Battlefield 1 is a first-person shooter game that was released last year on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
A more important question is probably whether it's appropriate, given that it's set in World War 1. I had a lot of concerns, and they promoted me write a post about it. If you haven't read it yet, it may help if you catch yourself up before you read what else I have to say:
I've played the game now though, so it was only fair to write a follow-up piece to let people know what I thought about it. More importantly, I felt I needed to see for myself if it was appropriate.
I'll get straight to it and say that I thought the game handled the subject very well.
It's pretty much taken care of in the excellent introduction, where it makes it clear that skill and ability had little to do with surviving this kind of conflict. I like the way it displays mini obituaries of fallen soldiers and shows you just how brutal it all was.
While a game obviously has to take liberties when it comes to historical accuracy, this one uses some clever narrative tricks to justify it.
A great example is the aerial level, that's as big and overblown as most Hollywood movies. It's obviously not what happened, but we're eventually lead to believe that it was all just a fanciful story.
None of this come at the expense of gameplay though, as there's plenty on offer here to keep you entertained.
The thing that really surprised me was how great the single player modes were. The decision to split it up into individual campaigns, each focussing on separate areas of the conflict, really paid off, as it all stays fresh and exciting. This is a far cry from the overblown monotomy of most shooters and a lot more memorable.
As you may have guessed, I was worried about the prospect of a lone single player campaign that had the average 'Tommy' leaving the trenches and travelling the world on some grand adventure, as that simply didn't happen.
The main focus is on the multiplayer gameplay though and it won't disappoint you. The World War 1 units work perfectly and there are plenty of opponents out there. I personally like the vehicles, as there are loads of turrets you can man along with your teammates.
Overall, this is a huge game so there's plenty to keep you occupied. Being an EA game, there's also plenty of DLC but I certainly haven't had to buy any of it to enjoy it (and it's bound to get cheaper in time).
As you've probably guessed, I really like this game and suggest you give it a go as soon as you can.