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Matt Walz

While Battlefield 1 wants to be the most realistic shooter of 2016, Battlefield 1 had to sacrifice some accuracy to make the game fun.

As terrifying as the "War to End All Wars" was, the game wouldn't sell well if it consisted of the reality of under-informed soldiers sitting in a muddy trench until your character passed out due to a long battle with Typhoid. That sort of thing would, of course, never make the cut.

While we did get massive zeppelins and even the surprisingly cool pigeons, there were also quite a few real-life battlefield tactics that the team at DICE decided to leave out. Did they make the right decision? That's for you to decide.

1. Hand Bombing

Battlefield 1's bombers are pretty fun, and decently effective, utilizing the bombsights that were implemented later in the war. But in the earliest days, bombing pilots had to use a much more basic method of aiming: their own two eyes.

That's right, up until the development of the bombsight, bomber pilots would drop their weapons by hand.

They carried them in a rack fixed to the side of the plane. In some cases, it wasn't even specialized bombs, just hand grenades. Not surprisingly, this method wasn't quite as effective as the terrifying bombers of World War II.

2. Submarines

Many people think of submarines (particularly U-Boats) as a World War II and on strategy, but their use in World War I turned out to be a key play in the war's result. The sinking of the RMS Lusitania in May of 1915 set in motion a chain of events that would eventually lead to the United States' entry into the war, which was a strong factor in Germany's 1918 surrender.

The new tech of submarines were extremely effective against surface warships, and few counters were available. With this in mind, it seems pretty clear why DICE avoided them.

3. Mass Gas Attacks

Mustard Gas weapons make an appearance in Battlefield 1, but their use is severely limited, and can be countered by the use of the player's gas mask.

In the actual conflict, however, gas attacks became used widely in 1917 – but gas masks were relatively rare. Mustard Gas was first deployed to great, but horrible, success at Ypres, and was used by the Germans as an area denial and incapacitating weapon. Though it was only lethal in about 1% of cases, it caused heavy blistering even through clothes, and permanently disfigured many who contacted it.

It was also able to spread from soldier to soldier through physical contact with tainted clothing or equipment, making it a threat long after it had dissipated. It has been linked to health problems for people in the areas of its use, even decades after the war ended.

4. Flechettes (Metal Dart Bombs)

As you may have noticed in the first entry on this list, World War I bombing tactics had a lot of variety. The first type of "bomb" the British used was the flechette, a five inch (give or take a bit) dart that was dropped by the hundreds over German trenches.

They were not all that accurate, but when they did hit, they caused devastating wounds, and Flechettes dropped from above could pierce all the way through a cow, as well as German helmets or armor. Their use was discontinued with the advent of the explosive bomb, but also due in part to British pilots' disgust with their effects.

5. Child Soldiers

Add medias much as the Battlefield 1 campaign tried to emulate the horrors of the "Great War", it left out one of the saddest factors of the conflict: child soldiers. The British Army admitted around 250,000 underage recruits, the youngest confirmed child soldier was only twelve years old at the time of his enlistment.

Many countries turned a blind eye to young recruits, and Serbia even allowed an eight-year-old in. It's clearly understandable why DICE didn't want to include this in the game, despite the sad reality of it.

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So what do you think? Was DICE in the right to leave these (and other) shocking tactics out of Battlefield 1? Let us know in the comments below.


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