Why I Chose BF1 as my Game of the Year

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Hope everyone had a good Christmas and NYE,

It’s rare that when a game does something different, you actually like it and enjoy it. These days, when something changes or does something in a different way, people usually complain because it’s in the human behavior to stick with what you know because people are often scared of change but Battlefield 1 went from the modern day to the far past where nobody has gone before, that’s bold and that’s called change.

Battlefield 1 went to a place that is obscure as a part of a planet where the sun doesn’t shine, it’s a place where nobody in the triple A space went before. I never touched a weapon from WW1 before, I never driven a tank from WW1 before,  I never driven an airplane from WWI before, I never been to the Argonne, Amiens, St.Quentin before but I sure as hell been to Normandy, Stalingrad, Berlin, The Hurtgen Forest, Bastonge before and going places where I never been to in a videogame is refreshing.

In Battlefield 1, you will never see the places that’s been constantly re imagined and constantly down your throat when you play a World War game, sure it’s cool to go to Normandy or Bastonge again but it loses the imagination because you’ve been there before and you know the story behind it but to go a place where you’ve never been before is astonishing.  When you go to a place like St. Quentin or Villers-Bretonneux aka Amiens,  the imagination runs wild and you imagine how did this place look like 100 years ago, you don’t know the story of Amiens or St.Quentin at the time of World War I, you don’t know until you research it and that wealth of knowledge is astonishing.

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I didn’t know anything about World War I until Battlefield 1 released, the game brought this obscure war to me and I decided to take a interest in learning what World War I was all about. I heard rumblings in school but it wasn’t really taught or really learned to an extent except for the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 but nothing really came out of it. In school, World War I was just a prelude to World War II and in that section, we learned of the operations and battles of World War II. From Dunkirk, Dieppe, Normandy, Bastonge, and other well known battles, I always found it weird that we just skipped over the Great War and delved right into World War II without learning what came before.

But now, I have an opportunity to learn what came before with Battlefield 1. The battles, the history of each operation,  the armies, the constant evolving of technology during the four years that The Great War was fought. Did you know there were 12 battles at the Isonzo River which culminated in the Italian defeat at Caporetto in 1917?

Battlefield 1 is a game where I always find something and be astonished at it. There’s always something in the game where I didn’t know that particular piece of information and that piece of history. The game gives you codex entries about battles and weapons if you play on that map or mode or use that weapon 10 times, you’re constantly getting history lessons which isn’t a bad thing.

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You must be wondering why Dishonored 2 or Overwatch not my game of the year? It’s because of that reason where there’s learning and information around every corner and it doesn’t glamorize War and it clearly states, that this a different war and this isn’t World War II. You keep learning about this obscure war and as you keep playing the game and play operations and battles that occurred 100 years ago, you come to the understanding that a war like this shouldn’t happen again. Much like World War II, we must learn from the history of The Great War and come away that this must not happen again in the course of human history.

That’s why Battlefield 1 is my Game of the Year.

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6 thoughts on “Why I Chose BF1 as my Game of the Year

  1. As a history buff, I love that you’ve taken an interest in World War I, and to hear that a game brought that interest to you makes the nerd in me very happy.

    World War I really did make for a fantastically interesting and appalling part of world history. I’d love to see more games besides Battlefield 1 and Valiant Hearts take on this era.

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    1. I’m studying History in College and I’m majoring in History. I despised History before, I hated it but now I come to appreciate it and it’s comforting to know that the dead can speak and warn you to not make the same mistakes as they once did.

      I never played Valiant Hearts, so this is my first foray into The Great War. I would love to see another shooter go into World War I. We need more World War I games like this, but not an overabundance of them like the World War II games that came out two decades ago.

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  2. The fact that the game has garnered interest in this oft-neglected period is good. My only quibble with it is that it provides a very skewed version of WW1 – the battles, equipment, and general atmosphere are basically that of WW2 in the game, without having a particularly-original Great War flavour.

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    1. The game takes place in 1918 where Machine Guns and Airplanes were already invented and were used within the war. The MP18 was the world’s first machine gun used in warfare.

      The war opened up in 1918, due to the German advance on St. Quentin in Spring, so it opened up and became more of a “moving war” then the stalemate that was seen in the three years prior but yes, the game has a more WW2 feel which is sorta neglicting but they have to make it fun to play, I certainly won’t play a game that makes you sit in a trench all day but I think it’s warranted due to the fact the actual war itself opened up. However, I see your point because most of the guns within the game are prototypes and weren’t actually used which I think kills the flavour. I agree wholeheartedly

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      1. That’s the problem for me. Running around with prototypes that were barely used is not really reflective of Great War combat.

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      2. Prototypes that weren’t even used, it’s just there for options and you can use different weapons, since I too have a problem with that, I just use weapons that were currently available: MP18, BAR, Gewher 98, The Trench shotties, and some of the standard issue iron sights rifles that are within the Scout Class. Play some of the custom game modes like Standard Issue Rifles if you want a somewhat reflective representation but if you truly want to go reflective and realistic, try Verdun, I’m about to try it myself.

        DICE is about to drop a DLC that will see more reflective weaponry from the times.

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