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Battlefield 1 hardcore mode now available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One

Want to test your skills against other Battlefield 1 players? Then you're going to want to go hardcore.

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Battlefield 1 received its highly-anticipated Fall Update yesterday across all platforms, which included quite the laundry list of changes to the popular shooter. Today, EA announced it has activated its hardcore servers to offer an experience geared towards its elite players.

“Playing on a hardcore server, you might not be assisted by a minimap, crosshair, or the ability to spot enemies depending on the server settings,” DICE says in a blog post. This means those who are even considering playing on one of the game’s hardcore servers should be very comfortable with its game mechanics, or else you’re going to have a bad time.

Battlefield 1’s hardcore servers launched this morning at 4am PT / 7am ET, so if you’ve been waiting for its release, be sure to check it out later today.

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    November 16, 2016 8:10 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Battlefield 1 hardcore mode now available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One

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      November 16, 2016 8:14 AM

      Awww too bad. Was hoping they wouldn't add casual mode to this one but I should have known better.

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        November 16, 2016 8:52 AM

        what are you talking about?

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        November 16, 2016 10:31 AM

        Huh?

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          November 16, 2016 11:54 AM

          Hardcore mode is actually casual mode because the reduced health makes it way too easy to kill everybody. Lowers the skill ceiling.

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            November 16, 2016 12:05 PM

            I don’t know. I prefer it, and it makes me a lot more careful about running around like a mad man and not taking cover. It makes it easier to kill everybody because they aren't bullet sponges anymore, which I prefer. And if you find yourself constantly getting sniped from afar in hardcore all I can say is, stop standing out in the open and use cover.

            Plus no 3d spotting, which is an affront to BF games imo. Basically makes stealth and and sneak tactics a dead-end.

            I was frustrated as fuck with hardcore mode when I first tried it in BF3. Didn't take long to get used it and now I prefer it. Normal is just tedious as fuck to me sometimes. Classic mode on BF4 was quite a nice compromise though.

            Whatever anyway. The same few people have to go on a circle-jerk about how shit hardcore is whenever it is brought up in a thread. Just look at chilln's post below. He makes out 'hardcore people' get mad (haven't seen that in this thread myself, he just replied to vitek calling it casual mode) and then proceeds to rant about how shit the mode is.

            Maybe he's the one that's mad that not everyone prefers his chosen game mode? That's weird in itself.

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              November 16, 2016 12:12 PM

              The game mechanics are balanced around normal mode, or at least around the amount of health players are given in normal mode. I think reducing everybody's health encourages spray and pray.

              As far as discouraging running around in the open goes, you don't get away with that in normal mode either. Even a medic's rifle or LMG on a bipod can fuck you up from long range.

              But yeah, I'm not a fan of 3D spotting, which is why I liked classic mode in BF4. Sadly nobody played after the first couple weeks.

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                November 16, 2016 12:14 PM

                I haven't played BF1 yet, got too much on my plate at the moment so I'm going off HC mode in previous games.

                From another post I saw earlier today though it sounds like they fucked up HC mode so even I wouldn't enjoy it either :[

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              November 16, 2016 12:17 PM

              What? Im not mad about it. I just think youre gimping your skill ceiling by playing casual mode. If you arent good enough for the regular game thats fine. They have bumper bowling for the people who keep getting gutterballs and they have hardcore for the tacticool kids.

              You know how you sneak around people without getting 3d spotted? You actually sneak around the whole team. Then youre actually sneaking, not just avoiding 3 players you chose to sneak up on.

              Bulletsponge? It takes like 4 shots to kill people, i get that having to adjust to unpredictable spread and annoying (broken) game mechanics like suppression makes aiming harder, but practice, youll get better.

              People are so defensive about being teased on hardcore. There were so many threads on battlefield forums of hardcore only players mad about no hardcore servers. They were so angry about how the game sucks, and everyone else sucks because they play the regular game, and not a mode that doesnt even exist.

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                November 16, 2016 12:24 PM

                I just think youre gimping your skill ceiling by playing casual mode. If you arent good enough for the regular game thats fine. They have bumper bowling for the people who keep getting gutterballs and they have hardcore for the tacticool kids.

                Do you actually read what you write before you post?

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        November 16, 2016 11:16 AM

        Haha! Hardcore people get so mad when you point that out.

        Hardcore is for the players that want every gun to 2 shot people.

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          November 16, 2016 11:26 AM

          Yup. It's terrible but people get real weird about it. They think the lack of a few Ui features somehow makes the game deeper or something when in reality the reduction in health simplifies things to just slightly above ut instagib. Maybe bf1 will be different but 3 and 4 were not balanced at all with hardcore in mind and it became a terrible game in hardcore. 1 shot from any sniper rifle at any range on any body part. 2 with dmrs. Shotgun sniping at any range. removal of location damage. Removal of ballistic damage calculation.

          Its such a shit show.

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            November 16, 2016 11:57 AM

            So don't play that mode. What's the problem?

