Attention solider, itâ€™s time to break radio silence on DICE and EAs impending next instalment of the Battlefield franchise Battlefield Bad Company 2 which is shaping up to ship in early march and is looking to be one of the most anticipated action packed destructible sequels of this year.
so what can you expect from this tour in the B:BC world. Well, to start off the boys of B-company are back in town. Yes Preston,Sarge,Sweetwater and of course everyoneâ€™s favourite shotgun toting, moustache wearing, mad man Haggard are back to stop a substantial weapons threat, while simultaneouslyÂ fighting a conflict with the Russians. All of this action takes place to backdrops in the jungles of South America to the snowy mountain tops of Russian.
DICE have said that they want to deliver the feel of a free open world but at the same time always putting the player in control. This is somewhat of a trademark Battlefield games have, when it comes to the campaign side of the game, is that missions are played out on vast vistas. Other than this DICE havenâ€™t really released any other information about the campaign at the moment.
The other main point of B: BC2 is the Multiplayer which, by all rights, is the biggest selling point of the game. Battlefield games have always been known for the multiplayer from 1942 to 2142, Vietnam and Bad Company and everything in between. This is by far what DICE are best at and B: BC2 is no different as along with the campaign there is a multiplayer.
so what does the multiplayer have, which will drag you away from Call Of Duty MW2. Well, for a start, howâ€™s about 24 player full on, all out war fought over massive maps and featuring over 62 items from guns to RPGS to gadgets that let you get the upper hand on the enemy. On top of that there is an arsenal of firepower in the form of the vehicles ranging from tanks to quad bikes to gun boats and attack helicopters. So all in, thereâ€™s a lot to drag you away.
Multiplayer looks like it will have 5+ modes so far. The modes that have been announced are Rush and Squad Rush which are a new take on B:BCs Gold Rush which sees a team fight to destroy enemy transmitters and as they destroy them the front line of the battle is pushed back deep into the defenders territory. There is also a Squad Death Match mode which is a team deathmatch and of course the staple of all battlefield games Conquest where two teams of 12 fight to get foot holds on a map and win by holding the most points on the map.
These fierce battles will be contended over vast and varied terrains, which are beautifully recreated using the Frost Bite engine, which is DICES secret weapon. It gives Battlefield the edge over MW2 and others because everything is fully destructible from trees, houses and full bases which can be reduced to rubble. Thanks to the Frost Bite engine, no one game of Battlefield is ever the same because the field of play is always evolving.
Before getting into the fight you will have to choose which class you want to be. There are four base classes, which are the assault class, an all round fighter, sniper, silent but deadly, support, aka the Doc and finally the engineer class, which can only be described as KA BOOM. Each class will get to pick three perks such as better body armour or a variety of scopes for their class, which leaves endless possibilities and variants for the player to choose and arguably no two players in the game will be the same.
Though many believe that Battlefield Bad Company 2 is a dry run for another project of a little game you may have heard of, called Medal of Honour, as DICE are in charge of the online section of the game. I believe this would be paying Battlefield a great dishonour and that it deserves to stand on its own merits as one of the most exhilarating and fun online experiences to be found on Xbox Live.
So as you can see, all in all, Bad Company 2 is shaping up to be one of the most explosive sequels out this year and should be a must have for all online gamers and FPS fans. But the question remains, will it attract the masses away from Modern Warfare 2 and will DICE steal Infinity Wards crown as best online FPS developer? Only time will tell.
The only thing that we can be sure of, is that the full and in depth review will be posted as soon as the game is released in early March, so report back for your final debrief then soldier, at ease.
See you in Battlefield