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Battlefield 1 Review Round-Up

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Battlefield 1 is out on Friday and has already been garnering some positive responses from its early access for Origin and EA Access members. There’s some issues with cheating online, but for the most part people seem to be having fun with the limited taste of World War I that DICE is offering. They haven’t been playing the full package though, unlike many critics internationally. So is Battlefield 1 more than just a re-skin of a game we’ve played before?

Gamespot – 9/10

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With Battlefield 1, EA and DICE have proven the viability of World War 1 as a time period worth revisiting in first-person shooters. It brings into focus countries and nationalities that do not exist today while also shedding light on how the outcome of that war has shaped our lives. As World War II shooters proved many years ago, no game can truly capture the entirety of a global conflict. This is why the focused structure of the War Stories anthology works well. Moreover, Operations succeeds as an effective educational primer on the battles that this gripping adversarial mode are based on. Battlefield 1 is just an introduction to one of the deadliest world events in history, but it is an outstanding, feature-rich package in both its emotional stories and strong multiplayer.

Polygon – 9/10

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Small issues aside, Battlefield 1 marks an impressive, risk-taking reinvention for the series. That the multiplayer is as good and distinctive as it is is less surprising than a campaign that takes a difficult setting and navigates it with skill and invention. The end result is a shooter than succeeded far beyond my expectations, and one that exists as the best, most complete Battlefield package since 2010.

GamesRadar+ – 4/5

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When all’s said and done, when the matches end and the dust settles, you’ll see that large portions of the maps have transformed, their buildings pockmarked by blasts, their fortifications turned into piles of rubble. Even though bloody entertainment is at Battlefield 1’s heart, the post-game wasteland is a reminder of the toll that conflict takes on the people it consumes. Whether in single or multiplayer Battlefield 1 absolutely nails the historical sense of adventure and expectation before swiftly giving way to dread as the war takes a physical and mental toll on its participants. And this – as much as the intimate, brutal virtual warfare – is the game’s most impressive feat.

Hardcore Gamer – 4/5

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Unfortunately, the single player campaign once again feels tacked on. It’s more like a glorified eight-hour long tutorial, training players for multiplayer by throwing them in tanks and planes rather than telling a cohesive story. In the end, it’s the multiplayer that matters most, and Battlefield 1 excels at giving players the Battlefield experience they love in an era they probably won’t be all that familiar with.

Forbes – 8/10

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No one makes more beautiful shooters than DICE, but their gameplay still leaves something to be desired, despite what appeared to be a total refresh with the WWI setting. Fans of the series may look past these faults or even embrace them, but some of them are hard to get past, and can define the entire experience.

We’re still waiting for our own review copy, so we’ll have a review up as soon as possible too. But with scores like these, I’m itching to get stuck into World War I myself.

Last Updated: October 17, 2016


  1. Ottokie

    October 17, 2016 at 12:31



  2. Archdruid Kromas

    October 17, 2016 at 12:37

    I will buy this game 8 months from now when it hits release. I try not to buy beta games on launch anymore.


    • Fox1 - Retro

      October 17, 2016 at 16:33

      I will get it on EA Access after it’s fully patched.


  3. Admiral Chief

    October 17, 2016 at 12:42

    A pity I can’t get the SP portion only


    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      October 17, 2016 at 12:44

      You can get 25% of the game if you buy the vanilla edition for a R1000


      • aj_nator

        October 17, 2016 at 14:03



  4. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    October 17, 2016 at 12:44

  5. Josep Carceller

    October 17, 2016 at 12:48

  6. HairyEwok

    October 17, 2016 at 12:52

    I do not trust reviews anymore. Actual gameplay is what I’m looking at.


  7. VampyreSquirrel

    October 17, 2016 at 13:15

    Nope/10 for me. I’m so over war based FPS games.


  8. Pieter Kruger

    October 17, 2016 at 13:45

    This and Gears of War 4 is all I need right now, 100’s of hours of pure gaming bliss……….


  9. Alien Emperor Trevor

    October 17, 2016 at 13:58

    Forbes blurb & score don’t jibe. “gameplay still leaves something to be desired”… 8/10. O_o


    • Thorsten

      October 17, 2016 at 14:28

      Agreed lol. Sometimes I think Forbes tries to hard to appear neutral.


  10. Thorsten

    October 17, 2016 at 14:30

    Spent the weekend jamming BF1 (yay 150+ms latency!) and I have to admit, the multiplayer is really awesome and some of the maps are amazing. If it had local servers I might have looked past the price at this point. At this rate I will probably pick it up when it is on sale.


  11. HvR

    October 17, 2016 at 18:37

    Oi that Gamespot review.

    Somebody needs to put down the controller and pick up a history book


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