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The storyline in this game is always present and is a very clear one too: This game is about a bunch of misfits from the army, who basically haven't a clue and have generally shown poor behaviour throughout the career. They were put into B company (bad company) where most of its members get killed in a short space of time.
From the very start of this game, it was funny. It seemed like more of a laid back, chill out, have a bid of fun, and just get the job done sort of game. If you compare that to CoD... it has none of those things. There are constant running jokes about truckasuarus rex (a monster truck) and killing each other by "accident"...
The gameplay is more realistic than cod in the sense that you can blow up houses to gain access (better physics) and then theres the weapons, they have a very long range, they don't have stupid made up names for attachments and you can get more realistic explosions from things like petrol barrels.
The audio quality is very good, i have to commend the gunfire noises in particular. Well timed and very realistic. Voices are of good quality, no bad acting what so ever, i have never experienced any glitched audio or voices throughout the game. The only thing i can't say is good audio is the drivable trucks and tanks, the noise sounds too soft. These are trucks with massive engines rolling over rocky terrain and they just sound like canal boatd running on idle.
Achievements and difficulty are an issue. A great deal of the achievements are online and will take time. One for instance is to get 10 002 kills. That takes some serious grinding to get done. The difficulty can be set to easy normal or hard. Note that you wont get the normal achievement for doing it on hard so you have to play through this game twice. 1000 pointing it is out of the question unless you have several weeks spare.
Longevity of the game is very good, if anything a little dragged out. Each mission takes a very long time to complete because the maps are huge and there are so many things you need to do to reach your final objective and when you think you've just finished it, you re group and oh whats that? yet another radio call to go off and kill the exact same enemies you just killed.
Overall a fun and enjoyable game but at times, makes you just want to rage quit and bypass certain parts of the game altogether.
Battlefield Bad Company is a gem of a game. It's part of the Battlefield series and also the first ever battlefield game to include a single player campaign. Dice, the developers, are well known for their battlefield games and focus on large multiplayer battles. It was a true test of their skills to try singleplayer.
The singleplayer is fairly average, with a poor story. It takes a non-linear approach, in which the player navigates through quite large maps usually with multiple paths to take through it. This means a lot of driving from A to B. Ultimately it works, but it can slow down the pace of the game dramatically.
You are Preston, a criminal of some sort forced into the army or he would have gone to prison, and he goes to B company. The characters all have their thing, and they are quite cliché. It's probably the first I've heard of a nerd that can use a light machine gun so efficiently, except in Half Life 2 of course. The sergeant would keep saying "I have 2 days to retirement, hope I don't die", which usually means he's going to die at the last second, probably by a falling piano. To my amazement he survived, breaking all the rules in the book! My mind was blown. Other than a comical side, the story is weak.
The online multiplayer battlefields are the major draw for DICE games, and this is no exception. It's addictive progression keeps you playing until the wee hours in the morning and its fantastic game modes stop you from becoming bored. The use of vehicles has never been utilised so well online before the battlefield games and this continues to impress.
Overall, despite being outdated online by its sequel, this is a great game and well worth the £10 you can find it pre-owned.
Graphics: 6/10 - The graphics could do with some work.
Gameplay: 9/10 - The only reason it hit a 9 is because of the destruction engine 1.0. It's actually a fairly generic shooter in respect.
Bought this game recently for a steal at 10 pounds. This is the 1st Battlefield that has a single player campaign and well it does well at it for the 1st attempt. Although the story is nothing special the classic first person shooting of the battlefield series helps to provide a fun experience. Yet the AI of your team mates is questionable and the enemies AI is also poor.
However like any other Battlefield game online is where this game really shines. The maps are big and you are able to take control of various vehicles like a tank or jeep. Online allows for you to tactically plan with your team mates how to attack the enemy base in order to steal their gold crates. Once you capture the enemy base another part of the map is open and you have to again proceed to capture their base.
Overall an excellent online game!
The Battlefield series have always been about the multiplayer right from Battlefield 1942 for the PC. It's the primary focus and probably why I've enjoyed them as I mainly play online games.
