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Manufacturer: Electronic Arts / Genre: Action & Shooter / Release Date: 2009

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      10.05.2012 22:09
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      Ok, not as good as the competition

      Hey all
      This is my review of battlefield Heroes. For those of you not aware of what this is, it is a completely free to play 3rd person shooter by the makers of the other battlefield games (EA). The game is fre 2 play, but by paying real money you can get new weapons, characters, customisations etc.

      To start with, the game is a sort of cartoon style 3rd person shooter. Think similar to team fortress 2. Basically the game doesn't take itself too seriously, and the game isn't about having pro skills, its more about just running around having fun.

      The game has a standard layout like most battlefield games, a ticket system with bases to capture. What makes this game unique from team fortress is that you can drive vehicles (around 3 vehicles in total, a fighter jet which I just found a bit useless most of the time, a tank which just feels overpowered sometimes, and a car just for getting around). It adds a fun little element to the game, but sometimes when up against paying players in a tank, they just spam the repair vehicle button, and if you are only a free 2 play player, it can be really difficult to kill them.

      There are only 3 classes in this game, assault (with machine guns and shotguns), support (heavy machine gun and missile launcher) and sniper (sniper rifle, knife and annoying invisibility). Each class has its own set of abilities as well. For example, assault can lay down a barrage of grenades, heal teammates and self, or "mega punch" a tank away from you. You can earn these skills in skill trees when levelling up characters. However in this game, you don't choose your class on the ap, you choose a class per character. This means that you are not as adaptable in battle, as if your character is assault, you can only ever play assault unless you change character... by leaving the server... Its ok i guess, but it gets annoying on servers with lots of tanks if you want to play say assault.

      The gameplay is ok, just the fact on this game playing players have such and advantage. On TF2, paying players get hardly any advantage at all, they just get hats etc, and the weapons they get are not overpowered. Sadly this isn't quite the case on BF heroes, but overall its a good game to play if you just want a simple free shooter, thats quite laid back, although I would say that TF2 is better. This would be an ok game for a young player. But a quick note is that on this game free plaers can only have 3 characters. As there are 3 classes per side (axis vs allies) you cannot have a character of each class on both sides, so prepare for this when you select your heroes. I made a mistake on this, and the game doesn't let you delete characters for free (or at least, not when i played).

      In summary this is a good free game, but just falls short of the TF2 mark (TF2 is also free to play, i will write a separate review of this at some point), i would recommend that instead unless you really want to drive vehicles.

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      13.04.2010 22:25
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      A good game, if you like battlefield this is a good game to check out, its free, why not?

      Well the Battlefield series has run for quite a while now, however this is the first cartoon iteration of the series. Despite being cartoony and featuring no blood ect. the game still managed to get the 16+ age rating instead of the original 12+ it received.

      The game is entirely online, played in 12 vs 12 battles, there is no offline or LAN modes.

      The game is similar to other Battlefield games, except the maps are significantly smaller, although still larger than those in games such as CoD. It still contains some vehicles, such as Jeeps and Tanks, as well as Planes, but as its based in the World Wars, there are no Helicopters. Also the game is played from a 3rd person perspective instead of a 1st person like the other Battlefield games, a 1st person perspective maybe available.

      The game contains 3 classes to choose from, the Gunner, a heavily armed soldier with some high fire power weapons, the Soldier, who is an all round class, usually equipped with an assault rifle and detonation packs, and the Commando, a stealth unit who relies on not being seen in order to stay alive, usually equipped with a knife or a light weapon.

      I haven't played the game in a while, i played it in October 2009, as i managed to get a beta key, back then there was only about 3 maps, im unsure as to whether EA have added anymore maps, however i do know EA still update the game.

      The shop has a lot of items available for each class, the most expensive of which can take several weeks of gameplay to achieve.

      A recent update changed the pricing system of the game, although still allowing players to play 4 free, EA made the items available in the game using in-game currency more expensive and items that require real currency to purchase cheaper. EA reported almost no decrease in the amount of players using their game.

      The game is fairly well, its a free alternative to the other Battlefield games, and is still a decent game, i recommend you to give it a quick test drive.

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      17.01.2010 13:32

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      Great game. Best experience if you play with friends, otherwise it can get a bit boring.

