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      07.05.2012 19:29
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      Overall a good game

      Battlefield 2 is an online war simulation game, based on modern combat. It is actually a pretty old game, but that doesn't stop it being good. Here is the review.

      Battlefield 2 is more of a family of games, as there are about 4 "expansion packs" (special ops, euro fighters... i forget the rest, the only one worth having is special ops, the rest, I literally have not played once as there are never any servers up).

      This game is an online game, with no real 1p mode (except playing against bots, but that becomes quickly boring. The real meat in this game is the number of vehicles you can drive (each side has tanks, helicopters, jet fighters, bomber etc, but there are problems with this, see later).

      Ok, first off:
      The graphics are ok, nothing that is going to blow you away, but good enough (i am comparing them to todays standard of graphics). The game runs smoothly (once you have a good PC), and you do really get absorbed into the game. There are checkpoints you have got to capture, and you win by killing everyone, capturing all the points, or a variety of the two.

      With the expansion packs, you can get more levels, and more maps, and more weapons. But honestly, as said previously, special ops is the only one worth getting. All the others have "dead servers", i never once got to use any of the new "cool" aircraft, simply because everyone plays either the base game of ops version. I will not review the ops version here, as I plan to write a separate review on that.

      BF2 advantages are the fact the sheer number of vehicles, weapons, classes and map size is pretty awesome. I havben't play a game like this, or since with this number (except maybe BF2142, but that's essentially the same game but set in the future). Also the map sizes are very nice and big.

      However, this game has a few problems. Firstly, because of the number of vehicles on some maps, it becomes more like some tank battle. and it can get frustrating to play when everyone is just in a tank. Sometimes it feels like there are just too many vehicles...

      Which brings to problem 2. There are often "queues" of people waiting for the vehicles to spawn. So often when you need some back up, at least 4-5 people on your team will just be waiting to take the vehicles. This is annoying 2 fold, because not only are you suddenly without 5 people, but you often do not get the chance to drive some vehicles unless you either a, wait for it, or b, join a game with just a ridiculous amount of vehicles. Its just a little thing that got on my nerves. personally I would love it if they somehow made it so the vehicles were computer controlled or something. That way people wouldn't just take them and camp in spots to get high k/d ratios... but thats one of the problems with online play I am afraid.


      Thirdly is due to ammo. The support class (other classes are assualt, anti tank, engineer, medic, sniper, spec. ops) can resupply people with ammo kits. So in tight corners of maps, you end up with just grenades being thrown over walls constantly. It just makes the guns in the game feel pointless. Especially with Spec. op class, as his weapons are more close combat style weapons. In this game, there seems to be a bit of an unfair bias towards long range weapons due to map size, and building density, as well as the fact that any tight spots just get naded.

      Overall, its a very good game, and I give it 4 minus stars (its better than 3 stars, but out of ten, i would give is 6.5). I haven't played the newer incarnations of this game, and I would really be interested to see if they rectified the problems with this game. However, overall, this is a very good game for the money (I got mine, and all expansions for around 8 pounds).

      Thanks for reading

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      08.12.2009 17:19
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      A masterpiece.

      Battlefield 2 is an online FPS (first person shooter) developed by Digital Illusions. You can play as either the MEC forces (Middle Eastern Coalltion) China and america.

      The game is ostensibly a multiplayer online experience although bots (computer controlled players) are available to play with.

      The idea is to capture flags dotted around the maps and hold them until your enemies counter reaches zero, the more points held the faster this will happen. Also held flags allow your team to spawn there eliminating needless wandering around and delivering you to the heart of the action.

      There are a huge number of vehicles to comandeer (around 30) including planes, one type of boat, tanks, helicopters and nippy transport buggies. This adds a fantastic element to the experience.

      The various maps are incredibly well designed and some are especially suited for certain forms of attack. Closed in arab cities provide concentrated and intense hand to hand combat while high rise buildings provide a great experience as an attack helicopter pilot, scouring the various floors for hidden snipers, then annihilating them. Upto 64 players can battle at once (depending on the map size) providing huge scale battles.

      To play on each map you must first select a class to play as...

      Assault: Your general all round grunt.

      Support: Can throw out ammunition to fellow players in need.

