Battlefield V has been kicking my ass, and based on what I’ve seen of this week’s open beta, I’m not alone. There’s going to be a not-insignificant learning curve for players who don’t prioritize team dynamics and really take their time. The game may seem like more of the same on the surface, but a bunch of seemingly small tweaks add up to create a distinct and at times jarring new experience.

Battlefield fans are torn, and they’re only going to become more divided as time goes on.

Much of what I covered in my alpha impressions still holds true: you never seem to have enough health or ammo as you’d like, sticking with your squad is just as crucial now if not more so, and building fortifications at a defensive position can give your team noticeably better odds. You also can’t rely on mashing the “spot” key to highlight enemies, a change that has far-reaching repercussions.

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It’ll take a while for people to adapt to Battlefield V