I was introduced to the Battlefield series not long after I joined LMG over 2 years ago.
Between Destiny, Rainbow 6, Division and Borderlands it was the other game that many kept going back to.
I soon took up an EA Access account and started my Battlefield journey with Battlefield 4. Not long after that I picked up a preowned copy of the Premium Edition for Xbox One and unlocked most of the DLC over time.
What immediately hooked me with this series was the immersive environments and all-out battle style. I could play as a solder, jump in a tank or fly a plane all in the same sandbox and with 64 other players at the same time. There was nothing else that I had played up to that point that did that. Combined with the ranking and progression systems it slowly became one of my favorite multiplayer games.
Not long after that Battlefield 1 came out. This time we had the same familiar battlefield sandbox but with a world war one story and settings. Initially it received some criticism from the fan base due to some of its changes to game play and the setting, but eventually won most over.
This brings us to Battlefield V the latest version of the ongoing franchise and the most confusing release so far. Suffice to say the game that has launched has changed considerably from the poorly received and much talked about reveal trailer with the controversial female fighter with a prosthetic arm and debate about equality in gaming etc.
Good news is despite the poor marketing campaign, confusing version offerings (5 in total originally) and BETA glitches leading to some poor reviews the new Battlefield V game is a very solid entry in the franchise and one I believe that prove itself over time.
With Battlefield V we have World War II as the background, which is one that I find the most interesting and all-encompassing wars we had.
From Britain to Europe to Asia there is so much material here to draw on and Battlefield V does it very well.
Our starting forces for Battlefield V are England and Germany
Through their engagements we are introduced to new battlefields in :
North Africa - Hamada (largest Battlefield map to date) and Aerodrome,
Norway – Narvik and Fjell 652,
France – Arras and Twisted Steel
and Holland – Rotterdam and Devastation (Bombed Rotterdam).
All of which are detailed and beautifully realized in game
Gameplay is tweaked more towards team play and use of cover and time to kill is allot faster than previous games. This can be a slight disadvantage if playing solo on the multiplayer maps as the emphasis on team play means that if the other players on your team decide to go it alone you reduce the chances of completing successful enemy engagements and survivability significantly. However so far it appears that most players I have been matched with while playing Multiplayer appear to understand the shift to more strategic team play and work together effectively.
Dice is changing things up this time around too with no additional DLC or Premium purchases; instead they have Tides of War. This will bring new content from WW II all together in seasonal releases including the new battle Royale mode called firestorm. It is expected that as time goes on more iconic forces will be added to the game to like US and Japan, Russia etc.
So let’s get to the main question about the game – is it good? Simple answer Yes!.
I have played over 20 hours so far of Multiplayer and have found it to be some of the most exciting and fun multiplayer that I have played to date. The action is fast paced, and at times you really feel immersed in a WW II battle. From taking out an enemy position with a well-timed grenade, plowing through a house in your Tiger tank or taking out a bomber in your spitfire plane. All feel very satisfying and have a good balance between feeling powerful but also can be countered with the right Solider or Vehicle class.
The four main solider classes are back and have further customization options to allow players to drill down to something they feel is their own style. You can play as an Assault, Medic, Support or Recon solider each with their own unique load outs and progression unlockables. To date the Assault and Support are my fav classes to play.
The current menu system needs a bit of tweaking in my opinion as it’s a bit counter intuitive, but I’m sure that it’s something Dice will improve over time and it does not detract from the overall game experience. Further optimization of the game will also fix some of the funny rag-doll physics and clipping that can occur occasionally too.
You can earn in game currency by completing Assignment or Daily Orders which set out specific tasks that need to be completed.
In game currency can be used to upgrade your weapons and vehicles or buy cosmetics for your soldiers which is a welcome change from the loot box issues in the past.
Despite poor marketing and a confusing Beta, Battlefield V in its current form is a fun and exciting WW II sandbox to play in, especially with a squad of friends, and one that I’m sure will continue to evolve over time once Tides of War is released in early December and the Battle Royale Firestorm mode becomes available early next year.
If your still not sure if this Battlefield is for you try the 7 hour trial with an EA or origin Access subscription
See you on the battlefield!
- By JaymanBlue
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