      Anti Tank: Equipped with a portable RPG launcher, not so effective
      against infantry.

      Spec Ops: Equipped with powerful C-4 charges.

      Sniper: Well camouflaged.

      Engineer: Can repair vehicles and place mines.

      Medic: Throws out first aid packs.

      As you achieve certain accolades (such as killing a certain amount of people) you are awarded medals and ribbons, and can also unlock alternate weaponary, the sniper has an especially powerful rifle that can bring down his quarry with one shot.

      I love BF2 it's astonishingly adrenaline filled, it's in various little instances that your breath will be taken away, pieces that just wouldn't work in a non multiplayer experience.

      For example, ejecting from your harrier being shot at by a small squad of grunts, deploying your parachute at the last minute to only just land safely, instantly hearing a rumble you turn around to see a tank tipping over a nearby hill just feet away, you sprint for cover just as an attack chopper swoops in 6 feet over your head and slams a couple of missiles into the side of the enemy tank. It's hard to describe the experience, it's simply an all out action packed extravaganza.

      I can't reccomend BF2 strongly enough, it's gripping, fast paced and utterly addictive.

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      04.09.2009 15:44
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      Astoundingly good

      Battlefield 2 is the sequel to the hugely successful Battlefield 1942, a brilliant war-based FPS that allowed you to play through numerous WW2 campaigns, in what is essentially a war of attrition. The highlight of the game was the online offering, and thankfully, with this amazing sequel, EA have struck gold once again, with a more up-to-date offering that's even more overblown and just as, if not more fun!

      Much like the previous game, there's not much at all to the Single Player mode - you can play as the United States Marine Corps, the People's Liberation Army, or the "Middle Eastern Coalition" (the latter being a fictional construct for the game), and you essentially battle through a number of different levels with the goal being that you deplete all of the enemy's "tickets", which are essentially soldiers. You generally start off with several hundred each, and from here, your goal is to secure as many "control points" on the map as possible. Whoever has the most has the advantage over their enemy, and will ensure that the team with the least control points sees a steady decrease in their tickets.

      What the game really gets right is a balance between the FPS-style combat and the strategic element - the menu makes it very easy to switch between choosing where to spawn (and thus aiding your squad in holding the fort), and actually fighting yourself. The superbly designed map also lets you know where all of your major vehicles - i.e. planes and trucks - are at all times, so you can hop over, get in a plane and bomb the Holy Bejesus out of the enemy.

      The online is really where the game shines, though - it has a revolutionary feature that splits the various members of the team into squads, and if you have a headset, you can speak to the other team members and shout commands at them, making the game a real testament to teamwork. However, most people either don't have headsets, or tend to just scream incomprehensibly down them.

      This is a gaming landmark that hasn't really been improved upon since - its notions of tactical gameplay and teamwork are superb ideas that the other Battlefield games never really expanded upon efficiently, but there's the hope that one day a future title might do so. If not, we've always got this superb title, which stands on its own merits as a fantastic, visually stunning, and action-packed game.

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      29.07.2009 22:25
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      A great game today as it ever was from when EA were good

      This is quite an old game, but seeing as I've only just discovered it I'll review it.

      This game is very old in computer gaming terms especially when it has been out beaten by every other new game around from COD4 and now ARMA 2 but it is still a very good game from when EA were good.
      Battlefield 2 came out around the same time EA had just taken over the people behind Red Alert (I think, don't quote me on that) and it was at a time when EA were a very good studio. In my opinion now EA have gone downhill in terms of game play, sure the graphics are good; the games though are just not that enjoyable.
      From what I can gather from BF2 you are fighting for the Americans who have invaded a Middle Eastern country for some reason and are also fighting the Chinese. Actually you don't know much about the story line; you're shoved into a fake multiplayer map and have to fight the enemy using multiplayer style point systems etc... You can play as either the enemy or the Americans but apart from that I'm not entirely sure the purpose of the single player games.

      Now thinking about it I don't really know why BF2 was such fun but I loved it so can't say much fairer than that I suppose. I haven't had chance to test out the multiplayer because my internet has been playing up but I assume that must be good, although now I don't reckon there are many players online anymore.