Bad Company can support up to 24 players in one game, which is more than COD4's 18 players. However, it is much important in Bad Company because the maps are much larger. I was a little disappointed that there were only eight maps initially as that's a pretty small number, despite them covering a lot of ground. More maps were released later as well as a Conquest game type that was previously popular but I still prefer Gold Rush which is basically one team defending gold crates and the other attacking and trying to destroy them. It requires good teamwork to win consistently.
There are 25 ranks which doesn't take very long compared to Call of Duty's top rank of 10th Prestige Level 55 and Halo 3's 50. There are also different classes including such ones as Assault and my favourite; Recon (sniper). Although the classes are well balanced I would rather choose my own like on COD.
The game has an environment of which 92% can be destroyed! This allows for creative attacks and quicker escapes. It also allows you to create sniper spots by blowing a hole in a wall, for example.
My main complaints are that it takes way too much damage to kill someone and it sometimes feels that you don't see anyone for a long time. If you are a COD fan, then this may not be too attractive but it's an enjoyable game and I'm looking forward to the second instalment.
Battlefield bad company is 1 of many in the battlefield series. They started out on the battlefield 1942 which was quite a hit back in 2002. Since then the series has gone on to bigger and better things, moving to the console market with Battlefield: Modern Combat in 2005 (total rubbish game but thats another story) Now the developers DICE (Based in Sweden) have come up with bad company.
This is a new area which the war game producers haven't really explored before. With a whole new platform for gaming and never really before used humour in Battlefield.
'B' company is the 'cannon fodder' of the US army. Often used as an alterative to a military prison they are often forced to go in even before the Special Forces. You play as private Preston Marlowe and join the company at the start of the game. You meet your squad which consists of Private Terrence Sweetwater who is really a computer nerd and the geek of the squad. Private George Gordon Haggard Jr. a.k.a Haggard who is the more fanatical member who just loves to blow up stuff. And finally Sergeant Samuel D. Redford who is the leader of the squad. He tried to keep everyone in toe but doesn't half struggle to do it. Due to retire in 3 weeks he wants to just get through it and keep his head down.
Set in modern Eastern Europe there is tensions between the US and the Russian Federation. You do basic frontline jobs like disable gun positions and attack the towns. Until you realise there is a 3rd party involved. The Legionaries. There are supposedly the best mercenary army in the world and get paid in Gold bars, (which you can find as a second objective if you want). Then the story deepens. Ill leave it at that for now as I don't want to spoil it for you.
Well this game is sort of like a sandbox shooter is there is such a thing. You are free to roam the battlefield and there are no real convenient placed rubble or locked doors essentially making the game into an elaborate corridor that alot of other FPS' (first person shooters) have. There are places you must go but which road you take is up to you and there are often gold in these or maybe even a new gun.
The maps are HUGE so I can take you a while to get from A to B if you don't have a vehicle (which can be frustrating when you die and lose your vehicle) But overall it is a bonus the vastness of the maps. They last so long that there is only need for a few different levels to make the game. But the size of them doesn't mean you go long periods without getting into a fight.
Despite the large size of the maps they haven't let the graphics fall in quality. Everything is very detailed and looks really good. The plants conceal you very well and the buildings have the imperfections that you can expect for a battlefield. However you do come across alot of the same buildings throughout the game, which is a bonus for you knowing your way around them but doesn't add the variations you would like. But there is a very good reason why there aren't alot of variation in them.
This is because DICE tried something that no other game has tried before on the scale they did. It is called the Frostbite engine. This feature is actually the best feature of the game, allowing you to destroy 92% of the environment. You can punch holes in walls with your grenade launcher and essentially make extra 'doors' for yourself which makes online play brilliant (I will come to that later) however not needed too much in single player but still so fun.
