Battlefield 5 is a multi-player focused first person shooter that was released in 2018. This latest entry in the franchise is based around World War 2 and it is available this month on PS Plus. Gun play is at the heart of any FPS and Battlefield 5 generally does a good job of it. Recoil is consistent across all of the 35 plus weapons, each of which carrying its own distinct characteristics.
These characteristics are further enforced by Battlefield’s class system whereby you can choose to play an Assault, Medic, Support or Recon role. These classes all have strong and unique abilities, strengths and weaknesses which effectively adds variety but also choice into your gameplay options. The gunplay is fast but flowing with a low time to kill making split second decisions crucial.
The scale of Battlefield 5’s huge matches are however still its centerpiece where all its gameplay elements come together in massive 32vs32 player fights. One element that Battlefield 5 is really focused on this time around is team work. Within every game you have a sub team of up to 4 people and working together can be hugely beneficial. Mostly due to the game’s attrition system. Unlike some of the older titles in the franchise there’s a more pronounced sense of using consumables with ammo and health being the 2 main factors.
If you take significant damage, you won’t regen back to full health and unless you’re a medic, the only way to get your health back is to use bandages of which you’ll only spawn with one. Medic classes however can give out an unlimited amount of this resource so if you have a Medic in your squad who sticks close by you’ve already got a tactical advantage. A similar system comes into play with the Support and Recon classes. Support players can resupply ammo and Recon players can mark enemies for the whole squad to see.
Other features such as being able to spawn on your squad mates and squad revive adds even more to the teamwork factor. Squad revive let’s anyone in your squad of 4 revive anyone else regardless if they are playing medic or not. The final teamwork element is requisition points. Throughout every game your kills, revives, point captures etc. earn you requisition points, a currency that the squad leader can use to call in reinforcements such as tanks, planes, supply drops and more.
These can be pretty influential to the battle so working together to earn these points is something well worth doing. Alongside the gunplay, the maps play a big part of how well the game comes together as well as of course how good it looks and feels. Battlefield 5 has a great set of environments from huge tropical islands to derelicts cities. The variety does wonders for the gameplay experiences and the contrast between maps is so significant that a map change can make it feel like you’re suddenly playing a different game.
The maps accommodate most playstyles and do a good job at balancing classes and while some would certainly favor certain weapon types or vehicles, it feels like there’s usually some sort of meta for your playstyle. Most of the maps also have Battlefield’s trademarked destruction system. Explosive weapons and gadgets can take out the walls and roofs of most buildings which is just really cool but it adds to the tactical play as well.
You can root out snipers and reduce your enemies’ options but it’s actually the construction system which has become a bit of a highlight for me. With the use of an ability that all classes have access to you can build a variety of structures. At first, I thought this feature was pretty useless and to some extent obsolete however once I experimented with it a bit more, I realized how effective it could be. It’s most useful when trying to hold down a position in the point capture modes as you can build things like blockades to stop tanks getting too close or sniper towers.
In a few select locations, you can also build more functional things such as ammo resupply stations or even artillery guns which is a really neat feature. The graphics in Battlefield 5 is amazing and I played it on a PS5 and even though this game hasn’t and won’t receive a next-gen update, the color detail and smoothness overall is very impressive and, in my opinion, it clearly beats out Call of Duty Modem Warfare.
The variety within the maps I mentioned earlier really lets the game showcase a beautiful set of environments and this is great when it comes to the immersion side of things. In terms of multiplayer gameplay options, the mode Conquest still takes center stage. These are huge 64 player battles where teams fight to control points. All the vehicle types come into play here and this is arguably where Battlefield 5 is at its best. There are a few other variations of this mode as well as team deathmatch and there’s even a Battle Royale mode although it’s fairly dead.
There are also community matches where you can either play people’s custom game presets or make your own but overall, there’s a good mix of modes with something for everyone as long as you’re not looking for a Battle Royale. While Battlefield 5 is certainly multiplayer focused, there is a reasonably substantial campaign and it left me with mixed feelings overall.
There are 4 campaign sections and each comprising of its own story about an hour or 2 in length. What felt like a letdown for me though was that the campaign just doesn’t seem to play to Battlefield 5’s strengths and what I can only assume was a pursuit for a compelling short story. Developer Dice have avoided things that make Battlefield to some extent Battlefield. If I’m completely honest a lot of the missions in the stories felt like a Call of Duty campaign.
An example of this is how much you’re placed on your own in these stories, conducting missions as if you’re some sort of elite special forces soldier. In the introduction section that’s placed directly next to these 4 campaigns, you’re part of huge battles with tanks and planes all over the place yet when you get to the campaign itself a lot of this disappears. There’s also an odd emphasis on stealth in many of these missions with throwing knives and lures however you can get by with the run and gun approach.
Now having said all this I by no means think the campaigns are bad. While there’s certainly a lot of missed potential, in each story decent characters are established and so are their motives. There’s good variety at play largely due to the maps however the main thing that holds it all up is the gunplay which is a big part of where the fun factor comes in. At launch Battlefield 5 wasn’t actually well received and the common complaints were the glitches, historical accuracy, it’s lack of content as well as the change in direction since Battlefield 1 amongst a few other little things.
The number of bugs and glitches has definitely declined and while there are still a few around here and there you’ll seldom find a game breaking glitch. Lots of new content has been added with new maps, weapons and modes including a fourth campaign story. Another complaint that arose commonly amongst the Battlefield community was how it doesn’t live up to the same qualities as many of the older games in the franchise.
I completely get where these people are coming from as Battlefield 5 has clearly stepped towards a much faster paced run and gun shooter which is rather unlike the slower paced vehicle-based games of the past. This means that for diehard fans of the franchise, Battlefield 5 was a disappointment. If, however you are completely new to the series or have little experience with it, then the problem of expectations is completely alleviated.
For the older players expecting a super atmospheric and hyper realistic World War 2 experience, Battlefield 5 is not what they were hoping for. However, I can see how a newer player could get completely engrossed with this and have lots of fun. While Battlefield 5 still retains some of the Battlefield DNA with the huge scale battles and more realistic gun mechanics, many other parts of the game lean towards the Call of Duty feel. As I mentioned earlier the more run and gun format.
Overall Battlefield 5 is a game well worth picking up as long as you are not a hardcore fan of older Battlefield games. There is a lot of fun you can have with Battlefield 5 especially if you have some friends to play with. The gunplay is strong and satisfying, the graphics are great and there’s just nothing like invading a tropical island in a huge 64 player battle. Battlefield 5 is currently available on EA Play and also on PS Plus this month so make sure to check out this amazing First Person Shooter.
Battlefield 5 has some impressive audio and visual experience that elevates the games atmosphere. Smooth movement and the gunplay is very satisfying. The teamwork element is great and the graphics is stunning but the campaign feels inconsistent with the Battlefield universe and feels more like a Call of Duty campaign. It might not have been a complete game at launch but overall in its current state its a very fun game and the 64 player game modes are a must play.