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Battlefield V is a First-Person Shooter in DICE's Battlefield series.

It follows on from its predecessor, Battlefield 1, and is set during World War II once again after Battlefield 1942, Battlefield 1943, and Battlefield Heroes previously covered that era. For that matter, the development team has placed emphasis on the fact that the campaign will focus on the "untold stories" of World War II.

The game was set for release on October 19, 2018. It has since been delayed to November 20, 2018. Upon release, the game received favorable reviews from critics.


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Tropes that apply to Battlefield V:

  • Action Mom: Astrid in the Nordlys mission fights alongside her daughter against swarms of Nazis.
  • Affably Evil: The Wehrmacht Lieutenant in Nordlys is genuinely trying to avoid any unpleasantness, though he's also willfully ignorant of the ultimate purpose of the heavy water the facility is protecting.
    • The Commander and the Driver in The Last Tiger are tired of the war and the broken illusion that there was a possibility of victory, and both ultimately attempt to surrender.
  • Anachronism Stew: As with Battlefield 1942 and Battlefield 1, several weapons and vehicles appear years before their adoption into the various armed forces.
    • British Churchills, German Tigers and even the rare Sturmtiger appear in multiplayer maps depicting the fall of Europe, which all takes place in 1939-1940. Said tanks appeared much later in the war.
    • Due to the diverse array of available firearms for use in multiplayer, inevitable anachronisms such as the StG-44 assault rifle and Panzerfaust anti-tank launchers appearing long before their adoption (or even their prototype phases) happen in maps like Narvik, Norway and the African Theatre (1940).
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    • The German V-1 flying bomb and the Allied equivalent, the JB-2 Rocket appears as a Squad Reinforcement in multiplayer. While prototypes were being tested as far as 1942, the first actual use was in 1944, against London. Furthermore, V1 rockets had never been used in a tactical sense as depicted in-game (i.e. being called in by infantry), only in strategic long-range bombings and retaliatory strikes. The development of the American JB-1 was a response to the usage of the V-1, and had never been fired during the war.
    • On the opposite end of the spectrum, World War I-era weapons such as the Winchester 1907note , Ribeyrolles M1918 Automatic Carbine, Mauser Selbstlader M1916 and Remington Model 8 Semi-Automatic rifles make appearances in the game despite being long since obsolete.
  • And the Adventure Continues: In Under No Flag, after managing to hold off all the German forces with the subsequent aid of British reinforcements, the story ends with Billy and Mason heading off to their next mission in Greece.
  • Anyone Can Die: Almost every single character you control in My Country Calling will die at the end of their respective segments. Müller and Kertz are the only exceptions, though until their confirmed appearance in The Last Tiger (which was added post-launch a month later), their fate following their tank receiving a crippling hit was unknown.
  • Ascended Meme: The "SANITAETER!" meme was referenced in a January 2019 Tides of War update.
  • Bittersweet Ending: In Tiralleur, Deme and his unit manage to secure Chateau Vieux and is congratulated by the French Captain, having a photo with his the other French troops for future generations to see. However, Deme and his unit are erased from the photo and forgotten, despite his involvement in the operation. He's still proud of it nevertheless.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: Both Nordlys and The Last Tiger end with the fates of their respective main protagonists unknown. Solveig is last seen in German custody standing next to the U-boat when it explodes, leaving it unclear if she survived or not. Müller attempts to surrender to American forces when Schröder turns his gun on him. The screen turns to black and a gunshot is heard, leaving Müller's fate unknown.
  • Book-Ends: In a sense with its immediate predecessor. Battlefield 1 starts with a war story involving a British tank crew. The final campaign of Battlefield V flips perspectives and stars a German tank crew.
  • Bottomless Magazines: A variation involving the FP-45 Liberator pistol. The reload animation has the player taking a cartridge out of a compartment in the grip. By default, the player spawns with only four spare rounds of ammo, but this trope comes into play when you pick up an ammo resupply, bringing up your supply to 50 bullets, and the reload animation does not change to reflect this.
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: Defied. After the negative fan reactions to Star Wars Battlefront II's loot boxes and the government investigations in Europe and Hawaii that attempted to classify them as gambling, the developers announced at E3 2018 that there will be no season passes or loot boxes in Battlefield V.
    • However, EA did allow early access to the game to those who have Origin subscriptions or preorders, giving them a 1-2 week headstart over those who would purchase the game normally.
  • Character Customization: You can customize your character's appearance, sex, race (if the Allies) and outfit; which is individualized per class and faction. However, you cannot, for example, edit individual facial features: instead there are a number of preset characters you may choose from.
  • Don't Like, Don't Read: EA's handling of the criticism on their actions with the game.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • Müller from The Last Tiger makes an appearance in the North Africa portion of My Country Calling, where he and his tank are seen taking on a column of US tanks.
