This post is related to a recent review of the Overture update by the news website Kotaku which can be found here
I personally thought the war story The Last Tiger was the best war story yet as it really made the desperation present during the last days of Nazi Germany palpable. The cast of characters was very diverse in opinion ranging from the tank commander who questions his past to the young loader who is quite obviously a Hitler Youth fanatic whose entire life has been lived under Hitler's iron fist.
But here is what Kotaku had to say about it…
But there’s a problem. It’s 2018 and I don’t need or particularly want media to humanize Nazis or their abettors. I acknowledge that history is complex and that’s especially true with this subject matter. I’m glad that Battlefield treats it that way. This is a well presented story and I’m pleased we’re dealing with real people instead of sneering villains. But The Last Tiger’s extraordinary production value is hell-bent on telling the tale of “the Good German” while glossing over the fact that you don’t exactly get to be a Wehrmacht tank commander without being an accessory to some horrible stuff, most of which is left off-screen and unspoken in this game. There are some nods in that direction—cruelly executed “deserters,” the horrified faces of civilians as German tanks roll by, a monologue from Müller about how he was punished as a child for being there and doing nothing while other children committed theft—but the framing of this story feels strange in the context of the modern day, when Battlefield V is being released. At the very least, there’s an additional layer of complexity that’s been shaved down in favor of telling a less complicated and complete story.
I really dislike how this writer has portrayed this story as some sort "Good German story". I really think this writers own sensitivities lead to her believing that this story isn't harsh enough on the Nazis, I personally think anyone mature enough to be playing this game should be able to easily read between the lines and see how horrific the whole thing was, this writer just wants the game devs to constantly remind us of the Holocaust and Nazi war crimes, topic which simply wouldn't come up during that time in normal conversation and it doesn't mean DICE is glossing over it, Muller makes it quite obvious that he feels guilt from the get-go.
But there’s a problem. It’s 2018 and I don’t need or particularly want media to humanize Nazis or their abettors. I acknowledge that history is complex and that’s especially true with this subject matter.. .but the framing of this story feels strange in the context of the modern day, when Battlefield V is being released.
These particular sections of the article really rub me off the wrong way, why should DICE change what happened just to fit modern day sensitivities, I mean yeah theres always that argument of "go read a history book" but if gaming really wants to be taken seriously as art, they cant afford to be changing things just to appease a few sensitive people.
Not every Nazi was a robotic goose stepping maniac who wanted to gas non-white, some were just normal people taken in my the mass hysteria following WW1 and the rise of Hitler who was obviously a very intelligent yet dangerous demagogue, and I'm glad DICE showed it this was as opposed to a really biased account of all Nazis bad.
So please DICE, if you do go on to make another historical game with a campaign don't shy away from showing the aspects of the war that are more controversial just because a small subset of people think it insults their political beliefs. Most of the community who played this war story thought it was the best one yet with some nice moral dilemmas and this one writer doesn't represent our views. It had lots of undertones that could be recognised by a mature audience that it was intended for and just because it wasn't the Antifa-esqe revisionism that the writer expected doesn't mean it "pro-nazi"
Its sad that Kotaku gave so much weighting to the war story when writing the review for this update as a whole and just because this war story was seemingly a glorification of Nazis for the particularly sensitive writer, that she ended up giving the update a thumbs down
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