GAME REVIEW: Battlefield 1 brings historical battle home

BRAEDON GOLDRING, Staff writer

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The new game Battlefield 1 is set deep in the trenches of World War I fighting as Germany and the United States along with the Austro-Hungarian, British, and the Ottoman empires and all of their armies of millions of men battle on the fronts of Europe.

The best thing about the game is that there is no science fiction weapons and no superpowers – just straight-up guns, bayonets, horse charges, and chemical warfare like that which was used during the war. It is the greatest combination I have ever seen put into a game.

Unlike most games, you are put onto a horizontal playing field meaning there is nothing that will kill your character from above or below. But in Battlefield, you have planes buzzing overhead dropping bombs and tanks, horses, land- mines, and defensive cannons. Even a battleship bombs the coast as the battle for control explodes.

Rather than telling a single narrative, the game hosts five short stories following different soldiers in different parts of the world throughout the conflict of WWI. It plays out like a mini-series, each voice-acted and believable with screens of text contextualizing each soldier’s situation as the prologue and epilogue.

One negative is the class and weapons balance is a little off such as the medic, assault, support, and the scout. Some have specific jobs. For example, medic is there to heal teammates. The support is there to give ammo. But in multiplayer, these characters are often misplayed for easy kills rather than sticking to their traditional role.

But as a whole, the game’s graphics are second to none and it really puts you down in the battlefield fighting in all out war.

There were 15 million copies sold in 2016, and it also was one of the most liked game trailers on the Internet, setting records. This first-person shooter video game is developed by EA DICE and published by Electronic Arts, and on available on all consoles and PC.

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