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Review: Battlefield 1943

The moment you load up ‘Battlefield 1943′ and you’re hit with the main menu music that is such a dramatic-theatrical rush, you know you are in for a real adventure. Battlefield 1943 is just the type of game for any first-person-shooter fan where you can choose to storm in and kill for a quick gaming fix or choose your position wisely as you creep around the islands with a sniper rifle ready to take out the approaching enemy.

To start with, being a downloadable only arcade game immediately limits the quantity and quality of gameplay features in comparison to other retail Battlefield games, but a mere 1200 points reflects that. Other than the lack of single player campaign this does feel equally as good a multiplayer experience as Battlefield: Bad Company which also uses the Frostbite game engine for destructible gameplay environments and stunning effects. This is as good a Battlefield multiplayer experience as any other!

Before any game begins you have the immediate option to join a quick match, start a match with your friends list or create a private match. Surprisingly the option to start a tutorial is hidden within the Help & Options menu, so unless you are one of those people who have to read everything and anything before getting stuck in, you may not notice you can start a tutorial until you go nosing around. The tutorial can be accessed any time, but is best used for practising the control of provided vehicles. We are all aware how to shoot, how to throw a grenade, how to run and even take cover, but it is extremely tricky to quickly control the vehicles provided for play within this game – so getting in as much tutorial practise as possible will eventually benefit you.

The classic Battlefield multiplayer experience is always about gaining territory control of areas around the maps which are indeed considerably larger than most other fps games such as Call of Duty as a good example. This game may only be loaded with three currently playable maps out of four (because the fourth is a community challenge), but the size and detail contained within every map makes this game feel larger than it is. Without a doubt when you start a Battlefield 1943 match there is an enormous trek to the enemy controlled ground unless you can find a vehicle close by, and with up to 12 people alone in your own team there just is not enough for everyone.

When you start, the game will auto assign you playing as the United States Marine Corps or the Imperial Japanese Navy, but you will get the option to decide if you want to play as a Rifleman, Infantry Soldier or Scout. It is only three options, but as previously mentioned due to this being a download only title it does have its limitations. Referring back to your choices, the Rifleman is a long range anti-infantry character, the Infantry Soldier is a short range anti-tank character, and finally the Scout is a long range sniper with demolition abilities. There is no one character option better than the other; it does just depend on your personal choice of what you prefer at the time of play. I would suggest that if you wanted to get stuck into the fighting action without any tactics then choose an Infantry Soldier so you just keep running – shooting as you go! If you really want to think about racking up those kills, then become a sniper and hide in the background settings as much as possible although don’t be surprised to get bombed by an overhead enemy airplane. Teamwork does play an important part in gaining control of the maps to win the matches; it is easy to forget sometimes that every other player around plays an important part to helping you gain a win due to the sheer size of the area you are playing on.

Making further references to the limitations within this game, there are no great selections of weapons or customisation options to change your style or gameplay types. All you can literally do is solely focus on the battle that is about to commence or the one you’ve just joined. This is not necessarily a bad thing as it allows you to make the best of what you’ve got – explosives and destructible environments which change various areas within the game depending how you use the two together strategically. It makes you realise that there is no hiding place since the enemy can blow away buildings with tanks, drop bombs overhead by flying through the maps in airplanes or using overhead air strikes when provided; all of which are at your own disposable in your teams defence. The benefit of such large maps does mean that you are not quickly destroyed upon respawn because the enemy can not attack all the areas at once, the number of vehicles in a map and how they seem carefully placed feels just about right too since only a certain number of players can storm the enemy ground at the same time with other players having to catch up moments later.

For 1200 MS Points, you certainly get your money’s worth as this is a fantastic multiplayer game to the same standard (if not better than some) full retail games. It could have been improved with better customisation options, but is graphically pleasing to the eye, great size and content of destructible playing areas with a solid team-based competitive feel to it. My only hope is that future maps come as downloadable content in time as over the course of a few months it is only natural to feel that three maps is not enough to last the distance.

Final Score: 8 out of 10 – Good (How do we rate games?) Battlefield 1943 newsvine:Review: Battlefield 1943 furl:Review: Battlefield 1943 reddit:Review: Battlefield 1943 fark:Review: Battlefield 1943 Y!:Review: Battlefield 1943 gamegrep:Review: Battlefield 1943

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Comment by o Pizzle o on 2009-07-10 03:29:27 | Reply

Awesome, awesome game! If anyone here wants to squad up, add me! My g/t is the same here as it is on Live

Comment by kinetix on 2009-07-10 04:32:27 | Reply

hopefully they get the servers sorted out soon, you can never connect!

