Continuing with my Battlefield series review, for the fans of Battlefield-V (5) this review comes right after the release of Firestorm which is the battle-royal version of Battlefield-V.
For those not familiar with the Game itself: The Wiki article give a excellent introduction.
Battlefield V is a first-person shootervideo game developed by EA DICE and published by Electronic Arts. Battlefield V is the sixteenth installment in the Battlefield series. It was released worldwide for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 20, 2018. Those who pre-ordered the Deluxe Edition of the game were granted early access to the game on November 15, 2018, and Origin Access Premium subscribers on PC received access to the game on November 9, 2018. The game is based on World War II and is a thematic continuation of its World War I based precursor Battlefield 1.Wikipedia
Set in WW11 and seamlessly transitioning from the previous WW1 (Battlefield-1), BFV is a epic game with its several new multiplayer modes and single player campaign mode which are all amazingly engaging. The rendering of the environment is the most striking.
But the part that interests me the most is the Class and new character selections.
The new Medic class ( my personal favourite) is still has the revive ability, but the syringe no longer is a item slot as it was for BF1. The other major change is that now all Classes can also revive teammate, although it is not as quick as the Medic class, so be sure to clear out your surrounds prior to a revival, or do what many Pros do and launch in a Smoke Grenade to cover your self from enemy fire.
There is one major difference in the the Character selection for all the Class, there are more Female characters to choose from, more Male characters as well, which gives character selection more of a personalised feel.
But there seems to be no more historical accuracy to the game any more. Which is a pity as the Game is meant to be set in WW11.
There seem to be a virtue signalling by the developers as the idea of equality is expressed in character selection, with Female characters, Africans, and even one character who looks Asian.
This is all nice and all, with different races and genders represented in a balanced and equal manner. But as always some have to miss out on the “equality”.
Equality But at what or who’s cost?
The additional Female characters were a great idea, but where are the Indian Women? if anyone reading this blog who has played the Game can please let me know in the comments section which of the Female characters is INDIAN.
And where are the Indian soldiers gone in the Male’s if not the Female’s, there are no distinctively Indian featured characters in the Game at all.
Is this what Equality is these days, that it means the exclusion of some just for the inclusions of a few?
There are distinctively African Characters even in the Campaign mode. But No Indian.
Indians fought with distinction throughout the world, including in the European theatre against Germany, in North Africa against Germany and Italy, in the South Asian region defending India against the Japanese and fighting the Japanese in Burma. Indians also aided in liberating British colonies such as Singapore and Hong Kong after the Japanese surrender in August 1945. Over 87,000 Indian soldiers (including those from modern day Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh) died in World War II.Field MarshalSir Claude Auchinleck, Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from 1942 asserted the British “couldn’t have come through both wars [World War I and II] if they hadn’t had the Indian Army.”Wikipedia
Should equality be only for some and not others, are we not eligible for equality, as Indians who have contributed and are contributing to World History in a extensive way, should we not get represented in a positive way in popular media such as Games.
There seems to be a disconnect with the modern proponents for equality, they seem to not care that rather then just having equality at any cost, it is more honest to have history portrayed exactly as it happened.
Sorry if this looks like a rant, but this does affect people, especially in this case Indians.
Well that is my so called review, any comments please feel free to post them.