Battlefield: Bad Company Review for PS3

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Bad Company offers solid single-player and brilliant multiplayer gaming
Bad Company offers solid single-player and brilliant multiplayer gaming

Bad Company offers solid single-player and brilliant multiplayer gaming

As video games become increasingly more realistic our expectations grow. Take Battlefield Bad Company for example. You can totally destroy the side of a building, yet you can't take the whole building down, and that makes us disappointed. For as technically impressive as Bad Company is, we wanted more. That doesn't stop it from being the first excellent single-player game in the Battlefield series. It's an enjoyable, action packed and explosive campaign, and bolstered by some excellent multiplayer, but how does it stack up to current favourite Call of Duty 4?

Bad Company casts you as the newest member of a four-man squad, expectedly named Bad Company. After a very short journey on the back of a truck all hell breaks loose and you're in the thick of action. Although level based, with the action moving from one location to another via load screens, each level is large and set in a fully explorable mini open world. Objective locations are fixed but how you approach each situation is up to you, allowing you to manoeuvre around the side of a target or take it head on.

Soon enough doing the right thing goes out of the window, with a huge amount of gold being the new reason to keep fighting. The storyline touches on serious issues but for the most part veers towards the comedy side of the fence, with team mates often making jokes and the sense of danger never as strong as you might expect. The action is often pretty intense and death will occur frequently, but at every possible opportunity the tension is lowered by a one liner.

What also helps make Bad Company feel very different to the impending doom of Call of Duty 4 is how death doesn't mean you're thrown back to a checkpoint. If you fail to complete a time sensitive objective then there's no option but to restart, but death at any other time will simply see you re-spawn at the last save point, with the action continuing from where it left off. It's reminiscent of the Vital Chambers in BioShock and, although lessening the difficulty somewhat, makes for a game that never gets bogged down.

Death isn't a problem in Bad Company

Death isn't a problem in Bad Company

Of course, dying is still annoying, especially if you've got a trek to get back in the middle of the action, so it's essential that you stay on top of your health. Throughout the game you have unlimited use of a health pack injector, restoring you to full health anywhere on the battlefield. Its use is restricted somewhat by a recharge time, so it's impossible to rely entirely on it, but before too long you'll have mastered the ability to select it, inject, and then switch back to your main weapon.

Speaking of weapons, Bad Company features quite a few, although you can only carry one primary set and a secondary weapon. Your primary set is often a machine gun that also doubles as grenade launcher (ideal for blowing holes in buildings), but you'll get access to a Sniper rifle and handgun combo, or automatic weapon and grenade combo. Your secondary weapon usually depends on the situation. At times you'll be carrying an RPG or C4 charges, but at other times you can take a more distant approach and mark a target for an air strike. There is certainly no shortage of variety in Bad Company.

Being a Battlefield game vehicles obviously play a big part too, although it's slightly disappointing that for the most part you can't take the gunner position. It's not that the game doesn't allow it (you can easily switch seats) but that your team mates don't take over the driving, making you a sitting duck. One section of the game features a lengthy helicopter section (which thankfully lets you fly and shoot at the same time), but other than that you're mainly restricted to driving, be it a jeep, truck or boat.

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wow zack u realy suck i beat it in 4 hours
you should give it a 10 but you probably suck at it so you rated it badly
Posted 03:19 on 09 December 2008
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best game ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!: )
Posted 03:17 on 09 December 2008
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Wido

Great game, still currently doing the first mission as I'm mostly online. Downloading the demo was a great idea, as when you get to the 4th rank you unlock the Uzi. Which is quite a good offer to get some gamers buy the main game itself.

Zack it doesnt matter about the storyline duration.... This is probably the first FPS game to come out in the recent months that the action is top notch, and everything is destructable. Like another poster said it does have a story and you get to know the characters backgrounds and etc. Which is pretty good as B-Company is full of convicts, so its nice to see on how they got transfered to the Army from actions they did back at home.