    • American soldiers, vehicles and even usable weaponry show up in The Last Tiger, foreshadowing their eventual inclusion in the multiplayer part of the game as part of the "Tides of War" rolling updates as the American faction.
  • The Greatest History Never Told: One of the "untold stories" in the campaign takes place in Norway during the German invasion in 1940, a rather seldom-seen theater of the war in video games, though the military action the campaign is based on, Operation Gunnerside, was actually covered several years earlier by the Polish WW2 shooter Enemy Front.
  • Heavily Armored Mook: Flamethrower soldiers in the single-player campaign resist headshots and can soak almost a full mag of MP40 submachine gun fire or half a mag of assault rifle fire before going down, though they can be taken out quickly by blowing up their fuel tanks or using higher-caliber automatic weapons; they're quite a bit rarer than they were in Battlefield 1, generally appearing in pairs and usually only showing up if you let the enemies trigger the alarm.
  • Hopeless War: The Last Tiger. Set in the closing days of World War II, with Allied forces pushing into Germany. The German tank commander you play as and his crew react in different ways, from resigned acceptance to fanatical commitment to defend Germany until their dying breath.
  • Improperly Placed Firearms: Oh so damn much, and even ties in with Anachronism Stew above. For the sake of brevity examples of "weapons appearing in scenarios that take place before existence/adoption" will be excluded.
    • The Tiralleur you're controlling in the relevant section of My Country Calling, plus all the Tiralleur NPCs in the titular War Story are all wielding inappropriate weapons for their faction. You're using a scoped Kar98k in My Country Calling, and all the NPCs are seen with either the 98 or the Ross Rifle, despite neither of these two weapons ever being in service with the French. The more appropriate and contemporary MAS-36 is not in the game, and though the RSC-1917 is, they're not seen using it.
    • The American troops that you'll encounter in The Last Tiger wield M1928 Tommy Guns, even though they never fielded that particular model of it in combat, instead adopting the M1 and later the M1A1 models of it. Their use of the 1928 model in-game is simply because the proper variants aren't in the game. In addition, the anti-tank American soldiers are wielding Panzerfausts, which was a German anti-tank weapon that American troops naturally very rarely used themselves. Most glaringly, American snipers are seen using the Lee-Enfield.
  • Joke Weapon: The FP-45 Liberator pistol in multiplayer; a crude, stamped metal single-shot .45 pistol intended in real life to be used by civilians as a disposable gun to kill a German and steal their gun. It's not quite as weak as the Kolibri from Battlefield 1, but is still noticeably weaker than the standard Colt .45, such that it requires multiple headshots to kill an enemy. Worst of all, it only holds 1 bullet and takes several seconds to reload.
  • La Résistance: One of the war stories sees you playing as a Norwegian resistance fighter, trying to destroy a Nazi nuclear research facility in 1943.
  • Level Editor: While prior Battlefield games have placed focus on environments that can be destroyed, Battlefield V now includes the option to create defensive obstacles and move normally static defenses (like anti-aircraft guns) by towing them across the battlefield. Depending on the game mode, this trope can be fully enforced.
  • Mythology Gag: The campaign prologue begins at the end of the prologue for Battlefield 1: with the Harlem Hellfighter and the German Landser staring each other down, before revealing that moment was turned into a statue.
  • Mildly Military: Was an extremely big deal during pre-release trailers and alpha footage, where soldiers would look more like insurgents or partisans instead of actual divisions of an army. Of course, this was due to randomized customization turned on during the alpha and eventually, the final build of the game had realistic looking soldiers.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Tragically played straight in the case of the young and fanatically loyal Schroeder, who dismissed retreat as folly and led him to shoot Kertz and (possibly) Müller when both attempt to surrender.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Not that the Germans are heroic, but Schröder's blind fanaticism for the Nazi regime as a young, drafted and brainwashed soldier means that when the Americans try to force a surrender to the Tiger crew, he immediately starts firing rather than bother speaking. This results in them being surrounded, alone, in the midst of an occupied city surrounded by hostile American forces on every side. And the inevitable fall of the crew.
  • No Campaign for the Wicked: Averted; the many playable characters in the prologue include a Germany tank commander and a Luftwaffe pilot, and the final single-player campaign takes place on the German side and has you playing as the aforementioned tank commander and his Tiger tank towards the end of the fall of Germany. To top it off, your opponents in this chapter aren't even the usual Soviet soldiers, but straight-out American troops.
  • No Sidepaths, No Exploration, No Freedom: The single player campaign seems to make a large effort to avert this. Several of the levels are the standard "on-rails" levels ala Call of Duty or previous Battlefield campaigns, but each War Stories (other than "The Last Tiger") has 1 chapter based on the large desert level from "Nothing is Written" in Battlefield 1, taking place in a large open world map with multiple objectives in multiple enemy bases that can be tackled in any order.
