Battlefield: Bad Company 2 – hands-on

If you’re reading this, then you’ve managed to find a spare few minutes to drag yourself away from Modern Warfare 2. Yes, we know, it’s difficult – you’ve just got the Ninja perk and launched your first Tactical Nuke. But you also have the intelligence to appreciate that Modern Warfare 2 isn’t the absolute and final word in war-based online multiplayer.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 was always likely to be dogged with comparisons to Call of Duty. But the simple fact is that the Battlefield series has always presented multiplayer on a much grander scale, and for a longer period of time.

The dusty, bleached-looking level we sampled, set on America’s Pacific coast, has typical Battlefield magnitude. An evolution of the original Bad Company’s ‘Gold Rush’ mode (now just called ‘Rush’), your mission to defend or destroy two important locations will, as always, rely as much on transport as on-foot soldiers.

Gordon Van Dyke, producer of numerous Battlefield titles, admits to us that vehicles have felt a little fragile in past games. Not so here – tanks feel thunderous and weighty (not to mention devastating), while armored trucks and quad bikes are rapid but not quite so unstable. Of course, the finely honed ‘paper, scissors, stone’ nature of Battlefield games (Bad Company 2 being “the best tuned Battlefield to date”, according to Van Dyke) means these vehicles aren’t invincible.

Each of the four classes (Medic, Assault, Recon and Engineer) has explosive methods to dispatch armor. Plus, tactically maneuvering the fight from open, treacherous land to intense street combat is a specialty that DICE have been perfecting nicely since Battlefield 2 back in 2005…

In our hands-on we got a chance to play in two teams of five (rather than the full 24 players), so the colossal maps did feel a bit empty. Respawning back in base could mean a huge trek to get back into the action if you’re an invading force. This did, however, give us the opportunity to try different approaches of attack; storming in with a tank, sneaking round the flank on an ATV or advancing quietly up through cover on foot, for example.

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  • drako691 - February 9, 2010 12:07 p.m.

    i got the demo of this game on the 360 and i almost cant put it down. although it is really easy to die when you first play but after a while you get used to playing and you should be a lot better...unless you just plain suck
  • Dalibor - January 21, 2010 10:33 a.m.

    I say bring it on. MW2 definitely needs to get some things patched up. BBC2 is going to be an awesome game, the beta will help make sure there are not as many problems when it does release.
  • british1983 - December 31, 2009 6:06 a.m.

    mw2 SUCKS battlefield bad company is way better in mw2 every one is just trying to get points for them self bfbc2 is really a team working game. AND THEY SWARE DROP THAT M......THER F.......UCKER. the beta is over cant wait on the demo
  • Namis23 - December 20, 2009 12:28 p.m.

    i love all the BF games so i guess im going to buy this one ps MW2 ending sucks
  • legory - December 20, 2009 2:44 a.m.

    Can the bad boys get out of Modern Warfare 2's shadow? The answer is no. I have the Beta for the PS3 and to be honest, it just feels kind of empty. I played it a bit and just put it down and went back to Call of Duty. Just not as fun, the graphics were not as good and just tried to hard and put less out.
  • SeppliTheCornDog - December 18, 2009 6:30 p.m.

    Played the PS3 Beta for a 160h already. Loving the game so much. Going to play more right now! Best online multiplayer experience ever! So much fun. Endless fun to be precise.
  • iCoLLatEraLL - December 18, 2009 5:17 p.m.

    ive got the betta, played it 4 2mins then went bak 2 mw2. bc is shite
  • TheWebSwinger - December 18, 2009 3:21 a.m.

    Shmeh. I sorta got burned by buying Battlefield 1943, I'm not really looking to jump back into that saddle just yet. Plus...MW2 is too damn good.
  • ATLAS - December 17, 2009 5:27 p.m.

    Looks like this game might be getting an M rating. I hope it doesn't. I've always loved how DICE can make a good FPS without making it super bloody.
  • onewingedantista - December 17, 2009 1:50 p.m.

    Loved the first one, although I liked the non-serious tone of the first one. Too many war games take themselves WAAAY too seriously.
  • Jbo87 - December 17, 2009 12:54 p.m.

    Really jealous of the PS3 owners who got their hands on the beta for this game. Seriously looking foreward to this having been playing the first to death recently.
  • spideralex90 - December 17, 2009 6:20 a.m.

    @Dexus: Early March. This game looks so good! MW2 will be collecting dust in march. The UAV thing is sweet too, and the menus for this game are so slick.
  • Wubbles - December 17, 2009 4:39 a.m.

    I wonder how they will attempt to have a serious story with the original characters remaining. That should be interesting.
  • CreeplyTuna - December 17, 2009 2:23 a.m.

    im really psyched for this game now that cod is full of people in 3rd prestige with no life killing me while im still watching the killcam(exaggeration). since im like level 46 or something and dont play all day long its real boring for me and not to mention frustrating. cant wait to play something new!
  • Dexsus - December 17, 2009 2:22 a.m.

    Sweet. Estimated/confirmed release date?
  • mikeandike76 - December 16, 2009 11:48 p.m.

    lol i mean 1942
  • mikeandike76 - December 16, 2009 11:47 p.m.

    ive been playing the battlefield series since 1945 and theyve been consistantly fun and have tried new ideas like wwii, vietnam, modern, and future. but bfbc2 looks awsome, hopefully they will have fixed some of the gameplay like player damage(an m95 shot should be a oneshot kill.
  • clintond123 - December 16, 2009 11:26 p.m.

    Ive got the Beta of this on the ps3 and i cannot put it down. Uncharted 2 has been put on hold! Its so addictive and satisfying to play!! Cant wait for this one!
  • Sebastian16 - December 16, 2009 11:14 p.m.

    Yes, yes, yesssss.
  • Shagnasty - December 16, 2009 10:42 p.m.

    Hell yes. MW2 just seems like a twitchy, hyper, ADD-addled game, where Bad Company, though not without a couple small annoyances, seemed much more intriguing and grander. It constantly felt like an intense war movie, with the players making their own script.

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