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Bad Company 2 DLC is good news for team players and the lazy

FPSes are still struggling to find a midpoint between the total isolation of their campaign modes and the hardcore cluster F of regular multiplayer. Only a few games like MAG make it a point to include training and tutorials for online multiplayer modes, making “Co-op versus the computer” modes like MW2’s Spec Ops and the upcoming BC2 Onslaught DLC welcome additions. Onslaught mode will allow up to four players to get in the mix and run through repurposed maps like Valparaiso, Isla Inocentes, Nelson Bay and more.


Above: The man in the foreground is going to need a bandage

The mode will also feature a lot of vehicle action, giving new players a less hostile environment to figure out how to fly a helicopter or pilot a boat. There are few things as annoying as watching newbies dash to your team’s helicopter and immediately park it into a mountainside. The DLC, due June 23rd, offers 2 new Achievements/Trophies and will set players back 800MS points/$9.99 and is not covered under the game’s VIP program

But that’s not all, in a move sure to ruffle the feathers of anti-DLC types, BC2 will also launch its Kit Shortcuts. These “shortcuts” will cost $6.99 per class and will unlock all of that class’ weapons and gear. Traditionally, you’d have to put time into every one of multiplayer’s classes, gaining individual experience and gradually unlocking the weapons and gear for each class.


Above: The goggles, doing nothing

The Kit Shortcut DLC isn’t the first to give players the option to pay to avoid grinding, the aptly named “Time is Money” Skate 2 DLC has that dubious honor. The difference here is that certain BC2 weapons are undeniably better, or easier to use than others, and new players face a marked disadvantage having to use inferior gear in addition to being new to the game.

While gamers may give EA flack for charging its customers to essentially play the game for them, the ire should probably be saved for the lazy gamers willing to buy it. Even if you do shell out the $19.99 to unlock all of the kits, you’ll be depriving yourself of, you know, the actual experience, ability and knowledge you’d get from earning them.

Jun 10, 2010

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11 comments

  • Gameguy94 - June 10, 2010 9:34 p.m.

    Wow that Kit shortcut thing is STUPID! The Coop DLC looks cool though.
  • Reaverx - June 10, 2010 9:44 p.m.

    Any word on if this is free for the PC like the last DLC?
  • GamesRadarMichaelGrimm - June 10, 2010 9:47 p.m.

    A couple weeks ago DICE said this about Onslaught for PC: "We aren't ruling out Onslaught on PC but at this time we are researching how to bring it to PC without affecting players who don't have Onslaught or their own server to run it on." So as of now it's not even certain the mode will be available on PC.
  • SumthingStupid - June 10, 2010 10:04 p.m.

    it costs money that sucks, i dont play enough to buy, to buy the SPECACT stuff, clothes and a camo gun is pretty retarded too why'd you waste money on it. and the kit shortcut, it is a stupid as the skate stuff, i
  • Spartan523 - June 10, 2010 10:14 p.m.

    its 6.99 for ALL of them, 180 microsoft points for each individually, just random fact checking, but i completely agree, i have everything unlocked, and it was an accomplishment, not the least becuase the snipers a pain in the ass, its demeaning to see this
  • GamesRadarMichaelGrimm - June 10, 2010 10:37 p.m.

    I double checked and the prices I listed are correct. From the BC2 Blog: The Kit Shortcuts will give you the unlocks available for kit each kit while still allowing you to progress through the ranking system as normal and will be available for 560 MS Points/$6.99 individually or if you want the whole bundle of kit shortcuts including the 7 available vehicle unlocks, 1600 MS Points on Xbox Live and $19.99/17.99€.
  • Ninja-KiLLR - June 11, 2010 12:33 a.m.

    u would have to be insane to buy the kit shortcut things or just have alot of money that u dont mind not having
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  • SoutheastSam - June 11, 2010 6:59 p.m.

    So what is covered by the VIP program? ReCAPTCHA: in sony i.e. make it free
  • Revilo27061996 - June 12, 2010 9:19 p.m.

    the specat stuff is only 600ish microsoft points for all the kits and because of the fact that I enjoy cod6 and halo 3 online it was a life saver because i don't have the time to unlock everything, this did help a lot because i didn't have to put up with all the crappy guns at the begining and i had 900 ms points after buyin the stimulus pack sp it was a natural choice for me.

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