No mincing of words needed, the Battlefield 1 beta is absolutely incredible. Whilst we’ve only been given one map (Sinai Desert) and two game modes (Conquest and Rush), I can already see the potential of this game.
After an hour playing, thanks to my early access beta code (check your inbox), I’m already in love with it. The map is vast, the vehicles are awesome, the weapons are… well… I’ll talk about the weapons in a second, and the game is visually stunning. Overall, it’s looking like Battlefield 1 is hopefully going to live up to every ounce of hype.
So the weapons, am I right? Let’s face it, Battlefield 1 is set during the climax of the weaponry revolution brought forward by the First World War. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be running around the map with AKs, AUGs, and SCARS. In fact, you won’t even be running around with Thompsons or MP40s. This is WWI. So you’ll be using bolt-action rifles, pistols, shotguns, melee-weapons and some rudimentary machine-guns; like the Lewis Gun.
Some of the weapons are tough to get used to, particularly the basic bolt-action rifles without the scope. I do like the scoped rifles, though, and I kind of feel like they’re easier to use; though that’s mostly because I’ve been spoiled with scopes in Battlefield 4. The shotguns are also pretty fun to use, and there’s variations which give you better hip-fire, or better accuracy (with increase / decrease damage and rage). At the moment, I’m leaning towards sniping rather than using a machine-gun… but things might change once I’ve played for a little longer.
Whilst I’ve not spent a huge amount of time in the vehicles so far, I have managed to fly a plane and ride a horse. The horses look incredible, and there’s something exhilarating about riding into battle on horseback (even if they’re rather ‘fragile’, as you’d expect from a living creature). You can also carpet bomb (ish) from the planes, which is an awesome feature. I assume that this aims to appeal to those who loved flying helicopters and barraging infantry from the air – as it took a skilled pilot on the Battlefield series to take out infantry from a jet.
So I’ve only played the game for an hour, but I’m pretty much in love. With Star Wars Battlefront, I felt that the game (including the beta) didn’t live up to the hype built around it. With Battlefield 1, however, the game seems to have delivered what I expected. It’s looking like we’ll have the beta for a good week, so keep an eye out for more articles from us. We’ll also be uploading videos to our Facebook and streaming via Twitch, when we get the chance!
Are you playing the Battlefield 1 beta? Or are you waiting till tomorrow’s open beta release? Let me know in the comments below!