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              November 16, 2016 11:58 AM

              Because it draws players away from a better game mode.

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                November 16, 2016 12:00 PM

                I'm torn on this, your average Hardcore player isn't somebody you want on your team anyway. So maybe its for the best.

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                November 16, 2016 12:07 PM

                It's fine that you prefer a different mode, but this is pretty dumb imo.

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                  November 16, 2016 12:08 PM

                  Thanks for letting me know I guess? Good talk.

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                    November 16, 2016 12:11 PM

                    You're basically attacking people for not playing the way you want to play.

                    Calling them out as casual players is some weird attempt to assail their gamer cred or something.

                    Just play the game how you want and let others do the same.

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                      November 16, 2016 12:18 PM

                      I'm not attacking anyone, but I am enjoying the table flipping I'm apparently causing in your mood right now. Tell me again how I'm the one doing the ranting. That was my favorite part!

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                        November 16, 2016 12:24 PM

                        Lol, you're proving my point.

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                          November 16, 2016 12:35 PM

                          I think maybe you are combining me and chilin inside your brain. I'm not attacking anyone, I genuinely don't give a shit what game mode you or anyone else plays. I made a post lamenting the addition of hardcore mode. It's not a life issue for me. I think it makes the game weaker overall but it's more a slight disappointment and I would have forgotten about the whole conversation if you hadn't tried jumping up my ass over it. Chilin seems to be the one antagonizing you so take it up with him.

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                            November 16, 2016 12:39 PM

                            Fair enough.

                            I'm only glancing over at the screen briefly to check shack while I eat and pay bills, but you're right.

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                              November 16, 2016 12:51 PM

                              its all good man, dont worry about it.

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          November 16, 2016 11:56 AM

          Haha! Hardcore people get so mad when you point that out.

          Seems to work both ways.

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      November 16, 2016 8:16 AM

      Woo hoo. Love me some hardcore.

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        November 16, 2016 11:27 AM

        Why?

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          November 16, 2016 11:43 AM

          in this thread vitek r shits on things other people enjoys because

          it steals precious players that don't prefer his mode of gameplay anyway

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            November 16, 2016 11:52 AM

            Some people just like terrible shit. Look at the.l big bang theory.

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            November 16, 2016 11:55 AM

            I was legit curious why he loves it so much.

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              November 16, 2016 12:37 PM

              I don't like it when I shoot someone and they hide to regen health.

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                November 16, 2016 12:57 PM

                i got you. it doesnt bother me though, TBH. growing up with quake/doom/UT i generally expect if I engage and we both walk away, that we are also both gonna be healed and armored by the next time we see each other anyway and these modern games are opposed to having medkits and stimpacks and bottles of magic beer laying around to restore health. i actually think BF has a good balance of when the healing process begins after combat, and the rate at which it heals.

                i can see why it would be a big sticking point though. did you, perhaps, play a ton of counterstrike in your life? i did, and it actually seems like regen health in BF should bother me more than it does and i cant really explain why it doesnt.

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                  November 16, 2016 2:42 PM

                  Counterstrike was the only one that I didn't play very much of on that list you mentioned. IN BF4 I believe it bothered me a tad more when a tank would regen health as well, and probably set me down a path of preferring that mode of combat. After my initial "whoo hoo" I would have to say "oh" with the current BF1 hardcore. In BF4 I would never have to work to find out who my team are. Maybe that's the way they want it, but I don't like it. At this point I'm cherry picking my favorite things about BF4 hardcore and hoped they carried over, and for now they have not.

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              November 16, 2016 4:33 PM

              For me because I'm better than most people with reaction time and snapshot aiming but my on target aiming over longer periods is a lot shittier. So while I can normally do like 3.5 kDa in normal I can do much better in hc.

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      November 16, 2016 8:17 AM

      So the one shot hits with sniper rifles kill you twice?

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        November 16, 2016 10:34 AM

        Kills you, revives, you, kills you again. Then a medic revives you and you get sniped again.

        4 deaths in 4 seconds to better show their appreciation for the lives lost in WW1 combat.

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      November 16, 2016 8:53 AM

      i can't imagine this game in hardcore. you can't see a fucking thing as it is.

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        November 16, 2016 9:03 AM

        the spotting works like 25% of the time for me in the first place and nothing much shows up on the minimap. i don't have 3d surround sound so it's hard to tell where sounds are coming from sometimes and i already can't rely on the minimap for that.

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          November 16, 2016 9:06 AM

          yeah they definitely nerfed it quite a bit. also if you spam it there's a cooldown which i believe is new.

          i get they were going for a theme of limited visibility and general confused chaos but i think they might've overdone it for my tastes.

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            November 16, 2016 9:08 AM

            which sucks because if a squad is all hanging out together in the open, i can't spot them all. maybe i get 2/4 of them. they should be punished for standing in the open like that.

            nobody is using voice chat in ps4 so that kind of communication needs to be better for the sake of fun.