      Battlefield heroes, is a FREE third person shooter game. You will start by creating a hero for one of the 2 factions (National or Royal).You can choose different classes, like sniper, gunner and so on. Then you can join games, level up and learn new skills. Ingame you need to capture flags for your team, kill enemy players and steal bases back. There is a counter for each team, that starts around 50, and when it reachs 0, your team have won! You can get it down by doing the thins i mentioned. You can also buy your character new clothes, better weapons and funny other stuff, but that costs real money. The game gives hours of fun, but you can make it even more fun by playing with friends! I usually sit with 2 or 3 friends talking over skype while playing.

      The gameplay is really nice for a free game. You can drive cars, fly airplanes and there is also some funny emotes (waving and taunting). The bad thing about it, is probaly that some classes have overpowered skills. So you will die fast. And the music is REALLY annoying. It sounds like a tv-show for kids, but luckily you can turn it off. Also, i have experienced many hackers in the game, but most of them get kicked from the maps.

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      19.09.2009 23:57
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      "Battlefield Heroes" is a video game which was released for the personal computer in June 2009. At the time of writing this review, the game is currently in the "open beta" stages of development and is being maintained by Electronic Arts. It is available as a free download and does not require any payments or subscription fees, though voluntary contribution to the program does reward the player with certain incentives. The hardware requirements to run this video game are average by modern standards and include:

      Processor: 1 GHz CPU
      Memory: 512 MB RAM for XP (1 GB RAM for Vista)
      Hard Disk: 1 GB hard disk space
      Video Card: DirectX compatible 64 MB graphics card with Pixel Shader 2.0 or better
      Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
      Internet Connection: 256kbit cable/DSL connection
      Operating System: Windows XP/Vista (Game is known to run on Macintosh various Linux distributions through WINE)
      Input: Keyboard, Mouse

      Battlefield Heroes follows the story of two warring armies known as the "Royals" and "Nationals". The release trailer of the game suggests that the two factions came to blows over an incident at the Olympics. The Nationals were awarded a gold medal in track cycling but the Royals accused them of cheating, and this controversy fueled the war which is played out in game. Whether or not this is a true reflection of the game remains to be seen. Whenever I play the game, I find nothing to support the storyline other than the obvious two factions. The game is more of a "shoot the opposite uniform" venture in most respects. Regardless of the current lack of depth, I find the game to be very entertaining.

      Players begin their gaming experience by first registering an account at BattlefieldHeroes.com and creating their character. All new accounts will require an e-mail address which serves as the player's login identity. After inputting a few basic details it is off to the character creation process. First, a player must choose which army he or she wishes to play for. I didn't find either side to offer any sort of competitive advantage over the other beyond vehicle colours. On playing maps which offer vehicles, The Nationals begin with dark grey coloured vehicles and the Royals begin with brighter tan shades. I find the Nationals offer slightly more visually appealing vehicles but the two forces are equally matched in terms of strength. Regardless of aesthetics, vehicles are freely interchangeable as players can venture to opposing sides and steal any available jeeps, tanks or airplanes. After selecting an army, players then choose from three available character classes.

      Each character class sports a certain advantage and disadvantage. The "Commando" is known for stealth and speed but lacks in brute force. He may remain invisible throughout the game's duration until he makes use of any weapon or is detected by a nearby opponent. In contrast to this, the "Gunner" is known for brute force but is exceptionally slow in movement. He is equipped with heavy guns which deal vast amounts of damage but is often targeted by opponents due to his cumbersome speed and agility. In the middle of this is the "Soldier". He is average is all respects and does not boast any obvious advantage or disadvantage beyond genericness. I personally prefer the gunner class as his monstrous strength allows me to remain relatively unharmed in one-on-one confrontations. Group confrontations are another story, though.

      Following the character creation, players then download a file which often requires the web browser to install a plugin. This plugin accesses the Battlefield Heroes video game and is required for downloading and updating the software. The installation process is simple and does not require any input from the player beyond accepting the installation of the browser plugin. From there, players are taken into the program and select their newly created character.

      The interface is bright, sleek and simple which should not pose any challenge to even the most casual of computer users. Players can jump into the game immediately by clicking a large yellow "Play now" button or may tweak further options and customizations. It is noteworthy to state that there is a bug in the game which often prevents newly created characters from accessing vehicle based maps. To counter this, players experiencing difficulty must enter the options menu and select "Infantry" from the preferred playing maps. This currently only grants access to one map, "Victory Village", but after a few moments in play should remove this bug and allow access to three further vehicle based maps. The controls are standard to most shoot 'em up titles on the personal computer and use the WASD key map by default. These keys can be changed to suit any playing preference from the options menu.

