The Beauty of DICE’s Great War

Leo Marx
Written by Leo Marx

So, you see that DICE has put out a new game in its Bat­tle­field series and won­der why the hell is it called Bat­tle­field One? (“BF1” for the cool kids.)

Well, it’s not the first in the series — that was years ago. It’s called Bat­tle­field 1 because “Bat­tle­field: The Great War” prob­a­bly wouldn’t have gone over so well. It’s loose­ly a Bat­tle­field game (we’ll touch on that lat­er) based on The Great War, or — as we Amer­i­cans call it — World War I.

If you’re unfa­mil­iar with the brand, it’s a first-per­son shoot­er based around team game­play on large maps, unlike the Call of Duty series.

Now, for what people expect of me.

(and what I would expect of me, too)

[mks_dropcap style=“square” size=“63” bg_color=“#f2f2f2” txt_color=“#494949”]A[/mks_dropcap]fter play­ing this video game for over 160 hours, I’m start­ing to find myself bored. I’ve done just about every­thing one can do in a Bat­tle­field game, and can say it has been an extreme­ly good time.

For me, this game has just been some­thing I do to burn time and to get away from the world, and it does that very well. It’s also been my goal to try and do every­thing I can in it, which shows how great of a game it is. If some­thing can make me want to fin­ish it, it must be tru­ly engag­ing and enter­tain­ing.

I can bare­ly fin­ish a nine­ty minute-long movie that is raved about by crit­ics and friends, alike.


I bore very eas­i­ly.

Only some­thing sub­stan­tial could keep my atten­tion for over 5 hours.

With the time I’ve spent play­ing One, it has nes­tled a spot in my mind and heart. I wouldn’t say it’s changed me, but in 5 years, I know I will look back at this game and have the same nos­tal­gic view for it that many and myself have for video games like Call of Duty 4.

I often look back for those days in ear­ly high school with chee­to-cov­ered hands and many late nights spent gam­ing, and feel like this title may become the same. 

I could very well emu­late a stan­dard review­er and dwell on its graph­ics, but I won’t.

Instead, I’ll say — sim­ply — that the game is beau­ti­ful.

The sounds are amaz­ing — they’d give Frank Buck­les flash­backs.

It’s a 2016 Bat­tle­field game — it’s pol­ished. Not like a doro­dan­go, but like a nice cut dia­mond, it’s a tad bet­ter than good. But these things wouldn’t make some­one want to buy a video game; I hope they don’t.

Who cares what some bloke thinks about a game’s sub­stance? Sub­stance is mean­ing­less; it’s what you do with a sub­stance that mat­ters, and you can do some­thing with One’s sub­stance. Or, I did, at least.

It’s not a 10/10 IGN spe­cial.

Well, maybe it is… I haven’t read any of its reviews.

I bought it the day it came out.

Bat­tle­field One is is a good game; some­thing you can play and have fun with.

Unlike Call of Duty, I don’t have to try hard to be the best. I can spend hours just dri­ving a tank around, nev­er fight­ing in close quar­ters bat­tle and still have an excel­lent time, but that’s the brand for you.

This game gives you a Bat­tle­field title that is set in a fan­ta­sy-like 1919 world where the Great War is still fight­ing on, pro­to­type weapons are real­ized, and the death toll keeps shoot­ing high­er and high­er.

Sure, it’s not the most real­is­tic war-era expe­ri­ence, but damn… it still shows me how bru­tal com­bat was in 1918.

If I could, I would go back and buy this game again with­out any regret and spend the same amount of time play­ing it.

It might not do that for anbody else, but I hope it will — or has.

The author

Leo Marx

Leo Marx

Leo Marx is a co-founder and the Senior Culture Editor of Extratone.