Downloadable shooter just as violent as its boxed brethren.
Common Sense Media
16 September 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that although this game is an inexpensive download available through Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, it is still a full-fledged first-person shooter set in a realistic 3-D world. Players spend their time attacking one another with a wide variety of weapons and vehicles. There is no blood, but soldiers scream and crumple to the ground when killed.
Conclusion: The game is also pushed to extremes by unlimited ammo, though you might have to wait a while for your ammo cache to replenish on its own and for the intervals when you’re reloading your weapon. Again, that can make you a sitting duck for an active adversary seeking out enemy targets. The other potential downside is that three maps and one gameplay mode just don’t offer a ton of variety.
Excerpt: If you’re a fan of the original, Battlefield 1943 is a bit of a regression in terms of playability. You only get four maps: Wake Island, Guadacanal, Iwo Jima and Coral Sea. And from those maps, you get only two sides: America and Japan. Sorry Third Reich, Red Army and British Empire fans, you don’t get a showing in this game. The number of classes has been simplified into four with some roles like the anti-armor specialist being merged together.
Excerpt: Heaven knows how much time I sunk into Battlefield 1942 when I was a young pup. I even set up a multiplayer server with as many bots as my underpowered spare PC could handle as part of my training sessions. Since that time, though, the Battlefield franchise has been made many times over; first into a modern warfare game (before Call of Duty made it fashionable) then a futuristic 22nd century shooter and now the 360 and PS3 get the franchise that started it all in...
Excerpt: The Battlefield series has been delivering great team-based multiplayer combat for many years, and Battlefield 1943 is the latest scion of this venerable franchise. Set in the Pacific theater of WWII, Battlefield 1943 pits the forces of Imperial Japan and the United States against each other in online matches that support up to 24 players.
Excerpt: It’s becoming something of a pleasant trend to greet each new summer with the release of a new Battlefield title. Last year’s Bad Company provided a solid, if brief distraction from the online juggernauts of Call of Duty 4 and Halo 3 , yet a year on and the Xbox 360 has been in dire need of a new online FPS to refresh the Live experience, and reunite online friends and adversaries alike.
Excerpt: The review for Battlefield 1943 on Xbox 360, read me! DICE, the people responsible for the Frostbite powered epic that is Battlefield: Bad Company have recently released a little something different, to keep the fans content so they have time to concentrate on more important issues, such as BF:BC2 and the recently released “ Battlefield Heros “. Battlefield 1943 is set on some remote contested islands, as the world is nearing the end of WWII.
Summary: All in all, Battlefield 1943 is a steal. Great sound, great graphics, great fun, and great price. That about sums up what we're all after, right? It inherits some minor ticks from its big brother, but it's tough to beat the price.
Excerpt: The Battlefield franchise is only seven years old, and yet has already spawned such highly regarded PC classics as Battlefield 2 and Battlefield 2142. Although developers DICE have experimented with singleplayer plots in the past (Modern Combat and Bad Company) the trademark of the series has always been its superb multiplayer experience.