      The game is contested through a series of matches where each match is based on a descending scale from 50. For every kill the Royals score, one point will be deducted from the Nationals and vice versa. It is the player's objective to aid his or her teammates and lower the opposing score to 0 to win the match. Each map also features a series of flags which serve as bases. Players may also capture these flags, simply done by moving the character to a certain point and waiting for his team's flag to be raised in glory, which isolates the opposing team and allows greater ease in finding opponents. For each kill or flag captured, players are awarded with experience points which is similar to many modern roleplaying games. It is these experience points which match certain players after clicking "play now"; those within a certain range will be matched together for more equal playing situations. It is not uncommon, however, for a player with 30,000 points to be matched with one who has 100,000. The game is still in its preliminary stages so errors such as the aforementioned point matching may be corrected in future updates. Players are also rewarded with ability points at certain point levels. These ability points are then exchanged for certain powerful characteristics which can be used in game.

      Battlefield Heroes also sports a shop system. Players may acquire power-ups and other items through exchanging Valor Points or Battlefunds. Both are the in-game currencies of Battlefield Heroes but are acquired in different ways. Valor Points are awarded to players at set intervals for simply participating in the game. Their value is minimal in comparison to Battlefunds but are free to accumulate. Battlefunds are paid for by the user at the current rate of approximately 0.006p per 1 Battlefund. These have greater buying power and grant access to restricted items which, at this time, are costumes and other whimsical traits that do not grant any competitive advantage over another player. All of the necessities to succeed, such as weapons, bandages for healing and spanners for repairing vehicles, can be purchased using Valor Points.

      The graphics are a definite drawing point to this game. Instead of opting for more modern realism, Battlefield Heroes is presented through cartoon images. The features of the game are greatly embellished to create a comic book atmosphere. I find this is particularly obvious on vehicles. Airplanes especially show a very rounded, almost zeppelin like appearance as opposed to the traditional straight and flat lined images we know in reality. Each map is bursting with colour but each palette is applied appropriately; you won't see any purple trees or blue grass in Battlefield Heroes. Each character is very well animated and can be modified by purchasing various taunts and gestures from the shop system. A player can have his character cluck like a chicken or give a hearty salute to anyone nearby. Movement is generally smooth but I found side movements to be somewhat choppy when using the gunner character. This may not be evident in other character classes. The music and sounds compliment the quirky atmosphere of Battlefield Heroes well. Each of the compositions is very upbeat and cheery and is accompanied by assorted "popping" sounds with each gun round fired.

      Overall, I did not find much fault with Battlefield Heroes. I went in as a lone player and found the community to be courteous and welcoming in comparison to more popular video games. While there are a few bad apples, the majority of players in the game are well mannered and readily compliment one another for acts of valiance and heroism. I was also not able to find any obvious cheaters or those exploiting known in-game bugs. It is likely that these rogues are present but I have not come across them in my time playing the game. It's certainly a relief in today's gaming environment to know I have a chance at winning which won't be spoiled by other players who disregard honesty and integrity. I have found that so many current free download video games are chronically ruined by cheating. This does not seem to be the case, at least for the time being, here.

      Battlefield Heroes is definitely a title worthy of a prospective download. Fans of the shooting genre would very likely find this to be an enjoyable title, and it may even appeal to those looking for something a little different in their gaming lives. The game is accompanied by a PEGI age rating of 16+ but I feel this is slightly overrated. It is possible that some parents may be comfortable with providing this game to their children as the violent content is minimal; combatants do not spill blood, guns and machinery do not bear significant resemblance to actual arms and there is a silent emphasis on teamwork in order to win the game. With all of the title's praises combined with a price tag of 0, I find little reason not to fully recommend this video game.

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        13.08.2009 19:39
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        Give it a go

        Battlefield heroes is a fun, free, cartoon first person shooter created by EA games. For people who have played the other battlefield games, i.e battlefield 2, 2142, and 1943, it is very similar and therefore easy to get into.

        The best thing about this game, is that it is completely free to sign up and play against your friends (there are things you have to pay for, mentioned later). All you need to do is go on the battlefield heroes website, create a hero, install the client through your browser and you are ready to go.

        When you create your hero, the first thing you have to do is choose what side they are on, the royal army or the national army. Neither team has an advantage, its just preference. You can create up to 3 soldiers from the different teams.

