Guys. It’s almost time for Battlefield 1. I won’t hide that I haven’t been this excited for a game since Fallout 4, which is weird for me because I really don’t get into first person shooters all that much, and I certainly am not one of those people that sit and dig into multiplayer games until I can light up everyone on a map. In the simplest terms, I’m startlingly mediocre at them. Battlefield 1‘s beta was no different when I played that. When I play Battlefield 1 proper, I’m probably going to get lit up at that too. But with that being said, it represents something for me; one of the first times I’ve dusted off the game system for something I actually wanted to buy this year, as well as an opportunity to engage in gaming’s social aspect.
I’ve been writing about the latter part of this often enough for the last couple of years that I suspect that the few repeat visitors I get have been growing quite tired of hearing this. However, it still is worth diving into a little bit. The most popular contemporary games are by and large single-player, and while discussing your experiences with them does bring some great social moments between gamers, those pale in comparison to those offered by multiplayer games. My experience with them in particular has led me to amass a small group of friends from work to create a Battlefield squad, and over the past several weeks we have been talking about it quite a bit. Let’s just say that the hype is building, and I’m looking forward to playing and then reliving the experience the next day.
I also haven’t had a lot of time or money for gaming the last few months. Fall is usually my “busy season” when it comes to gaming, and I’m ready for it to start again. I didn’t get any gaming at all done during the summer, save for one stray afternoon when I played a random Far Cry Primal session. I haven’t gotten a new game aside from PlayStation Plus freebies (Lords of the Fallen sucked) since Fallout. It’s been a dry year. So now I’m doing something for me. I wish that there was a really good, long, open world multiplayer game available, because in all honesty, I’d probably get that, but this’ll do. I’ll still get to have some fun.
EA is being tight-lipped with game footage to this point, which, frankly, is a bit perplexing from a marketing standpoint. That said, not to be a commercial for EA, if you are interested in buying, the Battlefield 1 site does have some pretty cool information available on the new game. My own experience with the beta leads me to believe that the game will be more interactive than the previous FPS formula “here’s the map, here everyone else is, shoot each other”. The innovative (and of course, period-specific) vehicles are back, weather can change on a battle field (no pun intended) and affect what you are doing, and there’s some variation in ways to kill that goes beyond “shoot or knife”. So aside from all of that other hype, it looks like it’s going to be a pretty good game.
I’m sure none of you care quite as much about this as I do, but, bear with me, I don’t get to do this all that much. Gaming has been harder with all of the adulting that’s going on all up over here, and now that the season is back in full swing, I’m very much looking forward to my first real foray into it of the year. Battlefield seems like a good way to get back into it, as I’ve got some people to keep me playing, the ability to log in quickly for just a couple of ten minute sessions will make it easier to work around my schedule, and it all looks like a fairly entertaining game to boot. The game launches on Friday. Feel free to join me in line.