Every time you start to worry that the developers of AAA first-person shooters such as Battlefield or Call of Duty might run out of source material for their games, they throw a curveball like the near-future or inner city cops and robbers shenanigans. With Battlefield 1, developer DICE has gone back a century to the birth of modern warfare with World War I.
It's not in every shooter that you can show up on a horse and find that the other side brought tanks. DICE has struck a careful balance between the old and the new(ish). Those well-versed in the modern gameplay of the likes of Battlefield 4 will find, perhaps through some creative readings of history, weapons that cater to their tastes. Those looking for a more esoteric shoot-'em-up experience, however, will find quirks such as sniper rifles that require you to look away from the scope to re-fill the chamber and rickety bi-planes that add interesting new elements to the experience. And it all comes, of course, steeped in period detail for players to get fully immersed in.
Battlefield's trademark widescreen multiplayer action returns, of course, with up to 64 players engaging in the carnage of the Great War at once. Now, though, if a team is losing too badly a 'behemoth' will descend on the map, with giant zeppelins, destroyers and armoured trains descending on the map to dole out death and destruction.
The mayhem rolls out across locations ranging from tight urban skirmishes in a besieged French city to the open spaces of the Italian Alps to the frantic combat of the Arabian desert.
Expect all the craziness of the Battlefield series set against one of the most important moments of modern history!