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The Official Battlefield V Story Trailer Showcases a World at War

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The Official Battlefield V Story Trailer Showcases a World at War

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The Official Battlefield V Story Trailer Showcases a World at War

In our review of 2016’s Battlefield 1, we were impressed with the Battlefield series’s renewed focus on character, noting that the game’s War Stories mode offers a wide variety of personal, well, war stories, from “the wearisome recollections of a grizzled Australian commander desperate to keep his idealistic, hero-worshipping aide alive…to the woes of a mountaineering member of the Italian Arditi trying to reach his brother’s infantry unit.”

Bronze at Best Medal of Honor

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Bronze at Best: Medal of Honor
Bronze at Best: Medal of Honor

Most reality-based first-person shooters use their authentic geopolitical locations, enemies, weaponry, and tactical strategies as mere window-dressing; regardless of what these environments or adversaries are called or look like, they still function only in rudimentary video game terms. So it most definitely goes with Medal of Honor, which like Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series, finds EA rebooting its classic WWII-themed franchise for the modern age, positing you as a Tier 1 special ops badass tasked with eliminating Taliban strongholds in Afghanistan. What this in fact means, though, is that the action takes place in scraggly mountains, caves, and towns, and requires that you mow down vaguely Arab-looking fellows alongside comrades dressed in local attire and matching beards. Otherwise, it’s the same old FPS mayhem: Go here and kill lots of robotic villains, then trudge (by foot, or ATV vehicle, or chopper) to the next venue and battle even more faceless foes whose behavior is so predictably routine—everyone either runs right at you, or takes cover in the same spots, emerging at regular intervals to shoot at you—that any verité trappings are immediately and conclusively undermined.