Battlefield V is 2018s iteration of the Battlefield series set in World War 2 and having put in 100 hours in the game, I think I can now give it a fair assessement after all the ruckus at launch.
If you played Battlefield One with its World War One backdrop, then BFV will be a familiar transition. War Stories, or the single player campaign, once again borrows from Battlefield One, with chapters following different characters and their stories. I loved the concept and it doesn’t get old here either. DICE are trying also episodic stories a la Hitman, and will keep adding to the single player content. The first of these, the Last Tiger, dropped in Dec and takes a rare look at the German side of the war, as you play as a commander of a Panzer Tiger.
And to the main reason we get Battlefield...the multiplayer. Battlefield is renowned for some of the best FPS multiplayer experiences. And BFV doesn’t disappoint. There were 8 maps at launch, with one added in December. These maps are nicely diverse, with some snipers-delight maps like the open fields of Arras to tight guerrilla warfare in the streets of Rotterdam. All maps are good fun for 32v32 matches or the smaller Team Deathmatches of 16v16 with improved destructible environments.
Tactics matter more in BFV than previous games, and you can’t be a hero playing solo. You will die…a lot! It was so bad that DICE tried tweaking the TTK (Time To Kill) to make it more accomodating for new-comers. But that was scrapped after the hardcore fans bitched...so you will still die a lot!
It’s best to play with your squad and take advantage of whatever cover you can find. BFV added the ability to build your own fortifications too. Make use of this! BFV also has no healing. You need to use health packs when you get shot. You can however be revived by a medic or squad-mate if you die.
Battlefield One had behemoths like warships and trains to turn the tide of battle for the losing side. BFV has scrapped that and instead rewards the best performing squads with tanks and V-1 rockets. I also love Battlefield since its one of a handful of games that have African servers for all platforms. Nothing like playing with <100 ping! The struggle is real in sh*thole Africa!
DICE promises more in future for BFV, with a Battle Royale mode set for sometime in March. I’m not sure there is too much excitement for this with Call of Duty’s Blackout, capturing what must have been the last corner of the Battle Royale crowd. But great thing about Battlefield V is that the season-pass barrier has been scrapped. All additional content will be available to all! No more splitting the player base.
Sadly, this game will be remembered for the wrong reasons much as it did many things right. The sale figures are low, and gamers are still salty from EA’s Battlefront 2 loot-box debacle. Let’s not forget the famous “If you don’t like it, don’t buy it” quote from the now ex-Vice President, Patrick Soderlund. Seems the gamers listened and didn’t buy it!
If you love Battlefield, get this game. Even if you’re new this is a great game to dip your feet into the Battlefield franchise. Just wait for the inevitable sale and price drop.