E3: Battlefield 1 Impressions

This was the game I wanted to see at E3. Another installment of addictive multiplayer madness, fully equipped with destructible environments, dynamic weather, punchy guns and now behemoths!

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There’s been an abundance of modern day and futuristic shooters over the last couple of years, and it’s fair to say that some people are getting tired of seeing the same old with every new title. Now, it’s also fair to suggest that going back to World War 2 (a setting that holds a special place in many gamer’s hearts) would also be rather tiresome. How many times can you storm the beaches on D-Day? Or massacre Nazis in Berlin? Too many times most likely. Battlefield 1 is something different, even when it feels familiar. It’s by no long stretch revolutionary; you can feel the same solid Battlefield gameplay from 4 and Hardline, you can also feel some form of comfort in the setting as it resembles but classic FPs games. But this is World War 1, a whole different frontier. New locations, new technology, new battlefield.

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The E3 presentation by EA gave us a new campaign and gameplay trailer which demonstrated some of the locales that will (inevitably) be leveled in the Frostbite engine. We were also treated to three complete multiplayer matches, featuring YouTube gaming stars and, believe it or not, *real celebrities. Snoop Dog died continuously whilst smoking a spliff, Zac Efron looked disturbingly confused whilst driving a tank and Wiz Khalifa was…actually alright? It was a funny game to watch, even if a bit silly. The world finally witness some of the Battlefield 1 goodness, and it looks great. I can already see myself falling in love with this brutal game. Without a doubt, the bayonet charge that has been added to the franchise is my favourite feature, just look at it!

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We don’t have to wait too long for the announced beta of the game (just let us play the damn thing already!), and not too long for the full release in October. Battlefield 1 is definitely in my top 3 games from E3, I just need my multiplayer fix! The other titles that I’m looking forward to grasping with full force is Mafia 3 (thoroughly enjoyed the second one), and hopefully the official reveal of another Red Dead game. In the meantime, Halo Wars 2 looks promising – too many games, so little money, no fair!

Alexander Jones

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Author: alexwelsh95

Magazine journalism trainee. Journalism, media and cultural studies graduate, Cardiff University.

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