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Battlefield 1

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Epic violent shooter packs huge emotional punch of warfare.

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age 12+

Based on 52 parent reviews

age 10+

Experience the reality of war and often overlooked acts of bravery and sacrifice.

Singleplayer gives the reality of the Great War and shines a light on those who go above and beyond the expected to save and protect those close to them. It puts you in the shoes of a hero or a redeemed criminal using their skills to save their countrymen. Multiplayer goes about it more of the general way. You're a cog in the machine and are expected to pull your weight to secure your country's victory over the enemy. Violence, obviously, is present, I'd say at a (6.5/10). Sex/Nudity is non-existent, at a (0/10). It makes you aware of the horrors of war and why we should avoid it, positive messages at a (8/10). It gives you heroes of war and self-sacrificing saviors' stories, giving good role models at a (10/10). Good for a kid who can understand the implications of war. Age rating varies by maturity level, but I'd say it's good for ages 10+.
age 9+


Really Really great game. I love it so much I play it every day. In fact, I will go play it right now.

Is It Any Good?

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This wide-ranging shooter draws mature players into a conflict they probably haven't played with an emotionally heavy, gripping plot. Most military shooters have evolved over time, moving from the past through the present and into the future. For the latest Battlefield game, though, EA decided to buck the trend and roll back the clock to one of the most intense theaters of wars in human history: World War I. As a result, Battlefield 1, with its attention to detail and its gritty take on the global conflict, is one of the most epic shooter experiences to come along in recent memory. Take the single-player campaign. Rather than try to force one view on the player and condense everything into a single person's experience, the game opts to showcase the war through multiple eyes. These "War Stories" put the player in the role of everything from the legendary members of the 369th Infantry Regiment (aka the "Harlem Hellfighters") to an Italian flame trooper seeking out his brother behind enemy lines to an Australian message runner in the Gallipoli Peninsula to a soldier under the charge of none other than Lawrence of Arabia. Each of the characters in the single-player campaign has a unique and distinct story to tell, showing the war from various perspectives. Make no mistake about it, this is a game whose presentation of war, especially through the eyes of those who were there, makes a significant emotional impact that lasts long after the controller is put away.

As amazing as the single-player campaign is, the Battlefield franchise is also known for its large-scale multiplayer battles, and Battlefield 1 delivers here as well. Handling up to 64 players at once can be a massive undertaking from a technical standpoint, but the game seems able to manage the chaos fairly well. This says a lot considering the huge open areas where most of the action takes place. At any given time, you'll have planes dogfighting above you, tanks blasting trains besides you, and horses galloping past you, all while you're surrounded by ground troops from both your allies and opposition. Then there's the weather, which can shift at a moment's notice, forcing you and your teammates to change strategies on the fly. One minute you're charging headlong into enemy encampments, while the next you're blinded by a sudden sandstorm. Or maybe you'll be forced to abandon that armored vehicle or air support you've been tearing through the ranks with because a heavy storm has set in, making an infantry push your best option. In fact, "option" is probably one of the best words to use when describing Battlefield 1. There are so many ways to play the game and so many ways to make the Battlefield experience unique to you, you'll always get out of it at least as much as you're willing to put into it.

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