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Battlefield 1943 is great — Welcome to July!



I've been playing Battlefield 1943 on and off between bouts of Fat Princess for the last couple of weeks and it has been really fun. It is also (as far as I can remember) the first first-person shooter I've played on a console — Fallout 3 doesn't count. Now, I haven't played FPSs in a long while and my last one was Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare on the PC. But comparing those two games directly wouldn't be fair to BF1943. CoD4 was a full-fledged game with a single-player campaign and a multiplayer aspect with modern weapons. BF1943 on the other hand is a completely multiplayer experience with one game mode on three different maps (well four if you count the Air Superiority map, but I never play that).

You get to choose between three classes: a rifleman, an infantryman, or a scout. As far as I can tell the only difference between the classes are their equipments. The rifleman is armed with a bolt-action rifle, a grenade launcher, grenades and a bayonet. The infantryman has a submachine gun, a bazooka, and a wrench that lets him fix things. The scout is your basic sniper armed with a scoped sniper rifle, a pistol, and dynamites. You can switch classes between respawns. You can also pick up a dead soldiers backpack to change classes.

You can also use several vehicles in the game: cars, tanks, and airplanes. What I love most about the game is the tank, sure it's big, slow and pretty much an explosives magnet. But usually before you inevitably blow up into a million tiny pieces, you can do a hell of a lot of damage. And that makes me happy. The planes on the other hand … I've never been able to fly them properly and I probably never will.

But that doesn't matter. Not really. The bottom-line is the game is fun and that is why I play it.

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