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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 65
  2. Negative: 0 out of 65
  1. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    100
    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: 39 out of 55
  2. Negative: 7 out of 55
  1. SeanC.
    Jul 10, 2009
    10
    Much better than BF:BC. Even though there is a lack of a campaign or many maps, the great value and replayability is worth it.
  2. AnonymousMC
    Aug 29, 2009
    10
    Battlefield 1943 is a game that delivers on the most essential element of any quality video game experience: the fun factor. It is notBattlefield 1943 is a game that delivers on the most essential element of any quality video game experience: the fun factor. It is not something that should be judged in comparison to previous installments in the long running series. That would be unfair, and entirely contrary to the developers intentions. BF 1943 is an arcade game, and it never attempts to argue otherwise. Infinite health, ammo, sprint- they're all present. This is not a "hardcore" fps, and I realize how that may disappoint fans of the series. However, if they would only judge the game purely on its own merits, then perhaps they would see the light. And oh what a beautiful, luminescent light it is. The premise of the game is beautifully simple. Set in the chaotic Pacific theater of 1943, two teams (the Americans and Japanese, obviously) duke it out in the ultimate hopes of conquering, or defending, a piece of land. This is accomplished through the capturing of flags, dispersed evenly throughout the three islands (Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal and Wake Island.) A meter at the top of the screen clearly displays the progress of both teams; the side that captures more flags and kills more soldiers will ultimately emerge victorious. That is, however, a boring synopsis of the game. The real fun lies in the methods of killing the enemy, of which there are numerous options. Tanks, planes, rifles, machine guns, snipers, grenade launchers, swords, wrenches; if it was used in WW2, it will most likely be found in BF 1943. The presentation is also superb, especially for an arcade game. The bright sun illuminates the colorful islands and sparkling Pacific waters of Wake Island and Guadalcanal, while the setting sun presents an eery backdrop for Iwo Jima. Bombs, grenades and tank shells explode around you in deadly showers of dirt, gravel and fire while you marvel at their beauty. The quality of audio is unmatched; as planes fly over you, you almost feel an instinctive impulse to duck. The sound of discharged rifle rounds changes when you step into interior settings. As buildings explode near you, you can hear the dirt and stone raining down upon you. It all makes for one hell of an immersive experience. If one fault can be attributed to BF 1943, it is that the three maps eventually begin to lose their initial appeal and ultimately wear on you. I sincerely hope that DICE fully supports this title post-release, for it has the potential to blossom into a thriving online community, with the proper developer support, of course. BF 1943 is beautiful, immersive, addictive, and above all, fun. For the insane price of $15, it cannot, must not, be ignored. This is the future of gaming, my friends. Enjoy. 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. Nov 8, 2012
    8
    This game was great and definitely worth the cheap price tag. I've gotten many hours of enjoyment out of this game. The only complaints wereThis game was great and definitely worth the cheap price tag. I've gotten many hours of enjoyment out of this game. The only complaints were that the game was EXTREMELY laggy online when I first played. It since seems to have been fixed however, so that's not an issue anymore. Another complaint is that there are not enough maps to choose from. Overall though, a most enjoyable game available for a low price. Worth a purchase. Expand
  6. Aug 30, 2010
    7
    This game is a remake of the old game, battlefield 1942. There is a level progression but only 3 classes. This game is good but gets boringThis game is a remake of the old game, battlefield 1942. There is a level progression but only 3 classes. This game is good but gets boring fast. whicg is why if you are reading this at this point you should get battlefield bad company 2. Much better game. 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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