Battlefield 1 and a Diary of a Wimpy Kid :)

Battlefield 1 and a Diary of a Wimpy Kid :)

Operation Multiplayer! 

I have a confession to make. I do not play multiplayer first person shooters. To be more accurate, I don’t play multiplayer at all if I can help it. I’m the sort of gamer that likes to keep to himself. Gaming for me is about escaping the real world for a few hours and becoming someone other than my normal self. I find I best achieve this in vast, open-world RPG’s and strong story driven games. I find if I am playing an MMO game like World of Warcraft and MamaMia66 comes across my path, this kinda breaks the immersion for me.

This has all changed for me in recent weeks. When Battlefield 1 launched I thought I would play it for the single player campaign, as I heard it was pretty brutal and really well thought out short stories that capture the essence of World War I. Which it does; and more. But curiosity got the better of me, and I found myself going to the Multiplayer tab in the game menu and hitting “Operations”…

A few minutes later, I found myself looking at my crumpled body on the ground with the outline of the person who had just unceremoniously ended me in the space of around 4 seconds. This was my intro to Battlefield 1 multiplayer. Before I even had time to acclimatize myself to the controls and guns, I was lying on the floor again, this time the outline of a prone sniper the cause of my demise. And so it went for the next 27 minutes. I managed to get killed 16 times in my first round with only 3, very lucky kills to my name. Admittedly, I am not the world greatest FPS player, so I was not expecting great things, but the sheer brutality I experienced in that first game, still haunts me many hours and Operations later.

Much like the single player campaign intro, I found myself respawning at a very alarming rate in and out of different soldier’s boots at different points of the map in the same battle. This type of narrative very effectively captures the human cost of war during this time. The same feelings have managed to be carried over to Multiplayer. Each time I die, I feel like I’m a brand new, fresh-faced soldier, getting pushed out on the human conveyor belt and sucked into the trench-shaped meat grinder.

Most of my time is spent the same way. I pick a checkpoint that I think is suitably far enough away from the action, and slowly leopard crawl my way forward to what can only be described as my impending doom. I eventually either get bored of this approach or feel guilty because my fellow squad members are falling around me or a sniper picks me off from across the valley. And this is pretty much the story of the Great War. It’s about wide-eyed soldiers, not knowing what the bigger plan is, and in the end, not dying a hero, but rather as a statistic in a history book. At least at the end of my ordeal, I either get the words “We Won” or “We Lost”…

It’s difficult to describe the feeling of dread I have when I am trying to make my way across a map to a checkpoint. I still would not use the word “fun” to describe my experience with Battlefield 1 but I have certainly become better at it and thus enjoyed it more  until I see the glint on the horizon of a sniper’s scope. Then a split second later, I’m left once again cursing my foe “Killer_Death79” who now has a 0-2 record against me this round…

Like the Allies in WW1, I will keep on persevering. See you on the Battlefield…




 

Born and bred on the sandy shores of Durban, Nathan has been playing video games since he convinced his parents that owning the latest Pentium 2 in 1996 would help him with his projects at school. Since then he has gone on to become the Last Dragonborn, a time travelling Assassin, the Butcher of Blaviken , a 20-something bad ass Tomb Raider to name a few achievements. When he is not off in Tamriel or Rivia, then he enjoys reading about people that are creating even more worlds and characters to discover. RPG's and/or Open World games are his areas of expertise. He is certainly a PC gamer first, but does not discriminate toward PlayStation or Xbox. This is the Rainbow Nation after all.

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