Battlefield Bad company 2 Review

After Battlefield 2 and Battlefield 2142 PC, gamers have been itching for a new game in the franchise. DICE left PC gamers out with their console centric title Battlefield Bad Company. Two years later, Battlefield Bad Company 2 (BFBC2) arrived, and PC gamers were also given a chance to play the game. With PC gamers looking for Battlefield 3, veterans of the series are wondering if this is the title that will win them over.

Good

Graphics: On the PC, Battlefield Bad Company 2 is a visual step up from the previous games of the franchise. This game incorporates ambient occlusion, DX10, and DX11 effects. BFBC2 does not use Tessellation with DX11. Instead, they utilize DX11 for better lighting and shadows. BFBC2 requires a dual core processor and a decent GPU. Lower end rigs may have some trouble running the game.

All technical aspects aside, the game looks amazing in most areas. Specifically, the Jungles scenes look stunning. It is still shy of Crysis’s insane visuals, but the developers definitely have some impressive landscapes in the game that can make your Jaw drop. Most of the textures are very crisp with a high resolution. There may be some areas in the environment that are lacking in texture resolution, but overall, it gets the job done.

Physics: Destruction 2.0 is the coined phrase used to describe the new destruction system, which is combined with the frostbite engine. Almost everything in the game is destructible, and each material behaves as it should. For example, if you launch a 40mm grenade as an assault class, and it hits a brick building, it creates a huge crater in the wall. However, if you launch the grenade straight into a metal surface, it actually bends inward.

Fun Factor: Bad Company 2 has four different game types and a single player campaign. Players can choose from Rush, Conquest, Squad Deathmatch, and Squad Rush. Rush pits two teams against each other; one team is attacking M-COM stations and the other team is defending the M-COM stations until time runs out. Conquest is the defining game mode of the series. Like the previous games, you go around capturing flags, and whichever team holds the most flags the longest—wins. Squad Deathmatch pins each squad against the other until one squad reaches the maximum amount of points. Squad Rush miniaturizes the Rush mode, but two squads face off for the M-COM stations.

There’s also a hardcore mode for veterans who want more of a challenge. This mode removes most of the HUD (Heads Up Display) and increases the amount of damage each player receives from a bullet. It doesn’t make up for the missing features, but it can give some individuals who are afraid of the new mechanics a welcomed experience.

Bad

Toned down a bit compared to BF2: Gameplay is the most important part of any battlefield game. BFBC2 hampers some of the features that hardcore battlefield veterans are accustom to in PC gaming. There are no jets; you can’t prone, and some other aspects are missing from the equation. DICE must have made this decision to try and cut the gameplay down to a more basic system. In essence, the game appears to be a mainstreamed version of battlefield 2, which most of us played back in 2005. The term consolized also comes to mind, when discussing this with other PC gamers. Additionally, BFBC2 definitely tries to aim its sights on Modern Warfare 2. DICE has gone as far as throwing a few jokes of their own at the developers of Modern Warfare 2, Infinity Ward.

The multiplayer portion of the game has received some setbacks. First off, the game can support a maximum of 32 players compared to Battlefield 2’s 64 player limit. Also, each individual cannot create their own dedicated server. Instead, each player must rent one from various providers. However, this is not a major setback. Despite the halved player limit and a few online issues, servers are easy to find, easy to join, and the game maintains its fun factor.

AI: The single player AI has some issues. Most of the time, you may see the AI pause and wait for you to activate the next scripted portion. In addition, the AI isn’t always accurate, and at times, players may wonder why they are even there. Most of the areas play out in a similar manner, which is comparable to multiplayer deathmatch, but you and your AI buddies have to eliminate all of the enemies. BFBC2 also saves the game on a checkpoint basis with no option of quick saves. The single player is actually quite good, and it is a welcomed addition despite the flaws

Conclusion

Bad Company is a huge amount of fun to play. The new setup is addictive and enjoyable. Battlefield veterans expecting Battlefield 3 will no doubt be disappointed. There are a few things missing from the table in BFBC2 compared to previous games of the franchise. However, the game is well worth the money, and it offers a lot of value for the price. It’s just hard to pass this one up, especially since we need something to hold us over while we wait for the rumored Battlefield 3.

Battlefield Bad company 2 Review by FacTor-X