Battalion 1944 is a game developed by Bulkhead Interactive and published through Square Enix Collective as part of their indie line. This game brings a classic FPS feel to the new generation while still holding true to those who grew up with the genre. There are a slew of game modes all featuring a 5v5 format within three categories which are competitive, arcade, and rifles only. Competitive mode also allows you to participate in the “FACEIT” game mode. This option is available for anyone looking to compete at the highest level featuring competitive matchmaking, tournaments, and access to the rankings and leaderboards.
Graphically, the game looks solid. Though I would say it’s a bit rough around the edges compared to that of a triple A title … The game still looks pretty good. The textures are crisp and clear, and I noticed no clipping of textures as I ran through each map. The only hiccups that occurred was when browsing through the settings and the game would either stutter or freeze completely. Other than that, I have not come across any other graphical issues with this game.
This game is pretty quick on launch and I have seen almost no load times from entering and leaving a game. Once you choose your mode, you have a few seconds before you load in and are placed on an open team. I had almost no difficulty picking up the game from there start. Running, looting, aiming, and shooting are pretty standard when it comes to FPS games. For anyone looking to get in a bit of practice can always check out the practice game mode. This game mode puts the player into their own map and features every type of weapon they would have in a normal game to test out. It’s a great way to feel out which weapon you wish to choose in your future games.
Battalion 1944 also has their own “BattleRank” season. The game is currently in season three and as you continue to level, your account will be rewarded with a crate. These crates contain possible vanity items like weapon skins … Each crate will have differing rarities and are only skins. This feature does not add extra damage or reduce recoil to weapons as you play — so I can safely say this game currently has no pay to win features.
The only issue I really ran into when playing in matches was a slight stutter when it came to aiming and shooting. Depending on the situation or the action performed, there would be a slight delay before you are able to toggle your zoom or even shoot which has caused me to lose multiple fights.
Although the game is still new, I had no trouble hopping into a game and distinguishing the different audio tones present in game. Whether it was my ally shooting at a distance or an enemy running close by, I had no issue determining the different sound effects. Though the sounds are clear, this game is much better with headphones then with speakers (especially since this game has built-in comms to communicate with your teams). The comm tool comes in handy when playing competitively.
There is a huge emphasis on replay in Battalion 1944. Not only are the que times nonexistent, but the games are quick from start to finish. There was never a dull moment trying out the different game modes, different weapons, and being thrown into random games with arcade mode.
Battalion 1944 is a fresh take on the classic FPS genre bringing not only fun-filled competitive games but hours of nostalgia along with it — regardless if you are an old fan of the genre or just getting a feel for FPS game. You can’t help but find hours of enjoyment, competitive spirit, frustration, and satisfaction when you play. Whether you play casually or competitively, Battalion 1944 has something for everyone. So why not give Battalion 1944 a shot … you never know! This could be the next game you binge-play.
Battalion 1944 is available now on Steam. As always, you can trust gaminglyfe.com to bring you in-depth and accurate articles, reviews, and opinions for various aspects of the gaming industry.