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Battlefield: Bad Company 2-Review

Ahhh here comes the comparisons to Modern Warfare 2, some things are just predictable.
Let’s get this nice and straight, this is NOT Modern Warfare 2, it does not play or feel like Modern Warfare 2 and the only realy comparisions are that it is a FPS and involves shooting people in the face, sometimes the chest but preferably the head.

Bad Company 2 contains a singleplayer mode and of course, Multiplayer, which is Battlefields main draw.
But we shall start with the Singleplayer, y’know, because I want to.

Battlefield Bad Company 2’s Singeplayer is a solid if unspectacular journey through a very short 6 hours of gameplay.
But in that 6 hours you will be treated to some beautiful vista’s that the Battlefield team have really nailed.
This is thanks to Battlefields amazing visuals, there are some rough patches with textures but overall they stand out and look amazing as you wonder out of a small enclosed jungle path and stand on a hill overlooking a sunlight clearing with massive mountains in the background, it looks amazing and is certainly a standout part of the singleplayer campaign.
But while Bad Company’s singleplayer is a solid, enjoyable effort it’s lacking in any real standout moments and it’s lost the large, open battlefield feeling of it’s forebearer instead going for much more linear levels.
While this does help focus the action I can’t help but walk away with the feeling that its lost that “Battlefield” feeling that the series does so well.
In some ways this is a good thing thanks to the more focused action but it does take away some of the strategic flanking and sniping from the first Bad Company.

Dice have made an effort to make bad Company 2 a more dark and mature story, sadly this has resulted in the main characters swearing every couple of sentences and much of the humour has been lost but it still contains the occasional line to make you smile and the often cheesy scenes will also bring a smile to your face, though most likely not on purpose.

The storyline is certainly unsual considering the more realistic setting, Bad Company 2 focus’s on stopping the Russians using new Scalar weapon technology ( which is actually a real theory, Scalar Energy is a theoretical type of enery that could be used in many things but remains unproven,  there, you learned something today) and is fairly well told, if a little far fetched in places.
However the unusual story is used to good effect as you jet across the globe allowing you to venture into jungles, blast through a desert in a jeep, plow through wallks in fields in tanks and fight your way through snowstorms.
All this makes good use of Bad Company’s visuals and each location is well designed and beautiful to look at with some great layouts.

It’s the multiplayer that is Battlefields main draw though thanks to it’s brilliant online pedigree.
Wieghing in this time with an improved ranking system, 4 game modes and even more awesome maps and ways to annhilate your enemies it’s certainly back with a bang and contending with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for the most played Xbox Live game.
Battlefield is a very large scale affair tanks, helicopters and infantry all colliding on massive maps that range from deserts, jungles and night maps in the snow.
It’s also a a slower affair than many shooters and Battlefield requires tactics and teamwork to beat the opposing players.
Players can pick from 4 different class’s and each has a good selection of weaponary and gadgets, snipers can call in Mortar strikes, Assault troops can drop ammo etc.
Along with this you can select 3 different specialisations to further customise your character, things like increased accuracy, improved ammo, scopes on your weapons and more.
This gives the game some much needed customisation and allows players to tailor their character to their playstyle, however having to take up a specialisation slot just to put a red dot on your weapon feels a little cheap and it would of been nice to see a bit more customsation to the loadouts.
The only major flaw with Bad Company’s multiplayer is the steep learning curve for new players, Bad Company is a difficult game to just pick up and play and it would of benefieted massively from a tutorial on how to play some of the game mode’s.

Of course the Destruction 2.0 engine in this game allows for utter destruction of Battlefields, don’t want to use a door? blow a hole through the wall and go in that way.
Buildings can be brought down killing anyone in them, however certain things can’t be destroyed such as staircase’s, this maintaints a more playable game but does look a bit odd.
However it does make for an interesting game in multiplayer as you can blow through cover and bring down the entire building to destroy the objective

Overall Bad Company’s  singleplayer may not impress but it’s an enoyable romp, but the multiplayer will drag you in and keep you playing for a long time.
It’s a great shooter that requires patience to master with brilliant maps to play, the singleplayer may not blow you away but the multiplayer will.

THE GOOD:
-Multiplayer is just so dam fun!
-That it takes the micky out of MW2 so often.
-Sniping feels so good!

THE BAD:
-Very short singleplayer
-lost it’s sense of humour

Graphics: 9.0
Quite the looker with the occasional dodgy texture

Sound: 9.5
An absolute delight for the ears

Story: 7.5
Decent and well told but nothing special.

Gameplay: 9
solid shooting and addictive multiplayer.

Lifespan: 8.5
Single player is short but most of you will become addicted to the multiplayer which will consume much of your life.

Overall: 9
Bad Company 2 lose’s some of the originals uniqueness but it’s multiplayer is sublime

 

 

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