Thursday, July 31, 2008

Game Review : Battlefield Bad Company

I got this game 2 weeks ago and it is all I have been playing since. I even have yet to try my new warhawk update that had new game play features in it. So what is it about battlefield bad company that has me so hooked on it.

Aside from being the 1st time that the franchise has launched the game for console only, it even boast a true single player story. The single player story is about this new guy that has just been sent to 'B' company, aka Bad company. He joins a squad consisting of what the army deem undesirables and expendable.

The mission then takes a turn somewhere after the 1st mission and it becomes a personal quest of the squad for some gold bulliums. This leads the team to go AWOL and tresspasses deep into enemy territory. Of course throughout the game your squad mates will say something silly or idiotic that detracts the seriousness of enemy fire and artillery going of around you.

Almost everything in game is destructable, from buildings to bridges to walls. Aside from a few wooden boxes that will not go no matter what you do to them, almost everything is destructable, heck even the roads and ground deform to explosives and arty shells. Gone are the days that hiding behind a wall of a building will save you from a grenade attack.

The gem in the game is not the single player experience but the multiplayer one like all other battlefield games. My 1st foray into this franchise is battlefield 2142 but I gave up halfway as the specs of my pc was not very good and the achievements in that game were hard to get and promotion was slow.

They seem to fix that problem in BC, as you can get promoted a lot faster and that means you earn unlocks faster too. Some of these unlocks are essential for each class like the respective gadgets that each class can unlock. Be it the artillery laser for the support class, or the C4 for the specialist, these unlocks are invaluble and you will need them almost immediately.

Then there are the weapons that you can unlock with your unlock points. Most of the weapons are good enuff execpt for those inteh sniper class, which you will definitely need to unlock its silenced automatic rifle. Though the zoom for this rifle is not as far as most rifles. the automatic feature is a blessing.

There are also 5 other weapons that you either get when you hit rank 25 or if you bought teh gold edition of the game and there are 5 more weapons that can be unlock for free through various methods stated on their offical webpage. The only 2 bonus weapons I did not get was the one for the specialist and sniper, as one requires you to play the demo version of the multiplayer game and the other requires you to pre order the game to get the unlock code.

Like all other games of the franchise you play against other players through teh internet. BC supports 24 players at anyone time. A lot less than the 64 I was used to in 2142. Still the action is intense and the game play is very fun or frustating depending on your skill level. There is Squad chat whereby you can tok to your own squad members. Though a team chat is welcomed.

The current game type for mutiplayer is called gold rush as sides take turn to play attacker or defender to stashes of gold. Each side has to attack or defend gold boxes from the other side to win. A vareity of vehicles and stationary weapons platform will aid in your battles. Most of these vehicles you will regconize when you see them. There is even a gunboat for you to do a coastal approach.

Overall the game is not as fantasic has MGS4 or as gritty and long lasting as GTA4, but the mutiplayer of this game is absolutely fantastic. You get to pit your self against real players cooperating or not, depending on how you like to play, collecting trophies and achievements along the way and ranking up when you get sufficient points. The best part is, that its not as tedious to get most of the trophies and badges ingame.

I rate this game 4 consoles out of 5