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Game of the Year 2016 #6: Battlefield 1

The Battlefield series has glorified war for as long as it’s been around, but Battlefield 1 marks the first time EA and DICE have taken a more serious approach to its iconic series. As a result, Battlefield 1 will go down in history as being one of the best titles in the series thanks to its memorable single-player experience and its fine-tuned multiplayer.

While we know the Battlefield series is known for its popular multiplayer game modes, one thing that’s always been lacking is a worthwhile single-player campaign. Battlefield 1 finally ends the streak of delivering skippable campaigns by telling the harrowing stories of a handful of soldiers. As we progressed through each story, the action was intense, the enemies were unforgiving, and the narrative was often heart-breaking. While some stories were better than others, we were quite happy with how DICE delivered them as their memories were treated with the respect they rightfully deserved.

With the single-player campaign completed, players were then able to jump into Battlefield 1’s multiplayer portion. Players can partake in a number of game modes, which include Conquest, Rush, and War Pigeons to name a few. The most impressive is the Operations game mode, which always felt like it was constantly changing no matter how much we tried to predict its outcome. Once players found their preferred game mode, they could play as one of four classes, each with their own strengths and weakness. DICE did a great job making all of the classes feel balanced, that is, as long as the player knew their role on the battlefield.

As you’d expect from a DICE game, the visuals, maps, and gameplay are all top notch in Battlefield 1. While we enjoyed the obvious World War I-era weaponry, some new gameplay mechanics, such as being able to attack enemies on horseback or the use of flamethrowers, kept things fresh. And with regular updates, game modes, and DLC expected in the coming months, we can’t wait to see what else is in store for the future of Battlefield 1.

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