Battlefield 1

The long-running Battlefield series goes even further back in time in the 15th installment, this time to the first World War.

Overview

Battlefield 1 is a historical-military first-person shooter developed by DICE and published by EA Games for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on October 21, 2016.

Despite the naming convention, Battlefield 1 is the fifteenth installment of the long-running Battlefield series. It brings the series back to the early 20th century, this time during World War I (the first AAA first-person shooter to do so).

Unlike previous entries in the series, the game's single-player story is not focused on a particular character or squad and, like early Call of Duty games, puts the player into the role of several different Allied soldiers throughout the world.

It runs on an updated version of the Frostbite 3 engine.

Gameplay

Campaign

The campaign in Battlefield 1 is broken up into six different War Stories. Each of these war stories tells a story of a different soldier or situation in the war. Each of these war stories are broken into even smaller chapters. The War Stories in the campaign are:

  • Storm of Steel
  • Through Mud and Blood
  • Friends in High Places
  • Avanti Savoia!
  • The Runner
  • Nothing is Written

Multiplayer

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The standard 64 player multiplayer returns in Battlefield 1 with several new features in and out of combat. These include the following:

  • Downed players can now choose to wait for a revive or skip to the deploy screen
  • Tank shells and rockets can ricochet off of vehicles if impacting at an angle, dealing decreased damage
  • Sniper rifles have a "sweet spot," or a designated range at which shots to the upper chest are one-hit kills
  • Powerful vehicles known as Behemoths enter the battle on the losing team's side if the score gap is wide enough
  • Elite kits can be found on the map, equipping the player with a powerful weapon like a heavy machine gun or flamethrower and granting increased health
  • Land and air vehicles can now self-repair
  • The deploy screen is an actual overhead view of the map, rather than a static screen

Also new to the series is the Operations mode, a more narrative-driven experience that takes place across several maps. Operations campaigns are based on real battles of World War I, and task an attacking team with capturing every sector on every map in the campaign. The defenders must exhaust all of the attackers' reinforcements to win the match. In each campaign the attacking team has three batallions, or attempts, to win the match.

Operations Campaigns

CampaignsMapsDescription
Beyond the MarneSoissons, RuptureThe French Army attacks German positions with a fleet of tanks during the Second Battle of the Marne in 1918.
Brusilov OffensiveGalicia, Brusilov KeepThe Russian Army brings the fight to the Austro-Hungarian Empire during the titular offensive in 1916.
Conquer HellBallroom Blitz, Argonne ForestThe United States enters the war and launches an offensive against the Germans in the Meuse-Argonne region.
Devil's AnvilVerdun Heights, Fort de VauxThe German Empire attempts to crush French morale in the Battle of Verdun in 1916.
GallipoliCape Helles, Achi BabaThe British Empire launches the ill-fated Gallipoli Campaign against the Ottoman Empire.
Iron WallsMonte Grappa, Empire's EdgeThe Kingdom of Italy attemps to defeat the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the mountains and hills of the Italian Front.
KaiserschlachtSt. Quentin Scar, AmiensThe German Empire launches the massive Spring Offensive of 1918 against the British.
Oil of EmpiresFao Fortress, Suez, Sinai DesertThe longest Operation, based on the British quest for oil in the Middle East.
Red TideVolga River, TsaritsynThe Russian Civil War pits the new communist Red Army against the imperial White Army in a battle for the future of Russia.

Expansions

They Shall Not Pass

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The first expansion introduces the French Army to Battlefield 1, with six new maps based on the fighting between the French and the Germans along the Western Front. It also brings with it six new weapons, three new vehicles, and six new melee weapons.

Maps

  • Fort de Vaux: a famous German assault on the French fort during the Battle of Verdun
  • Nivelle Nights: a nighttime battle between German and French trenches during the Nivelle Offensive
  • Prise de Tahure: a nighttime battle between German and French forces in a crumbling urban center
  • Rupture: a battle over worn territory, with old trenches and tank carcasses scattered around
  • Soissons: a hilly, vibrant French countryside town
  • Verdun Heights: the famous German attack on the French at Verdun

Weapons

  • Chauchat: a French light machine gun mass produced to meet demand
  • Lebel Model 1886: a revolutionary French rifle that popularized the concept of smokeless powder
  • Mle 1903 Extended: a version of the Belgian-manufactured sidearm for tank drivers and pilots
  • Ribeyrolles 1918: an experimental assault rifle designed by the French
  • RSC 1917: a French semi-automatic rifle
  • Sjögren Inertial: a Swedish semi-automatic shotgun that can fire regular ammunition or slug rounds

Vehicles

  • Char 2C: a massive French tank that serves as the Behemoth on the expansion's maps
  • Saint-Chamond: an assault tank with a forward-facing cannon designed by the French
  • BL 9.2 Siege Gun: a large stationary artillery piece

Melee Weapons

  • Billhook
  • Cogwheel Club
  • Kukri
  • Nail Knife
  • Saber
  • Trench Fleur

In the Name of the Tsar

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The second expansion introduces the Russians to Battlefield 1, with six maps focusing on their battles against the German and Austro-Hungarian Empires, as well as the Russian Civil War. The expansion also includes eleven new weapons, four new vehicles, and three new melee weapons.

