Publisher EA / Developer DICE War is hell, or in this case hellishlhy good
While the CallOfDuty 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.