        Once you have chosen what faction you want to be, you then choose what time of soldier you want to be. The choices are soldier, gunner and commando. The soldier uses shotguns and small machine guns. The gunner uses heavy machine guns. The commando is a sniper and also has a knife. Each of the free categories have abilities you can unlock specific to them. For example, the commando can unlock an invisibility perk.

        The gameplay is the same as the old battlefield games; two teams battle to capture flags (which double up as spawn points) and every time a player dies their team loses a point. Within the game, there are vehicles; jeeps, tanks and aeroplanes. This all adds up to a fantastic game which is very fun. The game is only online, so you need an internet connection. The battlefield heroes system works very well, as when you join a game, it tries to join you up with players at a similar level to you.

        As you play through the game you earn VPs (Valor points) and HPs (hero points). VPs are earned by just playing the game (killing people, destroying vehicles, capturing flags). VPs go towards buying clothes, weapons, emotes (ability for your hero to say things) and widgets (items that help you in game by healing you or repairing vehicles). When you earn enough VPs, you level up and earn HPs. These go towards buying abilties (as mentioned above) for your hero.

        The only part of this game that costs is when buying Battlefunds. These are used to buy specific clothing, widgets and emotes. This isn't necessary, so even if you do not pay for the game; you can enjoy it.

        This game comes highly recommended from me. The gameplay is fun, simple and easy to come to grasps with. Give it a go, its free!

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        04.08.2009 02:21

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        Hero of the series? Maybe not, but with a price this low you'd be crazy not to try

        Battlefield Heroes is a free-to-play semi browser-based FPS in which you take control of one of three classes of soldier and shoot your way to the top.

        Gameplay:
        Given the nature of this game it is very easy to pick up and play with the tutorial explaining more or less everything in a surprisingly fun fashion. You create a soldier for either the goodies or the baddies, choosing one of three classes, then jump into a game and gun your way to glory. The game mechanics are solid with simple but effective controls. By killing the enemy you gain points which you can put towards new weapons or crazy looking costumes. You can also use a number of power-ups to enhance your experience, but each has its own pros and cons so there is a welcome element of choice in the game.
        Unfortunately, despite the good mechanics there are very few maps to test them out on so you'll find yourself playing the same map over and over again. After a period of playing the game non-stop it was this that slowly put me off it. Given that it is just new there are also problems with finding games to play at times.

        Graphics/Music
        A departure from the rest of the series is somewhat of an understatement with this cell shaded masterpiece. The graphical style and chirpy music fit perfectly the fast-paced pick-up-and-play nature of the game. There can be problems with lag and you will often find that peoples' costumes do not show, but that doesn't matter when you're busy trying to shoot them!

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        29.07.2009 22:43
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        Fun game that can be played for nowt

        I was originally introduced to this game by a friend during it Beta testing stages- I think because he has narcissistic tendencies and enjoyed the idea of shooting me- a lot!

        I have never played any of the original Battlefield games so it is hard for me to compare but my understanding is these games are like this a 3rd person shooter game. The previous games are set in a realistic appearing world, whilst Heroes is set in a more cartoon style which allows for some bending of the rules of reality, but also lets the game enjoy a kind of slapstick fun whilst fighting against people from around the world.

        There are 3 different character classes you can play, with different abilities you can advance as you progress levels giving you some adaptability in how your character performs. Of the 3 classes my personal favourite is the commando- a class that has little in the way of health so can be killed in just a few shots but can sneak around invisible, use a sniper rifle to shoot from far away cover, or my most common attack, laying booby traps. Maybe it's because I'm sneaky but I just love either watching somebody chase me into my trap or sneak up on them and drop one straight onto their head!
        The other two classes are Gunner, the most heavily armoured of the 3 and with the most powerful weapons but also the slowest so quite an easy target. The Gunner is the best class for killing tanks in my experience, one of 3 different vehicles along with a car and a plane. If I'm in a tank against a gunner with a Rocket Launcher I tend to cut my losses and run!
        Last but not least is the solider, the kind of jack of all trades, quicker than a Gunner but not much slower than a Commander, they have strong machine guns that can do plenty of damage and are also the only class that can heal themselves without having a usable healing item (bandages)

        Now for the main selling point for me, the price. It is quite easy to play this game for free! You can if you wish spend money on items such as the best looking clothes or the ability to progress through the levels quicker but these are far from necessary and I have never used them.
        One thing I will point out is you do tend to get some seemingly pre pubescent boys with anger issues but I don't find it too hard to ignore there incessant ramblings in the corner of the screen, so I say give it a go, what have you got to loose!

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