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Battlefield 1943 (Xbox 360)

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Manufacturer: Electronic Arts / Genre: Shooter / Release Date: 2009

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      03.01.2010 08:01
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      4 stars but could have merited 5 with a full release and more maps

      The long awaited follow up to the excellent Battlefield 1942 see Dice implement the Frostbite engine used on 'Bad Company' to create Battlefield 1943.

      Battlefield 1943 is an online purchase only. I paid 1200 Microsoft points (£10) but it is now 800 and was recently on special offer at only 400 points. A must buy at that price.

      Dice released this to tide Battlefield fans over till Bad Company 2 is released but i've never been a fan of modern war gaming prefering the ww2 scenarios. The game only has 4 maps at the moment with no signs of any downloadable content at the time of writing. The maps are Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal, Wake Island and the all plane map Coral Sea.

      I can honestly say 4 months or so after purchase I still play the game all the time. At the beginning I thought 4 maps would make for very limited game lifetime. The graphics are beautiful if a bit cartoonish and almost everything can be destroyed on the maps. I particularly like the fact that if a building is destroyed it stays burning so you can use smoke as a bit of cover.

      The usual classes are available but Dice have added bombers to the game which have had mixed reviews. When you first play the game you are given an online game amongst those at the same skill level so there is a tendency for new players to sit by the bomber shelter and repeatedly call in air strikes. When you get better you will find there will be a better online experience - better players tend not to use the air raids repeatedly and there is less mucking around which can spoil a game totally.

      There is an offline tutorial which I would recommend all new players take. The plane is fairly easy to fly in Battlefield 1943 as compared to its predecessor.

      A word of warning for anyone who uses AOL as their ISP, it has been reported there are some issues getting online to the EA servers.

      Battlefield 1943 does not try to be Modern Warfare, and as a result it is a fun easy to pick up action game and not to be missed.

      My only gripe is the lack of additional maps, which most Battlefield 1943 players would be only too happy to pay for as downloadable content. Also the use of Xbox headsets isn't used that well and is only useful in a custom created match between friends. All too often you hear some random mumblings from team-mates rather than the intended tactical use of it.

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      06.08.2009 17:11
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      A good multiplayer shooter.

      Battlefield 1943 is the latest instalment in EA DICEs very popular Battlefield series, this time it's on the Xbox Live Arcade.

      This game has no single player story mode at all, no offline matches with bots for you to practice with so if you are looking for something to play by yourself you don't want to get this one! There is a training mode though which will teach you the basics of the game so you don't get steamrolled once you head to the fight online!

      The game has three proper maps which are noticeably smaller than on the PCs 1942 but it works well for the console as it doesn't support so many players. You can pick from three classes, Infantry, Scout and Rifleman. Each class is well balanced Infantry can take out tanks while they are vulnerable to scouts, Riflemen can take out the infantry but are vulnerable to heavy weapons, Scouts are good at long range but upclose they only have a pistol.

      The aim of the game is to capture the various control points that are scattered around the maps, this will decrease the enemies reinforcement bar depending on the number you have. The more you have the faster theirs goes down so you want to capture points while stopping enemies capture yours, easy enough and its alot of fun.

      The games graphics are the best I've seen on the Xbox Arcade, the environments are detailed and the destruction you can cause is amazing. You can blow up buildings into a pile of rubble, knock down trees. It seems like they ported over the fully featured Battlefield Bad Company engine for this game.

      The game is also available for the bargain price of 1200 Microsoft Points which is around £10 and is definitely worth your time and money.

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      25.07.2009 14:33
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      For the money you'd be barmy not to buy it!

      This is an absolute star buy on XBLA at the moment. For jus 1200 microsoft points (about £10 real money) you are getting what can be descibed as ALMOST a complete retail experience.

      Firstly, if you were not aware 1943 is online ONLY, if you are looking for a single player offline experience look elsewhere (might I suggest checking out the call of duty series for wartime FPS singleplayer). Currently there are 4 maps to be played, 3 of which are "full" maps allowing you to use vehicles (will come to this later) and on foot and 1 other map used for "Air superiority" where you spend your entire time in a plane!

      Ok lets get down to buisness, there is only 1 game mode, that is you have the battlefield (an island) and you have many flags on that island at strategic points. The object of the match is to control these flags, once you control more flags than the opposing team they start to lose energy from the bar at the top of the screen, when one teams bar is empty the other team wins! There is another advantage to holding flags other than to win the game though! Every flag that is captured by your team acts as a "spawn point" so every time you die you can choose where on the map you would like to re appear. This means you can place yourself near equipment or the front line of the battle!

      Ok so I mentioned vehicles, In battlefield 1943 you will be able to take controle of 4 vehicles, a Jeep with a rear mounted turret for your friend, a boat also with turret, a tank again with turret and finally a plane (no turret sorry guys). All these can prove to be deadly in battle if used well, but there is still the age old "rock, paper, scissors" of most games of this type which brings me on to the player classes.

