Battlefield V

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Epic violent WWII shooter targets soldier's emotional toll.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The single-player War Stories bring the grand scale and scope of World War II down to a more personal and human level. Players get a firsthand view of both the harshness and brutality of the war, while also showing the courage and conviction of those that fought or simply tried to survive as the world around them was altered forever.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While the multiplayer gives players the opportunity to create a custom soldier, the nature of the multiplayer action doesn’t leave much room for character development. But the single-player War Stories focus solely on individual characters, how the war affected their lives, and the strength and heart it took to push forward. The game also includes a range of representation, including female playable characters (who, yes, DID in fact fight on multiple fronts in WW2).

Ease of Play

Fans of the first-person shooter genre should feel instantly familiar with the basic controls. Players can customize their characters with a variety of different loadouts, with weapons, gadgets, and other supplementary equipment, as well as class specialization, all of which adds an extra layer of complexity and strategy to the game.

Violence

The game is an up close and personal look at the brutality of combat in war. Players use a variety of historically accurate weapons on the battlefield, including pistols, rifles, machine guns, grenades, and more. Players can get shot, stabbed, and even blown up on a regular basis, left to bleed out while calling for help. There are also cutscenes featuring executions and other deaths.

Sex
Language

There’s a fair amount of strong profanity in dialogue, including “f--k”, “s--t”, and “c--t”. Online play also opens up the possibility to be exposed to other offensive language in party/team chat.

Consumerism

The game is the latest entry in EA’s popular Battlefield franchise, which has included a vast number of games covering multiple eras of warfare from the first World War to the distant future. Battlefield V foregoes the “Season Pass” model, instead offering content updates for free, though players can still use currency earned in-game or purchased with real money to buy cosmetic items to customize their soldiers and equipment. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Battlefield V is a World War II based first-person shooter game available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows-based PCs. The game brings the epic scale and scope of World War II to a more personal level, putting players not only on the frontlines of battle, but also deep into the hearts and minds of the individuals fighting for something greater. The game shines the spotlight on the rough and brutal nature of warfare, meaning that the violence is intense and graphic, with characters regularly being blown up, shot, stabbed, and killed in other ways. The dialogue includes a lot of profanity throughout, and online chat can potentially expose players to other offensive content from others. Battlefield V will include expanded content available to download for free over the course of the game’s lifespan, but cosmetic options will still be available for purchase with both in-game and real-world currency.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySam Marrick November 13, 2018

Battlefield 1.V

Its a good game. Not many dramatic evolutions from the previous entry but plenty of fun to be had. (Those content updates better be free though) The customizati... Continue reading
Adult Written byCommon Sense Me... October 29, 2018

Great Educational Game That Should Be In All Classrooms

Has great messages that support gender equality and acceptance of all religions, races, and cultures. Many of my students learned lots about how people from dif... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byvairola November 14, 2018

Not all about the age rating

Parents shouldn’t only look at the age rating, they should watch some gameplay and decide can their child play it.
Teen, 16 years old Written byAether.Noir November 16, 2018

Very Educational

You may thing it another kill the bad guys game but it is factually correct, woman did fight in WW2 (command example, Night Witches). I believe children will le... Continue reading

What's it about?

For more than a decade and a half, the Battlefield series has put players on the frontlines of theatres of war from the past, the present, and even the future, but BATTLEFIELD V brings the series back to where it all began, World War II. Axis and Allied forces face off in massive online multiplayer battles with up to 64 players, charging into the fray on foot, in armored vehicles, or even soaring high in fighter planes and bombers. Players can parachute into battle and find a way to break through the enemy lines, then gain control of key locations and hold their ground against an onslaught of opposition in the ever-shifting tides of war. Or they can see the war unfold on a more personal level in War Stories, emotionally charged short single-player campaigns that showcase more than just the fighting on the frontlines. These story driven episodes focus on the impact the war had not on a global scale, but to the individuals who found themselves in the most difficult of circumstances, only to find a strength forged in the fires of battle and a courage to rise above it all.

Is it any good?

This epic shooter takes combat and evolves it to full-scale digital warfare, while also adding a personal touch to highlight the struggles and characters fighting these battles. Battlefield V returns the series to its roots and revisits the deadliest conflict in history, World War II, with a presentation that’s nothing short of breathtaking. The game has an almost unparalleled level of detail. From the colorful French farmlands of Arras to the snow-covered peaks of the Norwegian port of Narvik, the game covers a range of locales in high definition. The level of detail goes beyond the environments too, as you listen in on the chatter between soldiers or hear the cries for help from wounded in battle. You can’t help but feel transported back in time to these moments when history was made.

The Battlefield series has long been known for how it handles large scale multiplayer skirmishes, and Battlefield V adds to that experience with tweaks that fans will truly admire. There’s a heavier focus on teamwork, not just in your own squad but among all of your allies. Downed soldiers can now be revived by any teammate to get back into action, and anyone can reinforce positions by building makeshift fortifications as cover. Of course, specializing in certain roles (such as Medic or Support) shaves precious time off these tasks and gives access to other abilities to turn the tide of battle. Despite the epic scale of these matches, there’s never a moment when you don’t feel you’ve contributed to your side’s efforts. But it’s not all about multiplayer, though. War, by its nature, is never easy and always leaves an indelible mark on those it touches. That comes through in the game’s emotionally charged War Stories, which make their return from Battlefield 1. These single-player mini-campaigns focus not on the frontline action most people are familiar with. Instead, these stories take a close and personal look at the lesser known fronts, and the individual impact the war had on those who fought. These anthology-style missions scale back much of the action and add a much more humanizing layer to the gameplay. You feel the tension and the anxiety of these characters, and their sacrifices linger with you long after their stories end. Battlefield V is as complete a World War II experience as you’re likely to find, and yet there’s still more to come, thanks to a series of downloadable content updates that will be made available for free. Battlefield V is a testament not only to the harsh realities of World War II, but it’s also a reminder of the emotional toll it took on those who fought … and a glimpse at the courage it took to fight for something greater and to hold onto the hope for a better tomorrow. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Battlefield V affected by the realism of the World War II setting? Is there something that the portrayal of that violence can teach from a historic perspective?

  • What were some of the reasons people fought in World War II and how did it change the course of history?

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