Beyond The Wire
Redstone Interactive/ Offworld Industries
Let’s face it, there just aren’t that many World War 1 games on the gaming market. Battlefield 1, by Electronic Arts, was a triple-A attempt, sort of, but was way too politically correct and just like tinsel, was shiny and sparkly, yet flimsy and hollow.
When I saw that there was a new World War 1 game coming out called Beyond the Wire, I was skeptical at first. But when I noticed that Offworld Industries was involved, I couldn’t wait to play it. After all, these are the same guys that created the most immersive first-person military shooters on the market—Squad (the spiritual successor to another one of my favorites, Project Reality), and Post Scriptum.
After playing Beyond The Wire, I realized that although it was pretty barebones (as most Early Access titles are), it had massive potential. I also remember playing both Squad and Post Scriptum when they debuted and both had a small-ish player counts and not a lot of content, just like Beyond The Wire.
Well, a lot has changed for Beyond The Wire. Redstone Interactive (the game’s developers) and Offworld Industries have implemented a pretty substantial update called For King and Country, which is sure to further enhance the outstanding historical action already present in the game. New additions include two brand new factions, three new maps, and a variety of new weapons to play with.
With the huge amount of new content present in the For King and Country update, Beyond The Wire is further establishing itself as one of the best historical shooters available, since being released back in October 2020.
Embrace your inner WW1 badass as the British Expeditionary Force or the Harlem Hellfighters:
Whether playing as the brave members of the British Army sent to the Western Front or the heroic African-American regiment of the US National Guard, each new faction comes with their own unique look accurate to their real-world attire, so you can re-enact what it was like as a part of these two legendary groups.
Fight on the front lines in three brand new maps:
Where better to take the new factions available in this new update than three brand new maps, all based on real historical battles that took place during WW1. Each map is a distinct battleground that players will be able to explore and fight over.
Found along the border of Marne and the Ardennes, Séchault was the setting of an important battle for the Harlem HellFighters as part of the 100 days offensive. On this map, players can fight across farms built on the chalky white earth this part of France is known for. They’ll battle across hastily constructed fortifications and forests decimated by artillery.
Part of the third battle of Ypres, Poelcapelle is a battlefield that is heavily damaged by both artillery and flooding. With its rain-soaked trenches, players will have to navigate pockets of industrial ruins and underground bunkers to survive.
A notable location during the Somme Offensive, Combles allows players to play out a well-known British-French battle with the Germans. Allied forces push up on destroyed villages, forests, and fields from the west, while Germans defend an entrenched position in an attempt to hold them off. Both sides clash in the ruins between them, resulting in a titanic battlefield experience.
Bring new firearms and melee weapons to battlefields:
Last, but not least, the For King and Country update puts a vast new selection of weapons into the hands of players. Firearms, like the Pattern 14 (T) Sniper Rifle and the infamous Lewis Gun will help you keep enemies at bay at longer ranges, while the Pattern 1897 Officer Sword and Pattern 1907 SMLE bayonet will assist in bloody close-quarters combat. The full list of twelve new weapons can be found below:
SMLE Mk III
Webley Mk VI
Pattern 14 (T) Sniper Rifle
Vickers Mk 1 Heavy Machine Gun
QF-13 field gun
Pattern 1897 Officer Sword
Pattern 1907 SMLE bayonet
Lead Casted Trench Club
No. 27 Smoke Grenade
No. 5 Mills Bomb
This massive update greatly improves Beyond The Wire and proves that it’s heading in the right direction, just as I’d anticipated. There’s no better chance to try it than now, so jump in, soldier!
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