I’m not a 360 shooter fan, so that’s why I didn’t buy 1943 for the 360. Instead, I was sneaky and played Graev’s copy to see whether or not I liked it. Quick history lesson: I played 1942 and its expansions. Loved it.
BF 1943 is a real deal for only $15. It plays nearly identical to its predecessor because, duh, it’s the same maps. However, they’ve been updated with the Frostbite engine which makes the environment destructible. See a tank on a bridge? Shoot your bazooka at it and watch the bridge go BOOM! Want to airstrike a town full of people but afraid they’ll hide in buildings? Who cares?! Blow’em up! In 1942 I would often cry as my tank would get stuck on geometry (I’m a bad driver, okay?) but in 1943 my tank just bulldozes those trees and fences down as I pursue and run down the little screaming infantry. Needless to say the graphics get an ‘A’ even for a console game.
There are three kits: Rifleman, Infantry, and Scout. The Rifleman is the guy with the one shot rifle and yes it comes with one of those attachable grenade launchers (more BOOM!). The Infantry comes with a wrench to repair, bazooka to be anti tank, and sub machine gun to spray at people. Scout = Sniper… the Japanese one gets a Katana! All the kits are fun. I’m horrible with the machine gun on the Infantry so I just run around and blow stuff up with the zooka. The rifleman’s rifle is powerful and I tend to be a strafer (I’m trying to quit) so it’s fairly easy to line up one-shot kills. The Scout’ sniper rifle is pretty good as well, but it’s your run of the mill sniper.
Wake Island is, again, my favorite map but this time each team has a ship. I tried to figure out how to move the ships but I came to the conclusion that you can’t in ’43. Why? I don’t know. It used to crash the servers back in 2002 if you moved them too much, but that was then and this is Frostbite… but I digress. The maps are great, sounds are phenomenal, the vehicles are familiar… in fact it’s all familiar. It’s like eating your favorite food after going months without: In reality it tastes the same but it’s extra delicious this time.
There are some quirks, like the Squad system being “Meh” and the HUD giving away sniper locations, but I really enjoy the game.
I am, without a doubt, buying ’43 for the PC.