Get to grips with the men of the great war.
Thanks to its World War 1 setting, Battlefield 1 has a serious chance to change some things up in its multiplayer, and developers DICE seem to have seized the opportunity. While the broad strokes of the classes in Battlefield 1 might seem familiar to most shooters, there's a fair bit that's different about them from previous titles in the Battlefield series or even standard shooter tropes.
Sure enough, the Assault class is basically what you'd expect and the sniper-driven class likewise, but there's a little bit of extra and different nuance to each of the game's four core classes thanks to the WW1 setting.
In addition to the four core classes of Assault, Support, Medic and Scout there are also some additional classes directly associated with the game's vehicles, such as a Cavalry class when you spawn on a horse, a pilot for spawning in a plane or a Tanker class when you spawn in a tank. Each of these classes has their own weapon set and skill set - you're no longer just an Assault class driving around a tank.
On top of all that last but most certainly not least are the super-powerful Elite Classes, special spawns that can be grabbed out in the midst of battle to turn you into one of a few infamous killing machines that are notoriously difficult to take down.
Here we'll guide you through what to expect from each of the game's classes. Here's your mission briefing...
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Battlefield 1 Classes Guide: The Basic Four Classes
Assault, Support, Medic and Scout are the basic classes you'll be picking when spawning into a multiplayer map. Here's what you need to know:
Here's the low down on the skills and gear of the bread-and-butter of any Battlefield 1 combat mission, the Assault Class. Strategies on how to use their unique abilities such as their uncanny ability to take down enemy armor... if you're lucky.
Battlefield 1's support class lugs around a shed load of ammunition with him in order to help resupply allies on the front line, but as wellm as that he carries the fastest-firing and most intimidating gun in the game - even if it's harder to actually kill people with than it looks.
The medic class in Battlefield 1 comes equipped with a magic syringe that can bring dead soldiers back to life that somehow can be turned on enemies to kill them. Which... is pretty cool. They can also heal your allies, of course. Tips, strategies, all that - right here.
Scout is basically the class more often known as Recon, and more colloquially known as Sniper. Do you enjoy sitting on a remote hilltop and exploring the heads of enemies without them even really knowing where you are? This is for you... but some will, you're warned, think of you as scum.
Battlefield 1 Classes Guide: The Vehicle Classes
One thing that’s significantly different in Battlefield 1 is that the game has specific classes for each of the vehicles in the game. Instead of spawning and then hopping into a vehicle in your spawn base, you spawn into a vehicle and as a result spawn as a class that’s exclusive to that vehicle.
Battlefield 1 Vehicle Classes guide – Pilots, Tankers and Cavalry load-outs and strategies explained
The vehicle classes change is a great idea. It basically stops dickhead snipers from stealing a plane and jumping out of it near a good sniping spot and things like that. If you want to play with a cool vehicle, you now need to actually dedicate yourself to using the vehicle properly, as you're much less effective without it. Here's our guide to these mini-classes.
Battlefield 1 Classes Guide: The Elite Classes
Elite Classes are a major addition to Battlefield 1. They can't be selected to spawn, but they can be found in the wild on maps at regular intervals. These classes are extremely powerful, with every single one boasting deadly firepower. These are the people where when you see them in a fight it might be better to retreat and some up with a new strategy.
The Tank Hunter, Sentry and Flame Trooper all have extremely powerful primary weapons that have a very specific best-case use scenario to them. When used right these classes are absolutely deadly killing machines - so let us give you the low-down on what they're good at.
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