Review: Battlefield 1 (PS4)




There has been a trend in the FPS market for the last few years – a move towards a modern or futuristic setting. It makes sense as just over a decade ago there were more WW2 shooters on the market than you could shake a stick at, so a more futuristic setting was welcomed. However, history certainly repeats itself and it seems fans of FPS titles feel that it is time to go back to the trenches at the dawn of war and give the futuristic settings a break. DICE are listening to the community and are leading the charge in taking players back to some of the most brutal battles in history.

Tell me a War Story

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Battlefield 1 will take you to the very dawn of war as you play through various campaigns in WW1. At first people were concerned that the sluggish pace of vehicles and weapons from that era of war would slow gameplay down and make it less fun to play, but that could not be further from the truth. The gameplay in Battlefield 1 is fast and more brutal than any Battlefield title before it. One of the best things about Battlefield 1 has to be the campaign that has been split into six smaller campaigns that can be finished in about two hours each.

The six short campaigns range from mastering air combat controls as a pilot in the British Royal Airforce to pushing through German lines as a tank driver. Every ‘War Stories’ chapter helps you master the various aspects of Battlefield 1’s gameplay so that you will not just be cannon fodder when you jump online in a multiplayer game. The stories themselves are very good, I loved playing as Zara while battling alongside Lawrence of Arabia and I grew attached to my tank crew in the “Through blood and mud” story where keeping Big Bess in one piece proved to be very challenging, as you take on what felt like the entire German force. I must say that I prefer the multiple short story approach that Battlefield 1 took over traditional campaigns, and it felt like the strongest single player campaign the series has ever produced.

Pigeons are deadlier than mustard gas

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What would a Battlefield game be without its 64-player multiplayer, and in Battlefield 1 DICE have once again included fan favourite modes like Conquest and Rush but they rolled the dice on some new modes called Operations and War Pigeons. Operations Mode almost feels like a small story campaign where you get three attempts to capture strategic points on a map and every time the attackers fail they are reinforced with either an airship or armoured train to try and help them turn the tide of the battle. The mode usually sees you play two maps, so if the defending team fail to hold the beach, for example, they will fall back to the forest where they can try make a final stand. Each game can take you well over 30 minutes to complete thanks to the multiple attempts and map changes provided, but you will be having so much fun you will hardly notice that it’s 3am in the morning and you are jumping into your tenth Operations game for the night.

Operations Mode is easily the most played mode in Battlefield 1 and is quickly becoming the new go-to standard as it’s stealing players away from Conquest mode. Then there is War Pigeon mode, and no you don’t play as a pigeon with mounted gattling guns under each wing – although that would be cool, so DICE if you’re reading this you have your next DLC idea. Instead it is a unique take on capture the flag where both teams fight to get to a pigeon coop in the middle of the map. Once there you need to grab a messenger pigeon and make your way to a clearing to release it so that it can carry artillery coordinates back to base. Once it makes it back to base your artillery will rain hell down on your enemies turning them into something resembling your moms spaghetti bolognese.

Hell on earth

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The multiplayer player maps are very nicely varied as well, for example the vast dunes on the Sinai Desert map provides a perfect line of site to the enemy from practically any area on the map for a skilled sniper. If close quarters is more your play style the small rubble littered streets on the Amiens map will make sure you get close enough to your enemy to smell their aftershave. The maps are very well thought out and you will need to master all the classes to be able to adapt to the changing weather conditions as well as the terrain.

After the gun smoke and dust settles you will be left feeling that Battlefield 1 feels refreshing, even though it relies on many of the tricks that made the previous titles so much fun to play. DICE took a risk taking the series back to WW1, but with big risk comes big reward and DICE went all in with Battlefield 1 with a royal flush in hand. Is Battlefield 1 more fun to play than Battlefield 4? Yes. Is it better than any Battlefield game released in the last 10 years? Absolutely.

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Battlefield 1’s new approach to both single player and multiplayer is exactly what the series needed and I can see other major FPS franchise following in DICE’s footsteps as the game continues to sell well beyond initial projected sales. In a genre that is so flooded with big budget titles the only way to stand out is to do something completely different and hope it pays off, and that is exactly what DICE and Battlefield 1 have done.




  • War Stories | The amazing Operations Mode | Stellar sound mixing


  • Small framerate drops on PS4


Are you ready to go back to the dawn of war? Hell! Yes you are.


Gameplay - 9
Visuals - 9
Audio - 10
Gratification - 9
Value for money - 8.5

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  • Won’t lie Dave, the FOMO is real for me after reading that. I like that there are 6 campaigns at 2 hours each. 12 hours of campaign – yes please.

    • David Kozlowski

      Ya dude there is good mileage gameplay wise on and offline.

  • DemonGamer

    I love the sniping on this game, had a match with 10 kills just running around pop-ing heads

  • Dian Fourie

    Damnit man I really have FOMO and this review isn’t making it easier

  • ReaperSA

    Loving the game. Have 87 hour playtime so far according to the site.

    • David Kozlowski

      Mostly Operations mode?

      • ReaperSA

        mostly conquest. only played a few games Operations

        • David Kozlowski

          Conquest will also be my favorite but Operations mode is stealing away my play time.

  • Trebzz

    Always had FOMO for this game, but the thought of 10gb patches every 2 weeks is just scary especially with my ever so super fast internet.

  • Raidz19

    Ok so now I need a sale on Battlefield 1, please.

    • ReaperSA

      seeing how the prices increased from launch even if it goes on sale now)witch wont happen) you probably still en up paying more than you would have if you pre ordered

      • Raidz19

        at least I never saw the pre-beta price, so I pretend it never happend

  • Laurence Merry

    Lets be honest, Visuals should be a solid 11/10.

    • Did Dave not do it justice? Dave the graphics whore? That would be a first. We need to check if he’s okay.

      • Laurence Merry

        Must be the CRT monitor.

        • Dave just rolled over and died ^5

    • David Kozlowski

      Haha, the visuals and sound are on another level. I am considering buying a pair of Astros just to do the sound justice.

  • Smuroh

    So far this game and Titanfall 2 are my two favorites games for this year.

    • I can imagine that you’re over the moon as you’ve been waiting a long time for both these titles.

      • Smuroh

        Next on my list is For Honor and then ill be set for a long time.

    • David Kozlowski

      I am surprised how well Titanfall 2 is reviewing, some are calling it shooter of the year.

      • Smuroh

        I’m a bit biased I loved the first game so I will have to agree that its looking like the shooter of the year although BF1 is right there next to it.

  • Dawid Eduard Roestorf

    If you have not yet gotten BF1, then shame on you. You do not know what you are missing.

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