Review: Battlefield Bad Company 2

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LimaBravo:

Arkhangelsk:
I played the PC beta, and it seemed pretty flawed. The graphics were muddy even on high, and there was so much lag that I couldn't even make a kill. I'm yet to play on the 360 which I bought it for, as my Xbox Live is down.

Buy a new PC, & possibly look at a new ISP.

I recently upgraded my computer, so it's not that.

I did really enjoy the demo for the game, but it seemed like no was wanted to work as a team. I think I played like 8-10 hours of the demo and I only found ONE person who actually used their mic. In a game that seems to emphasize team/squad tactics, this is a huge flaw. It would have been helpful if there was a fuction that lets switch between team speak and squad speak.

Irridium:
I love this game. I just wish they stuck with the humor more...

And where the hell is my smiley face grenade pin?!

That's something that really hurt the game. The tone shift in this game was a bit ridiculous, and Haggard was a total dick.
If they would have kept a light hearted tone I'd like the game more.

Jaredin:

Irridium:
I love this game. I just wish they stuck with the humor more...

And where the hell is my smiley face grenade pin?!

I was wondering that too, missing that pin! lol

Although, I think they stuck with the humour quite nicely. It wasnt much like the other one in that respect, I will give that. But, they still had it in there, even if it was just subtle at moments

No they have the face grenade pin. At least it looked like it. The single player does have the humor. It just just doesn't have the absurd crazy situations like driving a tank on a gold course, flying a gold plated helicopter with a country's dictator who is voiced by the same guy who did the voice for Roman in GTA IV inside, stealing gold from mercenaries, driving golf carts etc.

The story isn't bad or a deal breaker I just kind of thought they were going to go the whole abssurd situation route. Like I don't know, having to fight off a Khasikstani invasion of Rhode Island or something. Also it would have been nice to know what happened in between Bad Company 1 and 2. Because at the end of BC 1 it implies that the Bad Company made off with some of the Gold. Also it looks like there was some serious charecter development between games.

It's truly a Bad World.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gk_3NuiX2M

""Attack" on the greatest game of all time?" I didn't read the review but I'm pretty sure it can't even be called that.

You've completely skipped over ANY mention of Squad Deathmatch. 4v4v4v4. I think thats a pretty huge addition to online multiplayer and clan wars.

Arkhangelsk:

LimaBravo:

Arkhangelsk:
I played the PC beta, and it seemed pretty flawed. The graphics were muddy even on high, and there was so much lag that I couldn't even make a kill. I'm yet to play on the 360 which I bought it for, as my Xbox Live is down.

Buy a new PC, & possibly look at a new ISP.

I recently upgraded my computer, so it's not that.

Hate to tell you this even the beta ran smoothly on my 400 rig with a 4 year old 250 gb SATA HDD as primary. Sure there was netcode based lag but graphically its great.

Baron Khaine:

No HUD, even in the tanks, which I found a tad strange, all weapons do increased damage and all health is halved, and I think the respawn timer goes up as well. Pretty much makes any weapon a one shot one kill, even the pistols, which, if you want super duper realism, especially with the destructible buildings and such, this is the game mode for you.

Thatnks for that. Think I'llbe giving it a go then. Unfortunately the only people on my friends list who play it are American, all my UK friends are CoD through and through. The Americans are great guys buy it doesn't make for good ping.

Mad Stalin:
everyone is playing the recon class like theyre lone wolfs and m60 medics other than these points its a brilliant game

I kind of have to agree with this,I saw that roughly 33% of the players who went on battlefield.com and voted on their favorite class picked recon.
It translate very well in game when you're having an epic showdown trying to take a flag and some supah-1337 sniper calls in a mortar strike on you.
Then procedes to camp behind a tree trunk where he can't be hit without the use of explosives,using a sniper rifle,x12 scope and perk to have basically instakill ammo.

I do love sending a grenade to where they are and either watching them run away,to be used by my team as moving target practice,or simply not seeing the grenade and getting blown to smithereens.

I've been hesitant on buying or trying it out, though I loved previous Battlefield games. I'm mostly playing offline multiplayer anymore. What kind of splitscreen/LAN action does it have?

