Battlefield 1 has been out for a few months now and we’ve all (hopefully) had plenty of time to get to grips with it. There’s an argument to be made that it’s a little more slender right out of the box than previous Battlefields, yet DICE has managed to squeeze in some top-notch game modes. The usual favourites make their return of course, including Rush, Conquest, Team Deathmatch and Domination, but it’s been joined by the remarkable (and divisive) Operations mode, and the CTF-riffing War Pigeons.

Operations is a bit of an oddball in the grand scheme of things. Rather than take place on a single map, Operations take place on a shifting front of up to three. They’re host to some of the most chaotic gunfights in all of Battlefield 1, fusing the Attack / Defend of Rush with the flag capture of Conquest. It can be an awesome game mode, although actually winning one can take close to two hours.

War Pigeons is on a much smaller scale but it’s no less chaotic. Each of the teams is tasked with finding a pigeon, hiding out and writing and message, before releasing it into the sky, where it hopefully won’t get shot down. It feels quite similar to Star Wars Battlefront’s Cargo mode and can be great for a bite-sized BF1 blast.

Since launch DICE has also been busy promoting some alternate custom modes. A few of these have even got official backing and are going to be added as proper modes. One of the latest was the incredible Back to Basics. This strips out nearly every weapon except for bolt action rifles and pistols. No SMGs. No shotguns. No heavy tanks. No bombers. No snipers. It’s World War One as you were perhaps expecting it. It’s much slower paced but it’s one heck of a mode.

So what’s your poison? Which Battlefield 1 do you prefer over all others? Are you still satisfied with vanilla Conquest, or do you prefer custom modes? Let us know!

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