The question is simple and has been asked in different ways many times and although there are some informative posts out there I am still undecided as the threads become less clear and in some cases abusive as they age.
I am interested in everyone’s opinion even if this is your first Battlefield game but I am very interested in the opinion of those that played bfbc2, bf3 and bf4 as these are titles that I have played.
If I can briefly explain my experience it might help others to gauge if this game is for me, I started playing cod4mw, cod4mw2, cod:black ops and cod:world at war each one when they were released but the teamwork aspect did not feel very tangible to me.
Following a friend’s recommendation I migrated to playing the battlefield franchise starting with bfbc2 and bf3 when that was released and to me they are very different from one another but I very much enjoyed playing them because I feel that both titles coerce players to work as a team not just through the basic rules of the multiplayer matches but also through thoughtful map design and limitations of resources. Even today I can join a server and most of the time that PTFO feel is present with players interacting and strategizing with one another. In essence it felt like the developers saw making a game as the priority over realism and this is in line with what I want out of a game. The art direction and pacing being different did not matter to me if anything the differences add to the positive experience I get from them.
Eventually I bought bf4 but despite all of the features and graphics I did not feel that positive teamwork experience so much. It felt generic to me, like people were not really playing with one another but rather like people were playing next to each other. The game to me does not come across as horrible but not particularly very good either, I don’t feel comfortable saying that it’s somewhere in the middle but I would probably just say that overall it does not give me a positive experience.
If I can try to summarize I don’t really want bfV to be an update of bfbc2 or bf3 with ww2 skins (although that probably wouldn’t be bad if it was) neither am I searching for realism as a priority (bfbc2 had space like jumps, smg sniping and you could break wood fences with your knife and none of it was a problem or a distraction from the game). I want implicit teamwork through the explicit advantages and disadvantages of the games assets (bfbc2 tanks are naturally strong but they don’t repair themselves, require multiple mouse stroke to manoeuvre or aim and have visual noise applied to the view screen).
I know that this post is long despite the question but I ask that you please read and answer objectively to the best of your ability.