Why Battlefield 1 is the best FPS I’ve ever played

I love a certain few FPS titles, but I wouldn’t say that I’m a die-hard fan of the genre. With RPGs, I’ll pick up a random title on the off-chance that I’ll like it. If I don’t, I’ll cut my losses and go back to one of my favorites. With FPSs, though, I’m more considered. One of the FPS series that I’ll always visit is the Battlefield games. And, thanks to my EA Access subscription, I’ve been able to play the game early.

Currently, I feel that the Battlefield series is the best choice for a first person shooter game. But I was once a CoD fan – from Call of Duty 2, all the way through to World at War. But after World at War, I fell out of love with the series. I was looking for a change, and the Battlefield series offered me just that.

Since playing Battlefield Bad Company (1 & 2), Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4 and (to some extent) Hardline, I’ve come to realise that the way the Battlefield games play is entirely suited to my tastes. I’m not a fan of running and gunning – I like to take my time and think a little more tactfully. I love destructible environments, and the Battlefield series is all about blowing shit up. And I live for team play – which the  Battlefield series seems to pull off far better than any CoD game.

That being said, there was always something missing from the Battlefield series of late. That something being a decent historic shooter. Before Battlefield 1, I’d only ever played shooters set as early as the Second World War. So I was initially a little skeptical about the upcoming release from DICE and EA. Would a WWI setting be a little too slow paced? Will there be enough action? What if the weapons are rubbish? As it turns out, my worries were unwarranted.

Battlefield 1’s multiplayer is far from a true representation of the actual conflict of the First World War. But it does a good job of portraying aspects of it. The brutality of the war shines through. The fear brought about by new weaponry, like the machine-gun. Or armored vehicles such as the tank. Even the light-weight and basic planes all contribute to the setting and overall feel. Throw in the exhilaration of charging into battle on horseback, or the blind panic caused by mustard gas, and you’ve got yourself a decent First World War shooter. But, thankfully, it plays far more like a WWII FPS. At least in the sense that the combat is faster, the weapons are better, and the vehicles seem far less ‘experimental’ than it would have been at the time.

For me, it brings back memories of Call of Duty 3 and World at War. But with one key and incredibly important difference – destructible environments. There’s nothing quite like charging across an open field, whilst mortars and tanks blow holes in the ground around you. Or hiding in a building as a shell destroys the room you’re standing in. Watching maps get gradually leveled and scarred as you play is pretty incredible. Particularly as buildings collapse around you in the streets of Amiens, or you’re surrounded by the enemy and a constant barrage of mortar fire in the center of Suez. In all, Battlefield 1 creates a complete experience – one which is just as important as the combat itself.

I loved World at War, don’t get me wrong. But Battlefield 1 is my complete FPS package. It has action, great combat, beautiful graphics, stunning maps, destructible environments, great weapons, multiple ways to play, a number of different vehicles and, as the cherry on top, an engaging and thoughtful single-player experience. Plus, it’s set in a period that is rarely covered in the FPS genre.

Even in the few days that I’ve been playing it, I can tell that this will be an FPS I’ll be playing for some time. And I can see it only getting better as they release new maps, which DICE pretty much always deliver on. In all, this is the FPS I’ve always dreamed of.

But how about you? Have you played Battlefield 1 yet and, if not, are you looking forward to having a go? Let me know in the comments below!

  • H0NEYL00PS

    I’m not sure if I’d go as far as to say that Battlefield 1 is my favourite FPS ever – I feel it’s a little early to be saying that… but I’d definitely give that title to the BF series as a whole. I made my entry to the FPS genre with Call of Duty: United Offensive, and that for me is where immersive and action-packed WWII FPS gameplay was left at its peak. I totally agree that CoD lost it too once it started jumping forward with timelines – I think I too got off that train at WaW, and Battlefield 2 captured me as soon as I disembarked. I’ve absolutely loved it ever since – DICE have not yet failed to follow up with a title that allows me to create experiences and memories that I won’t soon forget, and I hope that continues.

    • Personally, I feel like it isn’t too early to say. Mostly because DICE always deliver with the Battlefield series. (Maybe after a couple of patches). This is the first FPS that I can’t wait to play, and I think about playing during the day. I usually only get that feeling with RPGs (because I want to get back into the story) but for some reason the multiplayer of BF1 has just sucked me in.

      • H0NEYL00PS

        I guess I get that feeling a little bit too, but maybe that’s because I’m playing it before a lot of my friends who are still in that ‘looking forward to it’ phase. I’m very comfortable paying £3.99 to get there before others.

  • H0NEYL00PS

    I’m not sure if I’d go as far as to say that Battlefield 1 is my favourite FPS ever – I feel it’s a little early to be saying that… but I’d definitely give that title to the BF series as a whole. I made my entry to the FPS genre with Call of Duty: United Offensive, and that for me is where immersive and action-packed WWII FPS gameplay was left at its peak. I totally agree that CoD lost it too once it started jumping forward with timelines – I think I too got off that train at WaW, and Battlefield 2 captured me as soon as I disembarked. I’ve absolutely loved it ever since – DICE have not yet failed to follow up with a title that allows me to create experiences and memories that I won’t soon forget, and I hope that continues.

    • Personally, I feel like it isn’t too early to say. Mostly because DICE always deliver with the Battlefield series. (Maybe after a couple of patches). This is the first FPS that I can’t wait to play, and I think about playing during the day. I usually only get that feeling with RPGs (because I want to get back into the story) but for some reason the multiplayer of BF1 has just sucked me in.

