The tenth mainline entry into the Battlefield franchise, Battlefield 1 goes a bit further back than its World War 2 roots. The “1” in the title is to represent the game’s focus on World War 1. It was released for Microsoft Windows PC, Sony PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 2016.
As with its predecessors, Battlefield 1 is a first-person shooter game that emphasizes teamwork as much as knowledge and skill with the characters’ weapons, gadgets, and abilities.
Plot and location
Battlefield 1's single-player campaign spans six different "War Stories" centered on different characters from different aspects of World War I in campaigns such as the Italian Alps and the Arabian Desert, during World War I.
But unlike previous installments, the story has a much larger sandbox, giving players more choice and variety in how they approach different situations.
In Battlefield 1, players can equip various World War I firearms and gadgets, including bolt-action rifles, submachine guns, automatic and semi-automatic rifles, artillery, flamethrowers, and poison gas to combat opponents. The models used in the game mirror their real world counterparts.
Aside from ranged weapons, BF 1 also has melee weapons such as sabres, trench clubs, and shovels into the game. Melee combat itself is modified from the previous versions shown in other Battlefield games.
With the Frostbite 3 engine, more dynamic vehicular combat became possible. BF 1 has light and heavy tanks, armored trucks, cars, torpedo boats, bi- and tri-plane aircraft, an armored train, reconnaissance vehicles, a dreadnought and an M-class zeppelin, and players can even ride horses.
Battlefield 1's multiplayer allows players to choose different classes. BF 1 features four main classes, three spawn-based vehicle classes, and five pick-up based Elite classes. The main classes are designated as Infantry, but are based on the traditional basic classes seen in previous Battlefield games, such as the Assault, Medic, Support, and Scout roles.
The Vehicle-based classes had expertise in different vehicle types, such as the Tanker, Pilot, and the Cavalry. On the other hand, the Elite classes or Kits are more specialized, including the Flame Trooper, Sentry, Tank Hunter, Trench Raider, and Infiltrator Kits.
Visuals and other features
The single player campaign features Codex Entries which require specific actions to be completed in order to get unlocked. Once obtained, Codex Entries can give players insight over the key events in World War I history.
There are also Field Manuals as collectibles and can be found throughout each war story in BF 1. Weapon Crates also make their return, featuring a selection of weaponry and gadgets that can greatly affect gameplay by allowing players to change tactics in order to fulfill their tasks. These Crates can also contain single player exclusive variants of weapons such as suppressed sidearms.
An interesting mechanic for the single player campaign is having replacement characters, particularly in the Prologue. Players can take control of multiple different characters in fulfilling War Stories, but in the Prologue, if the character dies, the player will instead take control of a different character instead of reloading at the last checkpoint. The new character will have a different role and abilities, as well as equipment. This innovation allowed for players to familiarize themselves with different mechanics early on.
Battlefield 1 multiplayer options included new and returning favorites. These include multiplayer match modes such as Frontlines, Operations, War Pigeons, Domination, Conquest, Rush, Air Assault, Supply Drop, and Shock Operations, as well as the traditional Team Deathmatch.
DICE released four downloadable content expansion. These Battlefield 1 expansions are They Shall Not Pass, In the Name of the Tsar, Turning Tides, and Apocalypse. These expansions brought in new maps, factions, vehicles, and gameplay features, including old favorites such as the Conquest Assault game mode.
BF 1 multiplayer has one hundred and twenty Ranks for players toe earn. There are sixty medals in the game (including twelve added in the DLC) in total, each being able to be earned up to one hundred times.
Oct 21, 2016
- CPU: Core i5 6600K / AMD FX-6350
- GPU: DirectX 11.0 Compatible video card with 2 GB VRAM (AMD Radeon HD 7850 / nVidia GeForce GTX 660)
- RAM: 8 GB
- HDD: 50 GB
- CPU: Intel Core i7 4790 / AMD FX 8350 Wraith
- GPU: DirectX 11.0 Compatible video card (AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB / nVidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB)
- RAM: 16 GB
- HDD: 50 GB
- The game’s multiplayer mode supports up to 64 players.
- BF 1 weapons can become visually dirty if the player wades in mud (by taking a prone position). This can be cleaned by water from rain or by being immersed in areas such as rivers and streams.
- Headshots in Battlefield 1 will always have the target’s headwear to fly off, whether it is a helmet or a hat.
- Voice actors in BF 1 were put through their own physical strain when voicing damaged or stressed characters. This was accomplished by having the actors wear weights or playing catch with cinderblocks. This was to properly mimic the voice a person would have under stressful conditions.
- Battlefield 1 came in different promotional editions: Standard, Early Enlister Deluxe, Collectors, Frontline/Supply Pack, Ultimate, and Revolution. Depending on the edition, the pack could include Premium Passes, Dog Tags, and other goodies.
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