First play: I decided to start with the single player campaign so to be able
to master some of the finer aspects of BFBC2 before going multiplayer. After
playing the game for 5minutes I was a little disappointed. As a Battlefield
2 demo and Crysis player, I was use to being able to go prone and change the
firing mode of my weapons (full/auto, burst and/or semi). The beginning guns
were horribly inaccurate and had a tendency to ‘spam’. I soon realised that
picking up the same assault rifle but with a different scope changed the firing
mode of the gun, minimised the spam effect and decreased the rate of fire.
Coming from Crysis, I was thinking “WTH, this is so unrealistic!” This had
a big effect on my rating towards the game as I tend to try to be a tactical
player and make every bullet count.
Single player: After playing for a hour, I soon got over my ‘first play’
moments. I was greatly impressed by the relatively short loading times, crisp
graphics, immersive audio (this is adds massively to the game play), clean
control system and, of course, the destructible landscape and buildings. The
battles feel what one might imagine them to be like with tracers flying
everywhere, soldiers yelling at each other, bullets falling at correct
trajectories and bits of buildings being torn to shreds in front of your face.
The story line is rather generic of following a squad of men (including you)
around the world on a mission to save the US of A in spite of impossible odds
and having to shoot your way through hundreds of ‘bad guys’. It is a
storyline that never gets too old :D. Your actual squad talks to each other when
your trying to find the M-COM stations (bonus things to blow up on each level)
about allsorts of random things. Single player overall is good but struggles to
come on par with other games its class such as Modern Warfare 2. It feels more
like a tweaked hybrid of Crysis and Battlefield 2 than an original game.
Multiplayer (Internet only): Starting the game with a new character has been
possibly the most frustrating part of the game. The classes all have crap
starting guns, there's no med pack or defribulator for the medic and you are
forced to use recon, engineer or a vehicle to score any kills. I was constantly
mown down when I went into close combat which annoyed me greatly. If you have
enough patience to stick to a class, level up and burn away time to become more
competitive and get the better guns then you will be fine. The game gets much
better once you have levelled up and have a gun that actually does as you want
it to. If you don't have patience, then don't buy BFBC2! The servers are all low
ping and playing NZ players is like playing at a LAN. There is very little lag
(if any). Players of BFBC2 seem to be ok as a community. There are not many
players who I'd kick if was an admin. The greatest problem is unfair teams but
this can't be helped much.
Overall rating: 4/5 stars. Recommend to buy: heck yeah!