There are alot of variety in weaponry. You can have anything from pistols, to snipers, to rocket launchers. Each useful for the specific need only, which makes the game more tactically challenging. However you can get through most of the game with just your assault rifle and if you need an anti-tank weapon there is usually one nearby. Also there are quite a few vehicles. These are from small jeeps (even golf carts) to massive tanks and helicopters (helicopters don't really make an appearance in single player apart from 1 small mission). These can be devastating to men and buildings alike.
The humour in the game I just love. This isn't an attempt to be funny, it is actually funny. Sweetwater and Haggard always arguing, even over rock, paper, scissors in the middle of a battlefield cracks me up or talking about truckasaurus rex (a monster truck that Haggard dreams of). But to be honest its best to watch them for yourselves because I cant do it justice typing on here.
Let's go on to Multiplayer, the Best way to play this game and I have been playing it for months.
The servers hold up to 24 players (12 per side) and a minimum of 4. There are a variety of maps in which you can play and 2 game types.
The first is gold rush where the objective is to destroy a series of gold crates in the enemies spawn with 1 team attacking and the other defending. This can be done by ether planting a bomb on it and wait 30 seconds and not allow the other team to disarm or damage it enough that its heath bar empties. This is very fast paced and definitely the most challenging of the 2 game types.
Conquest is essentially capture the flag. There a 5 flags dotted around the map which you must capture. The more you have the more spawn points you have and the less kills it takes to win. Some are more vital that others, spawning vehicles which are vital to you success. This has to be downloaded from marketplace but it is free and comes with 8 new maps.
In every game spawning is good. You can either spawn at you base or with your squad (your squad consists of 4 players of your team. And you can only converse with the 3 other players in you squad and not the other 8 in your team). The spawn feature really helps in long maps. Instead of a long walk to the enemy base you can get right into the action.
The ranking system is that you have to rank up 25 levels which increases after you have earnt enough XP. Every 2-3 levels give you a weapon point, which allows you to unlock a weapon for online use. Once you reach level 25 you go to skill levels which increase or decrease dependant on how well you perform (based to kill: death ratio). 1 being the highest (but only 1 player in the world has that) and 50 being the lowest.
Now back to the Frostbite engine. Destroyed walls and features don't respawn meaning that there is very little cover after a while of playing and you have to use your skill, knowledge and sometimes stealth to survive. This makes it challenging for new players but it is quite easy to learn the basics of each map. This definitely adds extra excitement and tactics to the game. You may want to blow out a wall to give a disadvantage to the enemy. I can remember playing and having a wall blown out behind me, without realising and getting killed. So you are never safe in a building and there is no permanent cover!
There are 5 extra guns which you can unlock. 3 you need a special code for and the other 2 you have to meet curtain criteria such as own another battlefield game and register it with EA. I don't tend to use these guns though.
I can't wait for battlefield bad company 2, which offers more destruction, weapons, vehicles and maps. Coming in early 2010.
Overall, what a superb game. DICE have done a fantastic job. All the faults are just too easily overlooked because of the good points. To all FPS fans if you haven't already, GET IT! What have you been doing all this time! Get up and go!
Single player: 7/10
P.S. SEE YOU ON THE BATTLEFIELD
(Sources used: own knowledge/experience [95%], Wikipedia [5%])
What can i say?! From the moment i played on the demo when it became available i was hooked. The single player mode left a bit to be desired in my opinion but the multiplayer makes up for the weaker single player mode fifty times over. This was the first online game where i felt like i had complete control over how i could tackle each round. The maps are by far large enough for players to take the stealthy but long winded route, say for those who enjoy using the sniper rifles. Of course, for those trigger happy maniacs there is plenty of firepower and vehicles just waiting to be driven straight down the middle right into the carnage.
The interesting feature about the multiplayer mode in this game is that the creators deicded against using the more traditional "deathmatch" mode, which most games use as standard. The creators have emphasised the squad based aspect of the game by including two modes which are incredibly difficult if teamwork is not used throughout. The first of these modes is called "Gold Rush". In Gold Rush the aim is to destroy the defending teams "Gold Crates" either by arming a timed charge or using explosives. The Defending teams goal is to keep the attackers at bay until their reinforcements "number of respawns the team is allowed" runs out. In conquest mode the aim is to reduce the opposing teams number of "tickets" this is done by killing enemy soldiers or by controlling the majority of a number of landmarks which will cause the opposing teams number of tickets to decrease steadily.