Comment by Fanappy on 2009-07-10 11:20:13 | Reply

Actually this site never died and has gotten more and more support and a larger followin in the last few months and your comments help it grow if you don’t like the site piss off and don’t come back we really wont miss you! Back ontopic I am gonna be playing this all weekend should be great fun! Assuming the servers work :P

Smitty posts shit and then moans it gets deleted…anyone who made a direct reply got their posts removed too - it’s automatic. To get around it, in future make posts not a ‘reply’ and it won’t be linked to it. Any post by Smitty which is not directly related to the news content I am removing from now on. This is not a fanboy site since most gamers I believe anyway own more than 1 console - the site that has died here is Playstatic and maybe he hasn’t gotten over it - who knows…

Comment by Jamzy No 2 on 2009-07-10 12:50:41 | Reply


i would have given it a 10 at least a 9. not only is it a bargin at 1200msp but also you clearly couldn’t find nothing majorly wrong with the game according to your review. also if this xbla title is a 8/10, what xbla titles would you give a 9 or 10?

other than my own personal gripe with the score (evreyone has thier own oppinion) it’s a good review.

The reason it didn’t get at least a 9 is because of what it does lack. If it had more weapons, and better customisations then it would be higher. There is nothing much wrong with this at all, but it is just a 1200 MS points Map Pack where most other arcade games (if not all others) have offline gameplay modes.

Comment by Jamzy No 2 on 2009-07-11 22:54:01 | Reply

fair do’s valid points.

I am making it clear and known here that I am aware who Smitty is. It is 2 people one of which also goes by another name on the front page with ‘o’ symbols and the other is a regular reader and forum member, because of which I will not disclose details - but as stated, “I know” and Im a little surprised.

Comment by o Pizzle o on 2009-07-10 16:41:29 | Reply

You’re not talking about me are ya? I am not smitty lol just look at my gamerscore I loves me my xbox

LOL - no I know it’s not you…

I hope you’re not referring to my edits from a few days ago. :P

No… the two people involved are from New Jersey and Canada, but not your location there - anyone with the button of doom should mark all Smitty comments as Spam to get them removed.

Aye aye, cap’n.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2009-07-11 09:59:00 | Reply

Tell me for the love of god that it isn’t either E2K or Augustus Bot?

Comment by The_Glovner on 2009-07-11 09:59:56 | Reply

OOOO this is fun, it’s like online cluedo.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2009-07-11 10:00:34 | Reply

Smitty took it in the ass, in the bathroom with the lead pipe.

with the hosepipe and exhaust running…

Comment by tony on 2009-07-11 21:46:03 | Reply

Wait so you have found his gamertag or something?

No there’s 2 people using the Smitty name. The main one is from New Jersey with the other one a location in Canada. I’ve gone through very old posts and keep in mind the info I see behind the comments - Smitty made the mistake of using a real email addy when he first posted then later changed it to a fake one he uses now. The 2nd Smitty uses various addy’s, but I believe the two people playing the ‘Smitty’ know each other…

It’s not important now - all comments will be deleted.

Comment by Takumi on 2009-07-16 11:44:27 | Reply

Ever watched death note? you reminded me of L, with the way you worded your detective style sentences lol.
btw dont delete smitties posts hes entertaining (check me im not smitty, though i have impersenated him before, im from england)


His posts will be deleted by me and any posts impersonating him.

On another note - I finally have mastered how to fly a plane in BF1943 \o/

Comment by Arthur Stopinski on 2009-07-16 17:32:25 | Reply

Smitty is Agent Smith from the Matrix Movies.

“Agents can be anyone, and yet they are no one. As long as these people are connected to the matrix, they are… blah blah” I’m paraphrasing here, and I couldn’t remember the rest of it.

Comment by o Pizzle o on 2009-07-10 16:44:46 | Reply

phew! thank jesus i do not wanna be associated with that dink

The demo was such a waste - they only give you an hour of play time, and the tutorials count towards that. Factor in that the first night I could only get into one laggy game and the second night it took a good 45 minutes total for me to get into games, and it’s a recipe for disaster. On top of it, instead of booting me, my console froze outright when my trial expired. :/

They’re not going to get many new players this way… I suspect that challenge for the bonus map may fall flat.

