A few weeks back, Alex wrote an article looking at the best aspects of the Battlefield 1 BETA. Since he put out that article, I’ve had a chance to really sink my teeth into the game. So here are my five reasons for thinking that Battlefield 1 is one of the best FPS games ever made.
If there’s one thing that I love about Battlefield 1, it’s the brutality. Charging through enemy fire, only to take a mortar blast right by your feet. Been cut down by cavalry. Stabbed through the heart when caught unawares or charged and skewered by a bayonet. The game reeks of blood, gore, and intense violence. If intense violence could reek, I guess.
Playing as a squad in Battlefield 1
Despite that everybody in your team’s probably going to be a Medic, playing in a squad is the way to go. It’s how you create those ‘only in Battlefield’ moments.
Bombing an objective with squad members on both gunning positions, to help protect it from the enemy. Charging a bunker with your squad by your side. Watching your buddies cut apart by machine-gun fire, only to rampage across the battlefield to revive them. Taking down a tank with a flak cannon, seconds before it destroys your teammates. That’s what the Battlefield experience is all about. It’s a game best shared with friends.
Following on from the above, the Medic is probably the best class to play as on Battlefield 1. It definitely seems that way, from the number of players who pick that class at least. As the Medic, you can dish out health like a guardian angel. You can fell enemies with a semi-automatic rifle. But, most importantly, you can roam the battlefield and revive fallen allies.
In your hands is the K/D ratio of every friendly player in the game. You can decide if a player gets the second chance at their life, or if they have to chalk it down as another death on the leader-board. That’s why I love playing the Medic, anyway – you can be everyone’s best friend.
The addition of Operations to Battlefield 1
I only played Operations on the off, mainly to see what it was all about. It’s basically Rush with more structure and a story. But that description does the game mode a disservice. It takes all of the best aspects of Battlefield’s multiplayer and it combines it into one experience. The intense firefights. Holding and capturing objectives. Using vehicles to your advantage. Charging the enemy. Full scale destruction and small scale encounters. All of it in once place, on one map, often at the same time. If you’ve not checked it out yet, do it now!
Battlefield 1’s Destruction
Boom! A mortar goes off right next to you, creating a giant crater in the ground. A tank rolls into the objective, aiming its turret at the sniper hiding in the building next to you. You dive into the hole created by the mortar explosion.
The tank fires a shell into the building which collapses and sends rubble, smoke and mud into the air around you. The sniper’s corpse lands next to you with a thud, as the building tumbles around you. As you stand up to run, the tank spots you and starts lining up the killer shot.
You sprint as fast as you can, hoping to take cover behind the half destroyed windmill behind you. You look up to see an allied bomber rumbling overhead. It drops its payload on the objective. The bombs fall to the ground with a whistle, exploding on impact in a wave of fire, dust and debris.
The windmill falls and your ears ring with the sound of crushing metal and crumbling stone. Your cover’s gone, so you turn to face your fate – resigned to the fact that the tank will finish you off, soon enough.
You pause for a second, unclench your hands from around the controller, open your eyes and peer through the smoke. You’re relieved, you see a tank engulfed in flame. The bomber scored a direct hit. But the driver had got out seconds before and shoots you in the face – the end.
That’s just one of the many ‘only in Battlefield’ moments. The level of destruction and carnage is unparalleled, and it’s what makes the game near perfect – even more so than Battlefield 3 and 4.
Those are my five reasons for loving Battlefield 1. But how about you? Do you love it or hate it? Let me know in the comments below!