Best FPS for Multiplayer Teamwork
Among the glut of Modern Warfare copycats, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is a welcome departure that is familiar enough to sate your shooter appetite, but different in all the right ways. It is a game meant to be enjoyed primarily for its multiplayer component, but if you can appreciate that, you'll get huge replay value out of it.
This is a game that can make deserts look good. Foliage is thick enough to take cover in, and the destructibility of the scenery gives it a vibrant, living vibe. The characters have a vibe of their own, realistic but tinged with a hint of cartoonishness that lends them expressiveness and character. Sounds are memorably crisp and explosions are impactful without being overbearing. Weapon reloads are neither sluggish nor spastic, feeling just right whether in the midst of battle or out of it. Overall, it is good design rather than raw horsepower that carries the day.
Others have described it as "short and sweet". I myself have not been able to bring myself to finish it thus far, having logged at least 12 hours solid in multiplayer. It's an enjoyable and varied experience, and unlike in other reviews, I did not find my AI teammates lacking in helpfulness. They're definitely not babysitting you, but they aren't shooting water pistols either. If you give them a moment to keep up, their wall of lead is a palpable force, especially helpful in higher difficulties. They stay behind you until you get into a firefight, so I didn't feel like I was just tagging along through the story. Oh, and as for the campaign itself, the scenery stays fresh and varied, as do the situations they put you in, and the objectives aren't overly drawn out. So far I've had awesome on-rails sequences with my undercarriage grenade launcher and a helicopter-mounted minigun, and once fought through a blizzard sprinting from one heat source to another to keep from freezing to death. The story is your standard Hollywood fare, not corny or excessive, and spiced with amusing dialogue that's delivered with good voicework.
It's clear that gameplay is designed to push players towards one thing: teamwork. From the beginning, you have the option to join a squad, which allows you to spawn on any of its members. All the classes have a role in helping others. The assault class can dole out ammo resupply kits. Engineers can repair vehicles. Medics heal and revive fallen teammates. Snipers are especially suited for calling and marking targets for others. Granted, some players will not utilize their powers of helpfulness, but it only takes a few to inspire others to be grateful and stick together. If you do find yourself in a squad of diehard lone wolf assaults and snipers, you can change squads. Tactics for achieving objectives are much enhanced by the destructible buildings. There is no bunker, no cover safe from the array of ordnance available on foot and in vehicles. The awe-inspiring power of helicopters is balanced by the skill it takes to pilot them. With the skillful use of a tracer dart pistol, they can be taken down just as quickly. Amazingly, the amount of time it takes to find a game is as long as it takes to load a map. Dedicated servers have virtually eliminated lag except for recent problems that have sporadically lagged all players.
It is important to note that having a VIP code is vital to having a decent variety of maps for multiplayer. It comes with every new game, but costs $15 otherwise.
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From the moment I laid my hands on Battlefield: Modern Combat for the PS2 I knew this series was going to be my new home. I had previously played Medal of Honor, Call of Duty, SOCOM and Black Hawk Down games on the PS2 and even though they were great single player and online competitive games they lacked something [in multiplayer]that is ever present in any battlefield: Vehicles.
Modern Combat was the highest point for first person shooters in the PS2 because it gave players the full experience [as much as a video game can provide] of being engaged in warfare. From Humvee s to light and heavy tanks, and from armed boats to transport and heavily armed choppers.
This is not to say that the individual soldier became useless or dull. Battlefield offered five different classes to choose from, each with their unique specialization to suit the need of any battlefield. The individual soldier, if used correctly could also turn the tide of any battle. The satisfaction of sniping the pilot of an enemy chopper was one of the highlights of this game. You got all this from one single video game.
This brings me to Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
The single player campaign follows the struggle of a four soldier [Marlow, Sarge, Sweetwater and Haggard]squad named Bad Company whose mission is to find and destroy a weapon of mass destruction originally developed by the Japanese during WWII and sought after by the Russians in present time. This game features stunning visuals, specially when you first arrive in Bolivia. Mountain ranges [environment as a whole]look and feel very much alive. Adding to the rich visuals, the game provides one of the riches sound experience I have experience within this genre. From the sound of footsteps on snow to the buzzing mosquito's in the Bolivian jungle, the sound quality is stunning. However this is merely the iceberg.
By the time you finish the campaign you should be familiar with most weapons merely by hearing them being fired. I have learned to distinguish which weapon I am being shot with just by ear. Although the campaign is very linear and the script is not well profound, it is enough to get players engaged from one mission to the next. However what makes the campaign more entertaining is the random conversations amongst the bad company squad. From Haggards knowledge of spanglish to their favorite Terminator scene are some of the few conversations that will have you laughing hysterically as you progress in the campaign.
Unlike its PS2 counterpart this game boast many different weapon types with additional support accessories. Weapons available include a variety of assault rifles, sub machine guns, light machine guns, sniper rifles, pistols, rockets, grenades, C4, to name a few and this are only the weapons you can take with you. Throughout the game you will find many stationary weapons from heavy machine gun emplacements to stationary RPG's. To add to the weapons, the vehicles, the different soldier classes and amazing terrain, [as in the first bad company installment] destructible environment puts this FPS in a league of its own. Anything from houses, shacks, wall, barricades to full scale buildings can be brought down with enough firepower.
