Played the beta for a couple of hours. I’ve played BF1942, BF2, Bad Company 2, Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4 and Battlefield 1 and enjoyed most of them immensely. Strangely enough, Battlefield V seems to suffer from a mismatch between what I wanted from a WWII-themed Battlefield game and DICE’s vision.
I enjoyed the gunplay, the incredible graphics, the top notch sound design. However, I played a couple of hours of Post Scriptum (a Squad-esque WWII game that has more in common with Project Reality) and my immediate reaction was : « Now THAT is a WWII game. » BFV didn’t give me that impression at all. I’m well aware of the SJW controversy, but I believe this is a clear case of DICE’s upper management being wildly out of touch with what the fan-base wants. I was fighting a battle in Norway with a whole squad of british asian riflewomen that looked nothing like the « paratroopers » they were supposed to be depicting. It pulled me out of the « WWII » experience. I don’t know… I’m all for being progressive and raising awareness on social issues, but I think there is a time and place to send these messages. A Battlefield game isn’t one of them.
I think BFV will be one of the only BF games I don’t pre-order. It seemed like a hollow game with no sense of identity…. Wanting to be too many things it’s not meant to be.