Battlefield: Bad Company 2 goes Vietnam in upcoming DLC. Is the Cold War the new WWII?

With Call of Duty: Black Ops covering Vietnam (amongst other conflicts) in November, CoD rival Battlefield: Bad Companyis 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 havethe 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?

David Houghton
Long-time GR+ writer Dave has been gaming with immense dedication ever since he failed dismally at some '80s arcade racer on a childhood day at the seaside (due to being too small to reach the controls without help). These days he's an enigmatic blend of beard-stroking narrative discussion and hard-hitting Psycho Crushers.