What's that? You thought that video games' obsession with historical real-world conflicts died with the over-saturation of the World War II market? Think again. It looks like the Cold War is ripe for plundering over the next few years.
With Call of Duty: Black Ops covering Vietnam (amongst other conflicts) in November, CoD rival Battlefield: Bad Company is right on its six, with the newly trailered BFBC2: Vietnam expansion pack due to hit this Winter. So we're looking at a around month's head start for Activision's game at best. The pack is multiplayer-only (like anything else really matters in Bad Company 2), and we have the pleasingly atmospheric trailer right here.
It certainly ticks all boxes as far as we're concerned (bar the one regarding that little thing called 'gameplay footage'). Media Trope Law #371 dictates that all works relating primarily to Vietnam consist largely of melancholic voice-overs and slow motion footage of brutal and senseless slaying, with a popular song of the era juxtaposed poignantly over the top. BFBC2: V has it nailed with the style, making the particularly tasteful selection of Buffalo Springfield's 1967 hit 'For What It's Worth'. We approve.
But what do you reckon? Is EA playing catch-up to Black Ops with Bad Company's foray into 'Nam? Or has this just fired up this year's Modern Warfare/Battlefield rivalry all over again?
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