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.