March 13, 2010

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 PC 5 days in

I have had this game about a week now and I can hon­est­ly say this is the most fun I’ve had play­ing a FPS in a long time.  I was fair­ly hes­i­tant to play this game main­ly because of the fact the first one was­n’t that good and I was afraid that the sec­ond one was going to be a crap­py PC port.  I can say that after play­ing the game for a week all my fears have been put to rest.  The game plays very sim­i­lar to MW2 in the fact that as you progress through the mul­ti-play­er you slow­ly lev­el up and as you lev­el up you get more weapons, items, perks and achieve­ments.  This is where a lot of the sim­i­lar­i­ties end how­ev­er.  BC2 is pure­ly team based.  There is no free for all mode at the moment.  There are 4 dif­fer­ent types of game modes with­in the game rush, squad rush, squad death match, con­quest.  While this may seem quite lim­it­ed to the 2 dozen “game modes” that mw2 offers you will find you will be get­ting bored.   One of the biggest things that sticks out to me was the size of the maps.  Unlike MW2’s  “rat race” maps which are fair­ly small BC2’s maps are huge.  I don’t use this term loosly either.
The Good:
The graph­ics are top notch, every thing from the tree’s, snow, build­ings, vehi­cles, and infantry look amaz­ing.  A large amount of detail has been put into the feel and detail of the game.  Tying into the graph­ics, is the destruc­tion, build­ings are com­plete­ly destruc­tible and col­lapsi­ble.  For exam­ple if there are 4 guys in the top of the build­ing gun­ning your men down as they charge up the stairs… no prob­lem… go out­side, load your grenade launch­er and shoot the roof and bam there a huge hole in the roof.  This par­tic­u­lar fea­ture of the game means the map will nev­er look the same twice.  All the pris­tine untouched build­ings at the begin­ning of the map are gen­er­al heav­i­ly dam­aged or destroyed by the end.  This also means that you have to adapt to ever chang­ing bat­tle­field con­di­tions.  No longer can you hide in a cor­ner and expect to be safe… some­one and eas­i­ly RPG the side of the build­ing your camp­ing at and blow you sky high along with the wall sur­round­ing it.
The sound with­in the game is also amaz­ing.  If you have a good qual­i­ty sound sys­tem or sur­round sound set­up on your PC you are in for a real treat.  The explo­sions which cre­ate a deaf­en­ing boom with­in your ears, the clat­ter­ing of gun fire, sounds of jets fly­ing over, motors, etc.  All add to the over­all depth of the game.  You’ll con­stant­ly hear sol­diers scream­ing “watch out we got a fuck­ing sniper up there” or “Christ I’ve been hit I need a medic” which all add to the chaot­ic  feel­ing of the game.  One of my favorite effects is the deaf­en­ing effect you get when explo­sions are going off around you.  If a frag round goes off next to you and you man­age not to die you will be deaf as can be and this makes it hard to tell where gun­fire and explo­sions are com­ing from.
Vehi­cles are big stand­out in this game and it real­ly helps bring it a lev­el above the com­pe­ti­tion.  You can pilot every from tanks, ATVs, heli­copters, and boats.  All of these vehi­cles can have mul­ti­ple peo­ple dri­ving them.  With the heli­copter you can have your pilot and then you have have 2 guys man­ning the chain guns on either side.  This real­ly adds a inter­est­ing ele­ment to the game because you can no longer come up behind some­one dri­ving a vehi­cle you can eas­i­ly be spot­ted by the “pas­sen­ger” of the vehi­cle.
The feel of the game is also good.  What I mean by this is if you are dri­ving a tank it feels like your dri­ving a tank.  The tanks feel sol­id and heavy not like a bicy­cle that can turn on a dime.  ATV speed along at insane speeds but if you get hit by a RPG or a frag grenade you and the ATV are going to go fly­ing.  Teams are sep­a­rat­ed into squads… squads of 4 guys can work togeth­er to achieve objec­tives, cov­er each oth­er, etc.  This new way of approach­ing team play real­ly adds a good dynam­ic to the game.  When it comes to com­pet­i­tive gam­ing I think it would be real­ly inter­est­ing to see how the game played out hav­ing one per­son coor­di­nat­ing the efforts of an entire team and then on top of that hav­ing spe­cif­ic squads doing spe­cif­ic things could be quite intense.   Weapons have real­is­tic accu­ra­cy, those of you look­ing for a run and gun type game are going to be very dis­ap­point­ed.  Hip fir­ing will not get you many kills.  You have to aim down your sights, find ur tar­get and burst fire.  You also have to con­sid­er dis­tance in this game.  Bul­lets have trav­el time, and grav­i­ty affects to boot.  So if you try snip­ing some­one from across the map and your aim­ing at their head… by the time that bul­let gets there your going to be hit­ting their foot or the ground in front of them.
The Bad:
Dam­age mod­els in this game are fucked up.  This is some­thing that will most like­ly be patched in the future so it’s not some­thing that I am wor­ry­ing about to much but it’s still a major annoy­ance.  There have been many numer­ous times where i have shot a frag grenade into a wall a quar­ter inch from some­ones face and the wall behind them blows up and they walk away with no dam­age and then walk away and kill me?  Last I checked a frag grenade is more then enough to kill a man point blank.  I feel MW2 has one up on BC2 in this respect in that most kills only take 2 — 5 shots to kill some­one.  While this can be the case in BC2 there have been many times when I’ve knifed, then grenad­ed and then shot some­one and then still manged to die?  Wtf?  Hope­ful­ly this issues get patched out in the future.
Friends list defi­nate­ly leaves somthing to be desired.  Again this is most like­ly going to be fixed by future patch­es its anoth­er source of annoy­ance.  Adding friends at the moment has to be done while both play­ers are on the main screen.  In all hon­esty it would be nice to be able to chat with friends from it as well or bet­ter yet if you have the steam veri­sion of the game be able to join friends games from the steam menu’s.
Optima­ti­za­tion of this game is anoth­er issue.  There is no rea­son this game should require a quad core proces­sor.  Even with my AMD 9950, 4gb ddr2 cl3 and radeon 4890 I can still spend up to a minute load­ing a game.  This seems a lit­tle long.
The con­clu­sion:
Is this game worth the $50 dol­lar price of admis­sion.  I give it a hell yes.  It’s been years since I’ve had this much fun with a team shoot­er.  Tell your wives and girl­friends that you are going to be gone for awhile… because you will be.  Now many peo­ple have asked the age old ques­tion which game is bet­ter Mod­ern War­fare 2 or Bad Com­pa­ny 2.  Well it depends on what you are look­ing for.  The sin­gle play­er game in MW2 is bet­ter.  While both only rank in at about 6 hours a piece.  MW2 has one up on BC2 in this aspect.  When it comes to mul­ti play­er I believe BC2 dom­i­nates MW2 quite hand­i­ly.  The maps are larg­er, team play is far more coor­di­nat­ed, and the destruc­tion 2.0 ele­ments are hard to give up once you’ve had them.

