The thing is, Battlefield didn't used to be like that. While it was never exactly Arma in terms of realism, most of it's fanbase flocked to Battlefield starting with Battlefield 3 because it aimed for more realism than CoD did at the time. Nowadays though, it feels like Battlefield has evolved into something much less realistic, like DICE is trying to fight the Call of Duty studios at their own game, instead of doing their own unique middle ground approach between arcade and realism like previous Battlefield. While the move away from realism towards over the top action sequences did favors for the campaign (BF1 had a better campaign than any previous mainline Battlefield), this move away from realism is not doing any favors for the multiplayer, the Battlefield fans don't like it. Each Battlefield's multiplayer manages to feel more arcadey and less realistic than the last.
That would have been cool if we saw the same kind of outrage/backlash towards Battlefield's shift in focus towards elements of fantasy. Or even if that was mentioned in the same paragraph as some of these complaints about females.
But when you don't see a whisper about that, but people up in arms because the character has a vagina, the issue people are having here doesn't come across as genuine.
I personally take more issue with the prosthetic limb than with the fact that she's woman. At least a woman serving in a combat role is somewhat plausible. I know one of the campaigns in Battlefield V that has a playable woman is about a Norwegian Resistance fighter, that is historically accurate and therefore I have no problem with it (in fact I welcome it because I enjoy playing as women in games). However, the woman in the reveal trailer seems to be British, and though British women did see some combat in anti-aircraft divisions, they didn't see front line infantry combat like the trailer depicts. That coupled with the fact that she has a prosthetic limb (the British military would never send an amputee out into front line infantry combat, much less a female amputee), makes this trailer where I draw the line.
The reason that so many people are complaining about the women is because it's the straw that broke the camel's back for many of them. These last few years there has been a massive push for minority representation across all forms of entertainment; from tv, to movies, to games. In a way, it's admirable. Problem is, that this push for minority representation is counter-intuitive to authenticity in many cases. For instance, a tv show set in rural America, that has main cast members of every race. That just doesn't feel realistic, several races have very tiny populations in many parts of rural America, less than 1% of the total population, so it feels kind of unrealistic to have main cast members of those races. Another example would be Call of Duty WW2 last year, where it was possible to play as a woman in multiplayer in Armies where women didn't serve in combat roles. At one point, Sledgehammer Games even showed a black soldier on the Nazi Team, I don't know if that made it into the game at release, but it caused a pretty big backlash before release when it was discovered.
This movement for inclusivity even at the cost of realism has been so extreme the last few years, that it was only natural that a counter-movement would form against it.
Edit: I also take issue with the fact that Battlefield V, much like Call of Duty WW2 last year, has no Nazi Iconography out of fear of offending somebody. People are much too easily offended nowadays, and I don't like it when fear of offense gets in the way of historical accuracy. As a history buff, I really hate it.
Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 23 May 2018