called Operations. Operations is an interesting blend of the Conquest and Rush gameplay modes which feels much more like one long campaign spanning across multiple maps than an isolated combat that Conquest is.
Most players still opt to jump into the huge open ended Conquest combats with the game allowing them to take the roles of Assault, Medic, Support and Scout or operate one of the many vehicles the game has to offer.
From assault rifles and guns to tanks and airplanes in the game, all equipment and technology you will see is as authentic as humanly possible, impressing even the WW1 experts with the level of detail. Every little thing was thought through in order to make Battlefield 1 an astoundingly realistic simulation of WW1.
Battlefield 1 Gameplay Mechanics
Battlefield 1 is a first person shooter, but unlike many other games where players normally operate a soldier with guns and grenades only, Battlefield series lets the player take on quite a few different roles. The emphasis of Battlefield 1 is on teamwork which is necessary when trying to eliminate armored vehicles and other considerable threats that can be found in battle.
Players can take control of a whole plethora of WW1 mechanized vehicles such as tanks, planes and zeppelins, while at the same time the more standardized combat using assault rifles, guns and close combat weapons is also present in the game.
The maps in Battlefield 1 are not static but rather change under the influence of combat, allowing the players to shape the battlefield with every bullet fired or grenade thrown. Heavy weaponry such as tanks can change the map in extreme fashion, making every single multiplayer match different despite taking place on the same map.
Battlefield 1 is not your classic FPS where all you do is shoot your gun trying to hit everything the moves. Instead, it makes team play imperative and the game is often more of a strategy than a first person shooter. This is of course the exact thing that makes it so popular in the eSports circles.
Those who prefer to play alone and not get too involved with the online side of things can enjoy a reasonably well made but fairly short single player campaign, while the online multiplayer arena offers countless hours of entertaining and exciting gameplay with a long learning process and plenty of chances to improve and become a true master of the game.
The mastering part is exactly what makes Battlefield 1 so interesting, as it is not a game that anyone can master in a day or two. Instead, it can take months of competitive gameplay and disappointment before a player is truly ready to compete online and this is exactly what makes it such a fascinating and complex game and one of the finest FPS games currently available.