Kross:

GRoXERs:
[quote="sramota" post="6.180198.5280658"]However, I do wonder - when did the Escapist start giving starred reviews? I thought official Escapist policy was more along the lines of buy, rent, or avoid it.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/editorials/7148-Why-Were-Using-Review-Scores

Ah. I guess this is just the first review I've read on here since February...

sramota:
So... Was it good? Great? And how was it if you stopped comparing it to that *other* game?
Stable? Buggy? How was the sound? What was some of Your greatest moments?

Heck I could've done a better review and I don't even get paid to open my mouth to begin with.

Did you actually read the review?

So far, I'm torn on BF:BC2.

I loved BF1942, BF2, and even BF2142 (despite many people not liking the sci-fi theme). I thought MW was okay and found MW2 better, except for all the hacks and the PC matchmaking.

There are a few things I look for in an FPS:
- Guns that shoot where I'm pointing them
- Bullets that hurt what they hit
- A decent assortment of weapons, terrain, and scenarios to keep things interesting
- Anything that encourages teamwork
- Nothing that is inherently better than anything else (e.g. weapon X always kills more than weapon Y)

I thought the Battlefield series was great for all of these things and I generally found Modern Warfare was similar. The major difference was that Modern Warfare was more about "I" than "team" and it was more fast-paced run-and-shoot with guns blazing, rather than Battlefield's sneak up and make a coordinated attack. Both could be a lot of fun.

Compared to the previous Battlefield games, Bad Company 2 is a lot prettier. The textures are high-resolution, there's beautiful smoke, plenty of foliage, and everything else that makes modern games nice to look at. Unfortunately, I thought it went too far. It uses bloom like there's no tomorrow, making every level feel like purgatory and making it difficult to see anything. The colors are very much black and white or brown and tan, making it difficult to pick out the enemy. And with all the fog and smoke, it is difficult to follow the action because it's usually hidden behind a cloud of smoke. Overall, I found the looks are generally pleasing, but sometimes get in the way of the game.

The unlock system once again disadvantages the new guy. Just as in previous games, when you first start out, you are at an additional disadvantage because you don't have the better guns. Heck, you don't even get your classes characteristic gadget until you level up. It's bad enough that you are a noob and get killed by all the (already) experts, but now you have an additional disadvantage. For being an experienced FPS player, I spend a lot of time dead because I don't yet have all the unlocks.

The guns also feel much sloppier than in previous games. I think it's a combination between the bullet drop (new in BF:BC2) and the spread/hipfire/recoil/damage rolloff factors. Add these all together and you're left with a lot of ways to screw up a shot. For example, you can be standing toe-to-toe with an enemy as a medic with the first light machine gun. If you shoot from the hip and hold the trigger, you'll be lucky to hit the enemy more than once or twice. This feels very unrealistic: I don't care how big the gun is or how inaccurate the firing is, if an enemy is up in your grill, it would be difficult not to hit them. Despite this, it's still possible to pick off enemies from extremely long range using a spray-and-pray-style sub-machine gun once you get the hang of it (assuming you've unlocked the worthwhile guns), which also seems completely unreasonable. I can't hit the broad side of a barn from 20 paces if I hold down the autofire, yet single shots give me head-sized precision at a quarter mile?

All that said, they've also improved a lot. The knife is much better, with a reasonable distance to attack (not like BF2, where you could only hit around 10-15 feet away) and with a comfortably predictable lag to the attack (it takes a moment to swing, but you can see it happen). I instantly fell in love with the knife. No more dancing around waiting for a lucky strike or being knifed by somebody who was too far away for you to shoot properly. I have yet to experience somebody knifing me while running into my stream of bullets, which is much better than in BF2.

