Up For Debate - Has Battlefield V turned into a great game with War in the Pacific?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Nov 2, 2019 4:21 PM
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The year and change since Battlefield V’s launch, and the months which preceded it, to be honest, haven’t exactly instilled even its die-hard fan base with confidence. DICE hasn’t really followed through on a lot of promises, consistently delaying content, messing around with unwanted modes, and dangling private servers like a carrot on a stick for months on end.

But it’s important that DICE stuck with Battlefield V. Leaving it to languish and rot could cause irreparable harm to the Battlefield franchise. Just as they’ve done with Star Wars Battlefront 2, they’ve stuck with it and, like a USS battleship deep in the Pacific, they’re slowly turning things around.

The goobers had it in from day one, of course. Those folks who were needlessly angry over a reveal trailer which, for a variety of reasons, saw the tide first turn against Battlefield V.

Yet through these choppy waters, BFV sailed on regardless. We waited six months and received just a single new map. We were spawning with black screens. Occasionally our weapons would disappear. DICE threw its weight behind a Combined Arms co-op mode which nobody had any interest in playing. And Firestorm battle royale is great but ultimately a distraction from the core issue of Battlefield V being content-light since launch. 

The reason that Battlefield V is somehow still chugging along through all this, through thick and thin, is because at its very core this is a great Battlefield game. BFV looks fantastic, it feels great, and there’s a great deal of variety between all of the weapons, tools and vehicles that are now at our fingertips. All it was really lacking were more substantial ‘battlefield’ maps, a more regular stream of fresh content, and those pesky bugs squashed. 

For those who’ve stuck with it, the payoff feels as if it’s finally here, or at least in sight. DICE has dropped the free War in the Pacific update for Battlefield V, adding the Japanese and US factions, plenty of new weapons, two new maps, and a bona fide classic is on the way in December in the form of Wake Island.

The maps we do have are absolutely stonking though. Breakthrough on Iwo Jima is an absolute sight to behold. It’s the sort of video game beach landing you’ve always dreamed of, as perverse as that statement sounds. Landing craft are pouring up the beach, tanks are rolling in, and a nest of machine gunners desperately tries to keep the pack at bay. The map takes you from the beaches to an underground cave network, up over the hills, before culminated in an almighty battle atop the summit of the volcano itself. It’s a mind-blowing spectacle and feels like a satisfying victory for Battlefield fans who’ve been starved of genuinely ‘battlefield-like’ moments. 

As a template for how BFV should be handled in the months and years ahead (the next Battlefield isn’t due until holiday 2021), War in the Pacific is a great indicator that there’s plenty of life left in this old dog yet. It’s really something and there’s still a bit of time to check it out for yourself if you want to see what all the fuss is about. There’s a weekend free trial running until November 4th which includes access to the full game on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. It’s a hell of a large download at this point though, so good luck getting it set up in time.

So calling all Battlefield fans, haters, and everything in between, what do you make of the current state of Battlefield V? Has DICE rescued it from the mire, or should it just hurry up with Bad Company 3? Let us know your thoughts below!

Have you played Battlefield V?

Do you think DICE has turned BFV's fortunes around?

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17:30 Nov-06-2019

Honestly, its a step on the right direction, but there is an long road ahead to redemption

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23:27 Nov-04-2019

forcing players to play strategically over objectives... that's not how BF should be played... it needs to be pure chaos like it used to be and be played for fun instead of win and objectives

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23:33 Nov-04-2019

When was it pure chaos exactly?

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00:18 Nov-05-2019

all the way from BF2 to BF4 pretty much

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06:46 Nov-05-2019

Egh no... maybe a bit in BF4's vanilla maps as they were dog crap, but otherwise, absolutely not.

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09:32 Nov-05-2019

I literally could not disagree harder

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07:53 Nov-07-2019

dont tell me your the guy who would not be in any squad run arround take the vehicle and not wait for anyone just cause you wanted to crash into a enemy flag and get some easy run em over kills.

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14:34 Nov-09-2019

no, im just a guy that enjoys conquest where i can let my mind be absent and just shoot at stuff and i really hate it when im forced to play strategically on conquest like its done in bfv

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16:45 Nov-09-2019

well you then have had very little success in previous BF games or have been mostly lucky playing against weak players.

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17:31 Nov-09-2019

not at all lol

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08:23 Nov-11-2019

my best memories in BF is getting a full squad of my mates and actually co-ordinating our assaults defenses and backing each other up. being shot then being revived by my mates to see that i now have 3 squads defending the flag and we fight

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08:27 Nov-11-2019

it out there for a good 10-12 mins until a walker or tank drops in or the commander drops orbital strikes on us. raining hell from a chopper as my pilot glides and holds to give me a good angle to support the guys below. boats I just hate!!

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15:25 Nov-11-2019

Yeah it's best when you get a 3-5 man squad. That would have to be my second favorite way to play the game. My most favorite though was a bit odd.


