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There's no story whatsoever in this game - neither is there a singleplayer campaign, but the multiplayer is fantastic!

9.0

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent:
40 to 100 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Great multiplayer"

Summary

Battlefield 2 is the second game in the 'Battlefield' series. The first, Battlefield 1942, was set during World War II. However the BF series enters the chapter of modern warfare with this new instalment, as BF2 is set in a future fictional conflict where the US and European Union militaries fight against the M.E.C. (Middle Eastern Coalition) and the People's Liberation Army of China. In my opinion, the game's most noticeable & major flaw is the lack of any story or singleplayer campaign. This means that the player cannot be immersed through a plot that hooks him or her in and keeps them involved with a group of characters and how they progress through the game. There's none of that.

The game does have singleplayer instant battles, but those are basically battles between two teams of bots, with the exception that one team has you on their team (which is usually the winning team, as the game's bots aren't too dumb - they're quite alright actually, they just can't even be compared to the skill of most human players out there). So this game's focus is obviously on online multiplayer. With that said, the multiplayer is fantastic. Each map can support either up to 32 or 64 players at a time… which is massive. Don't expect to survive long against so many other players. The maps are simply huge and they offer plenty of perfect sniper positions, defensive locations and some even very high vantage points.

Gameplay of Battlefield 2 is simply tons of fun! Imagine you can choose from 7 different infantry classes (Assault, Special Forces, Sniper, Engineer, Support, Medic and Anti-Tank). Each of these comes with its own set of weaponry and thrown explosives. Some also get special abilities, for example: the Engineer, who can repair vehicles, or the Medic who can revive fallen allies if they are critically wounded and nearing death. Once you are on the battlefield and kicking, you can either travel on-foot towards the enemy team's respawn points and capture them, or get into one of the 30 available vehicles! These include tanks, jeeps, buggies, jets, choppers, boats, armoured cars and more.

Then imagine that the 63 other players (on the same map) have access to everything you do too, then you can get a good idea of what the gameplay and combat of Battlefield 2 is like; chaotic, action-packed and explosive. You will see people teaming up in squads and travelling together, flanking enemy groups & capturing their bases. Tanks and armoured cars annihilating infantry, as well as choppers picking off lone soldiers using chainguns, or jets carpet bombing enemy capture points. Even though the player cannot immerse himself/herself through a story or a bunch of characters, the atmosphere and adrenaline of a large-scale battle is definitely here. One thing I really have to give merit for is never being able to feel completely safe during combat.

So what makes Battlefield 2 different from all those other, world conflict, first-person shooters that you should buy it? Nothing - really. It isn't original or very unique. The only thing that makes it stand out, at a first glance, is that this is one of the only games that have first-person gunplay, land vehicles and aircraft available for everyone in every multiplayer session. And the maps are of course very well crafted and detailed, some are even beautiful. The visuals show no impressive art style, but on the technical side - for a 2005 game of this scale - they're really good. There is also quite a lot of replay value, as gameplay is highly entertaining and you can unlock new weapons & earn medals the more you play.

Although there's really nothing that unique or original about this game, Battlefield 2 does what so many other games try to do so well that it's enough to make it worthwhile. The sheer amount of fun and hours of entertainment this game offers is enough to consider buying it. Besides, the satisfaction of spawning, jumping into a jeep and running over your favourite teammate simply never gets old. Should you get this game? If you want a deep story… or any story at all, with interesting characters and a strong atmosphere to keep you hooked in - you will be disappointed when you play it. On the other hand, if you're looking for hours of online fun and something to play with a group of friends - then you will receive a fantastic experience that is worth every bit of money you spend on it.

The Good:
+ Gameplay is entertaining, action-packed and explosive
+ So many vehicles to control and weapons to use
+ The atmosphere of a Battlefield is well-crafted
+ Maps are huge and always offer a lot of good sniping positions
+ Multiplayer supports up to 64 online players
+ With so many enemies, every map is always in chaos
+ Controls are basic and easy-to-learn for newcomers
+ Visuals are good on the technical side

The Bad:
- Singleplayer instant battles support only up to 16 players
- No singleplayer campaign, no story, no characters
- Bots in singleplayer aren't very smart or tactical
- Aircraft owns everything and feels very unbalanced
- Rewards offered in multiplayer aren't as satisfying as they could be
- Loading times for servers are surprisingly long
- Hard to find players on huge maps when playing unpopular servers
- The playable armies are annoying stereotypes

Overall, if you're not looking for multiplayer or online fun, then you won't find much else to keep you invested in Battlefield 2. The sense of a real battlefield is recreated in this game beautifully… but it's a real shame that it can only be fully realized in multiplayer.




This set the standard for all other Modern First Person Shooters. Massive maps, lots of vehicles and awesome weaponry.