The destructable buildings are also quite an improvement, though they are somewhat of a mixed blessing. You can blow up just about anything, which is especially satisfying when you are driving a tank. It used to be quite aggravating for a tank to be stopped by foot-high cement wall, but now even full-size buildings can be quickly demolished and driven over. On the one hand, this is fun and visceral and helps flush out the snipers and other campers who hide in buildings. On the other hand, it makes "cover" a much less useful option. Years of FPS games have ingrained in me the practice of running behind a wall to reload and pausing a few seconds in case the enemy follows me. Now, running for cover is a death sentence. Just as quickly as I get behind my chest-high wall, the enemy launches a grenade at it, sending both the wall and me flying in small chunks. I find it has a tendency to make stealthy, calculated game play less useful and encourages going for the quickest kill possible. Without cover, whoever shoots first, wins.

I am infinitely grateful that DICE chose to stick with the server browser. It works almost exactly like the one from BF2, for better or for worse. Unfortunately, it's fraught with bugs. Loading the list of servers can easily take over a minute, which is significantly longer than BF2 took. Connecting to servers is hit and miss: often, after spinning for a few seconds, it will stop trying to connect without a single word as to why; it's as if you never pressed the button. Do this a few times and the game will crash. EA has also had a lot of trouble keeping the master servers up, which is nearly as debilitating as Ubisoft's authentication servers going down. They even added the ability to filter by the name of the server, but this appears to be completely nonfunctional. There are enough obvious bugs that I wonder if it was ever tested before it was released. For being the major bragging point against MW2, they could have spent some more time on it. Still, it lets you sort by ping, filter on various options, and save favorites, so it accomplishes everything us PC gamers have come to rely on.

There are a few things that I have been entirely happy with. First, the loading times are much better than previous games and put most modern games to shame. There is a short intro logo video, but it's entirely skippable. The title screen is basically used as a loading screen and it only takes about 10 seconds, even on my E6300 (not the world's fastest computer). When joining a server, the delay can be closer to 20-30 seconds, but even this isn't painful. I remember loading times of several minutes in both BF2 and BF2142.

Second, the new stat displays are beautiful. At the end of the round, you are greeted by a simple, yet insightful display of your current progress, your closest unlocks, a breakdown of how you scored points, and the accomplishments you earned that round. It's wonderful and a significant improvement on the similar thing in MW2. Unlike the one in BF2, the updates are instantaneous, rather than taking several minutes to propagate to the server. And you don't have to finish the round for those points to count. Also, when you earn a new unlock or rank, it is proudly displayed for you while you are playing (at the top of the screen, where it is visible but not obtrusive), and takes effect the next time you respawn. Both of these things, though minor in the general scheme of things, really make you smile when you notice them. It's clear that they were trying hard to improve.

The new Rush mode is also cool. I avoided at first, because a game based around "rushing" (in the Zerg sense) doesn't appeal to me, but that's not what Rush is. Instead, think of it as a bomb defusal map in CounterStrike or the attack/defend mode of Team Fortress 2. One side is trying to defend two points from being attacked by the other side. When those two points are lost, the map extends and exposes two more points, and this happens for 3 or 4 sets of points. The defenders, who are expected to die a lot, have unlimited tickets, but the attackers only have so many. It becomes a race to destroy all of the points before running out of tickets. It is great fun from both sides and results in a fast paced, run-and-shoot style more like MW2 than the usual Battlefield Conquest maps. Both have their place, which is why it's great to see them both implemented in the same game.

All in all, it certainly isn't a bad game. It's a lot like its predecessors and competitors, but it is also quite unique. It's rough around the edges in some places, and not all of the changes are for the better, but it's still a great game that you can play for hours on end.

A word of warning to those who have yet to purchase it: it has some steep requirements. It isn't quite Crysis, but don't expect to get by with an old, cheap video card. The minimum requirement is equivalent to a GeForce 7800GTX or Radeon X1900, but they recommend a modern, mid-range card like the GTX 260 or Radeon 4870. I first played it using an 8800GT (similar to the 7800GTX) and it was playable, but choppy, and it actually overheated the video card! Turning the detail down to low helps the framerate, but the difference in quality is night and day. I since bought an HD 5770 and it works wonderfully even at high quality. And that really is the way it should be played. You may want to disable bloom (if only to prevent headaches), but it looks so much better on high quality that you'll be disappointed if you have to settle for low quality. It also needs a decent CPU. My E6300 overclocked to 4GHz works fine, but many people are recommending a quad core processor (which the game will actually take advantage of).

