There’s one feature in Battlefield 1 that stands out from the rest: aerial dogfights. They are jaw-droppingly realistic-looking and have lifelike physics.
This video features dogfighting in the mission Friends in High Places: Fall From Grace. You can control a biplane that seats a pilot and a gunner – the first, obviously, maneuvers the plane, while the other shoots using a machine gun that can be swiveled 360 degrees.
The missile locking technology did not exist yet, so you can’t lock the missiles. Aiming is not easy, and the best way to shoot is to use barrages.
Any damage you take during flight can be repaired while still in the air by using a single hex wrench.
One of the most remarkable things is that you can feel the drag and heft of the biplane as you fly it. The technology was limited at the time of the game setting so at times you can feel the plane working to keep you in the air, as they were not that powerful back in the day.
The immersion level of the aerial combat experience is so great that you can get dizzy when you look away from the monitor – there hasn’t been an experience quite like this in video gaming.