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Battlefield 2142 review

AT A GLANCE
  • Best team game on the PC
  • Titan mode flat out rocks
  • Violent new toys
  • Infantry feels swimtastic
  • No widescreen
  • Absurd respawn times for mechs

But for all the new "unlockable" toys (which come with increased rank), somehow infantry combat has taken a big step backwards in the future of 2142. The feel of being on foot can be best described as "swimmy" - moving around feels thick and unresponsive, and heaven help you if you are on a moving Titan. Worse still, most of the futuristic weapons feel insubstantial, sound like sewing machines and don't often hit what they're aimed at. Yuck.

But the Battlefield franchise has always highlighted vehicle-on-vehicle violence, and obviously, this is still where it shines the brightest. Returning veterans will recognize the breathless hop-scotching between familiar vehicle archetypes: tanks, Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) and small, wildly fast four-wheeled buggies. Jets and helicopters are replaced (and combined, sort of) by vertical takeoff gunships and transports (think Terminator’s Hunter/Killers).



But the most substantial addition is the Battle Walker - a two-man mech that bristles with anti-air and anti-armor rockets, in addition to two sets of heavy machine guns for each crew member. Walkers chew on infantry like a dog on a gravy-covered bone, and there is nothing more fun in 2142 than stomping around in a mech tearing through platoons of ground-pounders. Except, perhaps, starring in your very own version of David and Goliath while sneaking into the Walker's blind spot and taking it down single-handedly with some well-placed detonation charges.

More Info

Release date: Oct 17 2006 - PC (US)
Available Platforms: PC
Genre: Shooter
Published by: EA GAMES
Developed by: Digital Illusions, DICE
Franchise: Battlefield
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Violence

2 comments

  • Cool - March 23, 2009 12:55 p.m.

    This is a really cool game. I have to start playing it again
  • someonetgsn - April 23, 2009 7:54 p.m.

    that all sounds great with an exception to the fact that i cant find a server. =( i guess they will have to get by without the best jet pilot xD

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