The online component would need a review of its own but I will say shortly that is an amazing experience on its own aside from the campaign. A player will be addicted to this game in no time and the multiplayer will keep you coming for more.
Be part of bad company.
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Bad company 2 is not great, not bad, it's ok, upgrade??
The best part of this game is the new Squad Mode in MultiPlayer! The graphics aren't much of a step up from the previous bad company release. How ever the game play and bullet trajectory is much better. The maps are Nice, but a bit small in Squad mode. I haven't much gotten into the Campaign yet, as I got it for the Multi player. COD modern warfare 2 is still the Prettiest with the best overall gameplay for FPS on the market for PS3. This Game BC2 has great Gameplay, and the New Building destruction has been taken to the next level, the buildings will give in under the damage and you will here a voice say this thing is coming down, and you gotta run out of the building in multi player before it collapses, kinda cool. There is excessive swearing from the In game voice, and that's coming from somebody who throws around the F bomb while playing the game like grenades, And i still find my self trying to keep up with the stream of vulgarities coming from the Game it self, and we aren't talking the other players. Over all I give it 7/10, If i hadn't played the previous one and wasn't constantly comparing it to COD MWF2 in my head i would give it a 8.5/10 It's a Good game, they didn't fix the side step while sprinting control though, and still no Prone. Also offers A different class/weapon select screen, and a Join squad feature in other On line Game Modes like Rush, or conquest. So far I'm holding out for some Good maps in there first map release to save this Multi player platform. Glad I only paid $45 for my NIB copy off Ebay and not $65 from the store Or i'd be a bit Pissed off about the Graphics looking Like a Nintendo 64 game with a 720p processor. Oh well, Still a Fun game to play when COD gets boring, like it always does. I love Bad company two for the Sniper aspect, it's a way more realistic shooter for those who prefer sniping, and the maps offer a lot of good nooks and ledges.
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Best FPS on the market
I've tried Call of Duty, Homefront, Modern Warfare, Black Ops, and other Battlefield games, and nothing compares to the immersive gameplay and interactive environments of this game.
No other game has the co-operative squad-centric, objective-based matches that Bad Company 2 can create. Even more so, when you turn on your mic and communicate with your squad.
Unlike Call of Duty and Homefront, guns act more realistic in BC2. you don't feel like you are running around a rat maze firing lasers.
If you find yourself backagainst a wall, fear not, use an explosive weapon and make a door where once there was only a wall.
See that sniper hiding in that tower way up there on the hill? No problem. The tower is completely destructible and will collapse (killing the sniper in destruction).
See someone run into a building and don't want to chase them inside? No problem. Place C4 charges around the walls and bring that building down.
The software developer, DICE, did an amazing job with Destruction 2.0 in this game. The environment is actually the 25th player in the game. Just about anything you see can be destroyed. You can use this to your advantage by making a divot in the ground and then placing a landmine in the hole, making your mines harder for enemy vehicles to spot.
... oh, I almost forgot, the vehicles! Whether its a quad, a UAV, a boat, a helicopter, or an M1A1 Abrams or a soviet Tiger Tank, you'll find unique challenges in vehicles -- and will find yourself cursing them when you are unable to hit that circling Apache with your RPG-7....
The "vanilla" version of the game permits you to press your "SELECT" button when you see an enemy that will "spot" that enemy for the rest of your team to see. If you don't kill them, but your squad or teammates do, you get points for assisting. If you find this to be too elementary for your game-style, the spotting mechanics are hidden in the "hardcore mode" though.
At the end of 2010, DICE released an expansion product for $15 that used the same base-models, but puts your team in The 'Nam. Firefights in Vietnam use era-specific weaponry, and are more close-quarters due to the density of the jungles and narrow maps.
All in all, this is a great, well-rounded game with several game modes to choose from. You have the Squad Deathmatch games for the Call of Duty recruits getting their feet wet. There's a "capture the flag" mode call Conquest, and the genre-defining "Rush" mode that pits your team against the other team in an attempt to defend (or destroy) sets of two communications stations. You have to play it to believe it! (All of these modes are available in the Vietnam expansion pack as well)
I have been looking for a substitute to this game, but there just is not a suitable replacement out there on the market. I was holding off re-purchasing this game due to the recent release of THQ's Homefront, but was deeply disappointed in the gameplay and lack of environmental interaction of the THQ release.
Whether you are a aged veteran to the Battlefield, or a newcomer to the genre, look no further than Battlefield:Bad Company 2. Accept no imitations.
The only people who aren't going to like this game are the Treyarch diehard fans who won't give it a chance. If you rent it, you will buy it. Save yourself the rental expense, and buy this game. Preferably with the "VIP code" so that you have access to all of the maps.
I love Battlefield first off because it is very realistic and challenging. This Game is similar to Call of Duty in many ways except it is much more realistic. I love how you can destroy buildings and you constantly have to move around. The story is very intriguing and is very long. Once again you will battle Russia, but this is not like COD. You are on a mission to find a deadly new weapon that was built many years ago by Japan and now Russia has finished it and plans on using it on the US. The multiplayer is also something new to which I find very interesting. The multiplayer requires a lot more skill then COD because when you are sniping you have to put gravity in to thought when your about to shoot. I also love how there are realistic perks that actually make sense unlike COD. Overall this is a very good game that should take up a chunk of your time and if you like this game I highly recommend checking out Medal of Honor because it is based on the war on terrorism taking place today