Would I recommend buying Bad Company 2? Not just yet. If a friend has a copy, try it out and see if you like it. Fans of BF2 and MW2 will both find things that they love and hate. Also, it has had a rough launch, with bugs and server downtime, so the early adopters aren't having a lot of fun. Wait for the dust to settle before you make your decision if you are at all worried about investing $50.

One major problem I did have with it that nobody mentioned is the VIP thing.

First, take a step back and look at the DRM. Yes, it has SecuROM, but unlike some other famous companies, this DRM is quite reasonable. Either it connects to the internet to check your key OR you have to have the CD. Yes, there are 10 installs, but you can deauthorize an install too, so it's basically 10 mistakes/unexpected reinstalls, which is a lot. As far as DRM goes, it's unlikely you'll run into troubles with this.

But, while loosening the DRM, they have also tightened their grip on used games. Included with the game is a one-time use "VIP" code which gives you additional weapons, armor, and maps. They pass it off as a free bonus, but it's actually a disincentive to buy used. To purchase a code separately is $15, which is not a small chunk of change for what amounts to very little, but what's left out will put you at a distinct disadvantage. It all becomes a very underhanded way of crippling used games, which itself is deplorable. The law recognizes a doctrine of first sale, which says that, once you've purchased something, you are free to resell it, lend it, give it away, or otherwise do with it as you please. Though this isn't an explicit right in any country that I'm aware of, several countries (including the US and Canada) have consumer protections based on this idea. It's often applied to books, which are commonly traded, lent, and resold, much to the dismay of publishers. For whatever reason, video game publishers don't think they should have to play by the same rules.

Yes, companies don't make a dime off of used games, and they would likely make more if people could only purchase new, but that doesn't mean they should have a way to ensure this. The arguments for the doctrine of first sale are various and sundry, but they amount to a protection of the consumer. If you buy a game and don't enjoy it, you should be able to sell it to somebody else, rather than be stuck with a useless, expensive product. This is different from a warranty, which is protection against the product being faulty (which you also don't get with your video game). If you grow tired of it, feel free to pass it on. Imagine if you couldn't resell your car or your house when you wanted a different one. Games may not be quite that expensive, but they are still a considerable investment, and one that continues to have value even after you have grown tired of it. You have every right to sell it to somebody else, but publishers are going out of their way to deny you of that right.

Unfortunately, just like DRM, us consumers have little choice in the matter. We could just refuse to buy any game that pulls these tricks, but we'd quickly find ourselves with no games at all. Still, it's deplorable, and I hope more people realize what these companies are trying to do.

Sounds good. I'll (probably) be getting this game tomorrow.

I love how he censors himself from saying MW2.

Susan Arendt:

Did you actually read the review?

Thanks to your ever so graceful face outwards - ZP, I, just like most others, rely on the video supplement and won't bother reading when there's listening.

Like it or not - That's how it works and that's what I comment on.

sramota:
Thanks to your ever so graceful face outwards - ZP, I, just like most others, rely on the video supplement and won't bother reading when there's listening.

Like it or not - That's how it works and that's what I comment on.

That's quite literally not how it works, unless the definition of the word "supplement" has somehow changed since Yahtzee arrived.

There's no problem with just admitting that you're too lazy to read, however. Well, I guess the staff members who write the articles might have a problem with it, but it makes for a decently funny and ironic spin if you do it right. But blaming that on someone else, that's just plain silly.

Slycne:

Eerors:
I liked Battlefield 2 alot. It held my attention for a good long time before I got bored of it. I mostly used to play as a medic and ran around after battle reviving people which never got old. I didn't see them in the review :( Bad times.

Medics are still around, and it's still loads of fun to shock kill an enemy with your defibrillator.

Do they actually kill? I was running around with them a few days ago trying to kill people with them unsuccessfully. But maybe it's for the better. The defibrillators got a little too ridiculous in Battlefield 2.

