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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Using the Frostbite engine, Battlefield 1943 takes players back to WWII. The game offers hours of 24 player multiplayer action over three classic and tropic locations; Wake Island, Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima. Delivering the award-winning through-the-gun and vehicle warfare online experience DICE is best recognized for, Battlefield 1943 has players battling in ruthless aerial dog fights and intense trench combat. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 62 out of 65
  2. Negative: 0 out of 65
  1. Even with the barest bones of a Battlefield game it's utterly complete. [Sept 2009, p.102]
  2. 90
    A great game and, in my mind, a fantastic value. It may not have a single-player campaign or a host of levels, but the content that it does provide is carefully made and really showcases the talent of DICE as a studio that knows how to create addictive multiplayer shooters.
  3. Despite a lack of depth found in other full-fledged FPS offerings (even from what's found in the Battlefield franchise itself) and a number of initial coding missteps, Battlefield 1943 is an arcade offering you really shouldn't miss. The $15 price tag and the overall quality make this a great purchase for anyone interested in shooters.
  4. 85
    For only 13 euros this is a really cool experience. If you want a great multiplayer shooter, then you should definitely buy this game!
  5. For an online multiplayer experience, 1943 is up there with the best of them. With some more add-ons and expansions, which we’d gladly pay for, it can become amazing. But even as it stands, it’s pretty much an essential purchase if you’re a fan of multiplayer combat.
  6. Dice took everything we loved from Battlefield and added more action packed gameplay. Battlefield 1943 offers a great multiplayer experience and total destruction, but tends to get repetitive because of a lack of modes.
  7. 50
    Battlefield 1943 is technically very well made, with high production values and a solid online infrastructure that can easily host 24 players without any problems. Great as this is for the first 3-4 hours, though, it’s not long before the monotony sets in. There simply isn’t enough variety here to keep you coming back, and being an Xbox Live Arcade release is no excuse.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 50
  2. Negative: 7 out of 50
  1. Mar 13, 2012
    People are still playing the online multiplayer DEMO for this arcade game to this day... that alone should tell you this is a smart purchase, lol. You can easily sink hours upons hours into this game. Definitely good bang for your buck. Expand
  2. Jan 31, 2011
    One of the best value Xbox Live arcade games available in the marketplace. The large open maps are perfect for warfare on the land, sea or air. I have never had to wait more than 10 seconds to join a game which impressed me as waiting can be one of the most annoying things in multiplayer gaming. Expand
  3. Jan 3, 2014
    The gaming gods truly blessed us with this amazing piece of craftsmanship! Great graphics, fun gameplay, and excellent maps. I just wish there were more maps. The 3 available are great but can get repetitive. Expand
  4. Jul 5, 2011
    In my opinion, this game is a great multiplayer game that is definitely worth the microsoft points. It is not to violent, and is a game that you could play for hours on. This is an arcade game that is a definite buy. Expand
  5. Dec 19, 2011
    This game is a great deal, a low priced game with unlimited fun and great multiplayer it brings back the 1942 formula and makes a great game with destructible environments and modified graphics. Before buying this game though, consider the fact that there is a lot of lag, screen tearing, and team balancing issues that may make your experience less fun. Despite that, Battlefield 1943 is a very good game and something that will deliver hours of fun and entertainment. Expand
  6. Jul 10, 2011
    By no means, by me giving this game an 8 does it mean it's incomplete, bad, or it couldn't require a fix. My biggest complaints are snipers are semi useless aside from using C4 as traps, which is like always in a BF game, fun, but the sniper rifles are next to useless all thanks to the Rifleman's stellar accuracy. But the worst complaint of all that halts me from rewarding this game with a 9 or even better is the lag. I realize this is an arcade game and it shouldn't be held to a AAA titles standards, but for me paying about $15 every 3 months for XBox LIVE and the amount of deaths I've had over lag (not shooting each other at the same time, I'm talking about the lag where your jumping around everywhere/the enemies jumping around everywhere, or your retracing your steps about 3 times before the lag corrects your movement). If this game had lag spikes once every few 2-4 games, once a round I wouldn't have no complaints. But the fact that I have at least 1 spike every spawn (and no it's not my connection/just my connection). But once you brush your way through the lag, and learn the mechanics you can see the full potential of this game, which is anything but a bad. Expand
  7. Feb 26, 2012
    This is like a horrible Battlefield clone, except it is actually called Battlefield. Guns aim like bricks, there's zero to unlock/change, and to top it all off, it is no where near the quality you expect with the Battlefield name. Don't bother. Expand

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