Battlefield Bad Company 2

DICE themselves haven’t been shy in putting Battlefield Bad Company 2 up against that monster of a title, Modern Warfare 2. From official statements by PR people to even coding in quips against MW2 in the game it is obvious that they want to be measured against MW2. So I will.

There are two distinct parts to both games, we have the single player and the multiplayer, while the multiplayer is the obvious legs of both titles lets take a look at the single player first.

The game starts off with a flashback to World War II where the Japanese are hard at work developing their ultimate weapon, a scalar weapon.

There are two interesting side notes to this idea, firstly scalar weapons were first envisaged by Nicola Tesla, a Yugoslavian scientist who was possibly one of earth’s greatest visionaries and yet isn’t nearly as well know as Albert Einstein.

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And secondly it is one of the most interesting search terms known to man if you love crackpot conspiracy theories and nut job websites. Apparently scalar weapons are responsible for hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake and I would put money on someone proving it created the Asian Tsunami.

So the story continues that you now need to recover this mythical scalar weapon and return it your American army colleague and of course Bad Company is the squad to do it.

Being Bad Company embodies what the single player is all about, you are part of a four man squad which includes a grumpy sergeant who is about to retire, a near psycho who enjoys blowing things up, a geeky smart ass who can handle a weapon and you. You are pretty much the hired gun who gets sent into all the suicide missions while your team backs you up.

In this way it’s different from Modern Warfare 2 as you stick with the same squad for the entire story which helps breed a sense of belonging and isn’t the least bit confusing, so one point to Battlefield.

The story mode is very similar between the two games where each segment of a stage feels like a mini-game that has been setup for your pleasure. Thinking back I find it hard to differentiate between the two games when thinking about the stages and yet at the same time I feel that the MW2 stages were tighter and more controlled which made them more excitingรขโ‚ฌยฆ so that’s a point back to MW2.

When it comes to twists and turns Modern Warfare 2 had far more and it did them better while Battlefield had more rounded characters who were far more entertaining.

Both stories were short and while entertaining both would struggle to justify being a full priced game.

If you haven’t played either and you don’t do multiplayer then I would recommend MW2’s single player over Battlefield’s, I feel it’s technically superior and easier to enjoy.

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Multiplayer

But we all know the multiplayer is where it’s at so let’s get into that.

Battlefield Bad Company 2 is all about squad play, it’s all about teamwork and being a balanced squad.

You can choose one of 4 different types of soldiers everytime you spawn being either Assault, Engineer, Medic and Recon.

The Classes

The Assault guys are your grunts who come fully laden with assault rifles and grenade launchers. As you rank up you unlock new weapons along with smoke launchers and under barrel shotguns. The smoke grenades are perfect for obscuring the vision of enemy recon soldiers while moving up. You also unlock the ability to re-supply your squad mates with extra ammo which allows your squad to continue a sustained assault on the enemy position.

The Engineers come with less powerful machine guns but to counter this they also have RPG’s to help take down those tanks. As you rank up you unlock new guns, new launchers, anti-tank mines and the all important repair tool. The repair tool is invaluable to ensuring your tanks and helicopters can sway the battle in your favour. A tank without an engineer isn’t going to last long in the heat of battle.

Next up we get the Medic with their light machine guns and once unlocked the health packs and defibrillators. The medic is the easiest class to rank up with as you get points for every person you heal or revive and not to mention that the LMG comes with a whole load of ammo and can be devastating if you know how to handle it.

Last up we get the Recon, which most people just use as a simple sniper but it is so much more. Not only can the recon see further than anyone else (using the scope) which means they can mark enemy soldiers using the back button but they also come armed with C4 for taking down enemy tanks or Rush targets with ease. The most powerful thing a Recon can unlock is a mortar strike which allows them to reign in artillery hell from a distance making them more than just a little annoying.

So how does this compare to MW2? Well in MW2 you can change your weapons and alter your abilities using 3 different perks but in essence you are always the same person and as such I feel Battlefield gets that extra point for being just that little bit more.

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Gameplay

Battlefield Bad Company 2 is all about tactics and war on a large scale. In some maps it can take up to 5 minutes to walk from the spawn point to the current battle along with the ability to spawn on your squad members pretty much eliminates spawn camping all together.

Battlefield is a much slower game and the typical MW2 tactics of run and gun will pretty much always end in disaster for you, you need to work as a team and co-ordinate your attacks or defences to ensure victory.

From a technical standpoint I find that MW2 is better, it’s smoother and has fewer issues with clipping, floating bodies or getting stuck in the environment. In Battlefield I have experienced all the above along with grenades not exploding and guns not reloading. However there are as yet no game ruining glitches that have been exploited and thanks to the speed of play it is still possible to do well even if your connection is not perfect.

