Is Battlefield V, Worth Playing?
Battlefield V, despite being over three years old, has a larger player base than many AAA titles released in 2022, something which is made all the more remarkable when you remember its controversial launch and less-than-stellar critical reception.

The Lowdown.

Product Details
Genre: Shooter
Developer: Dice
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Price: $49.99
Release Date: 4 September 2018
Supported Modes:


Battlefield V is one of the most controversial titles in the franchise’s history. While it did not receive as much hate as Battlefield 2042, unlike Battlefield 2042, it had done nothing to deserve such hatred, with the vast majority of bad press centring around the inclusion of a female character with a visible disability.

While some incels let their hatred flow like water, others tried to at least disguise their rampant misogyny by carefully phrasing their disapproval in the wrapper of historical accuracy.

PLEASE, we are talking about a game where people perform no-scope 360s while riding on their friend’s shoulders; the Battlefield franchise has never been about strict authenticity and pretending it was, just to hide the fact many gamers resented DICE taking steps towards being more inclusive is appalling.


While I could go into detail about why this reaction was so appalling, I will instead list just a few examples of criticism from Youtubers who were adamant they were not sexist/ableist and let you decide for yourself.

  • “Why do we need some chick with a claw?”.
  • “Why is there a female cripple in the trailer?”.
  • “DICE are trying to push that women are equal down our throats, and we are not happy”.
  • “DICE should stop telling us that women are equal and show us.” — This was said in reaction to a trailer that showed female characters fighting alongside male characters.
  • “It wouldn’t be so bad if she was sexy.”
  • “We don’t play battlefield to be told that women are equal”.
  • “Gamers are unhappy being told that women are equal and are rightfully upset”.
  • “DICE including women betrays their fanbase by pandering to politically correct social justice warriors who are pushing for women to be treated as equals”.

No wonder the gaming community is in such a bad place when immature and deeply offensive statements such as these (and even worse) are shared by YouTubers and streamers with well over 1 million followers, poisoning the minds of thousands of young men with their Andrew Tate-esque misogynistic drivel.

Thankfully, Battlefield V was able to triumph over those who would seek to destroy it, being one of the most played first-person shooters on Steam, regularly peaking at over 50k concurrent players 4+ years after release.


No More DLC.

Battlefield V was the first battlefield title in many years to release all maps to all players, straying from the traditional season pass model that had been commonplace since the mid-2000s.

This was a bold move and one that its main rival (Call of Duty) would not make until 2019 with the release of Call of Duty Modern Warfare (2019); however, it has since become the industry norm, ensuring that games remain active for longer due to the entire community having access to every map, vastly improving matchmaking times and player retention.


Battle Royale Mode.

Battlefield, on paper, is the perfect franchise for a battle royale; with massive maps, engaging gunplay and a wide array of weapons, it would be very difficult not to make a successful Battle royale mode, and yet that is exactly what happened when Battlefield V’s Battle Royale mode Firestorm launched several months after release as a buy-2-play product, something which has proven to be the death of many battle royale titles, considering the vast majority of the market, is free-2-play and as of 2022 none of the top 5 largest battle royales titles are buy-2-play.

Business model choices aside, Firestorm was an amazing battle royale, and I would love to see another Battlefield battle royale in future, as while the genre is overcrowded, there is always room for another quality title, and with enough development resources and a fair business model, there is no reason why Battlefield Royale could not be one of those titles.


Battlefield V FAQ

Battlefield V is a first person shooter video game developed by Dice and published by Electronic Arts, it was released on 4 September 2018 and retails for $49.99.

Platform Availability.

Battlefield V is available on the following platforms: PC, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

Are The Developers Active?

Battlefield V is no longer in active development, and the developers have moved on to other projects.

How Many People Play Battlefield V?

As of April 2024, around 1,200,000 people play Battlefield V on a fairly regular basis.

How Active Is The Battlefield V Playerbase?

Battlefield V is extremely active, and instantaneous matchmaking is possible in most regions 24/7; however, in very remote regions, there may be wait times of around one minute to find a full lobby.

Is Cross-Platform Multiplayer Supported?

Battlefield V supports:

  • Cross-Generational Multiplayer.
  • Cross-Generational Parties.

Is There Group Finding/Matchmaking Support?

Battlefield V offers the following matchmaking options:

  • Region-Based Matchmaking
  • Solo Matchmaking
  • Group Matchmaking
  • Server Browser

Are There In-Game Microtransactions?

The Battlefield V in-game store sells:

  • Cosmetic Items.
  • Cosmetic Item Bundles.
  • Premium Currency Bundles.

What Peripherals Are Supported?

The following peripherals are officially supported:

  • Console - Controller.
  • PC - Controller.
  • PC - Mouse and Keyboard.

Is There Any Mature Content?

Battlefield V is rated PEGI 16+ and contains the following:

  • Bad Language
  • Violence

Final Verdict.

Battlefield V was never a bad game, and much of the hate it received was by gamers having a kneejerk reaction to DICE’s attempts to include a more diverse roster; while it had problems at launch and became better with time, it was never less than a solid 7/10, despite what its haters would have you believe.

Is Battlefield V Worth Playing In 2024?

Honest Video Game Reviews has given "Battlefield V" a rating of 9/10, indicating that it is near perfect and suffers only minor flaws, and the average gamer will enjoy it immensely.

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