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Battlefield 1 at EA Play - Likes and Dislikes

By: Sean Ridgeley | Editorials in Gaming | Posted: Jun 17, 2016 6:53 am
Developer and / or Publisher: EA

Disliked: New Announcer


BF1 adopts a female announcer for objective notifications for the first time in the series. Worse, she has a robotic sci-fi movie-esque voice, unlike previous announcers who acted like commanders or squad leaders and yelled about whatever was happening, or at least indicated some level of urgency and humanity as though they were actually there and communicating to their men. Between the two changes, immersion suffers quite a bit.



I have heard the voice is just a placeholder, but it's just rumors at this point. Either way, the fanbase has been extremely vocal about changing the announcer to something authentic, and I expect DICE will listen.



Disliked: Modern Interface



Similar to the new announcer, the new interface is not appropriate for the game. World War I is rough, gritty, dirty, and lacking in technological advancements and should have an interface that reflects that to some degree -- think Bad Company 2: Vietnam or an updated version of what we saw in Battlefield 2.



Disliked: No Significant Graphics Improvements


Battlefield 1 marks the second Battlefield game in a row that brings little visual improvement to the table.




It's hard to complain too much about this given how far ahead of its time Battlefield 3 was, and given the return of proper destruction (which is hard on resources); nevertheless, it's a bit disappointing to see no glaring visual changes that make you sit back in awe the same way the Battlefield 3 Fault Line and Thunder Run gameplay trailers did when they debuted, especially with the fresh DirectX 12 support.



Final Thoughts


This isn't the end-all be-all of Battlefield 1 pre-release articles, mind you; there is quite a bit more in the game worth liking and disliking, but consider this a good start.


When it comes down to it, the game as it stands isn't everything I could've asked for, but it's also quite a bit more than I expected, and plenty enough to have me anxiously awaiting the beta.


See you on the battlefield, soldier.

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