So in terms of which is better, it really does depend on what you want. I prefer the pace of Battlefield Bad Company 2 over Modern Warfare 2.

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Look and Feel

Battlefield looks good, it sounds great but it only looks good. The size of the maps is the main reason for it not looking great as the scale of Battle just couldn’t be rendered in Modern Warfare 2 styled graphics on the hardware that we currently have today. So if graphics are your thing then MW2 is the clear winner, while I feel they tie in audio.

However on the audio side a major setback for Battlefield is that the language is absolutely terrible, I pretty much played the entire game with the dialogue turned off just in case my kids wandered past and heard pretty much anything they had to say. It really felt like DICE had shoved in every swear word possible to up it’s cool stakes but forgot that some people don’t appreciate it and never added in the ability to fudge the language.

Conclusion

Both games are absolutely awesome and if you are a fan of FPS titles then you are doing yourself a great disservice by not picking up both. However I believe reviews need scores as the reviewer shouldn’t be allowed to chicken out of giving a final opinion.

Modern Warfare scored an incredible 9.4 but since then it has allowed it’s online play to be plagued by glitches and if you stop playing MW2 for a bit you will quickly fall of the pace which makes getting back into it really difficult, the squad based gameplay of Battlefield Bad Company 2 and slower pace resolve those issues.

If you only have enough money to buy one PFS title right now then I would say go for Battlefield Bad Company 2, it may not be as graphically polished as Modern Warfare 2 but it’s a whole lot of fun and doesn’t suffer from the problems that plague Modern Warfare 2 either.

For Fans Of: Shooters, destruction and team work.

Scoring

Gameplay: 9.0

It’s fun and the amount of vehicles and classes will keep it going strong for months.

Presentation: 8.0

Not the best looking game around but it’s size does make up for it’s graphical inferiority.

Sound: 8.5

Apart from the appalling language the rest of the sound is impressively delivered and perfectly placed.

Value: 9.0

The single player campaign isn’t worth the full retail price of this title, however if you are into online play then this game is going to give you hours of enjoyment.


Overall: 8.7

Battlefield Bad Company 2 is an awesome game that I strongly recommend. If you are a fan of shooters then this is an absolute must have.

[Reviewed on Xbox 360]

Last Updated: March 23, 2010

Battlefield Bad Company 2
8.7

28 Comments

  1. Uncle

    March 23, 2010 at 12:25

    All my mates who got MW2 on PC regret buying it. They all much prefer BF:BC2.

    Any other PC users feel the same?

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  2. Fred

    March 23, 2010 at 12:33

    Finished the SP on the weekend and it was great. Graphics on par with Mw2 and in some places even better I think except for the lower frame rate. Amazing audio. Multiplayer is a beast , never struggle to get into a game quickly and it is a blast. You have more options on the battlefield where MW2 is just run, gun and respawn.
    I’d give it a 9/10 at least.

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  3. darthdad

    March 23, 2010 at 12:52

    “In Battlefield I have experienced all the above along with grenades not exploding and guns not reloading.”
    Yup, sounds like a proper battlefield simulator to me……. :cheerful:

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  4. evilredzombie

    March 23, 2010 at 13:15

    MW2 gets a 9.4 and bad company a 8.7..??? that just doesnt make any sense…because of problems with online you recomend bad company? I had so many problems with bad company online that i sold the game… in all the time i had it i managed about 6 games or so..

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    • Gavin Mannion

      March 23, 2010 at 13:34

      Selling the game in the first week isn’t the smartest move a man can make.

      Also the 9.4 was for the single player campaign of MW2 which is vastly superior (in my opinion) to Battlefields single player.

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    • Nick de Bruyne

      March 23, 2010 at 13:37

      “If you only have enough money to buy one FPS title right now then I would say go for Battlefield Bad Company 2”

      With regards to your online issue, the servers had issues the first couple of days, but since then its all been smooth sailing.

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    • darthdad

      March 23, 2010 at 14:38

      BFBC2 is by far the easiest game I’ve had on the PS3 to find MP games. What line are you using evilred?

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  5. ShoCKeR ZA

    March 23, 2010 at 16:23

    LOL @ the language. Its war for god sakes, you not going to say “oh no” if you get shot in the arm.

    BC2 graphics are way better than MW2. BC2 is just a better game in general, but i suppose everyone to their own. MW2 is for simple(simple minded :shocked: ) fun, run and gun and BC2 for awesome tatical gameplay with awesome gun sounds which are better than MW2.

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    • Nick de Bruyne

      March 23, 2010 at 16:27

      Yeah but I think his point about the language was more to do with the fact that he has young children and there is no option to turn the bad language off.

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      • Uncle

        March 23, 2010 at 16:37

        Should young children be playing a violent war game?

