Battlefield 1943 Preview

DICE, developer of the famous Battlefield multiplayer games, announced another Battlefield title this year. Battlefield 1943 is a downloadable title soon to be available on Xbox Live Arcade, the Playstation Network, and PC digital distribution services. For a price of roughly 15 USD, Battlefield 1943 is easy on the wallet, but how much content does it offer? Here at Gamer Syndrome we’ve gathered up all the information on the game DICE has given us, to let players know exactly what they’re getting for their money with Battlefield 1943.

Battlefield 1943 is a multiplayer only game with three maps. Three maps may not sound like a whole lot, and it certainly wouldn’t be for a full priced title, but remember that this is a downloadable title that costs only a quarter as much as most new games. These three maps are all remakes of popular maps from the original Battlefield 1942, the revolutionary PC shooter that changed FPS multiplayer games forever. Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal, and the famous Wake Island maps are recreated with modern visual fidelity in Battlefield 1943. A fourth map, Coral Sea, is a dogfight only map, where both teams fly fighter aircraft and the only battles are the in the air. Coral Sea will be unlocked for everyone after the community achieves 43 million kills.

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Battlefield 1943 is built on the Frostbite Engine, DICE’s technology that powered Battlefield Bad Company and its upcoming sequel. Like Bad Company, Battlefield 1943 has a wide range of destructible environments, as players can demolish anything from trees to buildings. Battlefield 1943 also has impressive visuals for a downloadable game: it looks better than most shooters on the market, outpaced only by perhaps Modern Warfare 2 and Battlefield Bad Company 2.

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As in other Battlefield titles, the player can control anything from jeeps to tanks to fixed wing fighter aircraft. However, Battlefield 1943 streamlines the formula somewhat, as only three classes are available. All three of these classes are more versatile than the previous specialized classes. Health will regenerate, as in other shooters such as Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The player also has an unlimited amount of ammunition, so running out of ammunition won’t be a concern, unlike previous Battlefield titles.

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If you’re a fan of the original Battlefield 1942, or just someone who likes multiplayer shooters in general, Battlefield 1943 seems like a great deal for the minimal price. With new features like destructible environments and squads made for friends playing together, these classic 1942 maps should be even more fun than they were seven years ago when Battlefield 1942 originally came out. Hopefully unlimited ammunition and regenerating health won’t dumb down the overall experience.

Battlefield 1943 will be available for download July 1st, 2009 on Xbox Live Arcade and the Playstation Network. A PC version will be released in September.


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  1. This looks quite cool. It is good to see that they had incorporated the original maps of battlefield 1942 series. And achieving 43 millions kills to unlock the coral sea scenario is a massive task for any kind of community.

  2. OrganizationXIII · Edit

    Not that massive, Battlefield 1942 had sold 3,000,000 copies total by 2004. Assuming that each person who bought it played at least once, they’d only have to score 14 kills each in that instance. It will be unlocked very quickly, and it’s likely that they’ll add other milestones for unlockables.

    Still, a dogfight-only map? I’m not big on history, but it seems rather lazy, a dogfight taking place in the middle of the ocean.

  3. The most important battles of the Pacific theatre in WWII were dogfights between carrier aircraft.

    That’s what the Battle of Midway was, Leyte, and many others.

    Most of the time the Japanese and American naval fleets didn’t even see each other, they just attacked each other with carrier aircraft.

    Anyway, flying the aircraft was the favorite part of Battlefield for lots of players, it’s one of my favorite parts too. The flying only map will be great. Reminds me of the “No Fly Zone” map in Desert Combat, a mod for the original BF1942.

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