Repost: Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Review

With Electronic Arts newest entry into the first person genre, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 took a decidedly different approach for the single player story while also presenting a varied multiplayer
mode for the title.

Infinity Ward’s title was the winner of the Holiday season, and EA was smart to release BFBC2 in March because the title has a lot of bright lights and provides a different experience than the World War III of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Plot

The title appears to follow closely after the conclusion of BFBC with the four man crew awaiting the end of their employment by the United States Military. From that, the story carries a lot of coincidences and thinly connected plot points, but the title doesn’t take itself too seriously, so it feels more like an episodic war comedy with action mixed in. The whole idea of four soldiers saving the United States is a little far fetched, but at the same time familiar and enjoyable.

The four characters are very defined through their animations and voice acting, and a lot of the humor comes from the dialogue between the team. The story feels like it was tailored more for the characters than creating the story and adding the team in.

Either way, the eight to ten hour single player is worth it, even the far fetched nature of the experience is still fun.

The Look

Battlefield Bad Company 2 carries an interesting visual presence. Most of the title looks very detailed and the effects of combat, like gunfire and explosions are satisfying. The destructible environments are fun to play through and cause a lot of dust and visual impairments during the more intense action conflicts.

All the characters are animated and detailed well; the range of emotion on the characters, including the secondary characters was impressive. The cutscenes are among some of the funniest as well in a first person shooter that is based in reality.

There are overall better looking titles, but Bad Company 2 carries the action through the emotion. I found the characterization more fun to experience than some of the combat.

The Sound

Like other First Person shooters, BFBC2 has all the same explosions and gunfire that others have. Including the vehicles, there isn’t much unexpected for the combat sounds. Where the game makes its presence known is the dialogue throughout the title.

The banter between the team during missions was among some of the most amusing I’ve heard before, and some of the cutscene dialogue was excellent. Mentions of “Spidey-sense” and “PowerPoint” were all funny moments that cut the drama in a great way.

In terms of dramatic moments, there are some that are accented by a great soundtrack which is also painted with hilarity through the dialogue.

Function

There’s nothing new with Battlefield from the single player aspect, even with a linear story that is among the better of the FPS genre. The similar button configuration is still present and the destructible environments create a different strategy. Even the AI of the rest of the team is smart enough to provide cover fire and move when necessary, through their preset locations were a little annoying.

The single player is a fun experience, but the multiplayer is where the title works the best. The different maps and goals provide a much more expanded experience than the usual team deathmatch. Add in vehicles that can turn the tide of the multiplayer battles even though both the defenders and attackers are able to counteract each other.

The different classes and leveling experience isn’t anything unexpected with higher rankings achieving new weapons and load-outs. The balancing of the multiplayer is done well, there wasn’t one class that felt overpowering, though the recon class, essentially the sniper, had a bit too much power.

EA is going to be releasing new maps for the title which will lengthen the life of the title beyond the single player As long as new maps and items are released, the title should maintain a long life. The VIP access code for purchasing the title new is a slight towards the used game market, but a good indicator of how Electronic Arts is bypassing that market and still making some money out of it.

Decisions

Battlefield Bad Company 2 isn’t anything truly spectacular, but the title is exceedingly solid. Taking a more comedic approach to the single player and the robust multiplayer, the title is great in its own ways and constantly shows how a different focus on the genre can create another great title.

Overall, the FPS genre has gained another strong title, and what could be an eventual sequel would continue the humorous storyline of the series. DICE continue to make great multiplayer modes and with the necessary support, the title could have a long life.

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