  • No Swastikas: Nazi and S.S. emblems are noticeably absent from all the German soldiers you fight, and the one soldier that screams "Heil Hitler!" at you during the first firefight in the game is the only person who ever mentions the German chancellor by name (he is sparingly referred to as "the Leader of Germany" elsewhere in the game). Most notably, the many Nazi flags flying over Cologne in "The Last Tiger" have an iron cross instead of a swastika.
  • Politically Correct History: Aside from the mandatory No Swastikas, the multiplayer customization has shades of this. Characters of all races appear fighting side-by-side (at least in the Allies— the German side only has white characters) in a time where people were segregated into colored regiments and different units. Females (let alone women of color,) are also seen fighting in the front lines in equal capacity and in uniform when historically the only notable female combatants in World War II were that of the Soviet Union sniper divisions (with some combat units) and the various partisan forces in Europe.
    • As of the official release, soldiers on the German side are only white (But you can choose between male or female).
    • Averted in the War Story "Tiralleur" (if previews are to be believed), where you play as one of two Senegalese brothers, fighting for France. They're confronted by the racism of the French people they're fighting and dying for, segregated from the white French troops, and fighting for an Empire that will continue to deny them their freedom until 1962.
    • Nordlys tries to portray the heavy water facility and what it produces as a fight against monsters that it seems to forget that there was a nation in the war that actually completed and used nuclear weapons against which all the criticisms made could also be used. Beyond that, it's retroactively applying a modern perspective - at the time, nuclear weapons were largely regarded as simply bigger bombs. Cities were being leveled every month by both sides.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: At the climax of Under No Flag, Mason and Bridger triumphantly play and sing along to John McCormack's recording of "It's a Long Way to Tipperary"note  as the Nazi horde bears down on them.
  • Rare Guns: It wouldn't be a Battlefield game without some of these.
    • One available self-loading rifle for the Assault kit is Russell Turner's self-loading conversion for the Lee-Enfield rifle, which never went past the experimental phase.
    • An even worse offender is said kit's starting weapon, the already rare Gustloff Volkssturmgewehr, and not just ANY Volkssturmgewehr, but the extremely rare select-fire variant that may or may not have actually existed!
    • The Support kit can use the M30 Drilling shotgun. A high quality combination gun with two shotgun barrels and a rifle barrel, it was issued as a self-defense weapon to the German Luftwaffe. However, it was very expensive to make and not very useful; thus only 2,500 were produced.
    • The FG-42 only had a total production run of around 7,000. This was due to a combination of factors: extreme fragility, an overpowered round, and its too-light weight. Notably, on full-auto it was known for literally shaking itself apart.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • In "Tiralleur", the French-Senegalese soldiers managed to secure a route to German Headquarters since they were deployed in an area where they would never be expected to come and defenses were light enough for them to secure. Another reality hits when they took heavy losses against the Germans who were well-equipped and well-trained even with smaller numbers. Even when the Senegalese were proven to be tenacious enough to take the base, only three of the entire company survived to take the headquarters with most of the occupants being wounded patients.
    • "Under No Flag" has a moment where Billy Bridger radioed to the nearby Royal Navy ship for extraction. Unfortunately, he did it inside a German compound with their radio that caused the nearby units to react. Even Mason give What the Hell, Hero? to Bridger for his well-meaning mistake.
    • In "The Last Tiger", no matter how hard Müller and his crew fight, they're simply only a single Tiger tank against the entire might of the US Army. While Müller is able to hold his own, the rest of the German army crumbles and retreats across Rhine, leaving Müller and his crew behind.
  • Regenerating Health: Averted in multi-player; you regenerate a small amount of health passively, but you need to apply bandages (which come in limited quantities) to completely heal your injuries.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Hartmann in The Last Tiger is already getting the shakes and barely able to even do his duty thanks to his extensive shell shock, but once Schröder all but forces Müller to send out Hartmann to scout for them, Hartmann takes this opportunity to ditch. Too bad other German forces found him, killed him and hung him out for display. Müller is disturbed to say the least, Schröder brushes it off as being an idiot and a traitor to the cause.
  • Seen It All: Müller and Kertz in The Last Tiger are clearly already tired, weathered by the war, and only doing their jobs because someone has to. Which leads to their attempts to surrender out of exhaustion and knowing it was a hopeless battle, only for Schröder, a young and impressionable drafted German soldier in their crew who has not seen the war at length, to promptly try to off them both for it.
  • Scenery Gorn: The Devastation map is set in Rotterdam after the extensive Luftwaffe bombings of the city, leaving it in ruins. It could almost be a Battlefield 1 map.
