The Battlefield 1 open beta, which began yesterday for those selected by the Insider programme (which seemed to be virtually everyone I know, I kid you not!) and started today for everyone else, features one map, two games modes and a generous selection of weapons and vehicles. Having spent an entire day getting to grips with it, I think I’m ready to offer up an opinion. Put succinctly, I’m not too impressed. And I say that as someone who has clocked up thousands of hours playing every Battlefield game since BF2.
In BF1, we find ourselves in a cartoon fantasy version of WWI that bares almost no resemblance, aesthetics aside, to the gruelling reality of a truly horrific war of attrition. Don’t get me wrong, the Battlefield series has never been what you’d call “realistic” (a contentious term in gaming at the best of times), but at least in previous outings the warfare bared some vague resemblance to the period in which it took place. You might as well set it in a steampunk reality and be had done with it.
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