'Battlefield V' Goes Big - Very Big - and is Solid Fun

Battlefield V (EA Games)

This game is big.

That's the best, easiest way to describe "Battlefield V." The latest game in EA Games' long-running war franchise delivers an experience that conveys the sheer magnitude of video game war. Everything about "Battlefield V" feels big and grandiose, from the impact of its weapons to the theaters of war in its campaign to its vast multiplayer suite.

Everything in "Battlefield V" is potent despite occasional flaws, starting with the campaign (yes, there is one!). War Stories actually wants to tell you a story -- several stories, actually -- and these are hit-or-miss.

The tutorial story and the three other available stories struggle to find a consistent tone. The narratives aim to shine lights on underrated slices of World War II, and, while fictional, each tale largely holds together. As a whole, though, they struggle to find continuity, vacillating between James Bonds-ian and the more grounded feel we've come to expect from Battlefield's campaign.

Still, overall, War Stories is solid and fun, and it does a great job of exposing you to Battlefield and showing off the game's beauty. This is a terrific-looking title, and each theater of war comes to life. There's also solid balance of gameplay throughout War Stories; the Nordlys and Under No Flag have junctures of stealth. Both tales have you fighting largely alone. Tirailleur, meanwhile, feels far more what you'd expect from Battlefield, making you feel like part of an army at the front of a war. Tirailleur also tells the riskiest, deepest story, focusing on a Senegalese corps in the French army. If you play one "Battlefield V" War Story, let this be it.

Oddly, War Stories doesn't expose you to much of the franchise's vehicular combat, but no matter; you'll get plenty of that in multiplayer. And while War Stories has quite a few redeeming qualities, it's still multiplayer that shines more than anything in "Battlefield V."

The theaters of War Stories all feel big, but the multiplayer feels bigger. This has always been the franchise's calling card, and it's as robust as ever here. You've seen many of the conventions from Battlefield before, but it's no less fun. Grand Operations is a highlight, a three-round battle with a touch of story that utilizes the other multiplayer modes. It feels war-like, to say the least. And Frontlines feels like a proper video game war, as teams push forward against each other for capture points.

Little things make these modes come to life. Weapons fire off with a ton of weight in "Battlefield V," and while this game has a smaller library of arms than rival "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4," it compensates by offering plenty of level-up upgrades to make you proficient in its guns. Gunplay winds up feeling solidly satisfying.

Fortifications also spice up the action. Seemingly stripped from Horde and Zombie modes, they can be used by all characters and without resource management. They let you change the theater of war, adding sandbag cover here, barbed wire there, at the cost of time, and they add a wrinkle to lengthier battles.

The lone major blemish on multiplayer: This is when you're more prone to notice glitches and minor Battlefield issues. Little things abound, from nonworking health packs to an inability to rescue certain teammates; these annoyances can wreck a perfectly good multiplayer game.

But they don't truly wreck "Battlefield V," the finest war game of 2018.

Battlefield V

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on Xbox One

Available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC

* PlayStation

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