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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[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
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  1. Even with the barest bones of a Battlefield game it's utterly complete. [Sept 2009, p.102]
  2. Battlefield 1943 may not be the most extensive multiplayer shooter available but none the less at its price it reflects tremendous value as it provides one of the best multiplayer experiences around, without doubt a must play title for any shooter fan.
  3. Let’s cross our fingers that EA and Digital Illusions are already hard at work with new maps, vehicles and classes for downloadable content. We can’t tell you a reason not to pick up Battlefield 1943 via the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for the ultra-low value of 1200 Microsoft Points; it’s available now.
  4. Battlefield 1943 is an all out multiplayer experience and one that fans will surely be hooked to for quite some time. Although only three maps are available at this time, EA is constantly holding contests to unlock new maps for each system and the inclusion of ranks and awards will only encourage players to continue fighting.
  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. This multiplayer-only slice of the Battlefield series packs plenty of thrills into a downloadable package.
  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. MartinR
    Jul 9, 2009
    10
    Online FPS at it's best!
    Anyone who see's this game won't believe it's an arcade title for a mere 1200 points! The
    Online FPS at it's best!
    Anyone who see's this game won't believe it's an arcade title for a mere 1200 points! The graphics look great, the new engine adds a whole new tactical element to the game and the ability to control planes, tanks and boats s always a crowd pleaser.
    I'd be very surprised if this didn't win XBLA game of the year.
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  2. BrandonF
    Aug 7, 2009
    10
    The server problems seemed to be fixed. I've had no problem connecting to a match. BF:1943 is simply the best XBLA release to date. With The server problems seemed to be fixed. I've had no problem connecting to a match. BF:1943 is simply the best XBLA release to date. With enough interest EA will release DLC which can only extend the playability of an already good use of your 15$. When it comes down to price per hour of play this title will smoke most full retail games. A must buy. Expand
  3. DustinG
    Nov 11, 2009
    10
    Best game on 360. Hands Down. Blows away Call of Duty games.
  4. jasongarnham
    Jul 19, 2009
    9
    i was cursing this game when i first bought it as i hadent managed to connect to any games for a few days then lo and behold all the issuesi was cursing this game when i first bought it as i hadent managed to connect to any games for a few days then lo and behold all the issues were sorted out great fun not perfect for for 1200 points is well worth the money while the graphics are not exeptional the gameplay is more like this please. Expand
  5. Jan 6, 2014
    8
    Great game can't believe only 14 pounds so much fun only problem is that eventually it gets boring with only 3 maps and 3 classes althoughGreat game can't believe only 14 pounds so much fun only problem is that eventually it gets boring with only 3 maps and 3 classes although that is only eventually I mean after AGES
    Also you sometimes get some really annoying people and it is quite hard to mute people as you have to join a squad and if they are then in your squad you are COMPLETELY screwed
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  6. Nov 23, 2012
    7
    Not a bad game for the money. I would get BF BC2 instead since its really cheap these days. This game is ok, I had alot of fun playing itNot a bad game for the money. I would get BF BC2 instead since its really cheap these days. This game is ok, I had alot of fun playing it before I got BC2. I still play it ever now and then but the controls are a little different so I dont play it much. I would recommend this maybe, but BC2 is better and not much higher in price. Expand
  7. IanC
    Jul 10, 2009
    0
    Flawless online experience??? Says who? Matchmaking with friends? Proof perfect that 'anonymous' hasn't actually played this, Flawless online experience??? Says who? Matchmaking with friends? Proof perfect that 'anonymous' hasn't actually played this, the matchmaking with friends hasn't worked since day one and still doesn't. $15 only it may be, but I've had $0 dollars worth of play out of it as NOTHING WORKS. I can't join a game on my own for more than a few minutes, I can't join with friends, I can't join friends who are in a game... Seriously, until this thing works I'd rather like my money back. Avoid until the issues are fixed, I'm sure there's a great game in there but I sure as hell can't see it yet. Expand

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