One of the features about the gaming engine used to create Bad Company, known as the Frostbite engine, is that almost anything you see can be destroyed/blown up. That includes things like the ground your running on and can sometimes result in a battlefield where every other step is a new ditch to use for cover.
As i mentioned previously, the single player mode didn't particularly grab me and keep me glued to my chair. In true Bad Company fashion the maps are huge, presenting you with a vast number of ways to tackle each situation, each with their own merits. I found that the A.I. were also quite a lot more advanced that i have seen in other games of this genre. They reacted as if they almost had an independent mind. One deomnstration of this is the frequent use of cover by the A.I. to avoid the onslaught of bullets being sprayed in their direction. I felt like this added a new dimension and challenge to the whole experience.
Now to the more dissappointing features. I feel that some of the weapons are rather overpowered which can result in frustrating matches where the opposing force is comprised mainly of people who take advantage of this.
The single player mode often feels a little too immature and cheesey. This in itself detracts from the incredibly realistic vibe you get whilst playing this game.
In conclusion, i thoroughly enjoyed playing Battlefield: Bad Comapny and i continue to do so on a regular basis. It has by far one of the most entertaining multiplayer modes that i have come across and i have spent hours playing online without it losing any of it's charm and entertainment value. If you are looking for a game to play offline and enjoy the single player mode, although Battlefield will keep you entertained for a few hours, there are a number of games in this genre who have offered a much strong single player campaign.
battlefield bad company is the sucessor of battlefield modern combat which was released on both ps 2 and the xbox and xbox 360 consoles. bad company put you bang up to date in military standards, and is based around a squad of 4 soldiers who are bad at what they do hence "bad" company gets its name. the game focus's on this squads travel through the game where they discover that they are fighting against a mercenary force who are paid in gold bars, the squad think that they can get rich quick from these bars so they go off in search of more. the storyline follows them through wide open space and also urban environments, most of which can be destroyed to some degree due to the advanced game engine, this is quite amusing, such as when you want access to a building and cant be bothered walking around to the door, out comes the grenade launcher and boom a convienient new door is made. the main place that this game stands out is its online mode where you can play 2 styles of game one being gold rush where you are tasked with either attacking or defending crates of gold, the other is traditional conquest mode where you have to capture and defend flags set around the battlefield. out of these the conquest mode is the better of the two as i found gold rush quite frustrating at times when it was nearly impossible to plant a charge on the crate with 20 soldiers throwing grenades at you all the time. the weapons in this game range from normal rifles and shotguns right up to tanks helicopters and artillary cannons. all in all this game is very well done
If you can see it, you can destroy it.
I love this game. The battlefields are large enough for you to go walkabout, and the graphics keep everything sweet.
The game on single player is exciting enough to keep you going and going, but the weapons need a bigger variety and should be easier to find. Driving the tank was just fab, and you are even given the tools to fix it and keep it running. The helecopter i found was hard to fly, but just as good at blowing things up.
This is a good shooter game and is reccomended for people who like to blow stuff up. The buildings fall apart and if there is a tree in your line of sight, just shoot it and it will fall down. Remember to keep an eye out for the gold and other weapons that are lying about. This is not one for the kids.
This is one of those games I have been looking forward to for a long long time. Ever since first reading about it I thought it was a good idea. Having been a veteran of the original Battlefield games this looked like it brought all the elements together. First person shooting in a Call of Duty fashion, wit and humour and vehicles. This made this a really good (and for the first time) single player game.
The big draws are graphics, destructible environments and squad based combat. You don't just start a server match and play online all day. There is a good story almost borrowed from the film Three Kings where coruption and danger are the day.
Few shooters have a really good story, aside from Call of Duty you basically slog through the single player in order to learn how to play while you prepare for multiplayer.
