(Editor’s note: Thanks to EA for granting me early access to Battlefield V via the Origin Access Premier which is a service that allows you to play all EA games, including Battlefield V, early. These impressions are from the Battlefield V campaign.)
( WARNING: LIGHT SPOILERS.)
Battlefield V is a sequel to Battlefield 1, Battlefield 1 took place throughout the course of the First World War and opened a door that was filled with a history that was forgotten by nearly everyone except for the countries that the war touched the hardest on.
Battlefield V takes place 22 years later during the Second World War and its campaign focuses on the unknown aspects of the war, much like its predecessor did in the First World War.
After a riveting prologue that does a nice job of showcasing the bigger aspects of mankind’s greatest conflict, this prologue stands as one of the more emotional parts of the game and it stands side-by-side with the prologue of Battlefield 1. We begin with the Nordly’s War story which has been showcased by EA DICE numerous times.
The Nordly’s war story takes place in 1943 during the German occupation of Norway and focuses on a young Resistance fighter who must not only free her family member but must uncover a dark secret that could change the course of the war and could possibly win the war for Germany; this secret is in the Vemork hydroelectric water plant in the forests of Norway. The Germans are using the facility to build an atomic bomb using the plant’s heavy water and shipping it to Germany, it’s up to her and the Norweigan Resistance to put an end to this before it becomes too late.
The early parts of this campaign mission both support and encourage stealth gameplay, so much so that there’s a stash of throwing knives you can carry that you can take out unsuspecting Germans with.
Of course, things can get loud but that is all up to you. Once I got to a checkpoint, the game had me dart around a frozen lake in the middle of a snowstorm and I used this snowstorm to my advantage, avoiding and killing Germans that have set up several campsites.
Daylight broke in this mission and the gameplay once again changed. Once daylight broke, I was on top of a mountain peak looking down at a village with skis affixed to your boots, and you whisk down the mountain that heavily reminded me of Modern Warfare 2’s “Cliffhanger.” mission that saw you whisk down a mountain on a snowmobile and I slid into a sandbox where I could do whatever I want and choose whatever route I want to go down. How and what order you take on the three objectives which are a German command post, a small village, and a shipyard is up to you. The war story continues after this and what follows sold me on the campaign of Battlefield V.
Much like Battlefield 1’s War Stories, Battlefield V has a campaign that is worth it and one that is as powerful and as emotionally engaging as the War Stories in Battlefield 1 was. Much like Battlefield 1’s campaign, it doesn’t glorify war but instead is sometimes a depressing and heroic look at World War II, a vision that is sometimes cliche but it works here.
Battlefield V, much like Battlefield 1 did before it, proves that you can go back to a familiar setting that is by now tiresome and make it fresh again with fresh stories that took a backseat to the more larger known stories or have been lost to time like the story of Resistance fighters in Norway and the German effort to build an atomic bomb at the Vermok heavy water plant or Operation Dragoon which was the second D-Day landing on the southern coast of France shortly after Operation Overlord concluded.
Battlefield V, much like Battlefield 1 did before it, holds a ton of potential as one of the best World War II games in a very long time.
( Stay tuned for my review coming soon.)