Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1. Electronic Arts (2016), PlayStation 4. A first-person shooter game set during World War 1. 

Welcome back to the fabulous TLYW Year of Console Gaming in which we attempt to play 14 games in 14 months. Today is 1 July, it’s Month 7 and that’s very exciting as we are now half way through the year! Our year began with two months of dinosaurs and primitive early humans, then continued through Ancient Greece, the Middle Ages, the Enlightenment and finally arrived at the dawn of the 20th century in June. Here we are in July and, unavoidably, here is World War 1 and an immensely popular game that I would never have played were it not for this year-long project.

Despite its name, Battlefield 1 is actually the 15th iteration of the Battlefield series, so EA has had plenty of time to get the game design right and, indeed, this game was critically acclaimed upon release. Rather than a single main character and a single open world to explore, in single player mode there are six distinct War Stories, where you can play out different characters in a variety of locations and scenarios. The game was praised for its compelling stories, well-structured campaigns and diverse scenery and gameplay.

Battlefield 1 was released at the end of October 2016 and in January this year it was reported to have sold more than 15m copies. That was six months ago so the total will be even more than that now.

I hope it’s good. It has a lot of customers. As one would hope, there’s a multiplayer mode so if I turn out to be good at it, there will be plenty to do, with the single-player missions functioning as training for multiplayer scenarios. I will then be able to use my fancy Turtle Beach headset to scream into the microphone at teenagers in Ohio and Alabama as I blow things up, which is what everybody is presumed to want.

My interest in video gaming has always attracted a lot of attention from boys in the online dating arena. One such, a hot blond of about 25 who was a massive Battlefield 1 player, proposed as his suggestion for a date: “I will come over and you can play Battlefield and scream at American kids while you sit on my face.” “Yeah okay”, I replied, “that sounds all right actually”.

Here’s a trailer so you can see what I’m in for. The gameplay I mean, not the other part. Here’s to July. I wish you a happy month of gaming.

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