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          November 16, 2016 10:42 AM

          Try using the periscope. The thing is basically a wall hack and people don't seem to know about it.

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            November 16, 2016 11:09 AM

            isn't that for scout class? i play support

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              November 16, 2016 12:03 PM

              Yes, yes it is scout.

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              November 16, 2016 12:08 PM

              You only play support? You don't switch classes depending on the situation?

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                November 16, 2016 1:42 PM

                I pick a balanced squad to join and play support. I will work on the other classes (except sniper) when I hit support 10 probably. I only did sniper in bf4 because of the cool gadgets and the ability to equip a shotgun. Switching to AT starting gear on another class is useless since it hardly does any damage and you have to get close to use it so you'll just be instantly murdered anyway.

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                  November 16, 2016 1:47 PM

                  I really disagree with this style of play, especially since any good squad will be switching classes each deployment to deal with changing threats. So say you were looking for squads, and and you see one that's all assault, they may all be trying to deal with a tank that's taking a certain flag, but to a passerby they would seem unbalanced.

                  And AT is really strong with the AT gun, and 2 AT guys can bring down a tank really quick in close rangle

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                    November 16, 2016 1:50 PM

                    On the other hand, if I am the AT guy I am not complaining if you bring me an ammo bag so I can get some more AT nades.

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                      November 16, 2016 1:58 PM

                      i'm the dude with the box already down covering your behind, bro

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                    November 16, 2016 1:57 PM

                    i wouldn't join a squad that's all assaults. i find one that has a mix with no snipers. i'll join one with 1 sniper maybe but if there is only one squad and it has at least 2 snipers in it i'd rather form a new squad or leave the server.

                    at the end of the day we're all here to have fun. i'm not going to force myself to play a class that i don't have fun with or one that i'm not really good at. also if i'm support in your squad, you can be damned sure that if we are attacking or defending that your grenades and ammo will be topped up whether you made a request or not.

                    also how much time do i have to stick with assault to even unlock an AT gun? i don't even see it under assault. where is the AT gun? and again, we are talking about close range. hopefully you got your shots off and didn't get instantly smoked by like 3 hardpoints facing you on the side of a landship. if you're talking about the stationary AT guns, you'll likely be sniped without warning before you do any real damage. i unlocked the support's light AT grenade but it was useless and you only get one and i'll be dead before my ammo box replaces it because the throwing arc on that grenade is pitifully short. best to just let the other vehicles handle it and work on another capture point when you respawn.

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                      November 16, 2016 2:07 PM

                      Get the Heay AT nade first. The throw range is incredible. It is the primary. AT mines are probably next most important. After that get the AT rocket, but it is pretty meh with how fast you will get sniped after firing one of them. It will take about 4-5 of the rockets to kill anything anyway.

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          November 16, 2016 11:24 AM

          125% minimap size.

          Watch this quick video. Notice how i can see all the red squares around me in the bottom left?

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          November 16, 2016 11:57 AM

          This - spotting doesn't work and the minimap is useless.

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            November 16, 2016 11:59 AM

            ^^ minimap is not useless, look at my video above

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              November 16, 2016 12:24 PM

              I'm assuming that was due to the flare gun though. I've spotted vehicles before and seen their red dot appear in-game but not on the map.

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                November 16, 2016 12:48 PM

                They look like weird beetles on the minimap.

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                November 16, 2016 3:51 PM

                It is, but im saying make your minimap larger. U can actually see it then.

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      November 16, 2016 9:10 AM

      They should Nerf snipers. If you stay in one stop for longer than 4 seconds you get aids

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        November 16, 2016 10:36 AM

        I was playing TDM last night and this guy kept going back to the same spot to snipe. He was 30-2 when I joined the server. I killed him 6 times going to the same spot, but his ratio was still going up since I did other things than just camp his ass. Finally, I just took to putting tripwires across his spot. He kept going there.

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        November 16, 2016 12:09 PM

        Limiting the sniper slots per side would be ideal, but it was accomplished in such a hacky way in previous games by basically killing surplus snipers as they spawned or after they fired their first shot.

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          November 16, 2016 12:13 PM

          My problem with snipers isn't that I'm killed by them, it's that when they're on my team they don't help capture objectives.

          It's basically a universal rule that whichever team has the most snipers will lose.

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          November 16, 2016 1:49 PM

          The problem is that an iron sighted bolt action user acting as a forward scout is actually really important. I will pick it on a team I see without one because those flare pops can be game changing.

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          November 16, 2016 2:00 PM

          Either mortars needs longer range to reach out and kill snipers and/or there needs to be more bullet drop. More suppression effects from LMGs against snipers wouldn't hurt either

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          November 16, 2016 4:24 PM

          I always found that latter method hilarious. Especially on a regular server, which quite obviously says in multiple places there are only 4 sniper slots per team and tells you when you equip a sniper rifle that you arent allowed to use it. It's only when you get a kill it actually punishes you, so you can spend ages getting into position and being a dick before bang, you ded.