      Overall though I would still recommend this game, especially if you have a low spec machine but it wouldn't run on my laptop so not that low spec (this could be down to Vista).

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      12.06.2009 18:53

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      bloody great

      battlefield 2 is set in modern era in countries in the middle east and asia. there are 3 teams, 2 of which feature on each map. US armed forces being the main force that is on all maps, and the opposing force being either mec or china depending on the map. bf2 is mainly a online multiplayer war simulator with most aspects of modern combat being featured. the player can spawn as one of 6 classes, each of which are armed differently and have different purposes on the battlefield. once players reach a certain number of global points they rank up gaining a new military rank and also gaining weapon unlocks every few levels. there are 2 unlocks available for each class and these weapons are normally more powerful or accurate than the standard or stock weapons that the classes begin with. along side the different classes there are a wide range of vehicles that the player may enter and use for his personal use, they range from jeeps to apc's to tanks, helicopters and also fighter and bomber planes and finally boats. each one of these may be employed in combat against the enemy. the point of the game to attack and defend flags that are placed around the battlefield and once you have more flags than the enemy their tickets start to drop. also killing enemy players drops there tickets also. when tickets reach zero that team looses. this game is very time consuming and also addictive so once you play you may become hooked. good graphics and gameplay help make the experiance seem that little bit more real

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      12.11.2008 16:48
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      In summary, this is really great shooting game!

      Battlefield 2 is a great first-person shooter game by Electronic Arts.

      This game is playable in singleplayer and also online.

      There are three map sizes, in the smallest map size, you can play with infantry only, medium map size, there are also tanks, APCs and transport helicopters. In the biggest map size, there are also battle helicopters and very powerful airplanes.

      Singleplayer is pretty boring in mythought, enem'y aren't very good, It's very easy to kill them, but also you can change their strength levels between three levels.

      Online is really great and very interesting, there are only one game mode, Conquest mode, you have to capture flags and then enemy's points are going lower and lower.

      You get rank ups online and also awards, like medals and riboons, what helps you get rank-ups much faster.

      Graphics are awesome, water, sky and soldier faces looks amazingly realistic, also grenade and shooting effects are amazingly good.

      My Opinion

      In summary, this is really great game for everyone, especially for shooting game fans.
      Recommended to everyone!

      Total Rating of this game is 9 out of 10

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        23.10.2008 08:31
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        A great game, but not for those without internet.

        Battlefield 2, a great multiplayer experience, although playing with bots is nowhere near as fun as it should be.
        The gameplay online however, is classic. Team mates can communicate over text, built in voice commands, or voice chat, and with voice chat it really makes you feel that your in a war.
        co-ordination and tactics WORK. Unlikes many other shooters, co-ordination with your teammates, and planning out tactics works, and works well.The graphics are good, realistic texture, and the weapons look nice, and shoot well. Special effects are good, with vehicles exploding, and plumes of dust where the bullets of weaponry hits.
        The sound is good, and deep too. Shooting has nice, realistic gunshot sounds, vehicles have engine roar, and aircrafts screech overhead, all adding to the feeling you are inside this game, really playing for your life.
        The point that brings it down a notch is the Bot play, which for me, wasn't that great. You can have the bots on easy, standard, and hard. I found that standard was too easy, and hard was too hard, the bots having insane reaction time.
        All in all, a great multiplayer game, but if you don't have an internet connection, don't bother.

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          22.10.2008 21:13

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          Battlefield 2 is one of the best online games i have ever played! it has been on the market for some time now, but it is still one of my all time favorites, 2 teams of up to 32 players each side, fight for supremacy over huge well laid out maps, there are 3 teams to choose from, USA, China and Middle East Coalition, you have over 100 weapons and vehicles to aid you in your quest for total domination, if you see a vehicle of any description, you can literally jump right in to it whether it be a Jeep, Tank, Helicopter or a fighter jet, this makes the game really addictive, you also progress though the ranks of the army as you would in real life, starting as a Private and working your way all the way up to General, the price is very good (£10 ish) considering you could play the game for years and still not make rank of General i have played for 287 hours in total and im still only at the rank of First Sergeant.

