Editor’s note: Yes, this review is impressively late. And given that this is one of the hottest releases of 2016, that kinda sucks. We’ve been holding off on publishing our thoughts because Michael’s been trying to get to the bottom of the issues surrounding the game’s lack of local servers. It’s a subject that many South African Battlefield fans are rightfully livid about, and we hoped to be able to review the game only after we’d gotten some sort of peaceful resolution on the issue. It doesn’t look like that’ll be coming anytime soon though, so here’s how we feel about the game, server drama and all.
So, this is World War I ‘ey! I can’t say I’ve ever played a WWI game before. I’ve played many WWII games and even enjoyed a little Vietnam action here and there, but never WWI. It’s an exciting proposition: using early 20th-century weapons and tactics to battle through unique environments and get a taste of what combat was like back in The Great War. WWI was the answer to the “what’s next for Battlefield?” question posed by Electronic Arts and DICE – and it’s an answer that’s worked out brilliantly for them.