Excerpt: Saving Private Ryan was easily one of the best war films ever. Spielberg and Hank’s realistic depiction of the Normandy campaign was shocking and moving at the same time. Never before had anyone recreated such an accurate portrayal of what war is really like. Predictably, the game industry latched onto this new approach to combat.
Excerpt: Battlefield 1942 is a game unlike any other World War II action game that has come before it. It recreates some of the action from the major battles of the war, on the Pacific, North African, Western, and Eastern Fronts. As a soldier in these battles you can drive a Jeep, man a tank, fly a plane, or fire the big guns of a battleship. You have an unprecedented amount of freedom to fight the battles on the land, sea, and air.
Excerpt: After months of incessantly playing Medal of Honor, it seemed like nothing would break the spell that game had over the local LAN. With interest in World War II at a recent high with the release of Band of Brothers on DVD, it seemed that anything that would topple MoH would have to be WWII themed. When Battlefield 1942 arrived, the battle was pretty much over. Battlefield 1942 is at its heart a multiplayer game.
Excerpt: For the last couple of months, thousands of players have been going at the multiplayer demo for Battlefield 1942. This is another of those games that had little hype and managed to gain its popularity solely based on sheer fun; the initial demo release had some pretty major bugs, but people played the hell out of it anyway. Now that the full game is out, everyone is wondering if the full game is as fun as the demo was. Is it worth the $50?
Excerpt: Battlefield 1942 isn't so much about 1942 as it is about the major battles of WWII in and around those years. The defense of Berlin, for example, is clearly a 1945 battle but that attitude represents Digital Illusion's approach to its WWII material. It pillages and plunders through the history books for what works and throws out what's inconvenient. German and Japanese forces are pitched against American, Russian and British ones in theaters across the world.