Battlefield Bad Company 2: Preview

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Battlefield 1942 is a all-time classic. 1942 made the Battlefield name one to be reckoned with in the gaming and multiplayer community. That was back in 2002. Now in 2010, DICE hopes to rock the gaming community again with Battlefield Bad Company 2. Many of you have already gotten a taste of what DICE hopes to bring to the table with BFBC2, with the release of multiplayer betas and demos, but there is still so much to know.

The game, which is once again set in modern times revolves around the team, “Bad Company” from the original game. For those of you who didn’t play the first BFBC, know that the guys in Bad Company are business, but they also bring a nice sense of humor to the table. Makes war much more interesting when you have guys cracking jokes here and there. The game takes place in South America where Bad Company is sent to find and take out a secret-devestating weapon being developed.

The levels in the game are large and diverse. You will be playing in tropical jungles, snowy terrains, and even in different time periods. The game will include vehicles that the players will be able to operate themselves in single player. While the game will still have a sense of humor, the guys at DICE have come out and said that they want this game to be more serious. This game will be a war game with the feeling of a legitatment threat looming. If you are wondering how long the game will run, expect it to last around 10 or so hours.

Now while the single player should be a great experience, most of you are eagerly anticipating the multiplayer. Chances are you guys have played the multiplayer already in a demo form. The demo is already one of the fastest downloaded in Xbox Live history, so don’t worry about the game not having a robust community.

The multiplayer will contain 8 large maps. If you’ve played the demo, you know that these levels are much larger than what players are used to in games like Modern Warfare and Halo. The levels each have access to vehicles and different objectives.

Talking about vehicles, the game will have 15 different types of vehicles available in the game. There will be vehicles on land, air, and sea. You can attack levels a multitude of ways with the vehicle options in the game. You can get in a chopper with two buddies and let them take control of the guns and dominate from above. Or you could roll in with the brute force of a tank and take ground control of a area.

If you don’t like the lack of team gameplay in Modern Warfare, then Bad Company 2 hopes to change that. The game will contain two multiplayer modes specifically designed to support “Squad Gameplay”. The modes will have achievements and goals for teams who work together as a team. Squads will consist of you and three friends.

Remember that with Battlefield you pick a class before you spawn into a game. Medic, Recon, Assault, and Engineer. Working as a team in BFBC2 is not a option, but a must. With each class you can design how you want to play the level before you jump into a game. Like other games, BFBC2 will have upgrades and unlocks as you advance through multiplayer. The game allows 15,000+ kit variations, 46 weapons (200 different customization options), 15 gadgets and 13 character specializations. The game also awards good play by moving up your rank. The highest rank in the game is 50.

The entire game is built around the “Frostbite Engine”. The engine which was used in the first Bad Company has been retweaked and it is great. The game offers “Destruction 2.0” which allows players to blow up anything and everything they want in the game world. If a enemy is hiding behind cover then just blow it up. If enemies have taken a stronghold in a building then take it down with a bomb strike. This type of “destruction” is available in both single player and multiplayer.

Besides that the game looks and sounds great. Grahpically the game has great particle effects, textures, and lighting. It is a much prettier game than it’s competition, and combined with the destruction aspects it is a sight to see. Sound-wise you hear evertyhing around you. You hear bombs going off, bullets flying by your head, pins dropping, everything. The game sounds very smooth.

Now if this has you interested in the game, then know that DICE and EA have also added another cool bonus for those who pre-order the game. Instead of offering a limited edition that costs more and comes with crap. They are offering that if you pre-order the game, a limited edition of the game for the same price as the regular edition. The “limited” edition comes with in-game bonuses in the multiplayer that includes:

4 Vehicle Warfare Unlocks

1. Improved Vehicle Armor ? An Up-Armor package mounted on all vehicle types decreases the effect of both explosive and penetrating warheads, significantly improving vehicle survivability.

2. Vehicle Alternate Fire – Additional weapon packages mounted for the driver of all armored vehicles, greatly expands the range of targets the vehicle can successfully engage and destroy.

3. Vehicle Motion Sensor ? Upgraded Sensor to locate enemy units in direct proximity to the vehicle.

4. Tracer Dart Pistol ? Launched by compressed air, this magnetic dart attaches to any vehicle surface, allows friendly shoulder launched rockets to lock on to and track moving targets even beyond line of sight.

2 Classic Battlefield 1943 Weapons

5. M1A1 Submachine Gun ? Popular with Paratrooper and Commando units in WW2 for its rate of fire and stopping power the M1A1 is still seen in the hands of paramilitaries today. Reliable but heavy this classic weapon is still a powerful force in the hands of a Battlefield Veteran.

6. M1911 Pistol ? Adopted in 1911 by the US Army the M1911 saw heavy service in WW1, WW2, Korea and Vietnam. Highly customized M1911 are still favored by Special Operations forces for its reliability and the power of its large .45 caliber round.

Battlefield Bad Company 2 comes out on March 2nd in NA and March 5th in EU. The game is going to be available on the PS3, 360, and PC. The PC version will offer dedicated server support. The game looks great, and seems to be a potential hit. Don’t believe me? Then check out the demo that is available right now!

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