I was in a 2 man squad with a random guy, but... it was amazing. Not a word said or written, the most synchronized, badass, amazing teamwork I've ever had, we were covering each other, picking up each other's classes, working in perfect unison, reviving and resupplying each other as we pushed the satcoms on rush we literally both died just once(revives don't count ofc) and it was at the end of the round just after we planted the last charge. We ended 34/1(me) and 37/1(him) and tons of assists too. It was the most movie-like experience I've ever had in a multiplayer video game appart from WoW.

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08:26 Nov-12-2019

Aye sometimes you get a random so good you feel like as if you are playing with your own time traveling self cause he can read your moves perfectly and respond to them like as if that was the plan to begin with i met a random like that in D

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08:29 Nov-12-2019

Division and holy **** when we we done like 3-4 hours later we had literally walked the entire New York Dark Zone and smoked every Boss and hostile crew that was my first PVPVE experience in the game and i was in love. unfortunately never s

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08:35 Nov-12-2019

sent him friend request and never had any experience like that in There ever since. wherever you are my Unknown Mate may the God OF Gaming and The God of Melting Pizzas shine upon you. our glorious bloody moments will forever be cherished

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08:38 Nov-12-2019

and remembered by me!! unlike my normal gaming mates!!!! holy $h!T getting them to even show up online at the same time is like performing a heart surgery on myself using the soft toy pick up arm!!! and when they show up no mic or wireless

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08:41 Nov-12-2019

mouse. or even great a friend depressed cause he got dumped by a girl but wait thats still better than the one idiot who sets friendly fire of and then drops grenades on us while standing next to Ammo Crate. just saying my friends are so gr

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08:44 Nov-12-2019

great you might change your view on the death penalty. except when its a racing game thats when I'm the D!k what can i say i am really good at lapping eveyone in a race so i just run em in the wall or into the gravel with surgical precision

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12:51 Nov-04-2019

Good for them. However, I still prefer war set in a modern era and until then, I probably won't pay much attention to Battlefield until then.

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11:06 Nov-04-2019

Pinkhairfield V: Sanik Scoper Edishun

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07:27 Nov-04-2019

you know to be honest Combined Arms is not the first instance of Co-op in large scale classic Battlefiled signature gamplay. No BF3 isnt either. it was infact all the way back in BF 2142 if you were on lan and had co-op enabled you could pl

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07:34 Nov-04-2019

play bot enabled maps with your mates either leading their own squads or in a single squad. I dont exactly know how it was arranged (my neighbour was an IT PROFESSOR and he did it all)but i bet there was some modding or SOME .ini file tweak

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07:39 Nov-04-2019

tweaks that allowed us to have massive battles with bots and had have multiple human players either in a single team or leading their own teams with (the IT guy) mainly playing Commander and co-coordinating our assaults and defense plans

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07:42 Nov-04-2019

and at times him and his friends showing up to really wreck the enemy team. as epic as it sounds it totaly was but it did get repetitive as we just have 5 maps with the bots to actually work on and we then began to increase enemy numbers an

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07:45 Nov-04-2019

and Bot skills after that we started changing the bot ballance to give them more numbers but honestly speaking it was just giving us more targets to kill and that was fun.(The IT GUY) still started the game on his pc (now I know its called

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07:47 Nov-04-2019

called Hosting) and we friends played on but he would mostly be AFK 90% of the time and so on. when i heard BF 3 was getting co-op i was excited then not really. BF V got combined arms but its so not at the level that would make a battlefie

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08:05 Nov-04-2019

Battlefield player happy. but i really do hope we reach that level some day.
P.s. we never really went above 70bot if i am right and we had a maximum of 9 REAL PLAYERS that being said i was once out and they apparently had 11 so yeah i wan

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08:08 Nov-04-2019

i want that level of gaming from battlefield if they have co-op nothing eles. simply let me and my mates take on bots and wreck them in pre-existing modes thats it. dont give us new dumbed down modes

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06:43 Nov-04-2019

battlefiled franchise was always about maps new weapons costumization and all the jazz it was depressing playing 8maps for 1+year now slowly is getting better yea but we are not there yet!

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19:33 Nov-03-2019

Kudos to them for sticking with the game and at least doing something for it...but my main hopes go to the next battlefield (bc2 hopefully) that they do it justice, work on it a fair amount of time and deliver the bf3 type of epicness.

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16:49 Nov-03-2019

I played it a few times but the game that takes all my attention these days is MTGA...

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06:17 Nov-03-2019

I've been meaning to get back into BFV for a while, now. Just catching up on some other games, too. But I've heard great things about this new content.

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21:43 Nov-02-2019

Well if they released the game this year, instead of last year then sure it would be a great Launch state for the game, but I don't feel like buying at this point, and I am a battlefield fanboy, it's gonna be the first BF game I'm gonna miss out on, but tbh it's not worth the time, maybe when I have nothing to do, I might pick it up.

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04:23 Nov-03-2019

Give it a try, I don't think you wouldn't enjoy it if you enjoyed BF3 or BF4.


It feels like quality and that is important for the experience it delivers.

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19:39 Nov-02-2019

its how the game launches not what it is 2 years from launch...Ask Anthem/fallout 76. Just release a complete/finished game...The outer worlds.

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