9.0

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
40 to 100 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Great multiplayer"

Summary

Battlefield 2 was the start of a new type of Battlefield, Battlefield 1942 had vehicles and big maps in it as well, but it was limited by it's poor team communication. Battlefield 2 changes all that by immersing the player in a large variety of environments with an improved communication system. This makes it easier for team work and quick decisions to be made on the fly.
Battlefield 1942 had lots of big maps. Well, Battlefield 2 has less maps (About half the amount of Battlefield 1942). But they aren't big, they're massive. It would take forever to walk from one side of the map to the other, that's why vehicles have been placed in the game. Battlefield 1942 already had vehicles but these vehicles make better sounds and blow up more stuff. There are more vehicles and Fighter Jets have been added to the game and they dominate the sky by keeping ground forces that are capturing outposts from being bombed by other Jets. Tanks own the land and destroy anything or anyone in it's path, LAV's are a quick way of transporting troops under protection from the LAV's armor. Humvee's quickly navigate the roads and my favourite, The Buggy. The Buggy is an off road vehicle that ges extremely fast and can go right by a tank without being shot because it's too fast. It also has .30 cal and .50 cal MG's mounted on it.
The graphics are good even in 2011 they are acceptable because EA DICE has been known for it's outstanding visuals.
The thing that's not very good about Battlefield is the frustration of taking a long time to get somewhere, then getting killed very easily, but it's satisfying killing someone and knowing that you just did the same to him. There is no Single Player Campaign, it has Single Player maps you can play but they are limited to 16 Bots.

Overall Battlefield 2 clocks in as a superb multiplayer game that hundereds to thousands of people still play online. So you still get a good experience from it, download all the patches and unlock more maps and features for you to enjoy. I got this game $20 EA Value Games (New Zealand Dollars | Maybe 10-15 US) and get the whole package. I would recommend this purchase.

9/10 ;)




Teamwork is the name of the game in Battlefield 2, and it definitely benchmarks that term very well here.

9.0

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Very Hard
Time Spent:
100 or More Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Amazing"

Summary

If there is one game where complete co-operation and extensive amounts of practice is required to win a match, DICE's Battlefield series is just that. Starting out with Battlefield 1942, a ton of extra expansion packs, and the relatively short-lived spinoff that was Battlefield Vietnam, these set of games took the FPS genre, gave it one big renovation, and in return, resulted in spectacular games where an itchy trigger finger isn't enough to sweep the day, as for most FPS games. Anyone who has played a bread and butter FPS and then quickly hopped over to the Battlefield games will agree with me.

With the release of Battlefield 2, it's time to dust off that old kit, do a few pushups, and get your butt back in gear. It's war, soldier!

Story:

Erm...there isn't one, really. Aside from the game clearly being a global conflict between the US Marines, China's PLA and the fictional MEC (Middle Eastern Coalition) there isn't a story present to begin with. Because of this drawback, there isn't a single player campaign either, although there never has been except for Battlefield 1942's single player mode. Even then, the CPU were dumb as a sack of nuts in that game. The game falls short of expectations here. If you want an engaging and hyperactive single player mode, there isn't one here. Look elsewhere.

Gameplay:

This is where the game truly shines. There are so many ways to cause destruction that there's one bound method that's sure to make your heart pulse like mad.

You've got 7 kits to choose from before you enter the battlefield. There's the special forces kit, a demolition and stealth-based set made for maximum mayhem if you love to detonate explosions. Following that is the sniper, which is self explanatory. The assault is the basics of battle, with a formidable assault rifle and grenade launcher combo. Then comes the support, and you'll be responsible for laying down heavy fire and resupplying your teammates. Engineer's the third last one, and you'll be laying down tank-killing mines or repairing friendly tanks and assets with your trusty wrench. The medic comes after that, and your job is to revive and heal teammates when they scream for your aid. The last kit, the anti-tank, does just that-breaking down mobile armor of all types.

Aside from this, there's a ton of unlockable weapons. Grab them by advancing through the ranks, and you'll be able to try out such new toys. Not only that, you can unlock even more if you play the Special Forces expansion pack. You'll be able to use them in vanilla BF2 once that's done.

Speaking of unlockables, there are a ton of medals, ribbons and badges to collect. Do this by playing with a specific kit very often, become an ace pilot or a ruthless tank driver, resupply and heal your teammates endlessly, or simply get the highest score in a game. The possibilities are endless.

There are also a ton of vehicles available for you to jump into and man the wheel, although this is only available if you play in a vehicle-enabled server. There are ATVs, Humvees and Vans, APCs, tanks, AA IFVs, fighters, helicopters, and much more. Each has its ups and downs, and no vehicle is impossible to destroy unless it is in the hands of a skilled pilot. Tanks fall prey to mines, air units and AT missiles while air units are easy prey for anti-air defenses and other fighter aircraft. The real frustration comes in when a very experienced player gets a hold of a jet and easily dominates the map. This can lead to unplayable games, especially if teams are unbalanced.

There are no large naval units in this game unlike Battlefield 1942, such as battleships or destroyers. The aircraft carrier is available but it is only a decoration and is undrivable. I personally didn't mind, but some veterans of the previous games may be disappointed here.

