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This game is an expansion pack to battlefield 2. In my humble opinion, its the only expansion pack worth getting, the other 2 (which I might write review on later, see how it goes). The reason I say this is because the servers for the other expansions never had anyone on them. Everyone was either playing this game, or the basic battlefield 2 game (which i have a seperate review on, so in this review i will focus more on the expansion).
For the expansion to work, you must have BF2 installed, and have a BF2 account. What getting this expansion does is allow 2 things. Firstly it allows you to access special forces servers, where there are various game modes, and secondly it allows you to use the weapons in the special forces in the normal BF2 games. To be honest, although this sounds like you might be getting an unfair advantage, this is not really the case, as the guns are not as powerful, but more mobile as a general rule (if that makes sense).
So what are these servers like?
The main difference between this game and the standard BF2 isn't in the gameplay, but there is a whole dozen on these special items. Each class gains an ability of some sort. For example, the assault and engineer class gain a grapple hook and rope. This has got to be one of the coolest things in any game. You just chuck it at a roof, and if the rope is long enough, you can then climb up. It works really well, and its a bit of this game that makes it really unique. Also as the maps are more cities, it adds a cool roof crossfire element. Also because working as a team, you can sort of move over building, so hook to a higher building, and so on, until you get to a very high building, and zipwire across etc.
Another item that you can get is the crossbow zipline with the sniper. This allows you and teammates and enemies to zip from high to low. Again this is really fun.
The support class gets tear gas. But in this game all characters gain gas masks, which makes him kinda useless as a new thing. medics are the only class not to get a special ability, which i personally agree with, as in BF2 they are a bit of an overpowered class.
Furthermore there are new vehciles added, like some ampbious tanks. Furthermore there are night missions, where you need to use infra red to fight your battles. Its a really good addition to a really good game.
As an expansion pack to the award winning battlefield 2 you can pretty much expect more of the same. This is true to an extent with Special Forces, while not an entirely new approach to the battlefield formula it does offer something different.
Special Forces allows the player to use a variety of tools (zip line, grapple hook etc) to try best the enemy, this tools open up the map massively and add new variety to an already good game.
Some new maps are included as you would expect, the most notable being the night missions that require using night vision goggles to see effectively. These levels coupled with the grappling hook and or zip line make it a snipers dream.
Annoyingly the sniper kit doesn't have the grappling hook but the zip line instead, while some may argue its good for a quick getaway when you've been spotted but what's the point if you cant get in position in the first place?
I think SF should allow the user to choose which piece of additional equipment to use before the round starts, rather like choosing equipment in BF2142.
They have included a few new vehicles but nothing really noteworthy. I think EA could have done a bit more, especially if they are intent on charging players that amount of money. One positive on this note is the fact they haven't gone the way of "The Sims from Maxis" which in my eyes is just extortion.
SF is a good expansion pack but you'll probably find the novelty runs out and you end up going back to BF2 sooner or later. Also unfortunately the special forces servers are nowhere near as populated as its parent game so finding a good game with good challenging players can be quite hard.
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