Battlefield V launched last week following a bit of controversy and a short delay, so what do folks think of DICE's latest big-scale first-person shooter now that the war is officially raging?
The answer to that question depends greatly on who you ask, and that seems to be largely due to the continued fallout over some creative choices the new game made. When the first Battlefield V trailer launched featuring female soldiers, some members of the long-running series' community cried foul over perceived historical inaccuracies. That single debate led to a fracture of sorts in the community, which probably explains how the game has been received following its first few days on the market. So if you ask a games critic what they think about Battlefield V, the answer seems to be "it's pretty-dang good, actually."
Depending on which players you ask, though, you're likely to get a very different response. This is demonstrated by the game's scores over on Metacritic. On that particular aggregate site, EA's World War II epic is pulling down a 75 on PlayStation 4 from 12 critics, a 79 on the Xbox One from 28 critics and an 81 on PC from 36 critics. Those are pretty solid scores. If you check the user reviews, however, the score ranges from around a 20 to a 40.
If you're comfortable sticking with the critics, they've got some pretty nice things to say about Battlefield V, which launched with a single player campaign and competitive multiplayer modes. The game's battle royale mode is still in development.
One of the highest reviews comes from Gamespace, who gave Battlefield V a 9.6.
Battlefield V brings a lot to the table. Between the great gameplay, superb story from single player, and customization of your character, there's something for everyone...I came into this expecting the worst and ended up with a contender for game of the year.
That's some pretty high praise. That review notes the controversy heading into the launch of the latest Battlefield, as well as a less-than-stellar beta, which likely accounts for those lower initial expectations. The folks over at Gamespot were also quite pleased with the final game, explaining that the game's return to the series' root was a nice continued departure from modern and futuristic shooters. Their 8/10 review notes that not everything here is a soaring success but, when it hits, Battlefield V hits hard.
It's an overwhelming sensory experience and a fine execution of a familiar formula -- if you play the better modes.
Gameinformer also gave the new Battlefield an 8/10, saying that there's a lot of fun to be had in yet another massive first-person shooter from DICE that maybe plays it a little too safe at times. Just like with many of the positive reviews, this write-up notes that there's a steady stream of free content planned for the coming months and, once everything is said and done, Battlefield V could evolve into a true genre behemouth.
Ultimately, Battlefield V will be defined by the success or failure of the pending Combined Arms cooperative mode, Firestorm battle royale mode, and whether or not DICE can continually provide new and engaging content.
While plenty of players were happy to throw out low scores, not many official outlets were unimpressed with Battlefield V. Slant Magazine, though, found it to be pretty middling in their 3/5 verdict.
Battlefield V's failure to communicate, whether the emotional disconnect of each War Story or the difficulty of organizing your fellow soldiers in a Grand Operation, is the crippling problem that holds the game back from greatness.
So make of all of that what you will. Based on what we're seeing, though, it sound like the majority of critics were pretty pleased with what EA and DICE had to offer this time around. If you're looking to keep the fight alive rather than venturing back to the future like this year's Call of Duty, then maybe Battlefield V is the game for you.