Okay, so I jumped in the beta, enjoyed it quite a lot. (It did pair me up with @Uchijini at one stage when i just used the matchmaking option)
Map, yeah horrible map.
Snipers, snipers everywhere!
I must admit, it is however a HUGE step forward over BF4, lots of issues have been resolved. It was fun and challenging. The hitreg was really good, the “netcode” worked great, even at 200 ping due to beta servers only being hosted overseas.
Players soak up a lot of damage so combat is not over in a blink of an eye, unless you get taken down by a tank/train/guy on horseback. You can actually fight back quite nicely far more entertaining than one shot deaths & kills.
The health and kill card is finally working correctly, You get points for each percentage of hp you’ve taken off your attacker, when you die, his health is correctly displayed. Looks like DICE finally hired someone who’s got at least a grade 7 in maths.
The in game server browser is fantastic. No more stupid battlelog webpages. The match making tries to pair you with your friends who are playing.
The physics though are a bit weird, in true bafflefield form, your ragdoll weighs exactly 0.001 gram so you go flying all over. Quite entertaining.
The performance was VERY good, on DX12 my R9 290 was running around the 140fps mark with everything maxed. The fans were screaming though so the card was working quite hard. There are a few unfinished textures which was to be expected.
The soldier movement is much nicer, easier to vault over objects in one fluid motion. Plus the soldiers aren’t immune while vaulting/jumping unlike bf4.
The takedown mechanic, now this is brilliant! I love the new system. You can either, A) run and charge the enemy with your bayonet equipped rifle. (any angle, front back side etc) B) Stand behind him and club him over the head. C) Switch out your club for a shovel, smack said enemy over the head from behind with a pleasing “ping” sound from the shovel. D) equip the good ol knife and stab him from behind.
Not once did I ever feel like I got shot even though i was in cover, which happens FAR too often in bf4.
The only thing that’s honestly putting me off this title as present, is:
THAT PRICE. R1100 for the standard edition + premium pass.
- EA/Dice’s reputation, things that never get fixed, broken games, broken launches, wallet raiders.
- The way it handles armor. You spawn into planes and tanks. There’s no take off for the planes either. There is armor scattered around the various objectives but these are only jeeps/horses/tanks.
- Horses are incredibly difficult to take down, if you see a guy on horseback charging you, just give up, you’re dead, unless you can miraculously shoot him off the horse and not shoot the horse itself.
- The unlock system. You have to unlock items with in game credits earned per round. Which is fine but there are a lot of items that need achievements completed first before you can obtain them. (EA will probably allow you to unlock these items with your credit card)