Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Review for PS3

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In Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the 'B' company fight their way through snowy mountaintops, dense jungles and dusty villages.

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BC2 has everything you'd want from an FPS
BC2 has everything you'd want from an FPS

BC2 has everything you'd want from an FPS

It's no secret that EA wants its own Modern Warfare, but in recent years the mega publisher has struggled to put together a game that can shift units in numbers even approaching what Activision's series has. In DICE, the Swedish studio behind the Battlefield series, EA has a development team more than up to the job, and its latest effort, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, is without a doubt the best modern combat FPS the publisher has ever produced. If you've been wondering what game could possibly take players away from online MW2, look no further.

2008's Bad Company did a lot right. It featured some great open environments, impressive production values and a tight, if somewhat limited multiplayer mode. It didn't quite feel like the complete package, though, with the campaign at times feeling like an afterthought and the multiplayer severely lacking game modes. This sequel, which once again follows the four-man Bad Company unit, builds on its predecessor all across the board, delivering an excellent single-player campaign, incredible audio and visual work, and a multiplayer component that is top of its class.

Bad Company 2 casts you as soldier Preston Marlowe, and you're joined by the other three members of Bad Company that fought alongside you in the first game. The story, which follows you as you try to recover a deadly WMD before the Russians get their hands on it, takes you from tropical jungles and baking hot deserts, to frozen villages and wide open countryside. The guys in the team are likable enough, and there's an attempt to build up some kind of camaraderie, but it's hard to see them as real people. The frequent one-liners are occasionally amusing, but often jar against the non-stop violence.

So what's changed here to make the campaign a more essential experience than that in the original game? Levels remain largely quite open, but there's definitely been some attention paid to tunnelling you through to make sure you don't wander about aimlessly. Gone is the re-spawn and health pack system of the first game (which made the campaign feel too similar to a multiplayer match), replaced with more standard checkpoints and recharging health. In comes mid-mission weapons load-out changing (via supply crates), less twitchy aiming (which made targeting enemies quite awkward in the original game) and an onslaught of memorable battles.

While the original game featured plenty of action, it didn't come close to the frequent chaos that this sequel bombards you with. Time and time again you'll be facing off against enemy troops, heavily outnumbered, with buildings blowing up all around you, attack gunships in the air and RPGs narrowly missing your face. In terms of set pieces, Bad Company 2 doesn't reach Modern Warfare levels, but it feels less scripted as a result - not that there aren't some stunning moments scattered throughout the campaign.

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Highwayman

One of a small list of console ports that were done properly for the PC Dx11 generation, without a doubt one of the best FPS on the PC, COD Black Ops pales in comparison and that's a whole year newer!
Posted 17:57 on 28 November 2010
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Techdex

Overall i'd say that this puts MW2 into second place. The single player campaign is more enjoyable mainly due to the storyline and interesting characters. The multiplayer has a definite emphasis on strategy allowing snipers to actually snipe from distance due to the large size of the maps. It's also a bonus not having the killstreak rewards that are in MW2 which can be a real pain. BC2 is king of the FPS for now.
Posted 19:31 on 19 April 2010
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scaz2244

still sceptical is the single player that bad coz im sold about multiplayer but iwant a gd single player aswell
Posted 01:27 on 30 March 2010
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clangod

I may have been a little hasty with my earlier comment. I have just noticed that the balance has been processed on my credit report. It should be shipped today. Now just waiting on the confirmation email. Game on come Thursday yay.
Posted 02:06 on 09 March 2010
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El-Dev@ Bloodstorm

It's nothing that bad, it was something about sending some special forces guy with a heartbeat sensor on his gun instead of a real soldier or something along those lines. Pretty obvious what they meant though.
Posted 23:28 on 08 March 2010
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clangod

This is meant to be released for PS3 here in Australia on March 11. It's bad enough that it was delayed but I am still yet to recieve an email confirming shipment from EB. Including today, that's only 3 days away and it would take that long to get here. Chances are I'm going to have to wait even longer. What a load of bollocks!!!

Excuse me but I've been really looking forward to BC2.
Posted 23:23 on 08 March 2010
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Bloodstorm@ El-Dev

Oh? What was said?
Posted 15:23 on 08 March 2010
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xboxlive@ dazzadavie

i put the code in the day i had the game,now for some reson i aint a VIP no more! and it looks like EA aint looking in to any of it,as i have sent them 2emails,been sending them loads of tiwtters,and started up a topic on the bfbc2 fourms,and i have had no replys etc etc.
Posted 15:06 on 08 March 2010
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El-Dev

I've noticed a couple of digs at MW2, the jibe about heartbeat sensors on the guns made me chuckle.
Posted 10:40 on 08 March 2010
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dazzadavie@ xboxlive

they've taken it away?
Posted 10:08 on 08 March 2010
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xboxlive

I Aint started the SP yet i have been so hocked on the MP :) but i wish that EA would gave me back my VIP.
Posted 09:09 on 08 March 2010
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guyderman@ y2rich

Agree with y2rich - very short campaign - but it is a riot start to finish. The scripting made me laugh with the 'snowmobiles are for sissies' comment.

I played it straight through on Hard as I had heard it was a short campaign and even that only took about 6 hours to complete.
Posted 08:17 on 08 March 2010
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GeNeCyDe1993

How did i miss this review? Nice one Tom :) will consider this!
Posted 11:00 on 07 March 2010
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El-Dev@ dazzadavie

Yes.
Posted 10:54 on 07 March 2010
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dazzadavie@ El-Dev

Any chance of a link El-Dev to that article?
Posted 09:11 on 07 March 2010

Game Stats

Battlefield: Bad Company 2
9
Out of 10
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Multiplayer is brilliant
  • Genre leading production values
  • Thrilling campaign
  • Campaign could be longer
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Release Date: 05/03/2010
Platforms: PS3 , Xbox 360 , PC
Developer: D.I.C.E
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: First Person Shooter
No. Players: 1-24
Rating: PEGI 16+
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