Bat­tle­field V

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Pub­lisher EA / De­vel­oper DICE War is hell, or in this case hellishlhy good While the Call Of Duty games have tended to dom­i­nate this kind of FPS, EA’s flag­ship bat­tle games have al­ways been the game of choice ‘for those in the know’. The WW2-set Bat­tle­field V is a very fine game, build­ing im­pres­sively on the ground­work set by the ex­cel­lent Bat­tle­field 1.

With Spit­fires and Messer­schmitts roar­ing over­head, tanks rum­bling around you and every­thing get­ting bombed into rub­ble, it’s truly thrilling stuff. The game pro­vides some long and in­volved skir­mishes in im­pec­ca­bly de­signed maps. The sin­gle-player War Sto­ries are fan­tas­tic, while the stand­out mul­ti­player mode at launch is Grand Op­er­a­tions, which takes place over three days. It gives you a real feel­ing of be­ing part of a de­vel­op­ing op­er­a­tion that plays out de­pend­ing on how well you’re fight­ing. A fourth-day Fi­nal Stand, should both sides be at a stale­mate, is es­sen­tially bat­tle royale with a shrink­ing map.

Our re­viewer was might­ily im­pressed, not­ing “you won’t find a more har­row­ingly re­al­is­tic and con­vinc­ing em­u­la­tion of what fight­ing in World War II would have been like”. Be­fore launch, EA and DICE promised more game modes than were present at launch, in­clud­ing the Tides of War mode – but the good news there is that it means there’s plenty more to come in 2019.

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