Battlefield V is released today and it's fair to say we are extremely excited. The latest edition in the franchise focuses on the stories of World War II, and follows on from the hugely popular Battlefield I that captured gamers' imagination last year.
The new game explores different stories of World War II, dotted around the globe, including Norway, France and northern Africa. It sees the return of some staple game modes, along with the introduction of some intriguing new additions. Here are three modes we're really looking forward to playing.
1. Grand Operations
Building on the hugely enjoyable 'Operations' multiplayer feature in Battlefield I, Grand Operations takes the mode to a new level, with battles unfolding over multiple fictional days. Multiplayer gameplay in general has been given a new dynamic with the importance of your 'Company'; a close knit squad with different player classes, ranging from Recon to Support, Assault and Medic.
Each class has their own unique traits and within the high intensity warfare of Grand Operations, they all play a vital role. Whether it be the Medic's ability to quickly revive fallen team members or the Recon's fortification efforts, what you do on day one of Grand Operations will impact the amount of supplies, respawns etc you have for days two and three. Should both teams be still tied after three days of war then the operation will continue to day four, a last person standing, no respawns battle to the end. We cannot wait to dive in.
2. War Stories
The Battlefield single player mode has a unique feel, thanks to the variety of stories and characters we get to play with throughout the game. Obviously, it's lots of fun to play and looks incredible but what really draws us in is the opportunity to learn about parts of history we had never encountered before, with all of the war stories inspired by real life conflicts.
In 'Nordlys', you play the role of a female freedom fighter in Norway who is part of an effort to liberate the country, while in 'Tirailleur,' a group of Senegalese fighters in the French Colonial Forces are battling to free a homeland they have never seen before. The 'Under No Flag' war story will see you fight as a convicted British criminal, offered reprieve in a Special Boat Service Unit in northern Africa, and when final war story, 'The Last Tiger,' launches we'll see a German commander leading troops late in a war they are destined to lose.
Conquest has always been an all-time Battlefield classic and this is no different in Battlefield V. Up to 64 players are split into teams, working together to control key locations on the map. In Battlefield V, Conquest is playable on every map so even if you play just this mode, you'll get a great sense of the different maps available in the game.
Conquest is a great mode to play if you are still getting your feet wet, as responsibility is shared between the whole team, allowing for some experimenting here and there. The flags are strategically located around the different maps, so the more you play 'Conquest' the better you get at understanding the key locations in each map. Like previous Battlefield games, this mode is sure to be a favourite.