365 Days of Gaming day 24: The classic OSUBoarder revisits today is Battlefield1942. This is one of the first games to really push the genre boundaries of FPS and to do it with a an MMO, well.
Where not only could you shoot another real person in the face but you could pull over in your jeep and give lifts to fellow team mates or fix their vehicles while a buddy carpet bombs an entrenched enemy up ahead...
Hello there readers! In the past week of playing or replaying older games I have realized often times that I get caught so caught up in the ‘modern’ gaming news and titles (past few years) that I forget about all of the old gems from early 2000s and even the 90s (I’m not that old so my knowledge is limited :D). I have had requests from people to do games that they used to play and enjoy back when they were little and I enjoy these suggestions because it either brings back memories of that game or it reminds me of another game that I have not played in a long time. In this project, I would like to bring you guys a range of titles ranging from new or little publicized games to the games that we grew up with as well.
I’ve found that often times, replaying a game years later adds a whole new level to the experience because you see it in ways that maybe you did not when you were younger. The reason I bring this up is to ask, 1) Do you guys want to see more ‘nostalgia’ posts and 2) if so, recommend some games that you played long ago that you would like to see. For the moment I’m limited to games that can be downloaded but as the year progresses I think I will have more access to hard copies of older games.
All of that aside, I decided to play a game today that was released in the early 2000s and would go on to launch one of the largest game series empires in the modern gaming world. To play this original right before playing its current descendant really shows you how far both the series and the technology used has evolved over the past decade. From the title, you know that I am of course talking about…
Battlefield 1942 is a first person shooter developed by DICE and published by EA. The World War II based game was released for Windows in 2002 with its Mac counterpart being released 2 years later. The game was well received as various ranking sites and prominent reviews have given the game an average rating of 9 out of 10. Of course critic ratings are not everything, but this game also was a widespread hit among players as the entire setup of the game was rather revolutionary in the PC gaming world.
This game was designed for multiplayer gameplay. It allowed large servers of people to connect and play together as well as the ability to connect locally and play with local friends. One of the groundbreaking features of this game that remains true to the series today was the structure of the teamwork dynamic. The game still encouraged players to act as individuals and make their own decisions, but this was within the structure of a team or squad goal and endgame. You actually had to work together with the others that you were playing against in order to effectively defeat the opposing team. To this day, Battlefield puts a large emphasis on the team dynamics, with small squads making up parts of a larger team. In the multiplayer mode, the varying game types had you either trying to eliminate the enemy team or capture and hold command points along the battlefield. By holding more than half of the points, your team could make the other teams tickets would ‘bleed’ thus making the losing team lose even faster. I actually did not like this feature in this game as it seemed to bleed faster than its following games did.
The single player element of this game was the one aspect that many people thought less than highly of, and it is certainly not similar to what we think of when we think of single player gameplay. Essentially, the gameplay was the same as the multiplayer except that you were doing it by yourself with bots as your enemies and teammates. I guess I should clarify, there is sort of an overall story (WWII) but within the actual battle, there is no scripted story or linear gameplay as in modern games. You simply had to wipe out the other team or capture all of the command points. I personally have not even finished the story as it was to repetitive. I guess all of the other game types are repetitive, but at least in those I get to “pick my poison” so to speak in terms of maps, game rules, etc.
When I first downloaded this game onto my laptop a few months ago, I was actually rather impressed with the aesthetic of the game. I had played other games from that time period and they looked nothing like this. The game is uses 3D modeling/ construction on the Refractor engine and it does pretty well. Now there are of course some issues like unrealistic physics, etc., etc. but the game does pretty well for itself.
This game has not gotten old for me yet. That could be because it is really easy and I can shoot much better on this game than its recent series mate, but I think it also is just a classic. I forgot to mention earlier that the game also allows you to pilot the various vehicles lying around like jeeps, planes, submarines, aircraft carriers, etc. which creates the opportunity for a lot of fun. There should definitely be some aircraft carrier in Battlefield 4, just saying. Anyway, check out this game again if you have left it untouched for a while or if you have never played it. Right now through March, EA is letting people download and play the game for free on their site or through Origin.