Battlefield 1 steps up the game

Battlefield 1 steps up the game

By Brian Walker, Round Table reporter

Battlefield 1 is a first-person shooter video game developed by EA DICE and published by Electronic Arts. It is the fifteenth installment in the Battlefield series that has always seemed to be overshadowed by the Call of Duty franchise.

But recently, with games like Call of Duty Ghosts and Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, the Call of Duty franchise is at an all-time low. Call of Duty’s newest game, Infinite Warfare, has received over 5 million dislikes on its Youtube trailer. Along with me, most of the Call of Duty franchise’s fan base has jumped ship, looking for a new first-person shooter game.

In Battlefield 1, we have found a new home.

The two main parts of Battlefield 1’s gameplay is the single-player game mode and the multiplayer game mode. In the single-player mode, you are able to step into the shoes of soldiers who fought in World War 1. Each of the five war stories lasts about 30 minutes to an hour, taking you on a well-put-together journey from the close-quarter, woody forests of the Western front to the overwhelmingly hot and sandy deserts of North Africa. The campaign does not dive into the political side of the war, thus saving the player a history lesson. Instead, it focuses on telling the story of the war from a soldier’s view.

Storm of Steel, the prologue mission, starts off the campaign. You are able to take on the role of multiple members of the US 369th Infantry, an all-black regiment known as the Harlem Hellfighters. I was thrilled to see the historic importance of these soldiers, mostly made up of African-American and Puerto Rican-American men, recognized so early on in the campaign.

Now, onto the multiplayer aspect of the Battlefield 1. I absolutely love it. The best game mode by far is Conquest. Conquest is a large-scale game mode with up to 64 players fighting for the control of 7 key objectives. With large armies on foot, behind the wheel or in the sky, Conquest brings together all the elements of the signature Battlefield All-Out War.

My one problem with the multiplayer portion of the game is that flying planes is the hardest thing that I have ever done while playing a video game. I’m sure there are more skilled gamers in the world than I am that find it easy to fly planes, but for me, it is impossible. I have not gone longer than 30 seconds in a plane. To be honest, I do not recommend flying planes around the map.

You might say that dropping bombs and raining down on the battlefield seems fun. Whilst it might be for some gamers, my goal is to be number one on my 32-man team, and flying planes just simply does not rack up the points. In order to get over 10,000 scores per game, you need to be playing the objective. Specifically, staying around the “C” and “D” flag. These two flags will be the most heavily contested.

Battlefield is a phenomenal game and a break away from the Call of Duty franchise. Overall, I give it an A+. Battlefield is a must-have.