Welcome, Battlefield fans! This year we have broken the review in its single player and multiplayer components to give fans…
Welcome, Battlefield fans! This year we have broken the review in its single player and multiplayer components to give fans of each game style a better idea of what’s happening. This review only covers single player mode, with our multiplayer review and overall Battlefield V review coming soon.
Too often, the single-player campaign for a major multiplayer shooter is a little more than an enchanted tutorial. The battlefield series has certainly been guilty of this before, but Battlefield V’s set of three two-hour campaigns is definitely not. Each one has a rather interesting story that guides you through a series of places that are different and beautiful when they are not reduced to flaming walls around you. I would only have loved the better utilized battlefield’s amazing set of tools to put us in the midst of a full-scale war more often.
This is a firearm shooter, where health regenerates and weapons and ammunition are abundant. As a result, when each action heats up, the pace is generally as fast as the explosions are spectacularly high. So it’s an odd design choice of DICE that two of the three campaigns have fought almost entirely and highlight just-okay playful gameplay. It’s good, except that it does not give the Battlefield series the power of huge maps with space for lots of large-scale warfare for good use.
Also strange is the fact that these missions are fought almost entirely on foot, in addition to some maps that allow you to jump in a jeep or a plane. The only time you run a tank or fly a real airborne mission is about a minute in the short tutorial, which is a bit of a battle. The three stories are still a fun six or so hours to fight through, but there is a lot left on the table in that regard.
The first campaign, Under No Flag, stars a young criminal recruited by a gruff veteran to go with Britain’s special boat service, which turns out, has very little to do with boats. The couple’s tampering missions in northern Africa start with a fairly linear and nice walk to a nazi airfield where the most memorable moment comes from the joke between the two. Their mentor-protege relationship is cliché but well-written and traded, with a few moments of really funny humor to strengthen their characters in the short time we are with.
Under No Flag’s other mission, there is an interesting: a wide-open map gives you the choice of three goals to deal with in any order. Technically, there is no difference in what you do, because none of the facilities you are in affect the other two, but the freedom to approach them from any angle – stop marking the enemy soldiers with the binoculars and plan your attack , Far Cry style – gives an illusion of control. The map is large enough for you to steal a flight and fly around, but in normal trouble the enemy’s plans seemed hard to hit back so the control of the sky was not as challenging as it seemed as it should have been.
The campaign is shielded by an endurance mission against waves of Nazi infantry and vehicles, which is a decent fight as long as you avoid thinking about how absurd it is for a man to run between anti-tank, anti-air and troops towards the personnel of to alone fight a little army in hibernation.
It helps in the effort that the enemy AI is beautifully weak throughout. German soldiers will sometimes take the cover, but as often they will load into the machine world into the open. And when you have shot one, you have shot the vast majority of them – the variety is limited to regular troops with different but similar weapons, pledged versions of the same soldiers that can absorb an annoying amount of bullets and single flamethrower soldiers. It gives the car a fighting match, especially as weapons against vehicles are harder to arrive.
The second campaign, Nordlys, sends us to frozen Nazi occupied Norway in a young female opponent’s wooden shoes like – I do not cure you – kills enemies by throwing knives on them as they zoom up on skis. They are quite tricky to pull off for obvious reasons, and when you have nailed one to fulfill the challenge of the mission, you are probably best offended by those who throw knives making things much easier. You can whip out the skis at any time, which is fun to play with – especially if you are not worried about being dotted or needing to reload a checkpoint after you care from the edge of a cliff to your death. They become much more useful in her second-most mission, which again opens things and lets you choose your goals. Ski is not a substitute for airplanes, but unfortunately it is absent here.
In an increase in variation, Nordlys uses the frozen weather to introduce a unique gameplay mechanic in one of its missions where you have to heat yourself by a fire so often to keep from freezing to death. But I would not have thought it would go further than it did because the death of the patient is killing and the time limits do not mix well.
I was harder to be interested in this character than in the British, partly because it is difficult to read subtitles for the Norwegian voice while pushing, but also because her motivations and origins are so straightforward.
The final promotion is available at the launch, Tirailleur, by far the best for several reasons. The first is his story, which handsome manages his comment about race during France’s liberation, by embracing a more universal comment about the human costs of opposition and thereby avoiding feeling heavy-handed. History does not always say that bold. Despite similar problems with forcing non-French speakers to divide our attention between copying main images and reading subtitles, Tirailleur’s protagonist will be very effective as a man whose precious goal drives him to ruthless methods.
Secondly, Tirailleur is the only campaign that makes me feel like an important part of an army in a war rather than a super-driven Rambo. Right from the start, you battle with your other troops that are cut right and left, and their presence makes the whole scenario much more credible. The fact that the wind blows a ridiculous number of autumnal leaves over the soldier bodies from both sides as you pass by make it much more moving.
These battles – including its impressive coup de gras mission to capture a fortified chateau on a hill – are large-scale, and even if you never really drive or fly any vehicles at all, we’ll see the spectacular sights in a battle like rages over the map, with artillery and rockets that rain down the distance (or on top of you if you’re not moving). This is clear what Battlefield is best at, and I have to wonder why DICE did not leak into it.
Replayability in campaign missions comes from scattered collectibles and performance challenges, such as taking an aircraft with a handheld weapon or saving a resistance fighter without being detected, giving you something to do besides the slightest resistance way.
It should be noted that the campaign screen has a site open to The Last Tiger, which at some point in the near future will allow us to play from a non-Nazi German point of view in a tank crew. EA has not specifically said when the fourth campaign will be available.