History is full of stories that are not easy to tell or easy to hear, but they must be told in order to understand the present and the future of the human race. When Winston Churchill said this in 1958,” The future is unknowable, but the past should give us hope.”
This is certainly true, regardless if the year is 1914, 1945, or 2016. The future is unknowable, but the past should give us hope that we shouldn’t make the same mistakes as our ancestors did. Regardless if you’re an American, French, Canadian, German, or British, we must learn and grow from a better understanding of what came before and what will come if we fail to learn from History.
The story of Battlefield 1 and it’s experiences spawns from those stories from the dark corners of human history. We will never know what it was like during the Great War, we will never understand what it was like to be in a trench day and night, rain or snow, we will never understand the frustrations of trench raiding or will never experience what was it like to have mustard and chlorine gas thrown at us. We try to understand what these men went through and try to sympathize with a war that occurred 100 years ago, we can read, we can learn, but we will never know it was like to go through a horrible experience that was The Great War. That’s why Battlefield 1 is my Game of the Year for 2016.
The Great War was the first global war that the world had ever seen. The world went from 1870 to 1940 in just four years. Soldiers began the war with horseback, bolt action rifles, single shot weapons, and came out of the war with airplanes, tanks, machineguns, mustard and chlorine gas, self-loading rifles, grenade launchers, submarines, battleships and much more that would later go on to define modern warfare 100 years later. This war saw the invention of things we take for granted like the zipper, radio communication, and soy sausages. No other war in history saw the progression of humankind like the First World War did.
As for Battlefield 1, this is the first time that Battlefield has won any Game of the Year award from me, personally. The franchise came close numerous times like in 2003 and 2010, with games like 1942 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2, respectively. Battlefield 1 is a game that is remarkably powerful with it’s soundtrack, story, and multiplayer experiences. The story is powerful although decent and pretty good, it’s not the main reason why I gave it Game of the Year. I gave it Game of the Year because of the multiplayer experiences and the experiences that spawn from it, the multiplayer is one of the best multiplayer experiences I’ve played this year and it comes specifically from the Operations mode in the game.
Operations should go down as an iconic gamemode in multiplayer history. It shows you the battle plans, it tells you the history of that operation and it tells you what actually occurred and it’s interesting to learn about these battles that the history books never tell you about, you might have thought that the entire war was fought in Europe but that train of thought could never been so wrong. There are 4 operations in total, more coming soon and these operations take place along the Western Front, the Italian Front, and the Arabian Front where the British fought the Ottoman Empire for oil which was needed for a war that would soon became a war of machines along the Western Front in 1917-1918.
This mode is as cinematic as you get can. Bodies drop as you sprint towards a trench for cover, machinegun emplacements fire upon you, flamethrowers set fire to bunkers and men with grenades fling their grenades into emplacements to destroy the machinegunners. It’s as close to Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers that a videogame can get to. With these experiences, you have stories to tell your friends who are into videogames and you have stories that stick with you. Sure, it’s a popcorn look at World War I but it shows how far this war went and how this war destroyed human lives, and maybe I’m just looking too much into it but the game gives respect and dedicates it to the men that fought in this global war.
It’s a popcorn and fun look at World War I, this version kind of butts heads with the darker and somber story of the campaign. The campaign is super dark and super sad, also inspirational. There are people here that are looking for redemption, a cause to fight, trying to survive, and are trying to be a father figure to a new recruit. The story is powerful and it all comes together, I believe that this is one of the best campaigns since Bad Company 2. A problem with the campaign is that it was 6 hours, I wish it was 7 hours because I want to see alot more of the campaign, I was so intrigued and then boom, it was over.
It’s rare that a game evolves on every aspect of the original game that launched two decades ago. Battlefield 1 brought World War I to us, shedding light, sparking conversation, and yielding exploration that led to new discoveries that we never knew about in History Class.
As we further probe the legacy of this war that began what is now called “Modern Warfare.” , we see how all gamers of the world and American gamers can learn and grow from a better understanding of World War I and a better understanding of the past.
See you all in the beginning of 2017.