This game does have good multiplayer, but the real reward is the single player experience
When I first saw this game I was sceptical and decided to rent it. Around a week later I went out and bought it and have been playing it every day since (been about a month now). I had played the previous versions for the PC like Battlefield 2142, and didn't believe a console would be able to compete with the functionality of the keyboard commands and to some extent this is true. On the PC you would be able to set your sights on an enemy soldier and highlight him with a keyboard command for the rest of your squad to be made aware of his presence. This is lacking in the console edition however it is still possible to point out an enemy by successfully injuring them (whether it be by a glancing shot or radius damage) and he will highlight on the map. Debatably it is also possible by looking at a soldier (or vehicle) through a scope for a while and eventually it will highlight.
The ability to destroy buildings extensively is the games selling point. It was around the same time that Mercenaries 2 : World in Flames came out too however, and this is why I delayed buying this game. The ability to completely destroy the roof of a building that a sniper is sitting quite comfortably in is a satisfying feeling, and quite the spectacle. This is where Mercenaries came in 1st place however, with the ability to completely flatten any building you come across. Battlefield combats this, especially in multiplayer, where if the building was to be lost completely through demolition the game would quickly be reduced to a baron desert where both teams spawned in line of sight of each other. This justifies the indestructibility of the building structures but still allows for the buildings to be hollowed out.
The single player aspect of the game I found to be quite a let down. I actually played multiplayer first (which you wouldn't usually expect) but I did eventually get round to single player as there are many special weapons only available when found in single player. This I think was a welcome addition, as from my personal experience I can not remember such a feature in other shooters. The main reason I didn't enjoy the single player too much probably was due to the unreliability of the AI, and their lifespan. I can only suggest a comparison between being online and single player; online you can expect enemy soldiers to put up quite a fight (health wise) before they fall however on single player the enemy soldiers need a mere light breeze before dying. Difficulty levels don't change the AI all that much, except for making it easier for you to die.
The storyline isn't so bad though on single player. It's the usual America fighting the Russians scenario however this time you are more interested in gold bars than what your commanding officer tells you to do. This is where the title of 'Bad Company' derives from. You are sent in to do dirty missions that are suicide to say the least, and I am not too sure if in reality the army would want you to survive, so let's just assume we are classed as expendable. As you progress through the story the missions do get harder nonetheless with greater amounts of tanks being sent towards you and air defences being set up to attack your copter. Fastest finger first as they say! Although the computer obviously as the advantage there with all it's 0's and 1's!
Multiplayer really is the saving grace of the game. Such games as Battlefield 2142 did have a single player option, but just for practice with no storyline, so it was a welcome change for it to be included within this one. Multiplayer however is the boast of the Battlefield community, with the typical awards being handed out during the rounds. For example of getting 6 kills in a row or destroying x amount of tanks in a round. The playability of this is continuous and I can't see myself changing games until perhaps the next battlefield is released (which isn't too long away, for those who have read about it!).
Overall, buy this game. Gold star!
well one thing to say about this game is that it is very corny typical american 1st person army game the game consists of going through certain stages of russia . Trying to take over the mercenaries and retrieving there gold for them selves, i think the graphics are very well made because unlike other shoot em up games you can actually blow holes in building and trees so it is very realistic. The vehicle aspect of the game is also good because you have to drive and shoot and the vehicle you drive can be damaged which you can fix with your power tools. There is quite a comical bit to the game as well because one of the stages of the game is set on a golf course where you can attack the mercenaries on a golf buggy which doesn't actually hold very well three bullets and its destroyed but it is very nippy . The games weapons are very good because the most of the weapons that are used aremostly special forces from around the globe with lots of variations eg, pistols rpgs sub-machine guns and sniper rifles so lots to choose from.That is one of the main aims of the game to collect all the rarest weapons around as well as the gold which has to be collectedin every level you do i would recommend this game to anyone who enjoys army style games but buy off amazon to get the best price .
