Battlefield: Bad Company Review
- Posted June 28th, 2008 at 21:05 EDT by
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If you’re looking for a semi-realistic FPS that offers superb online play and a light-hearted single-player experience, Battlefield: Bad Company should be your #1 choice.
- Destructibility is great
- Seamless online integration
- Entertaining dialog
- Not enough online game modes
- Slight visual tearing
- No offline co-op
Welcome to the 222nd Army battalion, otherwise known as B-Company. This “elite” group of America’s finest is what other soldiers like to call Bad Company. It’s a G.I. task force that is compiled of misfit soldiers and rebels that the government is basically just sending out to die. This units is considered cannon-fodder and will be the frontline, the backline, and target practice for any and all enemy troops. Unfortunately for you, this is also who you’re stationed with.
In Battlefield: Bad Company you’ll be taking charge of Preston Marlowe, the latest Army recruit in a long line of generational soldiers. Due to some mishaps in Europe involving a helicopter and a landing zone, you’ve landed yourself stationed alongside three of the worst possible comrades you could hope for. During your primary mission you’ll be keeping tabs on your Sarge, who volunteered for this company of misfits in order to get out of the army; Private Sweetwater, who talks a lot and isn’t fit to be on the frontline, and Haggard, your stereotypical American who just likes to blow $#%@ up.
DICE starts off the title with a brief scene that basically welcomes you to the 222nd battalion. It's from here you’re going to get some hands-on training in order to prepare for what’s to come. As the first mission progresses, you’ll eventually come across a dead mercenary that just so happens to be carrying a gold bar with him. Like any band of brothers, you'll be faced with a decision of morality and ethics on what your company should do with your newly found wealth. While Sarge insists it belongs to Uncle Sam, the tide slowly begins to turn towards self-gain and the American dream. This band of misfits, cast aside by America as nothing more than expendable soldiers, will have to make the ultimate decision of going for the Gold or showing a little something to Uncle Sam and the boys back home.
One of the best things about the Battlefield series that DICE has released is how addictive and encompassing the gameplay experience can be. Battlefield: Bad Company does not disappoint in this regard at all, as right from the start you’ll get to blow a hole into the side of a building and make a few gasoline barrels explode. It is from this exact point that I was already hooked into the game.
While blowing buildings up and all is great fun, it wouldn't be possible without the Frostbite Engine. This recently designed engine allows for almost complete destructibility, changing the aspect of war-torn, first-person shooters forever. This will affect us gamers because usually one of our primary instincts while playing is always to find cover when hurt. Bad Company takes this precious commodity and turns it against you no matter where you try and hide. It is only a matter of time before you’re sitting pretty behind a wall, trying to regroup, and a tank blows a new door into the side of the building and you’re being filled with lead. This may lead some to think that dying may be a tad too common but that is hardly the case at all as DICE has implemented a neat little item to correct that potential problem.
To counteract the potential massive death counter, you’ll be shown directly out of the gate how to become an effective health junkie. In Bad Company, your trust sidekick will be no other than a syringe filled with the rich goodness of life. In order to restore yourself to a perfect 100 whenever it is convenient to you, simply inject yourself at will; of course each dose needs about two to three seconds in order to replenish. Some will find this to be a positive or a negative aspect, but it’ll ultimately come down to personal preference. This one addition seems to create something great for both newbie gamers and above and that’s a pick up and play atmosphere.
Bad Company provides a truly pick up and play title for newcomers and veterans alike which is something that will appeal to a lot of gamers regardless of if you’re a fan of the series or not. The action is very intense, yet your team will keep things light-hearted as they crack on eachother ... (continued on next page)
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- 4:06pm EDT - July 4th, 2008
I brought this game the day it came out[pre-ordered of course]and I love it! If Killzone II beats this and Call Of Duty 4, oh god...
- 4:26pm EDT - July 4th, 2008
no online co-op is my only complaint but, even that is no major problem to be fair.
- 4:28pm EDT - July 4th, 2008
Games a little short and the ending is bad. But its a fun game.
- 4:51pm EDT - July 4th, 2008
NO SOUTHPAW!?!?!?!? This game became trash to me the minute I realized I could not customize the controller settings. what a waste
- 4:54pm EDT - July 4th, 2008
i love this game
- 5:26pm EDT - July 4th, 2008
This game is great. I pre-ordered it and got the first day and haven't popped in COD4 since I got it. Course then again, COD4 has pissed me off many times for a while now..
- 5:55pm EDT - July 4th, 2008
The multi-player is great! The single player sucks!
- 5:59pm EDT - July 4th, 2008
This game sucks!!!!!! bad graphics no blood gore team mates act like idiots online all you can do is destroy gold creats and who the heck wants to be russian??
- 6:01pm EDT - July 4th, 2008
I have to agree this game is awesome and the online mode runs very similar if not better then the xbox 360 version.
- 6:05pm EDT - July 4th, 2008
yeah i love this game...the online is addicting but sometimes it seems like i'm the only one actually try to plant charges/ destroy the gold crates. can't wait for the new online mode to come out
- 6:23pm EDT - July 4th, 2008
short game and bad ending
- 8:08pm EDT - July 4th, 2008
The online is so addicting. I swear.
- 8:19pm EDT - July 4th, 2008
I really enjoyed the demo until I played it a few times then like all the other battlefield games, you get the spawn campers that just park tanks at your base killing you before you can even move. I can't believe this is a problem after so many years. I didn't want to, but I'm gonna pass on this one.
- 10:24pm EDT - July 4th, 2008
incredibly overhyped. there i nothing at all that makes this game a top FPS. just another basic FPS with its own little flavor
- 10:39pm EDT - July 4th, 2008
Didnt enjoying the game at all.
- 12:08am EDT - July 5th, 2008
Well this might be a good choice, because COD4 is pissing me off big time... their servers just plain out SUCKKKKK.
- 2:10am EDT - July 5th, 2008
im enjoying this game, the destruction is great and the onlines brilliant, its not as good as cod4 though
- 2:23am EDT - July 5th, 2008
i bought this game the day it came out cuz it had me at the demo. Way way waaaaay less online problems than COD4 if thats what ppl are comparing it to. lost sound once and had like 3 sec delay ONCE but it was the 1st friday night since the game came out so i expected moderate shinanigans. im only on the second lvl of single player but who cares about it when the multi is so ******* addictive !! I love when some sniper that thinks thier so sneaky until i have a tank or chopper then walls and sandbags turn into paper and thier wishin they didn't take pot shots. The number one reason I like this game would have to be the huge maps and it allows you to think "outside" the box. and to all the haters... come and find me if you can. peace.
- 2:36am EDT - July 5th, 2008
Gr8 game, just played online mode and it' among the best shooters on ps3. Nice!!
- 4:00am EDT - July 5th, 2008
BF2:MC on PS2 is a pretty good game. but the trailers of BF:BC have shown me that the franchise has changed, a lot, in a very bad way. humour in a war game is wrong! i will proudly ignore this game and i hope that no developer never tries this again. sure gameplay is important but i could never enjoy a war game that tries to be funny. war games should show the bravery, cruelty and tragedies of real war.