Battlefield 2

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Battlefield 2
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Release date: June 21, 2005
Developer: Digital Illusions CE
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Series: Battlefield Series
Platforms: Windows

Summary

Battlefield 2 (abbreviated to BF2) is a computer game in which players fight in a modern battlefield using modern weapon systems. Battlefield 2 is a first-person shooter with some strategy and RPG elements. Battlefield 2 was developed by Digital Illusions CE (DICE) with a custom game engine. During development, Trauma Studios contributed to the development of the game after it was acquired by Digital Illusions CE. BF2 is published by Electronic Arts as the third full game of the Battlefield series, released in late June 2005. The first two installments were Battlefield 1942 and Battlefield Vietnam.

BF2 includes a single-player mode with three difficulty levels and multi player mode via the Internet or a LAN. Both player modes use the same maps and use Battlefield's conquest game mode. Single-player mode allows 15 computer controlled players, while Internet mode allows up to 64 players. Players can choose to play 3 factions: United States Marine Corps (USMC), People's Liberation Army (PLA), and the fictional "Middle East Coalition" (MEC). Additional factions are playable through the expansion packs.

A console branded version also exists (for Xbox, Xbox 360 and PS2), named Battlefield 2: Modern Combat. Although they both share the same name, they differ quite considerably in execution, content, and gameplay.

Gameplay

There are two main game modes, Conquest and Cooperative gameplay. The ultimate objective of "Conquest" (Battlefield 2's only officially ranked game mode) is to reduce the opposing team's "tickets" to zero. This can be accomplished by capturing flags (which also allows the team to spawn at that point), forcing the opposing team to respawn players by killing them. By capturing flags, the team with less than half of the flags or failing to capture a certain number of flags depending on the map will have their tickets gradually diminish. By killing an opponent, his or her team’s ticket will decrement by one once the player respawns. Furthermore, if a team has nowhere to spawn and all of its members are dead, their ticket count will instantly go to zero.

Cooperative gameplay, known as “co-op”, is the same as conquest mode except that players also play with and against computers or known as “bots”. This game mode is not part of the ranking system.

Official Expansion Packs

Battlefield 2: Special Forces

Battlefield 2's only expansion pack, Special Forces, first began its development sometime during or shortly before the release of the original Battlefield 2 by DICE Canada: Battlefield producer, Mike Doran, commented in August 2005 that "The truth is that work on Battlefield 2: Special Forces began several months ago.". It was officially announced on July 14, 2005 and released on November 21 of the same year. The focus of the development was infantry-based combat as opposed to vehicle-centric combat from the original. As such, most of the additional content in the expansion pack can be used by infantry only or to assist the infantry

By name, this pack focuses on special warfare with players taking the role of six unconventional forces: US Navy SEALS, Special Air Service, Russian Spetsnaz, MEC Special Forces, and unspecified Rebels and Insurgents. Players play in eight maps with ten more vehicles such as the AH-64D Apache and Mi-35 Hind. In addition to these new contents, players have access to new equipment such as night vision goggles, tear gas, and flashbangs which can alter gameplay. There are eight more small arms weapons available such as the G36K/E and FN SCAR L/H and several weapons from the original are replaced. The expansion offers more awards in the form of badges, ribbons, and medals that players can earn. Finally, many of the weapons from the expansion may be used in the original Battlefield 2.

This expansion pack is available for purchase via EA's content delivery service, known as EA Store, in addition to retail copies and Battlefield 2 Deluxe Edition.

Official Booster Packs

Booster packs are additional content released for Battlefield 2 that can be downloaded via the EA Link for US$9,99, £4,99 or €10. The booster packs are now available in retail form as the Booster Pack Collection, containing a DVD which features these packs.

Booster packs add a significant amount of content to the game, but are different from expansion packs because they are intended to add to the original gameplay and not stand on their own (such as Special Forces does). The booster packs include new maps, vehicles, and a new European Union faction. Neither booster pack adds any content that can be used within the Battlefield 2 core game.

Euro Force

Battlefield 2: Euro Force is the first booster pack, and was released on March 14, 2006. The booster pack allows players to play as a new European Union army, armed with new weapons and vehicles from the various countries of the EU. It is available for purchase online at the Electronic Arts download service, or as part of the retail Booster Pack Collection. It was scheduled for release in February, but was delayed due to a substantial amount of new bugs caused by the release of patch 1.2. It features a whole new army, 4 new vehicles, 3 new maps (including 'The Great Wall of China', against the People's Liberation Army of China), 7 new weapons: the HK53, L96, L85A2, HK21, Benelli M4, FAMAS, and P90 and 1 new medal.

Armored Fury

Battlefield 2: Armored Fury is the second booster pack released for Battlefield 2 and was released on June 6, 2006. It added 3 new maps, as well as two new vehicle classes: attack jets for close air support and reconnaissance helicopters that operate as a mobile UAV. The booster pack has the USMC defending U.S. soil from invasions from the PLA and MEC. Operation Midnight Sun features the Chinese landing at the Alaskan port Valdez where they are trying to secure much needed fuel from the pipeline. Operation Road Rage is a MEC vs. USMC map, where the MEC are using US Highways (what appears to be I-95) to transport units to industrial areas. Operation Harvest sees the United States trying to stall the MEC en route to the capital from the northwest, being blocked in a Pennsylvania Dutch farmland near Lancaster, PA while waiting for reinforcements. New vehicles include Attack or Close Air Support aircraft such as the A-10 Thunderbolt II, an improved Su-25 Frogfoot and the Nanchang Q-5 as well as new light utility helicopers such as OH-6 Little Bird, EC-635 and the WZ-11. As well as the addition of new helicopters and planes, DICE also added the Muscle Car and Semi Truck as well as 1 new ribbon for the theater. However, the proposed AV-8B Harrier was cut from the addon due to balancing issues.

Reception

Battlefield 2 has sales of over 2,250,000 copies worldwide, as of July 2006.

The game gained widespread approval from critics, receiving an aggregate score of 91% from 55 reviews, including five stars out of five from large reviewing organizations Yahoo! Games, GameSpy, X-play and Computer Gaming World. PC Gamer awarded it 94%, stating, "Its finely tuned maps and balanced gameplay prove that you CAN improve on perfection," and honored it as Game of the Year. GameSpot rated the game 9.3 out of 10 claiming that "when you experience Battlefield 2 like it's meant to be played, with everyone working together and using real-time voice chat, the game quickly becomes unlike anything else that you've played before."

Some of the lower scores were reactions to the large amount of bugs and glitches in the initial release. For example, Gaming Nexus (who awarded the game an 8.7 out of 10) reported, "I’ve had many cool experiences playing it and a lot of 'did I just see that' moments but all of that is crapped on by the bugs and quirks in the game.". Many players have complained that bugs have remained unfixed or were replaced with worse bugs due to poorly tested game patches. As of 1.41, most of the fatal errors (crash-to-desktop) have been fixed, and few browser, server and balance problems remain. However, 1.41 will not install on many computers, giving a "patching failed" error.

Games Radar approved of the game, awarding a 90%, but added a disclaimer that the gaming experience is best "if your machine is up to it". Gamespot's review agreed with the high system requirements noting that "the load times are one of the biggest gripes that we have, as you will spend quite a bit of time waiting for a game to start up, even on high-end machines...also a bit demanding in the hardware department."

Links

Official Website


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