Bad company follows a bunch of rogue soldiers in their diverted course at war. The game is alright, nothing special. The dialogue throughout is corny and very poorly orrated I'm afaird, and at some stage even reaches comical (Not on purpose.) Furthermore the game is way too short, or perhaps just easy to complete. With a minimum level of difficulty, I would say its common for people to complete it comfortably in a week. This would be somewhat acceptable if the game had an excellent online aspect to it. It doesn't. Although it is not awful it certainly does lack an extent of variety with a very limited amount of game types online. However the existance of games such as COD makes it much more overshadowed and comes off worse than it actually is in comparison.
Saying this there are some positives to gameplay. The storyline is different to most war games and therefore provides an almost lighthearted experience when shooting other people! The fact that it is a fictional story line means that it has been allowed to follow a much different format than any other game and it is nice to experience modern warfare on another game than COD4.
My advice would be to not by this game brand new, perhaps second hand or even just rent it. I cannot spell it out any clearer than that. It is not worth the £30 o £40 it retails at/
Well, what more is there to say about this game that already hasn't been mentioned? I've been a battlefield fan since the series first came out. I remember the first 1942 online experience being a bit woeful, but with the subsequent patches it became a behemoth of an online game. The sequels went on to expand on an established game with bf2 proving to be a great success with various spin offs with bf:vietnam, secret weapons, bf2:special forces and the futuristic 2142 (for the pc). All have been patched and mainly improved upon- which leads me to my final judgement of the "online" component of bad company for the xbox 360- it will test your patience!
All the components are there for a great online game and believe me, it is fantastic with great weapons, maps and superb sound, but ONLY if you can get a decent server! The lag on this game is horrendous at times and at others only above average (compared to the silky smoothness you can get with call of duty4 etc) The complaints about this game are clogging up electronic arts game forums complaiing about it. To progress in this game and unlock the weapons you have to rank up and it's on these ranked servers that the lag can be particularly bad. With players warping everywhere, bullets not registering, disappearing vehicles and just horrendous server performance, as said, it will test your patience!- thankfully the unranked servers aren't as bad and after a while you can get a half decent game. It's a real shame. So, to sum up- GREAT GAME- POOR ONLINE SERVERS. Please be aware of this before purchasing this game. I'm not even sure if it will be fixed anytime soon as there is virtually no response from ea in regards to their servers.
Battlefield bad companys is A first person shooting game for the Xbox 360 console.
This series has been around for many years and has had many successful games in it. Bad company is the first game for the next generation of games consoles.
For the first time battlefield has a proper single player mode, with a story and interesting characters. This is great as previous games only had boring bot matches.
The gameplay has been refined and is a lot of fun, they have added in the ability to destroy any object in the game world which is brilliant. Now you can just blow a building apart with explosives instead of sneaking in!
This game also has an excellent online component which is robust, games are a lot of fun and they have kept the destruction in.
This game is very fun and can be yours for around 30 to 40 pounds.
I downloaded the multiplayer only online demo for this around 2 weeks before it was released and REALLY enjoyed it, so it convinced me to buy this game.
I went and got it on release day and started playing through the single player and was severely dissapointed when I reached the end of it. The main reason being that the AI is so unrealistic on the game, no matter where you are, the enemies are REALLY accurate and only aim for you (not your team mates aswell).
For example, on one mission, you have to take out a tank. Now, one of my team mates has a rocket launcher and is standing DIRECTLY in front of the tank, yet he doesn't shoot the tank, and the tank doesn't shoot him. The tank only shoots at me (I'm about 25 metres away at this point) and I end up having to blow the tank up myself - which isn't a problem, I just thought my team mate with the rocket launcher would have helped me!
Now, onto the multiplayer. This is completely different to the single player, in that it is amazing. It is so much fun, but the downfalls are you only play in teams of 4 (So if you have 5 or 6 friends online, you can't all play together) and at the time of writing there are only 2 game modes (Conquest and Gold Crate)
The single player on this game is terrible, but the multplayer is amazing. So if you online play single player games, I suggest you avoid this, but if you play muliplayer a LOT - then get it - you will enjoy it.