What I did play was pretty fun; sniping takes a good bit of skill and leading, and it’s very easy to hide somewhere to kill silently…

Comment by Steve Perry on 2009-07-11 12:49:00 | Reply

All that happened in my trial time is my team all waitied on the aircraft carrier for the planes to spawn while the other team captured all the flags.
That didn’t really scream “buy this game, it is neato!” at me.

Dealing with inept pilots isn’t fun, either.

I was in a dog fight with an enemy player and a guy on my team took off from the carrier, ran into me, and knocked me into the water. He survived, of course. Like a drunk driver.

Comment by stumpa on 2009-07-11 08:29:23 | Reply

agreed demo was short and my console froze at the end of the demo but i am gonna buy it

It’s worth it…

Comment by stumpa on 2009-07-11 18:16:04 | Reply

you buying it jason

Yeah I’ve had it a few days - I didn’t write the review without playing it… :)

Comment by o Pizzle o on 2009-07-11 19:21:43 | Reply

Dammit Jason! Add me, i need to play with some decent players that know tactics other shoot and be killed!!

Haha OK I’ll add you - but really I am one of those players that just storms in, shoots and gets killed!! On literally every game I play…

I quite enjoy sneaking around and blending in with the scenery, if you’re looking for someone to snipe with. :)

his tag is same as his name…

Comment by H34RT 4TT4CK on 2009-07-11 23:05:30 | Reply

Add me too O Pizzle, same Gamertag and all (I am Gamer of the month after all :P), I’ma go get some MS points and download this game if I like the demo… which I am currently downloading.

I tell you what this is doing to me - it’s making me want to play ‘BF: Bad Company’ now too…

I actually own that one.

Comment by Jamzy No 2 on 2009-07-11 22:58:59 | Reply

so was this review a one off, or are we going to be seing some more reviews?

there’ll be more, just kinda ‘as and when’ really, from me it depends what games I buy - but this may encourage any other writer to write a review - you never know…

Comment by Arthur Stopinski on 2009-07-12 00:32:45 | Reply

What’s the time limit on Reviews following a game’s release?

I might write a review for Prototype since not enough people are talking about it.

No limit really, as there’s still plenty of people who haven’t bought it… just if its a really really old game that is now a cheapo then no point…

I’ve never even so much as seen a video or screenshot…

Comment by Arthur Stopinski on 2009-07-12 17:05:01 | Reply

Are you kidding me? No prototype screen or video? I already know my next article then.

No - I’ve seen nothing on it other than the box art in a pre-order email I remember getting from GAME UK

Comment by Arthur Stopinski on 2009-07-12 20:17:45 | Reply

“Can’t connect to EA servers”

Am I doing it wrong?

Was you trying the Trial or have you unlocked it?

Comment by Arthur Stopinski on 2009-07-13 04:18:10 | Reply

I was playing the trial, and I couldn’t connect. However I played the tutorial, it seemed interesting and I like the controls and the size of the map. However I didn’t like the controls for the vehicles. The plane was hard as hell though.

Yeah I still can’t master a plane… I think the trial is a scam! I dont understand how no one can play the trial but eveyone can play once they’ve unlocked it.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2009-07-13 13:15:15 | Reply

Because it’s EA.

And EA and “Free” are two things that don’t go in the same sentence together.

Comment by toyota4x4 on 2009-07-13 17:05:28 | Reply

EA and working servers are two things that dont go in the same sentence either. Exept for maybe the madden franchise. But on this game the last couple days have been better, easier to get in games.

I played this last night and it’s so funny to see airplanes take off and bang smack into the water…

Comment by Arthur Stopinski on 2009-07-16 17:29:18 | Reply

Okay, now I want to play. I’m gonna go out and buy myself MS points when I go out today.

Comment by Vadgepips on 2009-07-16 16:42:31 | Reply


oh so convincing…lol…

Comment by AugustusBot on 2009-07-16 17:37:40 | Reply

I bought this on PS3.

Do you like it? - It’s quite good fun, I can only master the plane when using the 3rd person like view of it… I love being a sniper!

Comment by AugustusBot on 2009-07-16 22:01:05 | Reply

I’m no ace w/ a plane, that’s for sure. But I definitely enjoy the game, it’s got a huge nostalgia factor for me. I was a pro at 1942!

I prefer the riflemen.

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