By Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams on November 20, 2018
Back in September of 2002, I fired up my trusty PC to play a game called Battlefield 1942. Now, 5906 days later, I'm doing pretty much the same, only now I'm firing up my PS4 and the game I'm going to play is Battlefield V. Now, don't let the title fool you, this is not the fifth installment in the Battlefield series; it's actually the sixteenth! And after the previous game, Battlefield I, revolved around World War I, Battlefield V puts players in the middle of the second global conflict this world has ever seen: World War II.
Now, this is where basically every big war shooter franchise started. Battlefield, Medal of Honor and Call of Duty all earned their stripes by dropping the player somewhere in the war-torn fields, cities and deserts of Europe and Africa between 1940 and 1945. And I don't know why exactly, but I appreciate a war shooter even more when it's situated in a war that really happened. Don't get me wrong, I like whizzing about in exoskeletons and jetpacks and blasting everything to smithereens with my portable rail gun just as much as the next guy, but there's something even more awesome about lying in the dirt with nothing more than a couple grenades and your simple rifle or machine gun. Not that I ever wish to do this in real life, but as far as war shooters go, this is definitely what I like best!
With that being said, let's take a look at the game at hand, shall we? What is instantaneously noticeable about Battlefield V is its awesome graphics! The game looks absolutely top-notch, which is a big plus in today's gaming landscape. Apparently, the game received a lot of flak because of some historical inaccuracies but, personally, I couldn't care less about that. I wish people would keep in mind that it's a videogame we're playing here. you're not really going off to war! And while we're on the subject of realism; the same people that (usually very loudly) demand authenticity probably turn around after shouting something like that and continue playing Minecraft or some game like that. My advice; lighten the hell up!
Anyway, back to the game! As you start your grand adventure, you will be able to get the hang of the various controls by means of a couple of land- and air-based fighting sequences, which are interspersed with the story of a soldier, provided by a voice-over. This narration helps tie the sequences together and immediately sets the right mood. It kind of reminded me of the introduction to Battlefield I and I must say that I think this is a very smart approach to introducing a game.
Besides the awesome graphics, Battlefield V boasts quite a couple of game modes. Let's start with my favorite: the single-player campaign. Now, say what you will, but I still like a decent single player story mode best of all. The campaign in Battlefield V consists of four episodes dubbed "War Stories", the fourth of which will be available on December 4, 2018. The first episode follows the story of a member of the British Special Boat Service, a highly effective special ops department of the British army. After this, we travel to Norway to join the resistance and aim to derail the Nuclear research program the Nazi's have going on. In the third episode, we take the role of a so-called Tirailleur, a forward-fighting light infantry group, in Senegal. The fourth episode is called "The Last Tiger" and will probably, if my hunch is right, revolve around the single most powerful tank in the German arsenal at the time: the dreaded King Tiger.
What these episodes do exceptionally well, is show the various facets of the war. Each one is dedicated to a single person's story and their role in this global conflict. This makes it much easier to relate to the person in question and makes for a much better immersion in the mission at hand. Now, I've played quite a few Battlefield games, and I must say that these missions are thoroughly challenging. Although you have the benefit of health regeneration, your enemy is relentless and death is no mere far-off threat. During the missions, you will come across various weapon caches and vehicles, which you can use to fulfill your mission. And while driving around in an armored car is fun, it might not actually be the right approach for the job at hand. Most of the time, it is far better to keep low and out of sight. Sure, you can go in all guns blazing but this will, more often than not, result in your untimely demise.
Apart from the single player campaign, Battlefield V also contains a number of multiplayer modes. It will also feature a cooperative online game mode, in which four players need to work together to reach the end of their campaign. This mode, called "Combined Arms", is said to feature dynamic objectives and missions, which will give it a higher replay value. This cooperative mode is set to be launched after the main game releases, so keep your eyes peeled. Of course, no FPS game would be complete without the nowadays inevitable Battle Royal mode. Now, this is not my cup of tea, but if it's yours, I can only imagine that you will be pleased to know that Battlefield V will feature a Battle Royal mode called "Firestorm" in which up to 64 players can duke it out by forming squads and will need to work together to defeat all other players. Now, as it stands today, the Battle Royal mode will not be released before the spring of 2019, so you'll still need to be patient for a while.
In the multiplayer section of Battlefield V, the developers strived to also cater to those gamers that are heavily into customizing their character. You decide how you and your weapons look, so you can tailor your character to your preferences. Now, looking a certain way will not award you with numerous perks, but it does make your character more relatable. Plus, to use the words of my brother-in-law and DummeeGamer colleague, Michael "Magic Mike" Dumee: "if you're going to spend hours on end looking at a character, you'd better make damn sure it's worth looking at!". Again, this is a nice addition to an already very cool game and kind of enhances the entire multiplayer experience
All in all, I can only come to the conclusion that Battlefield V is another very cool game in a long line of Battlefield games. It looks awesome, sounds and handles great and, most importantly for people like me, features a decent single player campaign. And although the campaign only features four episodes, it is challenging enough to keep you busy for quite some time. So, if you're up for a truly good-looking war shooter with an immersive single player campaign and more than enough multiplayer modes, Battlefield V might just be the game for you!