Screenshot of the Week #98: Blazing skies!

by on October 16, 2016

                I
subscribed to Origin Access and got to play the Battlefield 1 paid demo (I
think this is the best way to describe it) to test the improvements made over
the Open Beta Test and the design of the maps because Sinai Desert wasn’t all
that impressive.
                I got to play on all the available maps in the 10 hours trial version and
while all look cool and are enjoyable, only The St. Quentin Scar stuck with me. This
map depicts perfectly the image of WWI battles with a long line of muddy
trenches filled with used howitzer shells and torn apart by craters next to a
village which has not been destroyed, yet. A gruesome battlefield that’s
offering a better WWI combat experience in one of the most splendid environments
I got to see in an online game.
                Not
much has changed in terms of gameplay, Battlefield 1 is still a fast paced
shooter with a focus on action and a slight disregard for tactics. On the bright side,
the game has been balanced based on the OBT feedback. Tanks have been nerfed
and the medic is useful again. Thanks to some bugs fixing cavalry can’t kill passengers inside heavily
armored vehicles anymore and there are less annoying problems to worry about.
                On the
technical part things are as they always have been with these games since
Battlefield 3. The netcode still feels skimpy, I’ve seen a few teleporting
players and a lot of spongy enemies which is a mix of netcode problems and low
damage weapons (I’ve seen LMG chest shots dealing 8 damage). The sound design,
which was already awesome, has been improved with new additional sound effects
to horses, elite classes and many more. The graphics don’t disappoint either,
all the maps look amazing and there is a great attention to graphical details
which I really loved (weapons getting muddy, that’s the headline!). The
optimization is on point with the game running smoothly on the highest settings
no matter the map which says a lot considering some of the maps are full of
details.
                Overall,
the Battlefield 1 feels and plays a lot better, but if you weren’t impressed in
the Open Beta, don’t expect any miracles. The content variety does help to get
rid of that grindy feeling and there is a lot more to experience now, but at
its core it’s still the same game it was two months ago.
I died watching this crash.
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