Battlefield 1 Beta Impressions

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FYIG had the chance to play the Beta for Battlefield 1 for a little while this week and we thought we’d share a few observations.

Battlefield 1 is EA’s flagship shooter. It’s been a few years now since we’ve seen an entry in the main series with 2013’s Battlefield 4. Battlefield: Hardline bridged the gap, but that game was a very different take on the series. Oddly enough, you could say the same thing about Battlefield 1.

Battlefield 1 takes place during the World War 1. Being based off the first World War seemed to be enough for fans as the Battlefield 1 Reveal trailer was the most liked trailer on YouTube with over 2 million likes. I was slightly skeptical that a game based on that time period might not be properly re-created in an immersive way, but the development team did a great job. Battlefield 1 really makes it feel like you’re on the front lines as terrifying as that is. The visuals are stunning and everything looks very realistic.

The scope of Battlefield 1 is incredible. You step out onto the map for the first time and look around at a living, breathing war. It’s almost tough to wrap your head around what you’re supposed to be doing when you have planes flying above your head and horses riding by. The levels I played were so big that it was almost impossible to walk without being sniped or taking 5 minutes to get to your destination. Not only is there a lot contained in the level itself, but there are a lot of hiding spots and vantage points, so every movement is risky. It’s this tactical approach to battle that makes Battlefield 1 stand on its own in terms of gameplay.

If you’re more of a run and gun player, there are more than enough different vehicles to get you between points quickly in addition to the previously mentioned planes and horses. The thing that jumped out at me is that the vehicles didn’t seem as over-powered as they usually do in games of this genre. Grenades and launchers do a good job of fighting back against pretty much any type of vehicle. The peculiar thing is that players riding horses seem to take a lot of bullets before dying which seems a tad bit ridiculous. It’s a vulnerable position that doesn’t end up feeling so vulnerable.

Battlefield 1 features a range of weapons like you’d expect from a World War setting. There are the regular 4 main classes that differ a little but, are basically what you’ve come to expect from the series. Assault, Scout, Support, and Medic are the 4 main classes from the beta. There are more classes in the main game and not all weapons were unlocked in the beta, but there was a good variety of automatics, semi-automatics, SMGs, Snipers, etc. I even saw someone running around with a flame-thrower which engulfed my screen when he decided to come after me. One of my favourite weapons was the gas grenade, it helped me out of a lot of bad situations and actually worked very well against enemies.I felt like the shooting mechanics attempted to be more realistic than most shooters out there. There is a little bit of sway when you try and aim at someone instead of just having an easy shot. Battlefield 1 definitely tries to mimic the feel of being out there in the thick of things and it does that very well. There wasn’t much to say negatively about this beta, I had a great time with it and I feel the hype is warranted.

Battlefield 1 definitely tries to mimic the feel of being out there in the thick of things and it does that very well. There wasn’t much to say negatively about this beta, I had a great time with it and I feel the hype is warranted. This is one of the better military shooters that I’ve played and I’m curious to see if all these positives translate well to the main game. If EA can avoid server issues and keep the game balanced, I think they’re going to have a big hit on their hands.

Battlefield 1 is scheduled to be released on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One worldwide on October 21, 2016.

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