Early Access: In The Name of the Tsar
Fall is drawing close and that means it is time for not only a season but new content for Battlefield 1. However, this new DLC my comrades will take you straight to the winter and the bitter cold is just right for the setting of war. In the Name of the Tsar is currently going on in Early Access for premium members to try out before its official release on September 19th, 2017. We here will go through what is involved with the DLC and give you a proper assessment of the whole package. All right soldiers don’t forget your Papakha with your Shinel and let us head to the front lines of this preview.
Where shall we venture too? That is one main question someone asked about when it came to the new DLC, but some people were hesitant to answer. I, however, went into the trenches and dug up the proper information for those not currently playing. That is right folks the Russian Army joins the fight and this paves the way for Female soldiers joining the ranks as requested. There will be six maps involved with the new DLC which are listed below.
- TSARITSYN: The Red Army and the White Army battle among barricaded streets as the old and new regimes fight for the soul of Russia. This up-close and personal infantry fight is as brutal as they come.
- VOLGA RIVER: A ruined battleground sets the stage for a tank fight between the Bolsheviks in red and the Imperial Army in white. Makeshift shelters provide cover from the freezing cold and the constant exchange of heavy firepower.
- LUPKOW PASS: Fight in the snow-covered ravines of the treacherous Lupkow Pass. Against this dramatic backdrop, the vertical fights are as bitter as the cold. Coming in August, followed by the entirety of the expansion pack in September.
- ALBION: Partake in the skirmishes of the Albion assault in a freezing archipelago. In this massive invasion of the Baltic peninsula, the German Empire attacks with infantry, dreadnoughts, and aircraft against the heavy coastal gun batteries of the Russian forces.
- GALICIA: In the midst of the epic Brusilov Offensive, the Russian Empire is fighting to push back the Austro-Hungarian forces in the Russian countryside. Take on an open map focused on infantry, cavalry, and light vehicles.
- BRUSILOV KEEP: The Russians have pushed their enemy into a small mountain town, but the Austro-Hungarians are making a strong stand. Experience close-quarter fights by the Carpathians on an infantry-focused map.
Now what to expect in these maps is minimum cover from fire. Sadly as beautiful as they are it is too one sided when it comes to a tactical battle. There is not enough cover for you to go against enemies snipers which will force those like myself who mostly support and occasionally a medic to be sitting ducks. There is way too much open field for my comrades to help revive their fallen soldiers. As most of you know that Battlefield is a huge field with advantages for all players depending on the battlegrounds. Some maps leave no room for vehicles which is good and drives the combat in the right direction. I do enjoy the new Spear weapon when on Calvary vs. the sword. It has more of a long ranged attack, but it will take some time to master like jousting. I myself am a strict support player and my favorite gun that I tried out is the new Parabellum MG-14. It is not too bad of a gun and kind of a step up from the Chauchat.
There is even a new operations brutal Brusilov Offensive and fight for Tsaritsyn in Red Tide. Now to keep things real with all the new station weaponry of coastal gun battery and a new game mod supply drop. I have to say that what hurts the mode are the maps themselves being the way they are. This is one of those good and bad situations, in my case, it is pretty bad as I am mostly a solo player and hardly any communications with my squad at times. So, I am dead immediately from sniper fire when I poke out of cover to storm the field, it is just not enough to cover to really have a fair fight. The good news is that hopefully EA listens to some of the players that I have talked to about this and they can do some kind of update to balance out the playing field a bit.
Sadly I can’t expect every DLC to be a winner, but again there are many ways to improve with updates hence why this day and age for gaming is perfect where you can share your concerns if you have enough that share the same feelings and help shape something better. In that, I would definitely invest in a premium pass so you can take advantage of Battlefield 1 Early Access when it comes available like right now you can play “In the Name of the Tsar” before the 19th official release and get a head start. For those new to the series please check out our review of Battlefield 1 by clicking here and join us either on PlayStation 4, Xbox One or Windows PC. – Beast Out –