      • H0NEYL00PS

        I guess I get that feeling a little bit too, but maybe that’s because I’m playing it before a lot of my friends who are still in that ‘looking forward to it’ phase. I’m very comfortable paying £3.99 to get there before others.

  • A-Train

    A bit of a BF fanboy… I was a little skeptical, but totally love it now.
    Graphics on Xbox One are better than expected too, and the new multiplayer game modes are great (Operations being my favorite for the time being).

    • Totally agree, Operations mode is amazing.

      I wasn’t too skeptical, but I was concerned that it wouldn’t feel ‘Battlefieldy’. Thankfully, DICE have totally delivered with Battlefield 1 – I seem to love it more and more each day.

      What’s your favorite map so far?

      • A-Train

        Okay, so maybe not skeptical, but the graphics on the beta for the XB1 weren’t that great… When the full game was released it seemed like a total upgrade (maybe I’m just seeing things?).

        On Operations it has to be Kaiserslacht… I love how it starts in the trenches, makes its way to the countryside, then ends in the city on the last map. Great see-everything-transition board/maps.

        What say you?

        • I agree, the game definitely looks better now (maybe they upgraded some textures?).

          That’s a really good one – it’s actually my second favorite. But I completely agree about the transition.

          For me it’s Conquer Hell. I love the first map, starting in the trenches then heading towards the Ballroom – you get a sense of what it was like, particularly with the whistles blowing you over the top. Then moving into the forest for the second map. The combat is totally insane, mostly because of the choke points when attacking and the heavily fortified positions.

          In multiplayer, my fave is probably Suez – it reminds me a lot of Metro from BF3/4. All of the maps are fantastic, though. i wouldn’t say that i have a least favorite really.

          • A-Train

            Probably, and likely to save space since it was just a beta afterall.

            I love Conquer Hell too… Once you get to the forest it wreaks of desperation on both sides and the fighting intensifies since it does become a bottleneck.

            You know, I don’t think I’ve actually played that one yet… Metro for me was hit or miss… Sometimes I could go to 24/7 servers and just do that all day, sometimes I backed out once I saw Metro coming up. Depended on the mood I guess lol…

            Have you played Pigeons yet? A buddy loves that, personally have not played it.

          • Metro was definitely hit and miss for me too. It’s one of those maps where you can revel in the destruction and the mayhem, or become aggravated by the fact that you can’t gain ground. It’s definitely a map (as is Suez) that’s best played with friends / a squad. Because you can share in the mayhem and feed off of it a little.

            I’ve not got around to Pigeons, yet. The name put me off, to be honest. Sounds a bit crap. I’ll definitely give it a go at some point, though.

            I’m currently writing an article on the ‘5 best aspects of BF1’. Number one is definitely the destruction, for me. We’ll probably put it out later today / tomorrow – would love to hear your five when it comes out!

  • A-Train

    A bit of a BF fanboy… I was a little skeptical, but totally love it now.
    Graphics on Xbox One are better than expected too, and the new multiplayer game modes are great (Operations being my favorite for the time being).

    • Totally agree, Operations mode is amazing.

      I wasn’t too skeptical, but I was concerned that it wouldn’t feel ‘Battlefieldy’. Thankfully, DICE have totally delivered with Battlefield 1 – I seem to love it more and more each day.

      What’s your favorite map so far?

      • A-Train

        Okay, so maybe not skeptical, but the graphics on the beta for the XB1 weren’t that great… When the full game was released it seemed like a total upgrade (maybe I’m just seeing things?).

        On Operations it has to be Kaiserslacht… I love how it starts in the trenches, makes its way to the countryside, then ends in the city on the last map. Great see-everything-transition board/maps.

        What say you?

        • I agree, the game definitely looks better now (maybe they upgraded some textures?).

          That’s a really good one – it’s actually my second favorite. But I completely agree about the transition.

          For me it’s Conquer Hell. I love the first map, starting in the trenches then heading towards the Ballroom – you get a sense of what it was like, particularly with the whistles blowing you over the top. Then moving into the forest for the second map. The combat is totally insane, mostly because of the choke points when attacking and the heavily fortified positions.

          In multiplayer, my fave is probably Suez – it reminds me a lot of Metro from BF3/4. All of the maps are fantastic, though. i wouldn’t say that i have a least favorite really.

          • A-Train

            Probably, and likely to save space since it was just a beta afterall.

            I love Conquer Hell too… Once you get to the forest it wreaks of desperation on both sides and the fighting intensifies since it does become a bottleneck.

            You know, I don’t think I’ve actually played that one yet… Metro for me was hit or miss… Sometimes I could go to 24/7 servers and just do that all day, sometimes I backed out once I saw Metro coming up. Depended on the mood I guess lol…

            Have you played Pigeons yet? A buddy loves that, personally have not played it.

          • Metro was definitely hit and miss for me too. It’s one of those maps where you can revel in the destruction and the mayhem, or become aggravated by the fact that you can’t gain ground. It’s definitely a map (as is Suez) that’s best played with friends / a squad. Because you can share in the mayhem and feed off of it a little.

            I’ve not got around to Pigeons, yet. The name put me off, to be honest. Sounds a bit crap. I’ll definitely give it a go at some point, though.

            I’m currently writing an article on the ‘5 best aspects of BF1’. Number one is definitely the destruction, for me. We’ll probably put it out later today / tomorrow – would love to hear your five when it comes out!

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