Anyone have the link to get the free 5 download-able weapons?
Posted 17:59 on 13 July 2008
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Bad company is the best ps3 game so far the amount of players online is unbelievable if you want to vese me one on one on ps3 bad company online then come we go man cuz i will kill so badly and i will get all the unlocks free hahaha add me (ardianzeka)
Posted 15:58 on 13 July 2008
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i own it, the gameplay isnt bad, but as for the difficulty and longevity of the game it sucks i beat it in about 7or 8 hours of gameplay time, so for the average gamer this would be easy, and its not very long either so on a scal from 1 to 10 id give it an 6.
Posted 03:48 on 11 July 2008
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Pretty much everybody here rant on about quality of guns and vehicles, but miss that this game actually and totally creates a believable, if somewhat outlandish, story. Let me repeat s-t-o-r-y. You actually get to know characters, and you are pulled into the athmosphere. This is more of a movie, than a game - only you direct all the action with great freedom.

The only game in the same league is the Splinter Cell-series, with strong likeable(?) characters.

Enjoy this gem, I recommend with earphones cause of the terrific soundeffects and score.

(Take on the multiplayer later on, it's great - as mutually agreed on by other posters)
Posted 16:04 on 09 July 2008
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great game best yet ps on the last level
Posted 06:08 on 04 July 2008
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bilbo172

this game gives a great look at fps gameing at its finest is it cod4 no but it still powns
Posted 17:57 on 03 July 2008
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bestoliciogame

bfbc is definetly a must have game, if you like exploding things try out this game and mercanaries 2, but thus game is defenatly a top fps, multiplayer good to play with with your mates, single player is sweet and going oline is addactive.
BUY THIS GAME IF YOU LIKE SQAUD BASED TACTICAL FPS.
Posted 01:03 on 01 July 2008
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All of everyones reviews are mixed, you say tht you love the game, but then you comeback with quick "well cod4 is better." Whats the story.? Is this game good to buy? Or a totla waste of money flatout. Please write back.
Posted 18:48 on 30 June 2008
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Battlefield online stinks due to the lag its beyond, im running virgin media 20meg broadband and im gettin terrible lag, on the otherhand if i play the demo i do not get any lag at all:| EA need to address these lag issues also the sound bug asap!

Very dissapointed so far as for single player aint into it I only wanted it for the multiplayer. Every other game i use online runs sweet on the 20meg set up.
Posted 14:24 on 28 June 2008
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Dee

8-10 whatever! with all the detail and polish, awesome vehicles, sound, weapons, unlocks, and more. at least a 9, or even a 10!
very bad scoring review!
Posted 15:11 on 27 June 2008
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I love the multiplayer, but hate the singleplayer. Like anyone will buy this because of the singleplayer game. Multiplayer is cool, because you are with a real big team, and the maps are awesome. Singleplayer sucks, because you are with just three guys and must do some boring things. One of the dumb things in this game in singleplayer is that you can destruct walls with your knive. DUMB!!! Also you don't see blood. With multiplayer that ain't is so annoying, but in singleplayer it does. Online owns, singleplayer sucks. And I don't think you should give a sh*t about that there is no co-op because you don't need it. COD 4 don't has it too. I like this game better than COD 4.
Posted 15:48 on 25 June 2008
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Dirty Harry

I can't understand why some would criticize this game for it's tounge in check humor. I absolutly love it! What a nice change of pace from the overly serious attitude of story telling most shooters employ, especially in the politically charged world we live in today.
Posted 14:04 on 25 June 2008
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I thought the introduction of classes in FPS was originally a Battlefield staple...COD4 is a great single player experience but not as engaging in multiplayer as BF2 or the other battlefield series.
Posted 06:58 on 24 June 2008

Game Stats

8
Out of 10
Battlefield: Bad Company
  • Excellent multiplayer
  • Open world levels are great
  • Superb visuals and audio
  • Twitchy controls
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Release Date: 27/06/2008
Platforms: PS3 , Xbox 360
Developer: D.I.C.E
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: First Person Shooter
Rating: PEGI 16+
Site Rank: 13,654 16
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