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Battlefield 2: Modern Combat review

EA orders its hit PC shooter series to report for duty on consoles


  • HotSwapping is a great concept
  • Online is surprisingly frenentic
  • Great stat-tracking and reward system


  • Not so great-looking
  • Doesn't live up to the series' pedigree
  • Could really use some polish

Military shooters keep popping up like dandelions. It's sometimes hard to tell them apart. Heck, even their commercials look identical. EA's Battlefield series has always carved its own path, however, with its unique large-scale warfare. But the landscape of consoles is a different battleground altogether, and this series both flourishes and flounders in its new setting.

On consoles, your game needs a single-player campaign mode; there's no getting around it. Instead of slapping a half-assed attempt together, EA and developer DICE chose to innovate. Meet HotSwapping. It allows you to instantly warp to control any visible ally, almost like a ghost would possess a living soul. Take control of the sniper for a hawk's eye view of your prey, or swap into a tank's gunner for heavy artillery. The possibilities are huge, and Modern Combat really utilizes this gameplay twist to its fullest.

More Info

DescriptionUnleash a scathing barrage of metal with over 30 vehicles ... or your own bad soldiering self.
Franchise nameBattlefield
UK franchise nameBattlefield
PlatformXbox 360, Xbox, PS2
US censor ratingTeen
UK censor rating12+
Release date25 October 2005 (US), 18 November 2005 (UK)
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