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Welcome back Bandits. Today, courtesy of EA we’ve been taking a look at the all new Battlefield 1 campaign and multiplayer, so far we like what we see but of course find the full review and parent’s guide just below. As a brief warning, remember this is an 18 rated title set during the Great War and may contain distressing scenes. You can also see our video preview to the campaign mode at the bottom of the page
We’ll skip over to the multiplayer for the moment as from our experience in Battlefield 4 that’s probably going to be the main draw for a lot of people. Realistically, while the graphics are pretty spot on, and of course the settings and weapons have changed, a lot about Battlefield 1 online feels very familiar already. With the new Behemoth vehicles coming to the aid of whichever side is losing during operations and conquest modes (which can do a great job at evening the score), the game modes and feel of combat is much the same.
Of course while that doesn’t make it a bad thing (we enjoyed BF4 thoroughly) there are bits which we feel should have been improved which are a little broken still, such as the Squad features which could certainly do with a little work.
Overall the online experience is a good one, especially if you do manage to get in with some team mates, and run a tactical game, which is entirely possible (and we’ve already seen StoneMountain owning at the RP here). There are a few niggles in here for me personally just due to historical accuracy, and things like the rifle scopes and some weapons are just a little too advanced to be carried by the regular soldiers on the battlefield. If you can put that aside though (and we’re guessing that most of you will be able to) the fun and large scale Battlefield world is back, and beautifully imagined.
The single player, however, is where Battlefield 1 really shines for us. This gritty and well realised world is not for the feint of heart and the stories running through the different areas allow for different gameplay styles including the all out warfare of the trenches, the silent attacks of the Bedouin, or the high octane (and high flying I suppose) thrills of the RAF. There’s a real down and dirty feeling that you get with Battlefield 1’s campaign mode and it is 100% worth taking the time to go through at least a few levels
The Run Down
Graphics: 9/10: If you’ve played Star Wars Battlefront you’ll know what the team are capable of here and there’s a great deal of care which has gone into the visuals. From the rocky outcrops of Arabia to the mud and trenches of France, all are beautifully detailed
Story: 10/10: Multiplayer of course not so much but the different stories you will go through in the campaign are well thought out, with great locations and characters and of course a lot of history in the foundations
Sound: 9/10:The in game effects are good, and the music well chosen with A nice juxtaposition between the cheery tunes and the violence surrounding you at times. The change to Apples and Butter instead of Alpha and Bravo might grate on some, but it’s the closest you could get to a real phonetic alphabet at the time, so thanks Navy.
Replayability: 8/10: There’s not much within the main campaign of course, though the ability to go back to each individual level is of course welcome. The Multiplayer modes will keep folks coming back for more though, and we’ve already got the urge to get back and do out bit
Satisfaction: 9/10: The multiplayer isn’t perfect, there are the same issues with squadding up that we found with Battlefield 4, and whenever you create a game clip the action on screen freezes for a few seconds which is annoying, however the bulk of the game is good, and the campaign mode is a gritty and well thought out journey through the horrors of the great war. With fantastic visuals polishing off the edge, we’d say it’s definitely living up to the hype