The Great War, (or WWI), we all know what it is, or rather was. One of the biggest and bloodiest wars in history, a time when courage and perseverance came out in the most timid of people. Large battles, to which played host to the birthing of great heroes and noble sacrifices. Sounds like a good setting for game, don’t you think?
Battlefield seems to have understood the possibilities this era holds. Call of duty? Not so much. There is only a certain number of times you can give us what is essentially an advanced double jump before it gets old, guys. But Call of Duty’s incessant belief that he near future is, well, the future isn’t what I want to talk about. I want to explore the possibilities that setting a game in The First World War will have.
Trench warfare is a big one. It was what defined World War One’s land battles and can be used to great effect in a game, just look at Verdun (the game). To huddle in a trench while shells are exploding right above you, slogging through the mud while being pelted by bullets that skim the top of the trench and that fatal moment when you go over the top. Running through No Mans Land while your buddies collapse around you, as you take shelter in a crater that wasn’t there 5 seconds ago. That would be awesome to see implemented properly in to a game and with hope it’s something Battlefield 1 can do.
With the little man becoming a hero, a chance for an amazing narrative being brought to our TV screens is definitely a possibility. In fact, seeing what I can only described as “a generic cape guy” on the Battlefield 1 advertisements disappoints me a little. WW1 can make a game very hard hitting and is a very interesting thing when it comes to morales. I personally feel that Telltale could do something with this and looking at what they have done before, they could probably pull this off with out a hitch.
The more well known moments of WW1 would play right in to a good multiplayer’s hands. To have certain multiplayer modes based on true events, such as the Battle of the Somme, would give a game a more realistic feel. It would allow players to experience what happened during the war and bring up some rather original game modes.
It Could Be An Awesome RTS
Real time strategy games are focused on tactics and skill, and with the diplomatic and strategy behind WWI it could become a great combo. Trench Warfare is more than just two teams shooting at each other from holes in the ground. It requires a lot of cunning, cleverness and decision making.
Tanks were monsters in WWI. A pretty much indestructible blending of machine, fire power and metal. It was hard for the average soldier to blow up one and they could make the difference between a win or loss. These could change the Battlefield like the Demon Runes in DOOM (whether that’s a good or bad thing, you decide) and encourage teams to band together.
I myself would love to see a War Horse Game. Once again I feel that Telltale could really pull this off, as they did with their Game of Thrones game. Maybe this would be a better thing for WW1, but I really want to have another version of War Horse to enjoy. As well as this, I want to see some pretty decent Easter eggs in Battlefield 1. Maybe they can give us a young Adolf Hitler to shoot, save them from having to make a sequeal that’s in WW2.
Do you feel that World War 1 is a good setting for a game? And what are your hopes for Battlefield 1? Let us know in the comments down below.