Developed by EA DICE and published by Electronic Arts, Battlefield V is the latest first-person shooter to grace the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. While Battlefield V is most definitely an amazing title both online and throughout its single-player campaign missions, I couldn’t help but feel that Battlefield V was a bit rushed to meet the deadline of its release date.
On initial release, three of the four single-player campaign missions were made available – with a placeholder setting positioned over the fourth. To add to this, modes such as Tides of War as well as the Practice Range were also blocked off by similar placeholders. While these areas are currently available now, this still indicates that the game was pushed out to meet deadline. Adding to these issues, upon initial release, Battlefield V was plagued by frequent bugs that not only messed with online and single-player functionality, but also resulted in a few instances where they became game breaking.
While Battlefield V had a rough time at launch, things are getting better now that the developers are rolling out patches in order to address issues as well as unlock blocked off content. With these patches rolling out Battlefield V is becoming the title it was meant to be at launch.
Moving on to the single-player campaign, Battlefield V features a set of different single-player campaigns that last for around two to three hours each. Each campaign features a pretty interesting story to it that not only takes you to some visually impressive locations, but also places you in some pretty intense combat scenarios. There are a lot of run and gun situations on offer here that are a lot of fun; however, the developers have also opted to add in a number of stealth sections that just seemed very mediocre. With some lacklustre stealth areas, Battlefield V also limits time in vehicles for some reason… with most of the vehicle combat happening at the beginning of each scenario and only really lasting a few minutes. This made these brief experiences with vehicles feel more like tutorials for the multiplayer modes, as the rest of the mission was essentially fought on foot. Granted, the campaign missions on offer here are still fun, apart from stealth areas, but it quite honestly left me longing for more vehicle-based combat at the end of it all.
One thing that Battlefield has always had going for it is the absolutely gorgeous settings the series places you in. Not only are these setting some of the best looking I have seen when it comes to games, but said settings can often be destroyed and levelled to the ground during combat. It’s great to see the same destruction and chaos make its way into Battlefield V in both the single-player and multiplayer modes.
Moving over to multiplayer, there is a ton of content available. This includes the following modes:
You and your squad must fight point-to-point in 64-player Conquest mode, working to gain control of key locations on a massive multiplayer map.
Every inch of ground becomes precious as a line of capture points focuses the battle into all-out firefights in Conquest Assault mode, reworked and improved from Battlefield 1. In a twist on Conquest, using a classic majority rule set, your strategic choices are brought to the forefront as attacking and defending forces are drawn to a single objective at a time.
A mix of Conquest, Rush, and Battlefield 4’s Obliteration mode. Frontlines pits teams in a fight for chained control points in a tug-of-war. Both teams fight for one flag at a time, and once this objective is captured, the action moves on to the next. Conquering the last flag opens the enemy base, and then certain objectives suddenly become vulnerable to planted explosives– a new addition in Frontlines for Battlefield V.
A scaled-down version of Conquest, this packs in just as much infantry-focused action. Two teams battle over ownership of multiple objectives. Owning at least half of these flags will cause the enemy team to start losing respawns. Control more than half, and your enemy team will bleed respawns even faster.
This is Battlefield pure and simple. Work closely with your squad to dispatch the most enemies of the two infantry teams and victory is yours. Use the new Fortifications to change the face of the battle.
Spearhead a Grand Operation by replicating the feats of WW2 airborne soldiers. Brave a storm of fire and steel as you parachute down and mount an offensive. Each team gets a set number of tickets that represent a player’s respawn, where each death drains the total number of tickets until there is a winner.
One side will push to seize all control points in a sector, and to force the enemy to retreat. Each engagement in Breakthrough is a frantic fight to capture sectors as an attacker and, for the defense, on-the-fly planning to keep the opposition at bay.
A nail-biting, tie-breaking mode, Final Stand appears depending on how well your team performed in the first three days of a Grand Operation. If the two factions are evenly-matched after days of fighting, you’ll find yourself armed with depleted ammo and no respawns, in this mode to determine the winner.
With a plethora of fun modes on hand, Battlefield V also offers plays a range of 8 great maps that span across 4 different location that you can blast your way through. Some of these locations allow players to battle across a German-occupied Norway as well as battle their way through steep caverns and relentless desert heat in North Africa.
Sticking with multiplayer, Battlefield V also includes the 4 main classes that we have grown to know. These include Recon, Assault, Medic, and Support. There is a new style of play and pacing here as Battlefield V now wants players to rely on one another during large-scale battles. Ammo is scarce so if it’s not supplied at a depot you will need to get it from a teammate.
With a regular stream of content updates and DLC… Battlefield V looks to be moving from strength to strength. Granted, it did go through a bit of a rough release; however, it is slowly evolving into one of the best first-person shooters of 2018. Overall, Battlefield features some great single-player action while also offering an excellent dash of multiplayer greatness.