Battlefield 1 Open Beta - A quick peek to what will come

 

I will not break down on categories as you were used to from my reviews because there is not too much to talk about. The game is still in Beta stage and I know things will change but let's talk a bit about what we have so far. As far as the graphics go, I can say that it was an enjoyable experience. Smooth edges, nice models and gorgeous effects. It really takes full advantage of the Frostbite Engine's capabilities and delivers a nice visual experience. The HUD as in the previous games is nicely implemented and it is pretty easy to learn. You will find whatever you need fast and it's not gonna stay in your way.

As the sound goes it is exactly what you would expect. The sounds of the guns blend in the atmosphere, an atmosphere filled with plane engine sounds, explosions far away or near you, tanks and other vehicles. It will make you feel like you are there and will please the ears of anyone, even i you are an audiophile or a weapon fanatic. The sound also helps your orientation as you will hear exactly where the enemy is if he's sneaking around you. The call-outs in the game are voiced by a female and I can't say that I don't like this but I would rather prefer a male voice actor because it will give more personality to the scenario. Other than that, nothing to comment on.

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The performance of the game is pretty good. I have a mid-end PC and I am able to run the game with nice settings and good framerates. As we already know from previous titles, the game especially in Multiplayer will stress out your CPU. My Intel Core i5 handled it pretty well and in a 64 player scenario I haven't encountered stuttering or big frame drops. The system requirements for the Open Beta are a bit high on paper but in practice you will be able to run the game on any modern gaming machine at pretty nice settings. Check the tables below to see the minimum requirements and compare to my configuration.

Minimum System Requirements

CPU

Intel Core i5 6600K / AMD FX-6350

RAM

8 GB RAM

HDD

10GB available

Video

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 / AMD Radeon HD 7850

Operating System

Win Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Win 8.1

Network

512KB/S or faster internet connection

 

My Computer


CPU

Intel Core i5-3350P @ 3100 Mhz

RAM

Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB @ 1600Mhz

HDD

Western Digital Caviar Green 640GB

Video

MSI TwinFrozrIII GTX660 2GB

Operating System

Windows 10

Network

Broadband

 

As you can see my computer does not match the system requirements DICE rolled out but the catch is that the AMD part of the requirements are lower than Intel and Nvidia ones. Why? Nobody knows but a thing I can say. Those requirements are very wrong and I guess they will be changed when the game will release. I was able to run the game with good settings with somewhere between 35-70 FPS at my display's resolution of 1680x1050. Not FullHD but near. I attached a photo of my graphic settings below.

Well, those being said, I will end the article here. I am very excited about the game and even though it needs finishes to be done I guess it will be a good game to continue the Battlefield franchise. A big thanks to the guys at EA for releasing this Open Beta and I will soon come up with a proper review of the full game. Stay tuned until then and enjoy any other article on the site. I heard that my colleagues at the hardware department are doing a great job reviewing the latest graphic cards so take a look. Who knows? Maybe you need an upgrade in order to play Battlefield 1.

 

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