Conclusion: Graphics are adequate and the sound design is great (the sound of fighters screaming overhead will make you duck in your living room). This certainly doesn't have all the game play in a full-priced game, but what it does provide is slick and fun.
Excerpt: Previous games in the Battlefield series have proved to be competent sprawling epics, chock full of shooty goodness. However, the one element that has stood out time and time again is the superb multiplayer that developer DICE has refined and improved upon with each instalment. It is perhaps unsurprising then that the first full sequel to the series in almost seven years, if you consider the Bad Company offshoot as standalone, is an entirely online multiplayer game with...
Conclusion: The game is also pushed to extremes by unlimited ammo, though you might have to wait a while for your ammo cache to replenish on its own and for the intervals when you’re reloading your weapon. Again, that can make you a sitting duck for an active adversary seeking out enemy targets. The other potential downside is that three maps and one gameplay mode just don’t offer a ton of variety.
Excerpt: Just what do you expect from a £10 downloadable title on Xbox LIVE or PSN? Games like Geometry Wars 2 might not be bursting at the seams with content, but the pure arcade gameplay and handful of game modes are enough to make it perfect for some binge gaming when there's nothing else to do. But what about a budget-priced Battlefield 1942 follow-up from FPS king DICE?
Downloadable shooter just as violent as its boxed brethren.
Common Sense Media
10 August 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that although this game is an inexpensive download available through Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, it is still a full-fledged first-person shooter set in a realistic 3-D world. Players spend their time attacking one another with a wide variety of weapons and vehicles. There is no blood, but soldiers scream and crumple to the ground when killed.
Summary: If you like FPS games and have 1200 MS points to spare, then Battlefield 1943 is perfect. It has been streamlined, but this was done in such a way that the game moves faster than ever before. It’s exciting, addictive, and a great way to waste an afternoon. But if you are going to spend $20 on a point card to buy this game, you may want to spend that money instead on the more expansive Battlefield: Bad Company if you don’t already own it.
Excerpt: If you’re a fan of the original, Battlefield 1943 is a bit of a regression in terms of playability. You only get four maps: Wake Island, Guadacanal, Iwo Jima and Coral Sea. And from those maps, you get only two sides: America and Japan. Sorry Third Reich, Red Army and British Empire fans, you don’t get a showing in this game. The number of classes has been simplified into four with some roles like the anti-armor specialist being merged together.