One of Battlefield V‘s biggest selling points—at least for me—is the fact that you will be able to jump straight through windows.
Sure, that might not sound like a big deal to most people, considering a lot of different games let you jump through windows, even those as poorly optimized and full of hackers as PUBG. But Battlefield players get it, because Battlefield players know the struggle.
If you want to jump through a window in Battlefield 1, you have to bash away or shoot off all the individual pieces of the window—the creamy window filling, if you will—before you can actually jump through it. You have to scoop out the window’s innards, either by bullet or shovel (or whatever melee weapon you use, but if you don’t use the shovel, you’re wrong). Same goes for Battlefield 4, Battlefield 3, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and every other Battlefield I’ve played, as well as I can remember.
Here’s a video of how you have to jump through windows in Battlefield 1:
DICE knows that jumping out of windows is a big deal because, frankly, it’s stupid not to have let players jump out of window. They are so aware of how big of a deal it is that they even dedicated an entire fifth of one of their “five things that stand out about Battlefield V” lists to doing just that.
— #Battlefield V (@Battlefield) July 3, 2018
The thing is, Battlefield V isn’t the first Battlefield to let players jump straight through windows, as I’d assumed.
That honor goes to Battlefield Hardline.
Yes, Visceral Studios’ ugly stepchild of the Battlefield franchise actually did movement better than pretty much any Battlefield game before or since.
You’d be forgiven for not realizing this fact. Heck, I barely gave Hardline the time of day when it released, as my love affair with Battlefield 4 still had a ways to go before it sizzled out. In fact, I generally thought of it as my least-favorite game in the series and not really deserving of the Battlefield moniker.
But, needing a break from Battlefield 1‘s chaotic grenade-fest and long, open fields of death, I decided to give Hardline another go.
That’s when I realized that Hardline had been letting players jump out of windows for three years already.
Here’s me gleefully jumping through windows in Battlefield Hardline:
This is player movement perfected, and Visceral beat DICE to the punch.
Now, I’m not saying this to dish on Battlefield V. DICE is making some interesting moves with the next game in the series, and I’m more than willing to give them a chance to do so. Besides, the fact that you can now leap to ledges and grab onto them Lara Croft-style is a nice touch that no other Battlefield game has.
No, this is to give credit where credit is due. I, like many Battlefield players, dismissed Hardline when it first launched, and now I’m enjoying it as much as I’ve enjoyed any mainline Battlefield entry. It’s a refreshing break from the large-scale, oppressive waves of violence and destruction that is Battlefield 1, or from the hardcore-addled servers of Battlefield 4. Plus, the map design includes actual cover. Are you listening, DICE?
I’m sorry that I took you for granted, Hardline.