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Battlefield 1 artwork

The Battlefield 1 beta is coming to a close today but there is still time to mount virtual horses and shoot each other in the face, depending on when you read this. Since the beta has been released, billions of players (estimated) have taken to the desert to partake in all-out warfare, me being one of them, and opinions are largely positive. That said, the beta hasn’t been without its hiccups, particularly when the servers were brought down by “hackers”. DDOS ATTACKING IS NOT HACKING YOU ANNOYING LITTLE SHITS!!! But what’s a beta without a bit of testing, eh? But on the whole, it has been stable, dare I say even more so than the Battlefield 4 when it was released.

Naturally, I’ve got to make a comparison to another shooty game coming out this year – Call of Duty: All the Warfare. It’s basically the law to draw these comparisons. That said, the two games are fundamentally different. One is fast-paced balls-out action whereas the other is more “realistic” squad-based action. I’ve always been fond of both games but for me, Battlefield always seems to be a step up from Call of Duty, with its more varied gameplay and genuinely impressive game tech. All that said, my experience with Battlefield took a hit when I purchased Battlefield 4 for Xbox One on release simply because it was a bloody mess. Since then my faith had started to wane and I skipped Hardline completely after playing the lacklustre beta. Battlefield 1 has fortunately rekindled my love for the series, though, and shit me it’s a good game.

As with any beta, it’s essentially a glorified demo trying to hike up pre-orders and test the servers prior to release. I always like to get a beta dig in. Because of that, there is only a small portion of the game contained in the beta – one map, two game modes and a stunted selection of weapons and upgrades but the game itself is more or less complete. With my attention span equating to the size of a small garden pea, and the constant nagging in the back of my head telling me to stop wasting time on a demo, it didn’t take me long to get bored but that’s nothing to do with the quality of the game because, as I said, it’s bloody good!

Why’s it good then? Well, it’s Battlefield. There’s nothing quite like a Battlefield game unless you play Star Wars Battlefront which is totally not Battlefield but totally is. As I said, Battlefield is more focused on squad gameplay based in larger environments. This opens you up to incredible gaming moments such as a group of you bombing it across the desert in a jeep whilst an actual bomber (plane) is peppering you with explosive shells. Tanks will force you into buildings where you can attempt to hide but it’s all meaningless, especially when a couple of shells can tear down the walls and eventually the whole building itself. It’s the unscripted personal interactions set in this large war that make the game so great. On top of all of this, the game itself looks absolutely stunning. I played it on the Xbox One and after seeing the E3 footage I was worried that the PC version would look great, leaving the console version behind. I had no need to worry. The game looks great! In fact, it’s one of the better-looking games I’ve seen in a while. Certainly high praise, especially for a game of this scale!

Hopefully, they fix the climbing bit…

The Battlefield 1 beta is a great success and I can’t wait to try out some other maps. Initially, there were worries about releasing both Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 around the same time however they are completely different to one another so I wouldn’t expect there to be too much damage, particularly regarding the hardcore gamers out there. It goes back to the Call of Duty comparison with Titanfall leaning toward that style of gameplay. Battlefield 1 is shaping up to be a huge hit and hopefully it gets the sales it deserves when it releases in October.

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