I bought the Deluxe edition and have been playing since the 15th. My PS4 dock has BFV, BF1, and BF4 on it. They’re all I play. With that in mind, I have to be honest in that even with the flashy new graphics, this game has nothing to offer that isn’t already more polished and enjoyable in BF1 or BF4, depending on your play style preferences. The only other interesting factor – the historical context – isn’t really even truly there. I’m not going to knock the game for taking creative liberties, but it very truly does not look like WWII much of the time.
With that in mind, the gunplay is great. There are some important gameplay changes that I’m happy to see. Ammo is a factor to be concerned about again, both for infantry and vehicles. The building system makes for interesting situations that keep the battlefield dynamic and changing.
But the game just isn’t there. The single player campaign is still an afterthought with little depth (and there is still an entire story of the campaign which they haven’t finished yet). The music isn’t even a shadow of what it was in BF1. There are fewer multiplayer maps on release than there were in BF1 or BF4. Grand Operations is fundamentally broken, and doesn’t provide the same excitement as BF1’s operations – whether you win or lose has no effect on the “outcome” of the battle in its historical context. There are no Russians, French, Americans, Japanese, or other factions besides the British and the Germans. For the so-called “staggered release” the developers planned, there are weapons from all years of the war present, even though it’s supposed to only take place in 1940 – see, e.g., the STG44 or the MG42.
This game had a lot of bad press, and probably rightfully so. EA and Dice handled customer backlash in an extremely poor and unprofessional manner. The beta was a mess and worried a lot of people given its proximity to the original release date. There are a lot of triggered people because it has women in it or has customizable characters. I truly could not care less. It’s a video game. I understand that WWII is still a very emotional subject for a lot of people – we had 5 KIA in my own family. But it’s a video game. We had a KIA in the First World War as well, and BF1 wasn’t a pinnacle of historical accuracy either, by almost any measure. Maybe people just love history. There are still great, historically accurate WWII games out there. I’d suggest getting into PC gaming if that’s your thing. Here, though, I’m glad people are going to be able to feel comfortable looking like themselves in a game. But for all the fancy trendsetting…
It just doesn’t work. It was poorly marketed, poorly planned, and poorly executed. It could be a very, very great game. It just isn’t in its current state, and there is a lot of work to be done.
If you want this game, don’t buy it yet. Give it 3-6 months.