Maps

  • Albion: a German amphibious assault against Russian positions along the coastline of Estonia
  • Brusilov Keep: a fight between the Russians and the Austro-Hungarian Empire in a mountainside town
  • Galicia: an open field battle between the Russians and Austro-Hungarians
  • Lupków Pass: a fight between the Russians and Austro-Hungarians deep within the mountains
  • Tsaritsyn: an attempt by the communist Red Army to take control of the city of Tsaritsyn--later renamed Stalingrad--during the Russian Civil War
  • Volga River: a battle between the Red and White Armies along the titular river

Weapons

  • C93 Carbine: a version of the C93 sidearm for tankers and pilots
  • Federov Avtomat: an early assault rifle developed by the Russians
  • General Liu Rifle: a Chinese semi-automatic rifle
  • Model 1900: a classic double-barrel shotgun
  • Mosin-Nagant M91: the famous Russian bolt-action rifle
  • Nagant Revolver: a Russian revolver that utilizes a unique gas seal system to increase muzzle velocity
  • Obrez Pistol: a sawed-off Mosin Nagant rifle that serves as a sidearm, used by Russian revolutionaries in the Russian Civil War
  • Parabellum MG14/17: a fast-firing German machine gun intended to be used in aircraft
  • Perino Model 1908: a large Italian machine gun that fires from a mounted box of 20 round feed strips
  • SMG 08/18: an experimental German submachine gun based on the MG 08 heavy machine gun

Vehicles

  • Coastal Gun: a massive artillery piece found on some maps
  • Ilya-Muromets: a Russian heavy bomber
  • Putilov-Garford: an assault truck featuring an unusual rear-facing turret design
  • Y-Lighter: a landing craft used for beach landings

Melee Weapons

  • Cavalry Lance
  • Cossack Dagger
  • Dud Club

Turning Tides

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The third expansion brings new naval-focused battles to Battlefield 1 as well as the Gallipoli Campaign. There are four new maps, six new weapons, two new vehicles, and four new melee weapons.

Maps

  • Achi Baba: a battle between the British and Ottoman Empires on rugged inland terrain
  • Cape Helles: a beach landing by the British to push inland against the Ottoman Empire as part of the Gallipoli Campaign
  • Heligoland Bight: a British naval assault on German positions along a rocky island in the North Atlantic
  • Zeebrugge: a nighttime raid by the British Royal Marines against a Belgian port held by the Germans

Weapons

  • Carcano M91: the famous Italian bolt action rifle
  • Farquhar-Hill: a British rifle featuring an unusual drum magazine and foregrip
  • Maschinenpistole M1912/P.16: a fully-automatic version of the Austrian sidearm
  • M1917 MG: an American machine gun with a large ammo capacity and steady rate of fire
  • M1917 Trench Carbine: a version of the German C96 sidearm with a stock and extended magazine
  • Type 38 Arisaka: the famous Japanese bolt action rifle

Vehicles

  • C-Class Airship: a small airship used to combat ships and submarines
  • L-Class Destroyer: a highly-equipped destroyed designed by the British, capable of engaging land, sea, and air targets

Melee Weapons

  • Grappling Hook
  • Naval Cutlass
  • Ottoman Flanged Mace

Apocalypse

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The final expansion for Battlefield 1 sees the Italian Campaign to its conclusion and brings in two of the most famous battles of the war. The expansion features three new maps, seven new weapons, two new vehicles, and three new melee weapons. In addition, the expansion adds a new AA rocket gun to the Assault class and sees the return of the dogfighting mode from previous games, with two maps exclusive to the mode.

Maps

  • Caporetto: the end of the war for the Italians, pitting them against the Austro-Hungarians in the mountainous Isonzo river valley
  • Passchendaele: the famous, muddy battle between the British and the Germans amongst craters, fire, and gas
  • River Somme: a desperate attack by the British against a maze of German trenchlines, based on the worst day in the history of the British military
  • London Calling (Air Assault): a dogfight above the city of London
  • Razor's Edge: a dogfight above the Alps mountain range

Weapons

  • Howell Automatic: an unusual conversion of the Lee Enfield to a semi-automatic rifle
  • IMG 08/18: an air-cooled version of the heavier MG 08/18
  • Livens Projector: a series of mortar launchers connected to a plunger that fire gas canisters when activated. These are found on the three infantry maps of the expansion.
  • M1917 Enfield: a bolt action rifle that was the most widely used rifle by the Americans in the war
  • Revolver Mk VI: a reliable standard issue sidearm used by the British
  • Ross MkIII: a Canadian bolt action rifle that struggled mightily in the conditions of the war
  • RSC SMG: a bizarre French submachine gun based on the RSC 1917

Vehicles

  • Airco DH.10: a British bomber with a unique feature allowing the rear gunner to fire towards the front of the aircraft
  • Hansa-Brandenburg G.I: an Austro-Hungarian bomber produced late in the war