I was sceptical of Battlefield 1 at first, when it began its attempt at getting people hyped up for shooting WW1 soldiers in the face and horsing around sand dunes. FPSs are literally ten a penny these days and what do they offer apart from a touch of hyper violence, a few fandoms here and there and some good ol' gifs?
Well after I played three of Battlefield 1's missions in short succession, I have to say I chowed down on my hat and it was tastier than I thought. The game is great! The gameplay is sublime, no crashes (for me so far) or frame rate dips to speak of; it feels weighty and riding over enemies on a horse is still hilarious!
But the two main things that stick out for me regarding Battlefield 1 are its graphics and the fact that it's an FPS with *drumroll* an actual campaign! Remember those? Before FPSs became peddlers of online multiplayer and verbal abuse, you used to be able to sink into the game's story mode for a few hours and more often than not have a great time!
Mix the kind of engrossing and cinematic storytelling that will keep you coming back over and over, with some of the most resplendent graphics I've seen in a video game thus far, and you have a real winner. If you don't believe me, check out this video for Battlefield 1's inaugural mission running in 5K. Captured by YouTube user BR34K running at just shy of 45 fps, war has never been so lens flare-y:
War Never Changes
The most astounding thing about this achievement is BR34K ran this using one, yes one, GeForce GTX 1080 GPU and an Intel i7 4770K CPU. Sadly the setup wasn't able to run the game at the 60 fps sweet spot, but that probably would've made the majority of us chunder all over our smartphones, amirite?
Here's what BR34K had to say about the achievement:
You’ll have to excuse the god awful aim, but the mouse acceleration at that resolution is obscene (due to upscaling), so it’s really hard to aim. Video is downscaled to 4K due to the limits of existing recording software.
I do suspect the GPU is bottlenecking the system here, as it’s using all my VRAM.
Irrespective of the frame rate, Battlefield 1 looks absolutely stunning in 5K, or 4K, or any K for that matter! Take these gifs as a point of reference:
Okay, your move Titanfall 2. What else other than talking Titans and wall-vaulting do you have to corral us into your trench?