EA recently released a very slick cinematic trailer for Battlefield 1’s single-player campaign, but while it did a great job of getting everyone hyped, it was pretty light on gameplay.
Great times then, as we now have a good old fashioned gameplay video to feast our eyes on – and the World War 1 shooter’s campaign is looking very fine indeed.
Obviously, the footage kicks off with a sobering quote about the nature of war – I’m pretty sure this is the law for FPS games based on actual wars, put in place so that the developers don’t look like insensitive tools.
More than 60 million soldiers fought in ‘The War to End All Wars.’ It ended nothing. Yet it changed the world forever. What follows is frontline combat. You are not expected to survive.
The video then takes us straight into a segment from the Storm of Steel mission – it features plenty of intense close-quarter combat, and a bit where you get to fuck shit up in a tank (which is awesome).
Another nice touch is that whenever you die, a different name appears onscreen. I would imagine this is another to attempt to get people who are playing to remember that this was an actual event where millions died, and I have to give DICE credit for trying here.
If you like the look of Storm of Steel, it’s one of the missions featured in the EA/Origin Access Play First Trial. If you’re a subscriber, you’ll be able to play it – and the multiplayer – from October 13.
Battlefield 1’s campaign features five main ‘War Stories’ each focusing on a different character from across the world – you can check out the descriptions for each story here.
Battlefield 1 launches for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 21.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.