Battlefield 1942 is the first in a long line of popular FPS titles, known as the Battlefield series from regular AAA developers, EA Dice. The game was originally released on the 10th September 2002 and is currently available on PC, as well as the original Xbox. Battlefield 1942 featured a multiplayer mode and a single-player mode against the AI, all depending on your overall preference and choice for the game as a whole.
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At one moment in time (in 2012) this 2002 game was made available for free via the Origin platform. Sadly, it is no longer available there (it was removed in 2013), so if you want to have a taste of the experience download the free demo. To start downloading click on the link below the review.
If you like World War II games and want to explore other franchises be sure to also download and check out Call of Duty: WWII. If on the other hand, you are a devoted Battlefield fan get yourself another World War II-themed Battlefield V which is scheduled for a release on November 20, 2018.
The Game Review
While the game may lack anything involving a plot or a story, it does something a little different and aims for a more realistic approach with all of its “battlefields” in the game. Rather than having a series of fictional landscapes and scenarios that never happened, the game instead has you play through famous/infamous military battles between two different countries. Depending on the battlefield you’ll be playing as one of 2 sides, all on top of a relatively realistic version of the battlefields that they took place on in the first place.
Gameplay is that of a typical FPS game. You take control of a soldier and can walk around the map, aiming at targets, reloading, shooting, all with the same typical controls that you’ll be used to at this point. What the game does differently is through the use of the roles system. Before each match, you can pick and choose between 5 different roles: scout, assault, medic, anti-tank, and engineer. They all have different uses and effects on the battlefield and will require a diverse team of players to provide a successful win for your team. Depending on the role you pick and choose, they will have access to different weapons and gear that the others won’t have, making that role and its items completely unique for them.
A staple of the Battlefield series has always been its inclusion of vehicles and even in the first game, they managed to kick off this tradition for the first time. While it isn’t quite as vast as it is today, the inclusions of vehicles, such as tanks, makes navigating the battlefield a deadly experience if someone’s got their hands on one of these toys of destruction. The main game mode for the game is Control, where you and your team must control all of the control points on the map, while eliminating all of the enemy team so they run out of respawn points, thus forfeiting the game to you.
At the time, the closest comparison for the series would have been the Call of Duty franchise, as the series at the time was set during the first and second World War. It took a lot of inspiration from the titular franchise and made it their own, using the newly formed Battlefield formula that has followed on from years after this point.
For anyone that would rather enjoy a more classic style of FPS during the golden age of FPS games, Battlefield 1942 brings you back to its roots to show you a tactical and enjoyable style of shooter that isn’t quite like anything else on the market as of right now.