Battlefield 1 Open Beta Impresses With Cinematic Immersion, Great Visuals And Engaging Game Play

Gamers are understandably pumped for Battlefield 1. While other games of its ilk often look far into the future, Battlefield 1 returns to its historic roots (anyone remember the original Battlefield 1942) by setting World War I as the backdrop for gamers. And for those that want to get a head start on the action, the public beta is now available for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

While the reception to early trailers for Battlefield 1 has for the most part been positive — which is the exact opposite of what occurred with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare — we’re pleasantly surprised to see that early reaction to the beta by participants has also been overwhelming favorable. The overarching theme with the game seems to be that Battlefield 1 brings back some old-school simplicity in the gameplay, which in turn makes for an extremely entertaining experience for gamers.

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As Cinelinx puts it, “Battlefield 1 feels a lot like the old Battlefield titles, 1942-1943 to be exact, and those are my favorite titles in the franchise. They have a feel to them that makes them simply fun to me. There isn’t a lot of advanced weaponry, big open spaces of nothing, and very tight conquest areas.”

The subject matter of the game — World War I — also makes for some rather interesting gameplay twists and is a nice break from more modern and futuristic game settings in this genre. It’s even a nice break from the scores of World War II-themed games that broke onto the scene at the turn of the century.

The Verge writes, “It feels like you're taking part in something authentic, even though it's exceptionally weird and cartoonish at times. But that weirdness makes it feel special. I can't think of another game that lets you strafe horses in biplanes, wear steel armor while firing a machine gun from the hip, or blast enemies from an armored train — yet these are all things you can do in the same round of Battlefield 1, and this is just the beta.”

And for those of you out there with badass graphics cards in your gaming rig (we’re looking at you, GeForce GTX 1080 owners), Battlefield 1 is a visual treat with the detail settings cranked up. “I can’t understate how good Battlefield 1 looks. It also runs great; the frame rate counter that’s permanent in the beta reads 70fps most of the time, which is impressive considering my aging AMD 7970 graphics card,” writes PCGamesN. “The rocky outcrops where snipers hide look exceptional, and the way the terrain deforms when grenades or explosive shells strike is really impressive.”

Gamers who partake in the beta will only be able to battle it out with others on a single map: Sinai Desert, which is located East of El-Jifar. And for gamers that complete a mission, rank to level 15 and play on four different days, Electronic Arts has a special treat for you: a free Dog Tag when Battlefield 1 is released on October 21st. And while you’re at it, check out this “Tips” page to get a leg up on the competition in the Battlefield 1 beta.

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