Battlefield 1 has received new game modes in time for the week long Battlefest. The best is Fog of War, a match type that provides a tense experience by keeping things a little more up close and personal.

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Longtime fans will appreciate the additions and changes that have come as part of Battlefield 1's latests update. The squad management system was completely overhauled, getting rid of crummy squad leaders. The update also saw the return of hardcore servers, which ramp up the difficulty and makes things a bit more realistic. I thought I’d get sucked into hardcore mode but Fog of War has really grabbed my attention.

The mode adds a deep fog to the battlefield, making it hard to distinguish friend from foe. Trapped and unable to see far, you walk into dozens of terrifying ambushes while also sneaking around to stab enemies in the back. To add difficulty, the game removes aiming reticules and limits you to small arms.

What follows is absolute madness. Old choke points become absolute slaughterhouses, soldiers wander around in confusion only to have their throats cut, and squads rush each other with reckless abandon. The series might be known for massive battles full of vehicles and countless players but Fog of War manages to be one of the most exciting ways to play Battlefield 1.  

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There are downsides. The map selection is currently limited to Argonne Forest and only for team deathmatch. Adding fog really changes the game and I’d like to see more options for private servers to customize map playlists and objective types. This is a great step towards more diverse and challenging games modes but it is definitely a first step. Still, if you’re looking for a change of pace from massive operations or Sinai Desert snipe-fests, I recommend giving Fog of War a go.

Just try not to unload your clip into a buddy if they run around the corner, okay?