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Battlefield: Bad Company 2 – hands-on

The two-man tank combo is as devastating as ever. With one man driving and operating the turret to take down other vehicles, the second man on the machine gun mops up any sneaky beggars trying to place charges on you. Killy goodness. The arcade feel to the driving suits the game just fine, and makes rolling a vehicle fun instead of a pain in the ass.

Like all Battlefield games, there’s a near vertical learning curve. If you’re new to the series, don’t even think about going online without some offline practice first. If not, get used to respawning and super accurate snipers. As you gain ranks, you’ll attain more ways to customize your soldier, including familiar upgrades like more grenades and unlimited sprinting.

Luckily, the early guns are relatively lethal, so a skilled player will still have a shot at beating veterans, although some might opt for support classes before attempting to take on everyone toe-to-toe. Still, when in comparison to MW2, the guns are noticeably less powerful. The survivability of everyone is necessary so that Medics actually have something to do – if everyone died in a couple of shots, you’d never get a chance to heal anyone.

Developers DICE know that Bad Company 2’s long term appeal lies in the multiplayer but are keen to stress that the single-player campaign has also been given more attention than ever. As you’d hope, Sarge, Sweetwater, Haggard and Marlowe of B-Company return but the tone is darker and the attitude more mature – something highlighted by the fact that they’re in conflict with the Russians while simultaneously attempting to neutralize a substantial weapon threat in South America. Certainly more righteous than lining their pockets with gold...

Such a mission will take B-Company across Chile – from the snow-capped mountains of the Andes, to barren desert, to tropical rainstorms in central Chile. DICE want to deliver the feeling of open-world freedom but also put you in controlled, exciting situations and from what we’ve seen so far that’s exactly the case. Bad Company 2 looks like it will be very good company indeed…

Dec 16, 2009

21 comments

  • 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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