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          01.10.2008 12:28
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          Great game value, you won't soon stop playing it

          Battlefield 2 for the PC is the best of all platforms. The game looks great and runs great on moderate hardware. Even with older hardware you can expect a very nice gaming experience.
          At the heart of the game is the conquest mode which has you capturing flags on the battlefield where you can then spawn. As you capture flags you reduce your enemy's tickets, which is how you win the match.
          The graphics are amazing and are a true leap forward from the original battlefield 1942 and battlefield Vietnam. The game also does things like change your uniform when you enter a vehicle which gives you that deeper sense of immersion.
          Probably the best thing about battlefield 2 is the maps, each have a unique strength and weakness. Some maps feel like Iraq battlefield, others are set in China. The city maps are totally intense where you are battling it house to house almost, and tanks and other large vehicles can be ambushed easily. The larger maps allow for strategy where planes and tanks play a bigger role.
          If you like to drive or fly battlefield 2 will offer you pretty much anything you need. It is fast paced and offers some great features. Plus you get the modern battlefield and its new technologies and with that come thinks like UAV support, commanders and control and other elements.
          If you are looking to buy for the first time, I highly recommend you check out a compilation pack which includes all the expansions. They are usually £20.00 on Amazon.

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          30.06.2008 23:26
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          A superb game, very contraversial to it's time. Yet it was put together very, very well.

          Battlefield 2 is a very detailed modern day fighting sim. Although this game is getting fairly outdated it is still a very enjoyable game. Firstly the graphics, for a 2004 game the graphics are simply stunning! They shadows and depth of field make this game almost too realistic, as well as other aspects such as motion blur and shellshock.

          The scenery is beautiful and varied - depending on which terrain you are playing on. One minute you could be staring across a desert in the middle east, the next you could be prone, crawling along marshland in China.

          The actual gameplay is simply amazing as well. Depending on your class, map and even rank, you will play very differently. For example a support class with an unlock may be able to rush into spaces where a sniper would just be blown to pieces. This is why the game is so realistic, the ability to play as you want to.

          The online gameplay is what really makes this game stand out. You start out as a private with very basic guns, though if stick to a particular class you can unlock new weapons very quickly. The game is very well balanced and requires skill from players. For example if you are a sniper and shoot someone from 400metres away, you will have to compensate for bullet drop.

          The sound as well is very good, when a bomb goes off near you, your screen becomes blurry and you hear whistling in your speakers.

          There are many subtleties that add up to make this game stand up from others, for example the flagpole flapping in the wind, making a noise.

          Unlike other games, BF2 utilises space and vegetation. You will actually look for bushes to hide in, or brows of hills to hide on.

          If there were some disadvantages they would be:
          -You need quite a decent computer to be able to play properly.
          -The game has a number of glitches and bugs, which become annoying, but don't really affect gameplay.
          -The gaps between ranks can seem futile at times.

          I have the following specs and can quite easily play the game on high settings:

          2GB RAM
          8600GT 256MB
          AMD Athlon 64 4200+ ~2.2Ghz dual core

          My computer is quite bad, but it's fully capable of utilizing everything in the game.

          As for the violence aspect, it really isn't. You don't see dismembered soldiers or blood splattered everywhere, it's a very civilised way of looking at war. (If that's possible.)

          Going back to classes, you have the choice of who you want to be, the ninja sniper who hides in the bushes, the guy with big guns and explosives. The guy who lives in a helicopter, the guy who lives on the anti aircraft gun, the medic, the ressuply guy! You can be almost anyone!

          The game relies a great deal on teamwork as well, so it's good to get into squads and actually work as one. A medic can heal wounded soldiers and even revive players, while offering support. The support class can be used to suppress your enemy and scare them off, while keeping your squad well equipped with ammo.

          I know nothing about war, how it works, what it's for, or even how a gun works. Yet after playing BF2 I have a better understanding of tactics used and a sense of actually having been to war, without the fear factor.

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            17.04.2008 20:22

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            Worth it

            Well by now this game has been beaten both in game play and graphics. This for me is a sad point because it is just an amazing team play game. When me and my mates got into a match we wouldn't want to leave because it was just such a great experience. There would be laughs, shout of anger and many other emotions so, I sincerely recommend this game to anyone who wants to have a good time. The game has a good variety of weaponry and vehicles. It also has a very good and effective communications system either with the whole team, your squad or with the commander. Buying this game is not an action I will ever regret, it was fun, fast and entertaining what more could you ever want from a game. I recommend buying this game and its expansion packs for many fun filled hours either by yourself or with friends and family.

