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The fact Operation Hastings is updated version of a former map will probably have people on forums discarding the news and saying they're not actually getting 5 new maps, but they're probably missing the point: look up a YouTube video of the original Battlefield: Vietnam and you'll immediately appreciate how much effort DICE has put in to update Operation Hastings for the wonderful Frostbite engine.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam screenshot

On with the new, though: the four other maps are stunners. My personal favourite is Hill 137, which starts with some intense jungle battles before sweeping back into an ornate network of tunnels and scorched forestry - you can basically love the smell the napalm in the morning. Embers waft through the breeze, and thick plumes of smoke obfuscate vision and allow for raucous firefights.

As for how it all works, Vietnam nests itself within its own little sub-menu of Bad Company 2, and has its own separate progression trees: you won't just be able to sidestep your beefed-up profile into all of Vietnam's new gear.

While 15 weapons are provided across the game's four kits, some of them carry over - such as the M60 and 870MCS, albeit with the Vietnam equivalents looking grubbier and often wrapped up with cloth. Engineers get their lucky hands on the PPSh, the world's only submachine gun with onomatopoeic name. The Assault class gets an AK-47, a gun everybody who's even heard of video games already knows how to fire with deadly precision (watch out for the recoil) and the Medics get to murder everyone with an XM22.

But the most crucial new weapon is the flamethrower - it's expectedly devastating when used to clear out the many foxholes scattered around each map, but it's also quite funny to see somebody fire at you when miles away. The thing seriously knows how to throw flames, too, and combating somebody using one usually involves shooting wildly into the massive, all-engulfing fireball rather than popping off a tactical three-burst into their bonce.

It might startle you to find that red dot sights are out, too, which will certainly make my life harder. But it's Vietnam, so we'll have to make do. If it's any consolation, tanks will have radios tuned into Clearwater Credence Revival's Fortunate Son, along with dozens of other tracks.

All those Vietnam-era vehicles go down a treat, too. The iconic Hueys, patrol boats and M48 Pattons help make the 10-month-old game feel shiny and new and, alongside the meticulous briefing screens, add a palpable sense of atmosphere - Vietnam genuinely feels like more than Bad Company 2 with flamethrowers and foliage.

While I'm sure some people might lament the lack of UAV, the trade-off in other new features is totally worth it. DICE is producing one of the most lavish and generous DLC packs seen in years.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam will be available on Steam and the EA Download Store from December 18. Xbox 360 and PS3 owners will need to wait until December 21 to get the game from their respective online services.

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thompo555@ clangod

Well, If I wasn't busy, I think I might have gone one and had a game on the new maps too! They look interesting! Will have to catch a game sometime.

No problemo!
Posted 21:16 on 03 December 2010
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clangod@ thompo555

Oh really? I guess it would be VIP map pack 7.

I might load it up before bed and check...

I was beginning to think I may have killed a few hundred thousand too many brain cells ;)

Thanks thompo :)
Posted 21:08 on 03 December 2010
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thompo555@ clangod

I think they were released today? VIP map pack 7, is that?
Posted 20:28 on 03 December 2010
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Wido

Ok, excellent read Martin. Not only has this plus the Battle For Hastings trailer makes me want to this game now. I'm making sure I get it before christmas and some more MSP.
Posted 20:22 on 03 December 2010
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clangod

Pretty hard not to get excited about this now that we have an official date and a very promising opinion. Either way it's BC2, how can it be anything less than brilliant?

And out of curiosity, the recent 1700mb download I had done for BC2 seems to have added nothing in the way of the supposed free maps that were meant to be coming. Am I missing something here?

It was meant to be released on 1st December right?
Posted 20:22 on 03 December 2010
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thompo555@ omfg-bbq

Agreed!

Cant physically wait for this!! :D Great read by the way! :D
Posted 19:07 on 03 December 2010
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El-Dev

Nice one Martin, getting excited for this.

1200 points is a bargain for this!
Posted 19:06 on 03 December 2010
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omfg-bbq

I think some forum nights may have to be arranged when this comes out.
Posted 14:55 on 03 December 2010
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draytone

Decided that won't be bothering to get any games at
Chrimbo apart from this :D
Posted 14:50 on 03 December 2010
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Neon-Soldier32

Guess what I'll be playing at Christmas!

What is it with Fortunate Son, I mean, it was in BlOps too, and it seems a little more than co-incidental, but still. I loved Bad Company 2 and cannot wait for this content.
Posted 14:28 on 03 December 2010
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squidman

Cheers man. Fixed it up. Also, you never saw nuffin.
Posted 14:26 on 03 December 2010
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dazzadavie

Half way thought but there are two paragraphs the same. And just saw the trailer its 69million heals, resupply's, repairs.

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Edit: Really can't wait for this, going to renew my Gold Sub before its out. Nice read Martin.
Posted 14:19 on 03 December 2010

Game Stats

Release Date: 21/12/2010
Developer: D.I.C.E
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: First Person Shooter
Rating: TBC
Site Rank: 855
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