Welcome to my first Game review, and its Battlefield-1. The wiki article below is sufficient enough to provide us with a gist of the Game itself, for those who are not familiar, and i should say that i am a big Fan of Battlefield-1 (BF1), and there are a couple of reasons for this.
Battlefield 1 is a first-person shootervideo game developed by EA DICE and published by Electronic Arts. Battlefield 1 is the fifteenth installment in the Battlefield series, and the first main entry in the series since Battlefield 4. It was released worldwide for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 21, 2016.Wikipedia
Those reasons are:
The setting of the game in WW1 with somewhat historical accuracy , the amazing graphics and game play both in the Multiplayer mode and Campaign. The attention to detail is excellent and provides a thrilling experience which takes the gamer into a more realistic war scenario.
Now there are plenty of Blogs about how good the game play is, but this blog will try to just point out the Indian representation in the Game itself.
The Medic class sees the you the “timid yoga practising Indian” in a new light, well not really new light, but in a different portrayal to what the western gamer could be used to, especially for games set in real war situations. I am sure that the character selection is based on the fact that all old war pictures we see have the Indian soldiers wearing a “turban”, which is true for most but not all the the soldiers. They still could have Indians in other Class Ranks, due to the fact that during the war, the Indian soldiers we also front line soldiers and in many different ranks as well.
I am not complaining nor am i offended in any way about this, I am actually glad that for the first time in my Gaming life, i have actually seen a Indian represented in a positive manner, and i think that would be also true for many other Indians who enjoy BF1, especially if it is a somewhat historically accurate game. The choice for the medic class as Indian in the allied forces is also historically accurate, this “turban’, wearing brown soldier is a Medic and (in Game) is crucial for teammate revival. There were Indians in WW1 and many lost their lives fighting for the greater good. The History of the Indian contribution to WW1 and WW2 has not been properly projected in Games that are set in both or either war scenarios.
Over one million Indian troops served overseas, of whom 62,000 died and another 67,000 were wounded. In total at least 74,187 Indian soldiers died during the war. In World War I the Indian Army fought against the German Empire in German East Africa and on the Western Front.Wkikipedia
For the first time in our gaming career we were fighting along side our fellow Indian soldiers (in game that is). This feels empowering, because i see Indians and Hindus under-represented in the gaming arena, and in popular meadia in general, especially in the more popular game titles in western countries, as all other FPS war scenario games that i had played before BF1, such as the call of duty series, there has not been a representation of Indian soldiers in any war situation. So this is a great change from the usual Americanised or Euro-centric gaming experience we get from other major titles. Now granted the Campaign mode in BF1 does not have a leading protagonist as a Indian, but the Class selection does makeup for that lack in multiplayer mode. Having the Indian play a lead role in War scenario games would do justice to those who lost their lives in previous and current war’s, and would help in the world (the world of gaming at least) to recognise the contribution that Indian soldiers made to the war efforts. Maybe one day we will live to see the Indian soldier represented in Games more prominently such as taking a lead role or even having FPS War scenario games being based on the Indian war experience.
For what its worth, BF1 does contribute positively to the idea of Indians participating in one of the events that changed our History.
Well that is it for my first review and Blog about BF1. I will review Battlefield-V regarding the Indian representation or the lack off it. But that is for the next post.
Please leave a comment, suggestions. Also please suggest any games (Xbox-One preferred) that i can put my review opinion on.