Irridium:

Hubilub:

Irridium:
I love this game. I just wish they stuck with the humor more...

And where the hell is my smiley face grenade pin?!

Where the hell is my Kelly's Heroes story line!?

I mean, I know they did it in the first game, but they could have done it in the sequel too!

They could have included Clint Eastwood for example.

I know!

Also, I wanted to hear more debate on the finer points of doughnuts.

dammit, thats hilarious, I wish bc2 went the really funny route that the first one did, its got some good lines but nothing as good as that

YuheJi:

Slycne:

Eerors:
I liked Battlefield 2 alot. It held my attention for a good long time before I got bored of it. I mostly used to play as a medic and ran around after battle reviving people which never got old. I didn't see them in the review :( Bad times.

Medics are still around, and it's still loads of fun to shock kill an enemy with your defibrillator.

Do they actually kill? I was running around with them a few days ago trying to kill people with them unsuccessfully. But maybe it's for the better. The defibrillators got a little too ridiculous in Battlefield 2.

Yeah they kill. I got zapped not maybe 10 minutes ago when I snuck around behind a base and was using one of their mounted MGs to mow down as many people as a I could.

Slycne:

YuheJi:

Slycne:

Eerors:
I liked Battlefield 2 alot. It held my attention for a good long time before I got bored of it. I mostly used to play as a medic and ran around after battle reviving people which never got old. I didn't see them in the review :( Bad times.

Medics are still around, and it's still loads of fun to shock kill an enemy with your defibrillator.

Do they actually kill? I was running around with them a few days ago trying to kill people with them unsuccessfully. But maybe it's for the better. The defibrillators got a little too ridiculous in Battlefield 2.

Yeah they kill. I got zapped not maybe 10 minutes ago when I snuck around behind a base and was using one of their mounted MGs to mow down as many people as a I could.

Ah... After scouring YouTube, it seems that they do kill, but they don't seem to kill consistently. In one video, it takes six tries for the guy to kill one rather unsuspecting patient.

BC2 Multiplayer is just epic, playing on my own is great fun anyway. But it moves to another level with other people in a squad. 4 people squads is amazing with good communication and tactics. Provides amazing fun for hours on end.

Best FPS out at the moment by a mile.

Fucking hate Vista -,-.... I crash after each round. Started happening this morning. no fucking idea what it can be (to pc DUH)

Did anyone pick up on what seemed a dig at the "other" shooter, about the "pussy special forces" with Heartbeat sensors?

Or was that just me?

Mad Stalin:

NLS:
Is this a worthy successor of BF2?
Looking into playing some BF again, but not sure if this is like the old games.
Anyone know how well it plays against for instance BF2?

its not a successor for BF2. its more arcady than the epic 64 player servers with teamplay. theres no real leadership roles and all the COD kids are playing BC2 at the moment it seems as everyone is playing the recon class like theyre lone wolfs and m60 medics other than these points its a brilliant game

im a COD player and think this game kills COD... i prefer to use the M8 with nub-tub and blow the FUCK out of every piece of destroyable cover i see :D im phsycotic like that

The only problem I have so far with the building destruction is one that is probably ridiculously hard to code for. And that is if you are in the building and it starts to come down you instantly die. I was in a building and heard it creaking and moaning telling me it was about to come down. I started sprinting towards a section of the house that was missing the entire corner to jump out. I was literally 3 feet from the edge when the house officially started to collapse. Technically, where I was at that point, I was in no real danger and should have been able to easily hop out and continue on my merry way. However, the game registered me as being inside the confines of the house and thus dead.

I understand its probably fucking impossible to code that for this game but in future releases, the added realism of being able to get out of the collapsing house would be nice.

I've always been a fan of their use of level design.

the game has one major problem. prick server admins. once, i was playing a server and shot the admin in the face to protect a freind of mine. i had 1072 points(in the match) and was just 50 points away form ranking up then BOOM i got kicked. it said:

you have been kicked by the admin. reason:

see? luckily the points carreid over and i ranked up on a better server. but, it could be worse!

b.f.f.a.t.a

battlfeild fans against twa* admins

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