Reviews and Problems with Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - Vietnam
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Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam
1 March 2011
Excerpt: was both a commercial and critical success. Thanks to an outstanding and engaging single-player experience, detailed and atmospheric map design, standout audio, destructible terrain, and super-tuned multiplayer modes,
Battlefield Bad Company 2: Vietnam – Console Game Review
16 February 2011
Excerpt: EA and DICE return to the battlefield with an explosive update and unique downloadable content in the closing year’s most anticipated release for the studio. Hanging off the side of the Huey attack helicopter, you gaze down below at the scurrying Vietnamese soldiers who, unable to shoot you down, run in fear. The sounds of The Flight of the Valkyries rings in your ears as you take to the .50 caliber to gun down the enemy.
Pros: An intuitive squad-based shooter. Gorgeous graphics and a sound to match, an instant favourite to challenge the established king of FPS Call of Duty.
Cons: Accessible only to those who wish to work with others – this isnt your average ‘frag-fest’.
Excerpt: The briefing screen to Phu Bai Valley, one of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam's five new maps, informs that the all-important mission objective is for US forces to stop NVA rice shipments. There's even a liberal sprinkling of propaganda, as the American announcer declares that these actions won't damage the food supplies of the civilian population. Ha!
Conclusion: It's only right that the best online first person shooter of 2010 is rewarded with the best DLC package of 2010. DICE has once again unleashed a superbly executed entry in the Battlefield franchise that provides Bad Company 2 with a well deserved new lease of life.
Excerpt: For the last year, Bad Company 2 players have been getting new maps for free; the Vietnam expansion is the first time we’ve been asked to pay for new competitive arenas. For $15, you score five awesome new maps and a slew of new vehicles and weapons, including a giant machine gun for the medic (!), a two-man tank, and a riverboat with mounted guns. Like similarly priced map packs for Call of Duty, Vietnam’s an expensive proposition.
Pros: + Killer map design., + More great gameplay in an engaging new setting.
Cons: - No new game mode; too much Creedence Clearwater Revival., ? Each of Activision’s many Call of Duty map packs costs the same as Vietnam, but none of them add new weapons or perks. WTF?
Conclusion: DICE has once again shown real dedication to delivering an outstanding FPS experience, but that it has done so much with what could have been a simple map pack, shows more than dedication; it shows genuine generosity and innovation.
Conclusion: BC2 Vietnam has suffered from some problems with its stat tracking. Player ranks and statistics haven't always been accurate, though this is a mild annoyance, considering how much less important player progression and unlocks are to the overall experience when compared to the original release.
Pros: Closer combat makes for more thrills, Top-notch maps with plenty of choke points, Awesome atmosphere, Good new weapons and vehicles.
Cons: Some online stat-tracking problems, Less emphasis on player progression.
Excerpt: The original Battlefield: Bad Company was one part an enjoyable campaign and one part an excellent multiplayer game, although it certainly wasn’t perfect. The campaign was blighted by player deaths that were handled as simple respawns, and the multiplayer was initially limited to a single mode. As we have come to expect from sequels, the developers should look at what they did wrong in the previous game/s and then deliver a superior follow up. DICE have done just that.
Conclusion: Seriously, if you like killing people (and these days who doesn’t?) you need to play this. Just don’t think that, if you don’t already own a copy of Bad Company 2, you can easily find a reasonably priced second-hand copy. No, you’ll still have to fork out extra to enable multiplayer (thanks, EA) as well as another 1,200 Microsoft Points for the DLC.