The main objective in this game is to hold as many flags as your team can, so you can deny the enemy of spawnpoints which in return often provide valuable vehicles and other assets. In the extremes, you will force the enemy to constantly lose tickets (essentially, lives for your whole team) if you can hold a good number of them. Whenever someone dies and is failed to a revival, a ticket is lost. Win the game by depleting all of your enemy's tickets before they do the same to you.

Above all else, the possibilities in this game are just endless. With so many roles available, there's one you'll find and love, provided you can get the hang of it.

Graphics:

For a game that's 6 years old, it's quite stunning. Playing on the highest detail yields some spectacular environments that'll leave your eyes dazzled. The vehicles, character models and terrain are all so realistic that you'll feel like you're really in the heat of a warzone, but from the comfort of your own computer. However, make sure your computer is top notch in order to do this. Otherwise you'll get laggy and unplayable games that'll leave you completely infuriated as your kill counter stays at 0 while your deaths go up by the dozens.

Music:

The game, once again, falls short here. Aside from a couple of loading screen tunes with different cultural motifs and a dull, rather unimpressive soundtrack at the menu, there's really nothing. At least in Battlefield Vietnam there were plenty of 60s and 70s era style music available if you leapt into a vehicle. Unfortunately, there's nothing here. But then, you'll probably be so immersed in combat and droned out by the roaring sounds of a machine gun firing nearby that this won't matter at all.

Controls:

The controls are rather complicated and frustrating to get used to, unless you plan to stick on staying as a foot soldier. You can run, go prone or jump while you're an infantry, but vehicles and other rides are a completely different story. They all have their own styles of driving and flying and each have their own assigned keys. Before heading out to battle, it's a good idea to rebind them to a style of your liking, otherwise you won't really get anywhere. I personally prefer a joystick when it comes to flying aircraft and helicopters, but that's just my opinion.

Difficulty:

This game is definitely not for the faint of heart who expect to win fights going in guns blazing, because you'll be eating up your team's tickets if you do so. Practicing is the only way to do well in this game, and it pays off. Sure, you'll get quite a few deaths, but with time, you'll be an experienced player with a nice K/D ratio and plenty of shiny awards to show off to your friends.

There are at least a dozen maps at your disposal, including the ones from the Armored Fury and Euro Force expansion packs. The recent 1.5 patch includes the latter two, meaning they're free of charge now and are available to you once you install the patch.

Teamwork is a must. A small skilled team of cooperative players will definitely blow the living daylights out of a team of equally skilled but yet reckless and rambo-style players. Without an effective and coordinated team that keeps each other in touch via good communication and close support, you can kiss your chances of winning a game goodbye. A good example of this is the kits. Each kit has its own purposes, but just one won't get you anywhere. Without a medic, your team will die off due to lack of health. Without a support, your group will run dry of ammo soon. And without an anti-tank member, you're smoked if you come across armored opposition. There are no health and ammunition cabinets in this game unlike the previous Battlefield games, which is a relief for some players since this disallows cheap tactics like grenade spamming from an ammo spawn.

In conclusion:

Battlefield 2 is a definite improvement over 1942 and Vietnam as the game saves all your stats while keeping track of all your victories, losses, awards, kills, deaths, and so much more. Whether you're a saucy FPS veteran or a casual gamer looking for an action-packed warfare game with endless replayability, Battlefield 2 is something that will satisfy your tastebuds for years to come.




A classic in PC gaming

9.5

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Amazing"

Summary

Battlefield 2, is an awesome thrill ride shooter. Made by DICE software, its gameplay is unique and uses tactics, vehicles and fun gameplay to give the player something to do more. Unlike other shooters, Battlefield 2 has a wide spread range of vehicles including the APC, Different varieties of tanks, helicopters, Jets and boats plus light transport vehicles as well. Battlefield 2 also features the most classes in any other battlefield game, from assault to medic, from engineer to special ops its all in here this wonderful game. There are also some awesome and dynamic maps including, Karkand, omen and other vehicle and unit maps. There are lots of modes too, including conquest modes, death-match modes and others as well. Like other PC games like half life 2, it also supports mods on PC's but beware some of the mods are illegal. Besides that though this is a unique and fun shooter.




Same Formula

7.0

Great
Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent:
40 to 100 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Been there, done that"

Summary

Honestly, how does gamespot give this game a 9.3 for using the same formula and a 7.5 for zelda using the same formula. People are so bought by EA games, it isn't even funny. Battlefield is a great game, but apart from a few changes, new maps, and slightly better graphics, NOTHING changes. It is like the Sim expansion packs, and what a joke those are too. Pay 30 buck for 4 extra couches, a pet, and some new store.... what a joke. I think graphics have reached an all-time peak now, which is great. I love graphics, such as Bethesda's new Skyrim. It is incredible what they can do now, but how can you keep falling for re-packaged games made by EA. I mean look at how much money they make from need for speed, sports games, battlefield, and the sims, for updating very little at all. In the end, formula change, and brave new ventures into human creativity is what makes games so much fun. Just look at the recently high-reviewed 2D games that have come out in the past 4 years. It does not take an expensive setup to make an engaging game. I fail to see the difference between this game and bad company 2.
9.3

Editors' Choice
9.1
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