      Each time you spawn after a death you are able to choose what class you wish to spawn as, you can choose 1 of three (see the rock, paper, scissors yet?) First you have your rifleman, these guys carry thier rifle which is anti-infantry at medium to long range, they also carry A grenade luncher style weapon which is useful for clearing large groups of enemy troops or stationary vehicles (takes about 3 against a tank) and grenades . This class is an allrounder that can deal with someone in thier face as well as at range but quite vunerable to vehicles. Next we have the Soldier, these guys pack a punch at close range but any distance between them and the enemy and they are defenceless. They carry a machinegun which is brilliant for taking out close quaters infantry and they also keep a rocket launcher to hand...always nice eh? These make them perfect anti tank choice. Soldiers also carry grenades. And finally we have scouts, the scouts main weapon is his sniper rifle, this can take out an enemy from accross the map ina single shot (in the head mind you this rifle is not over powered like many games) the scout also has a handgun incase anyone gets up close and personal and finally the trump card the scout can lay TNT and detonate it at any time. This is very good for taking out bridges and forcing tanks and jeeps down where you want them and blow them up that way!

      All classes have a melle attack too which is always an instant kill no matter what the class but it takes time to take out you knife/sword/wrench.

      All in all this is an excellent way to invest your microsoft points.

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        24.07.2009 20:36
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        The best game on the marketplace, buy it now !

        When it comes to the xbox 360 arcade I have to say most games seem very expensive for what you get, so normally I steer clear of purchasing them.

        When I heard a battlefield game was coming to the arcade it did catch my interest though, and now it has been released I can see why. Battlefield 1943 is not your typical arcade game ... it's more an arcade game on steroids.

        The first thing that struck me about battlefield 1943 was the graphics - I simply assumed as it was an arcade game the graphics would be rubbish, but it turns out they are nothing short of great. I would say the graphics are almost on par with battlefield bad company, which is a full 360 game available now. For an arcade game they are very impressive, my favourite views are first person in the tanks and planes - those views look fantastic when driving/flying along. Explosions also look very nice.

        The sound is also very good - gun noises sound great and the explosions are pleasing to the ears too ! Battlefield 1943 gives you a choice of 3 classes to play as which are the following:

        - Sniper
        - Rifleman
        - Machine Gunner

        Each class has its advantages obviously, with snipers being effective at long range, riflemen being effective medium range, and machine gunners are great at short range and also for repairing vehicles and using their rocket launcher to take out enemy tanks.

        The game contains 4 maps - 3 are regular combat (on foot, planes, tanks, etc) and 1 is a dogfight map where only planes are used. The maps are all rather big and really fun to play on. There are hills to hide on for snipers, bunkers to fire from, trenches to run down, airfields to take off from, boats to escape on, the fun never ends. ;)

        A very fun feature in the game is the ability to parachute from your plane which is very handy if you are getting gunned down and eject from your plane fast enough. :P

        The aim of the game in Battlefield 1943 is to capture 5 flags scattered across the map (bases), where both teams have a "health bar" - so the more flags your team controls the quicker the enemies life goes down. For this reason teamwork is quite important if you want to win.

        Achievements in Battlefield 1943 are very easy to obtain through general play, so if you really want the 200/200 score then don't worry - it's really not that much of a challenge. The hardest achievement is simply playing 100 games.

        Battlefield 1943 is available to gold members on the marketplace right now for a VERY reasonable price of 1200 microsoft points. In my opinion it's worth 1600 points, but I am not complaining !

        My only gripe with the game is when you enter a game with your friends as a squad, the next game you might be seperated if the other team is lacking players. This can be frustrating if you really want to play WITH your friends at all times. Other than that, I have no problems with the game apart from sniping from very long distances is extremely hard ! I love a challenge though so it's all good when you get that all important headshot.

        If you have the points to spend, don't look any further than Battlefield 1943 - it is the greatest game to grace the xbox 360 arcade. Buy your copy now !

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          19.07.2009 15:03
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          Recommended

          Battlefield 1943 is one of the very few Arcade games I have bought and really enjoyed. It costs 1200 MS points on the Xbox Live Marketplace which is around £8-10 depending on how much you get your Microsoft points for. There is also a trial available to download so you can check it out before you buy, like with most Arcade games.

          There are two game modes available at the moment. The first and most popular is Japanese vs American teams fighting over five different bases. You have to capture each one by standing in the designated area and killing off people around it. It's simple and fun. The second is called "Air Superiority" where you have to pick off enemy planes and gain air superiority. It's a flying-only gametype... and personally I hate it! I played one game and doubt I ever will again.

