Battlefield 1 Hands-on Preview – A Great Attempt at the Great War

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Battlefield 1 is a game I did not know that I wanted until it was announced. I knew that DICE has had a rocky past when it comes to their games, but hearing the bass-line of the “Seven Nation Army” remix by Glitch Mob blare during the trailer, I was immediately sitting on the edge of my seat.

I knew right then that I’d have to get it eventually. Usually, I tend to wait a year or so before picking up a game like it to grab the complete edition of the game for a better price – but after playing a single match of Battlefield 1 at the EA Play event, I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited for a mainstream first person shooter before.

Battlefield 1 did a great job changing the formula up enough without going too far and alienating their fan-base. When you start the game up and begin to move, you’ll immediately notice that the game feels almost exactly like the previous games – but you’ll also notice some of the small tweaks that make Battlefield 1 a unique experience.

You can still choose from your basic loadouts; assault, support, anti-tank, and sniper. However, planes and tanks are now classified as spawn points as well, and you can select them when you deploy.

This change may not feel like much at first, but it quickly becomes apparent as people no longer need to wait at the vehicle spawn for their precious armored behemoths to spawn.

Instead of waiting for vehicles to spawn, players will actually head out to the battle while waiting for them to be available when they respawn.

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Another change is the focus on melee combat. There are a bunch of different melee weapons to choose from, leaving the player to choose their own personal instrument for murder.

Battlefield 1 has also adopted a bayonet charge attack, similar to Red Orchestra 2, which allows you to charge forward with your bayonet extended with a vicious battle cry. Using it well is hard to master, but when done just right, a good bayonet charge may just be one of the most rewarding experiences in a modern first person shooter.

During our time at E3, we were only giving the chance to play a single match of Conquest; a game mode with each team working to capture and hold strategic control points. Even with just a the short demo, it only took 20 minutes with the game for any doubts I had about the game itself to vanish.

Battlefield 1’s attempt to capture the spirit of the Great War while still making a fun video game to play is not only admirable but also successful, proving that even a step backwards in time can push a franchise forward.

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Battlefield 1 will be available worldwide October 21, 2016 across PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

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A video maker, history buff, Lover of JRPG's and musou games. Recently graduated with two degrees in History and East Asian Cultures. Always down to talk history, don't get him started on the Three Kingdoms

  1. AI◎BA
    June 21, 2016 at 1:57 pm


  2. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    June 21, 2016 at 1:59 pm


  3. Axle Red
    Axle Red
    June 21, 2016 at 2:14 pm


  4. AI◎BA
    June 21, 2016 at 2:16 pm


  5. Evropi
    June 21, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Probably the lyrics to a Sabaton song.

  6. Feniks
    June 21, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Oh Sithis almighty the historical inaccuracies…

    Anti tank?!
    Cavalry charges over trenches?

  7. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    June 21, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Its a reskin with tacked on diversity.
    Fucking mediocre.

  8. STARSBarry
    June 21, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    good thing they have all the major factions at launch, Americans (naturally since they played the most important role in the entire war) and Germans and British, they are even giving France a chance to show up in later DLC even though they played practically no part in WW1 at all and just sat there drinking wine and eating cheese all day.

  9. scemar
    June 21, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    will there be mustard gas tho?
    no real world war 1 without it

  10. plakia
    June 21, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    A-are you joking? I think you are, but I want to make sure.

  11. Smug
    June 21, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Not to mention a main force in WWI gets stuck in DLC.
    After Hollande and Merkel making kids trampling on the Verdun cemetery, now this.

  12. Jumanji Joe
    Jumanji Joe
    June 21, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    The game is just a reskin of battleshit 4 with more dindus. Nothing special tbqh

  13. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    June 21, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Good thing they also put Africans in the setting they barely had any relevance in aside from a really small group.
    Historical accuracy is for shitlords anyway.

  14. Sigurd Chalphy
    Sigurd Chalphy
    June 21, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    I hope this isn’t a joke. If it’s real, i’d like to see it myself.

  15. Smug
    June 21, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    You mean the “performance ART” shit that happened a while ago?


    I fucking hate this world

  16. Sigurd Chalphy
    Sigurd Chalphy
    June 21, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    “Ruling socialist party”
    As if I didn’t already hate socialism, they have the audacity to trample over the graves of good men that allowed their nations and future generations to exist just because they didn’t get their international unity.

  17. dsadsada
    June 21, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    “right wing anti-mass migration groups such as the hipster-right youth movement Génération Identitaire”

    Never thought I could hear ‘right wing, ‘anti-mass magration’ and ‘hipster’ used to refer to the same group of people. At least one piece of entertainment came out of that news.

  18. scemar
    June 21, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    In that respect, right wing means conservative in the sense of protecting a previously functional status quo which ties well to anti mass migration that seeks to change the nation’s composition.

    And in a sense they are hipsters because they are a young counter culture that has risen against the mainstream political stance which all big old established parties share, which does in fact embrace mass immigration without regards for the possible ramifications that come with it.

    It’s a brave new world when the hippie ideals have become “the man” and the conservatives are basically the insurgency.

  19. Aken Bosch
    Aken Bosch
    June 22, 2016 at 12:34 am

    Yes. You would need to press x to not die.

  20. DeusEx
    June 22, 2016 at 12:54 am

    WW1 is a European war. Berber Women and Black Men stay out. Make a game about your own damn history

  21. Yabloko Molloco San
    Yabloko Molloco San
    June 22, 2016 at 1:46 am

    An over seven digit budget couldn’t make them good.

  22. AI◎BA
    June 22, 2016 at 3:06 am

    Our ancestors died for this

  23. arkhangelsk44
    June 22, 2016 at 3:08 am

    The comments man… Battlefield 4 right now is good. Let’s forget the launch. I mean Angry Joe, being a honest gamer himself, gave it 8/10 now. We should rejoice Battlefield 1 because it’s basically killing Call of Duty, our more hated franchise. To those who said it’s a reskin, they used the same yet still good Frostbite 3 engine, duh.

  24. Zeitbezwinger
    June 22, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Dedicated AT soldiers in WWI is about as accurate as dedicated maniples of mounted archers in the Camillan legions. Modern gaming is a distasteful joke lel

  25. catazxy
    June 23, 2016 at 5:10 am

    Thats more like WW2; after 45 minutes of the BF1 gameplay, I could not see even ONE bolt-action rifle, only COD players with smgs….I get that BF will be a BF game every time, but they had a chance to make a better WW1 game and they blew it ….. no balls man, no balls….

  26. Britneys Spear
    Britneys Spear
    June 25, 2016 at 7:41 am

    I want to agree with you, but I have no idea what you’re talking about?