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            09.04.2008 11:33
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            Worth a buy as the price will be nice now.

            Being primarily a console gamer I missed out on this game for some time and it wasn't until I played it at a friends that I realised how good it is and how good PC gaming can be.

            This game is the single game that got me into PC gaming, two teams of up to 32 players each battle it out for supremacy on huge virtual battlefields, taking the fight to one another on foot, in a vehicle, on sea, and in the air. They really cover pretty much all aspects of the battlefield whilst keeping the game running smooth.

            If you're used to the old battlefield games you should know that this version as you could probably tell from the soldier on the cover, is set in the modern day which is a nice break from the series so far and really exposes you to what soldiers do face.

            It's all out action with this game and you'll rarely have a quiet moment because as soon as you start, you are pretty much straight into the action.

            I do advise however if you get this game you get a headset as communication with your team is essential, that is, if you want to be in with a chance of winning.

            It is with the joint effect of the graphics and sound with the gameplay that really immerse you into the role of the soldier you play.

            Although such a good game it is not without some small faults, for example, the controls as with any PC game are tricky to get a grips with but once you do you'll remember all the time.
            It is also required to check your computer specifications before attempting to purchase this game because if your computer does not meet the required specifications the game will either not run, or run really slow and that's pointless as you would not experience the game in which you should.

            In final, seeing as though the game has been out for a while it's definately worth a buy as most computers should be able to run it now and the price should be pretty sweet.

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              04.10.2007 00:12
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              awesome game

              Great game this is! its all to do with modern warfare in this game u can play as 3 difenrt teams depending on the map theirs united stats marine corps(usmc) middle east corporation (mec) and china (well china)
              you get to choice your class on this game since this game relys on team work etc like theirs a medic class for reviving team m8s and theirs the enginer for fixing vehicles and so on you can drive all sorts of vheicles cars tanks apcs helicopters planes boats! this game is a bundle of fun highly recomended

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                15.09.2007 22:45
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                Battlefield 2 Rating:
                Gameplay:8/10
                Graphics:9/10
                Sounds:8/10
                Multiplayer Gameplay:8/10

                Battlefield 2 is a good fps game because you can drive a vehicle,fly a plane or a heli,and play Navy Seal in the boats.
                You have a great arsenal of weapons,and an improved class system.I recommend i to all fps game fans,and of course to the bf fans.The only bad thing is that you need a good sytem to play the game at high detail settings.
                My rating:4/5

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                  19.08.2007 20:43
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                  Buy it and ill see you on the battlefield (ill be the one killing you)

                  Battlefield 2 has been out now for quite some time yet still makes the top 5 FPS games on the market and with the released expansion pack special forces and booster packs euroforce and armored fury its set to be an online classic.

                  I Have been playing this game for some time now and have amassed 200hours of online play so its fair to say i have some experience of playing it. I also have all the expansions and booster packs.
                  I know its stated that there is a single player to this title but to be fair its really only an online game and the single player is pretty poor and you easily get bored with it.

                  Once you get cracking online though the game becomes a whole new animal and makes you realize why its still in the top 5 FPS's out there The graphics are stunning if you have the high end pc needed for the highest settings and with that come the realistic nature of the game.

                  Set in a fictional modern day you take control of a soldier from either US marines, China or fictional Middle east coalition, you also select a specialization for your soldier ,be it Special ops, Engineer, Sniper, Assault, Medic, Anti-Tank or support. all have differing weapons and special kit and which are designed to be used as part of a squad to incorporate the teamwork thats vital on the modern battlefield.

                  As an additional feature to the online play there are stats and points earned to actions done on the battlefield varying from making a kill to helping out a team mate and capturing a strategic location. this makes the game very addictive as you watch your rank rise and your stats grow. as an added incentive there are unlocks of additional weapons available as you progress through the ranks to use on the battlefield.

                  This is a top game and well worth a look and being out for some time now its easy to pick up bargains.

                  See you on the Battlefield.

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