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It’s rare that when a game does something different, you actually like it and enjoy it. These days, when something changes or does something in a different way, people usually complain because it’s in the human behavior to stick with what you know because people are often scared of change but Battlefield 1 went from the modern day to the far past where nobody has gone before, that’s bold and that’s called change.
Battlefield 1 went to a place that is obscure as a part of a planet where the sun doesn’t shine, it’s a place where nobody in the triple A space went before. I never touched a weapon from WW1 before, I never driven a tank from WW1 before, I never driven an airplane from WWI before, I never been to the Argonne, Amiens, St.Quentin before but I sure as hell been to Normandy, Stalingrad, Berlin, The Hurtgen Forest, Bastonge before and going places where I never been to in a videogame is refreshing.
In Battlefield 1, you will never see the places that’s been constantly re imagined and constantly down your throat when you play a World War game, sure it’s cool to go to Normandy or Bastonge again but it loses the imagination because you’ve been there before and you know the story behind it but to go a place where you’ve never been before is astonishing. When you go to a place like St. Quentin or Villers-Bretonneux aka Amiens, the imagination runs wild and you imagine how did this place look like 100 years ago, you don’t know the story of Amiens or St.Quentin at the time of World War I, you don’t know until you research it and that wealth of knowledge is astonishing.
I didn’t know anything about World War I until Battlefield 1 released, the game brought this obscure war to me and I decided to take a interest in learning what World War I was all about. I heard rumblings in school but it wasn’t really taught or really learned to an extent except for the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 but nothing really came out of it. In school, World War I was just a prelude to World War II and in that section, we learned of the operations and battles of World War II. From Dunkirk, Dieppe, Normandy, Bastonge, and other well known battles, I always found it weird that we just skipped over the Great War and delved right into World War II without learning what came before.
But now, I have an opportunity to learn what came before with Battlefield 1. The battles, the history of each operation, the armies, the constant evolving of technology during the four years that The Great War was fought. Did you know there were 12 battles at the Isonzo River which culminated in the Italian defeat at Caporetto in 1917?
Battlefield 1 is a game where I always find something and be astonished at it. There’s always something in the game where I didn’t know that particular piece of information and that piece of history. The game gives you codex entries about battles and weapons if you play on that map or mode or use that weapon 10 times, you’re constantly getting history lessons which isn’t a bad thing.
You must be wondering why Dishonored 2 or Overwatch not my game of the year? It’s because of that reason where there’s learning and information around every corner and it doesn’t glamorize War and it clearly states, that this a different war and this isn’t World War II. You keep learning about this obscure war and as you keep playing the game and play operations and battles that occurred 100 years ago, you come to the understanding that a war like this shouldn’t happen again. Much like World War II, we must learn from the history of The Great War and come away that this must not happen again in the course of human history.
That’s why Battlefield 1 is my Game of the Year.