I pre-ordered and received the gold edition of Bad Company back in July and am still happily playing over two months later.
The single player game is “so-so” as far as shooters go, as the review below points out, but where this game REALLY shines is in multiplayer. If anyone ever needed a reason to fork out for broadband and an Xbox Live Gold membership, then this is definately it!
There are 8 MP maps, at varying sizes and two gameplay modes (the second – Conquest, is available as an update from Xbox Live). Some of the larger maps offer a multitude of approaches, as well as a vast array of vehicles from your modest, but quick military jeep, to your hulking armor plated M1 Abrams tank.
Multiplayer offers 5 diffferent soldier classes, each with up to 5 selectable weapons and a special “gadget” to use on the battlefield. The addition of destructable environments (buildings, houses and walls can be blown apart to reveal hiding enemies, or be used to create your own vantage points), sets a benchmark for all future shooters to follow.
This game is a MUST HAVE for anyone that has a Live subscription, but probably wouldn't be a deal-breaker on the single player campaign alone.