  • Shoot the Medic First: Enemy medics in the single-player campaign can revive downed enemies (even those that have been shot in the head with an anti-tank rifle), though this takes several seconds during which they're completely vulnerable.
  • Taking You with Me: The game ends with a quote from Adolf Hitler, referred to only as "the Leader", vowing that if Germany is to burn it will take the entire world with it, to really emphasize the senselessness and insanity of the war.
  • Tank Goodness: One of the bombs dropped about the single player war stories? That you'll be playing the commander of a German Tank crew during the final days of the Nazi Reich, fighting alongside drafted children. But you won't just be commanding any tank- you'll be driving a Tiger Tank.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Averted for the first time in a mainstream Battlefield single-player campaign (meaning not counting Hardline or Bad Company). Instead of being used to punctuate a particularly epic set piece, a distorted version of the Battlefield theme plays during the Tiger tank section in the prologue, and a very sad version of the theme plays at the very end of the game, at the end of "The Last Tiger".
  • Throw-Away Guns: The Panzerfaust, a recoilless anti-tank weapon where you just dispose the weapon away after firing. Justified that it is a low-cost, inexpensive weapon.
  • Trading Bars for Stripes: Billy Bridger in "Under No Flag" was recruited by Special Boat Service, or SBS, who found his demolition experience as a reason to "volunteer" him on raids in North Africa.
  • Translation Convention: Averted; all characters speak in their native language, with subtitles provided for the non-English speaking campaigns.
  • Unique Enemy:
    • Less than a dozen flamethrower soldiers show up in the single-player campaign; even less if you get through without triggering alarms.
    • German soldiers wearing autumn camo uniforms only show up in "Tiralleur", and make up a small minority of the German troops there. Dialogue from Deme possibly suggests they're supposed to be Fallschirmjager troops, though in-game they don't seem noticeably different from the regular German assault soldiers in terms of skill or equipment.
  • Universal Ammo: Unlike Battlefield 1, where enemies only dropped ammo for the specific weapon they were carrying, enemies in Battlefield 5 drop Universal Ammo and ammo supply caches can be found throughout the levels, meaning you can use any combination of guns you want throughout the level instead of having to frequently switch weapons because you run out of ammo.
  • Unperson: Deme and his Tiralleur units are covered up from the picture.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: As like Battlefield 1's war stories, many of the campaigns (and multiplayer levels) are best regarded as historical fiction, which includes:
    • The Norwegian heavy water sabotage plan in game involves a mother and her daughter taking care of the mission, in the end managing to destroy it by destroying the last submarine carrying a shipment of heavy water. This is not at all how the mission actually went about. For starters, the actual mission was by a group of Norwegian and British men who had to sneak in with various issues dropping in to make mission. Also, there was no heavy water submarine destruction as shown in the game, it is believed to be based on an unrelated boat sinking that was done in a different area, and only connected to the mission because it was sunk for having heavy water. Basically, only the pretense for the mission is accurate, everything else was made up for the game. The ending to the campaign mentions the real-life historical mission and also mentions that many civilians died resisting the occupation with their deeds left unrecorded, implying the events of the campaign were something that could have happened and not been recorded in history.
    • "Tiralleur" has the titular colonial soldiers continually being denied to fight on the frontlines. While the Tiralleurs certainly were not always treated as equals to the main French forces, they were not discriminated against at the level the game depicts. By 1944, the Tiralleurs had already fought multiple battles with distinction in the Battle of France and in the Italian campaign. By the time they returned for the liberation of France, their fighting abilities were no longer in doubt. The game also implies that the withdrawal of Tiralleurs from France was racially motivated, when in fact it was a politically motivated move due to Allied restrictions on the size of the Free French army.
    • The "Narvik" map shows the battle taking place in the village of Narvik while in reality it actually took place nearby. And as with most other base maps, the British are portrayed when in real life the Norwegians fought instead.
      • The Same goes for "Panzerstorm" and "Rotterdam" (As well as "Devestation"), the former featuring British instead of French troops (With the corresponding Grand Operation taking place during the night when in reality it took place during the day), and the latter never happened in real life, as nobody fought after the bombing.
  • Villain Protagonist: You get to play on the German side (traditionally shown as enemies in most WWII titles) as a tank commander facing off against US forces pushing into the German Reich, in The Last Tiger.
  • You Have Researched Breathing: Most detachable magazine-fed semi-auto rifles reload, by default, with a combination of stripper clips and loose ammo. Being able to reload by swapping the magazine requires selecting the relevant specialization on the weapon's spec tree. Along the same lines is the Winchester 1897 Trench Gun, where it cannot be slam-fired by default (unlike in the previous game), if the relevant specialization isn't selected.


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