Battlefield 1 is tipped for an October 21 release date later this month, and those who would want to indulge in this First Person Shooter (FPS) title would do well to make sure that he or she has one of the following: a PC which exceeds the minimum system requirements, an Xbox One or a Sony PS4. EA Dice’s is the publisher behind this FPS, and while Battlefield 1 does not look as though it is going to end up revolutionizing the genre like how Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake did, it is still shaping up to be a pretty fly title.
The name Battlefield 1 itself can be pretty misleading, as Battlefield 1 is not the first title in a particular series, but rather, it is the fifteenth installment of the wildly successful Battlefield franchise. Not only that, it has been more than a couple of decades (22 years, to be exact) since Electronic Arts published a game that is set in the World War 1 theater, with Wings of Glory that was released in 1994 being the other title.
Needless to say, we humans are doomed to repeat our same mistakes if we do not learn from history, so to say that Battlefield 1 is inspired by historic events would be an understatement. Steeped in history, players will be able to gain access to a cache of World War 1 weapons. Certainly you will not find anything like tasers, silencers, a Gauss gun, a lightning gun or the BFG at your disposal. Rather, you will be armed to the teeth with whatever were the weapons of choice back in the early 20th century, including the likes of trench clubs, sabres, flamethrowers, mustard gas, bolt-action rifles, automatic and semi-automatic rifles.
In a nod to more modern video games that let you interact more with the environment around, Battlefield 1 players will be able to take advantage of whatever vehicles that are lying around. These will include armored trucks, biplane aircrafts, zeppelins, battleships and for the pyromaniac in you, a slew of tanks to choose from. Not only that, the map in Battlefield 1 would be a whole lot more destructible than ever before in older Battlefield titles, and the weapon customization process gets all the more dynamic.
Are single player modes really required these days? I suppose there is a learning curve to it, which is why Battlefield 1 will come with a single-player campaign too. Will brickbats thrown in EA Dice’s way for their rather haphazard handling of single player content in older Battlefield games be taken into consideration this time around? We will not really know until October 21st rolls around and the game is up and running.
Multiplayer mode is where the action’s at for Battlefield 1 though, boasting of eight distinct classes. The 8 classes would be Assault, Scout, Tanker, Support, Cavalry, Pilot, Medic and Elite, and needless to say, there is a role and function for every single class.
Last but not least, there will be a Lawrence of Arabia chapter called Nothing Is Written in Battlefield 1, and with five war stories in all which will help 21st century teens know more about the various Great War elements, you can always defend the purchase of this game as a tool for revising history lessons.