          There are three classes to choose from; Rifleman, Infantry and Scout. Each one has a different primary and secondary weapon as well as additional things to help, such as RPGs. Scout is a sniper class and definitely my favourite. Unfortunately there are only three maps but seeing as this game costs £10 it was not unexpected. The maps are pretty large as well and support all different types of vehicles and tanks to make the gameplay more interesting.

          Built on the FrostBite engine, it looks very nice and I think it's the best downloadable game you can buy right now.

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          18.07.2009 23:17
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          Addicitive and fun packed team action, hours or fun

          Battlefield 1943 offers you the opportunity of hours and hours of action packed fighting with up to 12 people per team taking control of the Americans or the Japanese. You can jump into tanks, jeeps, boats and planes taking the fight to the enemy however you fancy. The objective is to capture the four bases on an island and defend them! Game play is quick and fierce allowing you to respawn as much as you like at bases you have captured. Considering this game is under a tenner its the muts nuts really, i've being playing it since its release date and have totalled up 15 hours of game play, yes it is addictive. The only negatives I have are to do with the servers which are used to set up the games. They have got better quickly and you wont be waiting long for a game, but at times when your friends are in a game with spaces on a team available you cant get in for love nor money. But setting games up from scratch is fine and honestly driving a tank or jeep with your mate on the gun round the island getting loads of kills is fantastic. The game allows you the chance to build a squad and you and your mates can take on the world. 3 maps, loads of weapons and vehicles to operate is great. Recently the creaters of the game have now released a new addition to the game called air superiority which lets you have a war in the skies in the classic fighter planes! Check this game out but be warned its very addictive.

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          18.07.2009 02:13
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          After playing the demo you'll be begging for more!

          Battlefield 1943 is arguably one of the best arcade games to date, and only for 1200 microsoft points!!! The thrills of the second world war can be relived as either the Japanese or the Americans, fighting across the pacific islands.

          There are two different game modes. The normal quick matches where you can choose between three different classes which are basically snipers, machine gunners and infantry men with rifles. Each class has their different attributes, ie the sniper has demolition charges which can be used to destroy all vehicles whereas the machine gunner has anti tank rocket launchers which are capable of taking out tanks from a safe distance.

          In this game mode your goal is to capture the different flags located throughout the map. This is achieved by staying in that specific area until you capture that flag. Your have many different options of what you can do in this brilliant game. You are capable of jumping in a tank and destroying enemy targets, you can jump in a plane and provide air support, get in a jeep to quickly get from A to B or you can be the dedicated foot soldier capturing flags.

          The other mode is Air Supperiority where the main objective is to destroy enemy planes to gain air supperiority. You are only allowed to fly in this mode so get some practice flying before you try it.

          The maps are fully destructable which all adds to a more vivid environment. There is nothing better than a player hiding from a tank in a house only for the tank to blow up the enitire house.

          The graphics aren't anything too special as far as todays standards are but for an arcade game at 1200 points it's quite outstanding. The one down side is that the servers which the game is run on can occasionally 'malfunction' and let the game down, however this is quite rare so shouldn't worry about it.

          This game is a bargain and a must buy. The pro's greatly outweigh the very few cons and is well worth buying. You'll be enjoying yourself, blowing stuff up in no time!!!

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          16.07.2009 19:42
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          Cheap and amazing first person shooter.

          Battlefield 1943 is, in my opinion, the best arcade (1200 MS points, or £9.99) fps avaliable on the Xbox360. I would go as far as saying its better than some full price retail games.

          * Graphics

          The graphics are based on the same engine as Battlefield: Bad Company, (Frostbite) so its quite beautiful. This also means that almost everything ingame is destructible, entire villages can be reduced to rubble, which is always fun to do.

          The scenery is nice and the explosions are something that have to be witnessed for yourself. One memorable thing is the plumes of smoke can be seen billowing from tank and building remains after they have been flattened by the overhead planes. Its quite impressive to look down upon something like that, not too long however as you would be an easy sniper target.

          * Sound

          The sound from the weapons are average however and are fairly ordinary, but the explosions are crisp and fearful. Also the effects from nearby explosions causing your soldier to lose hearing momentarily is quite impressive, it all adds to the general experience.

          * Gameplay

          The gameplay is based on the tried and tested Battlefield design. This involves you accumulating points for kills, flag captures, destruction of enemy vehicles and bonus points for things like headshots. The three maps in the game pit the USMC against the IJN (Imperial Japanese Navy) who fight over 5 flags on each map, essentially the team who can control the most flags throughout the game wins.

          There has been another gametype added recently called "Air Superiority", however, since it involves only flying the planes avaliable in the game I personally don't rate it very highly since the planes are fairly hard to control.

          In summary if you own an Xbox360 then this is a very good purchase. You're life doesn't depend on this game but its still very good for the price. I just feel that the only thing that is missing is a European Campaign rather than just the Far East one, since most of my favorite maps from Battlefield 1942 (PC) were in Europe.

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