March 13, 2010
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 PC 5 days in
I have had this game about a week now and I can honestly say this is the most fun I’ve had playing a FPS in a long time. I was fairly hesitant to play this game mainly because of the fact the first one wasn’t that good and I was afraid that the second one was going to be a crappy PC port. I can say that after playing the game for a week all my fears have been put to rest. The game plays very similar to MW2 in the fact that as you progress through the multi-player you slowly level up and as you level up you get more weapons, items, perks and achievements. This is where a lot of the similarities end however. BC2 is purely team based. There is no free for all mode at the moment. There are 4 different types of game modes within the game rush, squad rush, squad death match, conquest. While this may seem quite limited to the 2 dozen “game modes” that mw2 offers you will find you will be getting bored. One of the biggest things that sticks out to me was the size of the maps. Unlike MW2’s “rat race” maps which are fairly small BC2’s maps are huge. I don’t use this term loosly either.
The graphics are top notch, every thing from the tree’s, snow, buildings, vehicles, and infantry look amazing. A large amount of detail has been put into the feel and detail of the game. Tying into the graphics, is the destruction, buildings are completely destructible and collapsible. For example if there are 4 guys in the top of the building gunning your men down as they charge up the stairs… no problem… go outside, load your grenade launcher and shoot the roof and bam there a huge hole in the roof. This particular feature of the game means the map will never look the same twice. All the pristine untouched buildings at the beginning of the map are general heavily damaged or destroyed by the end. This also means that you have to adapt to ever changing battlefield conditions. No longer can you hide in a corner and expect to be safe… someone and easily RPG the side of the building your camping at and blow you sky high along with the wall surrounding it.
The sound within the game is also amazing. If you have a good quality sound system or surround sound setup on your PC you are in for a real treat. The explosions which create a deafening boom within your ears, the clattering of gun fire, sounds of jets flying over, motors, etc. All add to the overall depth of the game. You’ll constantly hear soldiers screaming “watch out we got a fucking sniper up there” or “Christ I’ve been hit I need a medic” which all add to the chaotic feeling of the game. One of my favorite effects is the deafening effect you get when explosions are going off around you. If a frag round goes off next to you and you manage not to die you will be deaf as can be and this makes it hard to tell where gunfire and explosions are coming from.
Vehicles are big standout in this game and it really helps bring it a level above the competition. You can pilot every from tanks, ATVs, helicopters, and boats. All of these vehicles can have multiple people driving them. With the helicopter you can have your pilot and then you have have 2 guys manning the chain guns on either side. This really adds a interesting element to the game because you can no longer come up behind someone driving a vehicle you can easily be spotted by the “passenger” of the vehicle.
The feel of the game is also good. What I mean by this is if you are driving a tank it feels like your driving a tank. The tanks feel solid and heavy not like a bicycle that can turn on a dime. ATV speed along at insane speeds but if you get hit by a RPG or a frag grenade you and the ATV are going to go flying. Teams are separated into squads… squads of 4 guys can work together to achieve objectives, cover each other, etc. This new way of approaching team play really adds a good dynamic to the game. When it comes to competitive gaming I think it would be really interesting to see how the game played out having one person coordinating the efforts of an entire team and then on top of that having specific squads doing specific things could be quite intense. Weapons have realistic accuracy, those of you looking for a run and gun type game are going to be very disappointed. Hip firing will not get you many kills. You have to aim down your sights, find ur target and burst fire. You also have to consider distance in this game. Bullets have travel time, and gravity affects to boot. So if you try sniping someone from across the map and your aiming at their head… by the time that bullet gets there your going to be hitting their foot or the ground in front of them.
Damage models in this game are fucked up. This is something that will most likely be patched in the future so it’s not something that I am worrying about to much but it’s still a major annoyance. There have been many numerous times where i have shot a frag grenade into a wall a quarter inch from someones face and the wall behind them blows up and they walk away with no damage and then walk away and kill me? Last I checked a frag grenade is more then enough to kill a man point blank. I feel MW2 has one up on BC2 in this respect in that most kills only take 2 – 5 shots to kill someone. While this can be the case in BC2 there have been many times when I’ve knifed, then grenaded and then shot someone and then still manged to die? Wtf? Hopefully this issues get patched out in the future.
Friends list definately leaves somthing to be desired. Again this is most likely going to be fixed by future patches its another source of annoyance. Adding friends at the moment has to be done while both players are on the main screen. In all honesty it would be nice to be able to chat with friends from it as well or better yet if you have the steam verision of the game be able to join friends games from the steam menu’s.
Optimatization of this game is another issue. There is no reason this game should require a quad core processor. Even with my AMD 9950, 4gb ddr2 cl3 and radeon 4890 I can still spend up to a minute loading a game. This seems a little long.
Is this game worth the $50 dollar price of admission. I give it a hell yes. It’s been years since I’ve had this much fun with a team shooter. Tell your wives and girlfriends that you are going to be gone for awhile… because you will be. Now many people have asked the age old question which game is better Modern Warfare 2 or Bad Company 2. Well it depends on what you are looking for. The single player game in MW2 is better. While both only rank in at about 6 hours a piece. MW2 has one up on BC2 in this aspect. When it comes to multi player I believe BC2 dominates MW2 quite handily. The maps are larger, team play is far more coordinated, and the destruction 2.0 elements are hard to give up once you’ve had them.