Thank goodness then for the incredible multiplayer mode. In common with the single-player campaign, this isn’t a game in which you can switch off and let your shooting skills mop up. Once again it’s possible to destroy almost anything but you’ll also need to decide which class to use. This decision is likely to be easy enough as it’ll reflect the way you play. But it’ll also influence the dynamics of your team in the squad-based modes which, for our money, are the main draw here.
For instance, lone wolves may choose to play recon and pick off aggressors from a distance. More gung-ho players can play assault and lead the charge, whilst medics and engineers can play an invaluable support role, resurrecting fallen comrades and keeping vehicles in tip top condition as required.
Brilliantly, these abilities can be swapped out on the fly by dispatching a player of a different class. For competent players it’s easy to imagine exploring all four disciplines during a single match.
For example, we started out cowering in windows taking pot shots at passing soldiers. We ended the game buzzing about the environment on a quad bike blowing up enemy tanks with some well-placed C4. From target practice to fully-fledged badass in mere hours? That’s progress.
As the above tale suggests Bad Company 2 is an extremely accessible online experience, too. Even newcomers to the thrills of multiplayer warfare will find their determination quickly rewarded. The presence of better players forces you to constantly rethink your approach, and the ability to blow away cover means that you’re never unfairly at the mercy of a too hot-to-hit sniper.
Furthermore, prolonged play unlocks new weapons, gadgets and abilities - much like Modern Warfare 2’s perks system. This versatility, scope for strategy and sheer accessibility raises Bad Company 2 above most other multiplayer games.
But for any online enthusiasts looking for a more tactically rich and squad-focused 360 shooter than Modern Warfare 2, this really hits the target and you’ll need this in your collection.
March 2, 2010
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