Back to Basics

The new Back to Basics game mode puts you on the battlefield with a bolt action rifle.  No SMG’s no LMG’s, no scopes, no heavy armor, elite classes,  planes or behemoths.  Just you and your aim against the enemy.  When I first read about Battlefield 1 I was excited to see the war from the perspective of a soldier fighting in WWI.  I expected a slower paced game where aim was crucial.  A game where choosing your route and taking cover was the key to success, not how fast you could sprint from objective to objective knifing your way through the fight.  Well, that wasn’t the case.  You can survive a head shot from a rifle and speed is still king.  DICE has also taken a lot of literary license with the weaponry.  Don’t get me wrong, the variety of weapons in the standard game modes are a lot of fun.  But the stripped down Back to Basics game mode is a nice change of pace.

Weapon lethality is higher in this game mode, so one or two good shots will usually bring down the enemy.  This seems to slow the game down while still keeping the action moving along.  Taking cover and choosing your shots will help you last longer.  Running the Medic Class is also as effective ever with your ability to revive and drop health.  With the lack of automatic weapons, revolvers may become your new best friend with their rate of fire and increased damage.

The weapons each side has to choose from are specific to that faction. When you get used to the sounds of the weapons you can start to identify friendly fire from enemy fire. The heavy tanks and planes may be missing, but there will still be some armored cars and transport vehicles with MG’s.  These can be as deadly as any tank you have ridden in and showing up to a choke point with a machine gun will wreak havoc on the enemy and cause chaos.  Grenades are still everywhere so don’t stay in one spot too long.  The light vehicles can’t take more than a grenade or two.

So grab a rifle and go play a few rounds and tell us what you think!

VETs Platoon XO

Battlefield 1 is Live!

Battlefield 1 has finally launched and the VETs Platoon is getting knee deep in the action

battlefield-1-german-infantryBy and large, the launch has gone off with very few problems and our members are loving the game.  We have experienced some glitches though, particularly with vehicles.  We have noticed strange behavior when spawning in a vehicle where the vehicle disappears or explodes leaving you standing there with a carbine.  There have also been cases where a vehicle cannot be repaired, or remains disabled after showing the repair meter is full.  Joining a friend or a party has also not been 100% reliable.  Sometimes it gets stuck on “Loading Game” or kicks back “Unknown Error”.  These problems are minor and we agree that we still love the game.  We are more annoyed that we have to wait for hardcore mode!

Cool Features You Should Know About

battlefield-1-sentryDid you know that you can change the color of your reticle for different types of damage?  For instance, orange for hits, yellow for head shots, and red for kill shots?  This instant feedback is a nice feature.  It is not new to Battlefield 1 but not a lot of people know about this.

Advanced Sensitivity.  You can now change the sensitivity for not only your sticks, but the sticks in vehicles and aircraft.  You can drill into the options even further and tweak sensitivity for the various turrets and even for different zoom levels.  There is a lot of control here, be patient or you might go crazy!

Mortar distance varies with elevation.  This makes sense but it is not always obvious how the elevation changes when you are looking at the overhead map.  Your distance will be shown next to the target indicator.  If you are shooting uphill your distance will be much shorter.  Find a high spot and your range will be much greater.  Like sniper spots, you will want to make note of the good ones.  Don’t forget to setup behind some cover as you are very exposed when firing the mortar.

Artillery aim stays in it’s last position.  After you take a shot, you can switch to your sniper scope to help spot your aim.  If the shot is long enough you will see where it lands.  When you go back to the artillery piece, it will be aiming at the same place where it was last fired.  Make your adjustment and fire away!

img_0529SMG’s are more accurate in long bursts.  This one is a hint directly from the game.  The first shot is on target, the next couple of rounds vary across the shot pattern, then as the burst continues the accuracy comes back to center.  Seems counterintuitive to how we have been approaching burst fire, but if you hold the trigger down a little longer, your aim actually improves.

So Far So Good

The launch of Battlefield 1 has been better than past versions, even with some of the problems we have run into.  Let us know what you think.  Do you have any tips or tricks you want to share?  Post them in the comments, we will be putting together a list to share with the platoon.