I should preface this by saying that I have a history degree and in getting that degree I specialised in the First World War and I also teach high school history which includes the history of the First World War so it is fair to say that my perspective is not the norm on this matter.
More and more gameplay footage of this game is getting out there now and as I watch it I can't help but feel that it is sort of messed up that they have twisted the war to the extent that they have. Almost every weapon is semi or full auto, Zepplins rain fire down from the skies, tanks zoom around the map like they would on a modern battlefield. It feels like all they have done is put a WWI skin over the top of a modern shooter.
I know that I'm going to get shut down with "well bolt-action rifles are boring" and I don't necessarily disagree with that but if that is the case why not just give it an alternate history timeline or something? "Oh this is WWI but it never ended in 1918 and now its 1925 and the war is still going but technology has advanced". Boom, done. Problem solved.
A few bombcasts ago Brad mentioned that this war is maybe not thought of in the same terms in Europe as it is in the US due to the insane loss of life that European nations suffered in the war compared to the Americans who only came in 1917. Is this something that seems correct to the Americans reading this? I'm not sure how much this time period is taught in your schools but here in Australia we learn it A LOT in school due to our role in it. If you're not aware of the loss of life, to give you some context, the British lost 60,000 men on the first DAY of the battle of the Somme. I've been to the western front and seen the cemeteries from both sides (Commonwealth, French, American and German) and I can't help but get a not very nice feeling about this game.
Does anyone else feel this way?