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        • Nick de Bruyne

          March 23, 2010 at 16:55

          LOL. Either that was a joke or you didn’t understand, he plays the game, the children are just around the house while he is playing

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    • Gavin Mannion

      March 23, 2010 at 22:54

      It’s not actually war, it’s a videogame played for entertainment. I can accept the language in the single player campaign (though there should be an option) but the constant swearing in MP is just immature in my opinion.

      and yes I do also have a filthy mouth at times so it’s not like I am pretending to be a saint, I just feel DICE dropped the ball in respect to language and it is a major problem for a lot of gamers with small children.

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  6. parker

    March 23, 2010 at 16:54

    How on earth is Modern Warfare 2 in any way superior? It’s single player campaign was absolute crap, with enough pointless and predictable twists to make M. Night Shayamalan drowsy. It also feels so arcade-like, nowhere near as realistic as other shooters. I admittedly though have not played the multiplayer as I’m not a mp gamer. Besides that, Battlefield is one of the best looking shooters I’ve ever seen, after Crysis and Killzone 2.
    I wish people would stop whoring over anything Infinity Yard makes. The No Russian level was such a massive cry of “We is mature too!” I rate Modern Warfare and World at War much higher than MW2.

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  7. ShoCKeR ZA

    March 23, 2010 at 17:15

    Well there are things called headphones amazing what they can do. What about gta 4, like there wasn’t bad language in the game? Most kids(younger kids) use language that I won’t even use.

    Parker i agree with you 100% big ups ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  8. ShoCKeR ZA

    March 23, 2010 at 17:18

    If there were a option you would basically miss the whole feel of the game not to mention basically the whole dialogue.

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    • Gavin Mannion

      March 23, 2010 at 22:51

      Well no, Brutal Legend had a language filter implemented that was really good and you didn’t lose anything. Resorting to foul language to get your point across is normally a sign that your point is incorrect :whistle:

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  9. Potty391

    March 23, 2010 at 17:18

    What platform did you play this on? On PC, BC2’s graphics on high with DX10/DX11 looks as good as Crysis, and much better than MW2. The sound is superb. I showed this game and MW2 to a friend that never plays games and has never heard of either, he preferred BC2. I agree with you on the single player, MW2 is much more intense. Multiplayer wise, BC2 has a more war like feeling and is much more intense (especially hardcore mode). — Covering my ass : This is my opinion and in no way meant to be offensive ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Gavin Mannion

      March 23, 2010 at 22:52

      We also state the platform under the review score

      [Reviewed on Xbox 360]

      Nick also feels my hang up about the graphics is wrong.

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      • Potty391

        March 24, 2010 at 15:56

        Didn’t notice that ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. ...squirrel

    March 23, 2010 at 17:18

    is this game worth getting after ive just gotten board of MW2??

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    • Potty391

      March 23, 2010 at 17:20

      If you can play multiplayer, yes. If not, then rather go for a more singleplayer oriented game

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      • ...squirrel

        March 24, 2010 at 11:17

        is the pc multiplayer easy enough to gett running (i know sometimes its near impossible, i suppose this will have a good server finding system?)

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        • Uncle

          March 24, 2010 at 11:58

          Very easy. Install, update, search for iGame or SGS and play.

          Only strange thing is that your favorites list can only read 6 servers. Not the end of the world though ๐Ÿ™‚

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          • ...squirrel

            March 24, 2010 at 17:34

            awesome, then im buying it tomorow, see you on the battlefield :pinch:

  11. AENIGMA

    March 24, 2010 at 08:48

    I agree that at least on xbox; MW2 trumps with regards to graphics.

    The language… well; I wouldnt watch a 18 restricted movie with my 3yr old kid still awake walking around the house… same with gaming. I know BF has a lot of swearing; so I put my headphones on… when I start swearing as well; I close the gaming room door…

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  12. b0b

    April 30, 2010 at 00:54

    :face: :face: :getlost: :heart: :heart: :ninja: :pinch: :sick: :sideways: :silly: :sleeping: ๐Ÿ™‚ :wassat: :whistle: :wub: :pirate: :cwy: ๐Ÿ˜Ž :cheerful: :blush: :angry: :angel: :alien: :pouty: ๐Ÿ™ :shocked: :pirate: :devil: :devil: lol

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  13. taylor

    July 19, 2010 at 05:37

    IMO this is ur worst review, sound is easly the best in any shooter ive played. i agree with the single player, and highly disagree with overall score, mw2 is mw wih better graphics and more bugs. bfbc2 was a huge upgrade from bfbc.

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  14. Jack

    September 2, 2010 at 17:18

    You complain about swearing… It’s WAR for fuck’s sake. Soldiers don’t say like “Gosh darn it! I got hit by a frickin’ bullet!” in war now do they? :getlost:

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