Good things do come in small packages!
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Battlefield 1943 is a much more simple Battlefield game than its predecessors. There are now only 3 classes to choose from such as the Rifleman, Sniper, and Infantry. The Rifleman is the basic anti-personnel class who is equipped to deal with enemy soldiers. The Infantry is an anti-vehicle class with an SMG for getting up close and personal and the Sniper is a long range expert with remote-detonated pipe bombs for a saboteur type play style. Each class is fairly easy to play, but the sniper rifle still requires a lot of practice to master if you are not used to it.
Also, health is recharged over time much like Call of Duty so if you get shot once or twice you do not need to find someone to dispense health for you. This makes the gameplay more action packed and still leaves recently wounded players vulnerable for a well balanced amount of time. Ammunition is now infinite, so you do not need to look for a player to dispense an ammo box or find an ammo box on the map. However, your special weapons (grenades for example) have 3 uses before they must "cool-down" for a short amount of time before becoming usable again. The infinite ammo concept makes games more action packed while remaining fair. These changes have made Battlefield 1943 a more universal game then previous Battlefield instalments.
The new Battlefield also brings a few new concepts to the table such as the Air Raid. The Air Raid is activated by a player entering the "control bunker" (a bunker with an antennae type object on top). The player is then placed in control of a wing of 3 bombers which are easy to control, and may switch into the "bombing reticule" to see where on the ground he will drop the payload. It is a very efficient tool, but has one drawback. Enemy players can simply wait outside the door to the bunker, and when you exit may find yourself killed by an enemy melee attack. Overall though, it is a very fun tool to use.
A new mode is introduced as well, called Air Superiority. It is played on the Coral Sea map and is essentially a planes-only mode. Both sides spawn on Aircraft Carries and can take off in planes to dog fight the enemy in a battle to control a single control point (which cannot be spawned on). Simply flying in the general area will start the capture and whoever has more planes in the area will capture the point. It is a fun mode, but does get old after a few matches. Still, it is a nice addition that can be enjoyed as a break from the regular game mode.
There are only a few drawbacks that should be noted. First of all, the planes bombs have little splash damage and must be dropped directly on a target to score a kill. Secondly, if you are in a squad with your friends the game will many times split you on opposite teams when it tries to balance the teams out.
Battlefield 1943 is a great game, arguably the best in the series. It is universal and simple, making it more appealing to the general gaming community. Its achievements are simple and very easy to get. It has great destruction, great graphics, and great action packed into a small package. This is easily the best Arcade game I have played and is the quality of a full priced retail game for only $15. Battlefield veterans and newcomers to the series would be silly not to pick this up.