Battlefield 1943 Review
- Posted July 16th, 2009 at 21:56 EDT by Steven Williamson
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Great things come in small packages. The greatest shooter to hit the PlayStation Network.
- The intensity of the battles
- How teamwork ultimately wins the day
- The wide range of vehicles, classes, and well-balanced weapons
- The shortage of maps and game modes
- The PS3 voice-chat issue
(continued from previous page) ...makes you feel like you’re really part of an epic team battle. Vehicles are great fun to use, mainly because their weapons can cause some serious destruction, and although the tank and the plane do take some skill to handle, using their power to help out your teammates and clear an enemy stronghold is an essential and enjoyable part of each battle.
Inexperienced gamers, who will almost certainly get killed on a regular basis, may be put off by the fiercely competitive online community, which is already rife with great players, but seasoned gamers should relish the challenge. Indeed, the more we’ve played Battlefield 1943, the more we’ve enjoyed it. Though capturing territories is always the goal in Battlefield 1943, the beauty of having different classes, various vehicles and large maps is that you can go about winning in an infinite number of ways and tailor the experience to your own enjoyment. You can hop into a tank and bulldoze your way into an enemy camp, or jump into the cockpit of a plane and scatter bombs over your opponents. Alternatively, you can head out on-foot and take up a position on a hill to snipe out enemies from a distance, or run into a stronghold all guns blazing. Similarly, you can choose to defend a position or attack an enemy encampment, join a squad of players and work as a team, or greedily go it alone in an attempt to make it onto the leaderboard when the end-game stats are calculated. There’s so much variety to the gameplay that no Battlefield game ever feels the same.
The enjoyment of the Battlefield experience is helped immeasurably by the fact that the games run extremely smoothly. So far, we haven't encountered problems finding a game, and there's been no sign of lag thanks to the dedicated servers. There is one big negative that currently hampers the experience, however: the voice-chat is faulty. We can hear everyone in the lobby, but as soon as the game starts it keeps cutting out, or doesn't work at all. It's a frustrating issue, but we understand that this problem is being addressed and should be fixed shortly.
If Battlefield 1943 was a full-priced retail game we would moan about the lack of features, such as no clan support, having only one game mode, and the limited amount of weapons and maps available. For the price, however, you certainly get more than enough for your money. Great looking locations and expertly designed maps, a well-balanced weapon set, destructible environments and an excellent squad command system await those who download this gem of a title. If you’re a fan of the genre, you’d be foolish to miss out on one of the best ever games to hit the PlayStation Network. You can rest assured that the Battlefield servers are going to be busy for a long time to come.
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- 4:58pm EDT - July 16th, 2009
Ever thought of doing some video reviews guys?
- 5:01pm EDT - July 16th, 2009
We've certainly thought of it, but at the moment it's not really possible, unfortunately. Plus, reading is good for you! :)
- 5:02pm EDT - July 16th, 2009
Good idea Vintage.
I like this game. It's great fun and easy to pick up and play. However, there are some issues. Recently, the issues have been really annoying me. Claymores have a habit of disappearing under ground when you run and plant one (may be fixed), walls sometimes don't blow up when you hit them in a certain place, snipers suck, the hit detection could be better and many players don't play as a team.
At £9.99, you can't go wrong.
- 5:04pm EDT - July 16th, 2009
Just thought I'd throw the idea out there as all. I mean I know writen reviews will always be better, but sometimes it's nice to see the game in action while your talking about the bad/good points.
dirtydog1979 | DirtyDog1979
- 5:10pm EDT - July 16th, 2009
Just been playing full version and its a very good game at a great price, I was impressed with the maps and game play 8.5 in my book lack of maps dropped the score for me
- 5:15pm EDT - July 16th, 2009
Shortage of maps...
After paying $50 for Warhawk -which is a GREAT game- but only has 5 maps... i don't see it as a BIG problem
- 5:21pm EDT - July 16th, 2009
Gametrailers.com gave them a 7.5! this is a way better review... good job PSU
- 5:22pm EDT - July 16th, 2009
anyone wants to gameshare this with me? i got bomberman ultra, ff7, resident evil directors cut. PM me.
- 5:23pm EDT - July 16th, 2009
I love this game,cant stop playing it. its a 10/10 for a PSN game but i would like more Maps. Maybe it will get some map DLC later on.
- 5:29pm EDT - July 16th, 2009
the game is amazing good game i give it 9.5 but 9 good too
- 5:40pm EDT - July 16th, 2009
This is definetely one of my favourite PSN Games alongside Flower and Quest For Booty.
Anyone who likes online shooters should buy this.
- 5:45pm EDT - July 16th, 2009
THIS GAME IS AMAZING! I have been looking for a cheap game to just sit down and play for a while. I played the demo for this and was hooked. Then I went to check the price and bought it on the spot. It is hard to get sick of. 9/10 is about right.
- 5:55pm EDT - July 16th, 2009
video reviews would be really cool or at least some clips of the game sprinkled throughout the review
- 6:09pm EDT - July 16th, 2009
wow great score!! then it must be a must buy
- 7:12pm EDT - July 16th, 2009
this is a great game everyone! if your on the fence pick it up! its a blast! do it now!
- 7:15pm EDT - July 16th, 2009
You can't give a 9 to an online-only, team based game with voice chat issues, period. It's too much to call this review "wrong" or "biased". Let's just say it's..."off".
- 9:00pm EDT - July 16th, 2009
I don't see why not -- we give reviews to single player games (offline) all the time, and sometimes great reviews (Bioshock). I think the high rating for the game is factoring in, to a large degree, what you get for the money--which is a game of high quality and polish for a mere 15 bucks. I'm sure the reviews would have been much harsher had the game cost 60 bones.
- 9:04pm EDT - July 16th, 2009
Wow 3 maps, I'll pass. Think I'll slap In WARHAWK for some proper fun
- 11:48pm EDT - July 16th, 2009
no voice chat on 360 either!
i really liked the trial, i plan on buying soon :)
- 1:36am EDT - July 17th, 2009
Good game but EA sucks. My kid cant play it with his account due to EAs server sign on.
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