10 comments

  1. DeathProof - March 13, 2010 7:27 pm

    need any­one say more? I agree about the friends deal, the friends sys­tem has almost been per­fect­ed by Stem, why not let us use steam, or a sys­tem sim­i­lar and user friend­ly. I think also once u reg­is­ter ur e‑mail and pick a user name, u should be able to change it, what if some­one is soooo excit­ed to get into the action they mis­spell the gamer tag they real­ly want (yea, i did that). Besides the clum­sy menus and unfriend­ly reg­is­tra­tion process the game is TIGHT!!!! Gonna play it right now… : )

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  2. PimpmasterF - March 13, 2010 7:27 pm

    .……WERD.….…

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  3. DanTaylor - March 13, 2010 8:48 pm

    I agree with most of what was said in the review. A cou­ple of things I feel that were left out though at least on the XBox side of things. I was on a snowy map of sorts try­ing to crawl onto a roof top and got caught in between some scaf­fold­ing and the roof top. On my screen it showed just the small­est gap, yet here my sol­dier is walk­ing in the air. I ran into a few places that I could not climb onto and by all right should be able to get there. My only oth­er com­plaint is that the move­ment of the sol­diers seems a bit slow as well. Over­all not a bad game, but for me per­son­al­ly I’ll still be play­ing most­ly MW2.

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  4. mrp00n - March 14, 2010 11:11 pm

    You should have got the PC ver­sion DT 🙂

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  5. thsoundman - March 15, 2010 6:15 am

    Unfor­tu­natly there are those amoung us who still choose to play games on old, antique and some­times very unre­li­able hard­ware known as the xbox 😛 For the rest of us who want a qual­i­ty gam­ing expe­ri­ence there is the PC 😛

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  6. thsoundman - March 15, 2010 6:37 am

    I spent 5 hours play­ing this game last night with six of my bud­dies and it’s a freak­ing blast. I can’t even tell how fast time is going by. My wife is going to kill me if I keep play­ing this 😛 There are not enough hours in the day to play this game and have a life 😛

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  7. thsoundman - March 15, 2010 6:40 am

    I spent 5 hours play­ing this game last night with six of my bud­dies and it’s a freak­ing blast. I can’t even tell how fast time is going by. My wife is going to kill me if I keep play­ing this 😛 There are not enough hours in the day to play this game and have a life 😛

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  8. DanTaylor - March 15, 2010 9:18 pm

    Hrm not real­ly the response I thought I would get. I tried to give an hon­est opin­ion of a game that is being played and all I get is bagged on for play­ing on the XBox? Last I checked the name of this site was the GAMERS­blog not the PCGAMERS­blog. I guess I will keep my opin­ions to myself about XBox stuff since it’s not want­ed here?

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  9. thsoundman - March 15, 2010 9:50 pm

    I’m just giv­ing you a hard time. I do wish the PC ver­sion got the prone option. I’m not real­ly sure why it did­n’t get that. I would like to pick up a copy for the Xbox to try it out. What issues have you noticed on the Xbox ver­sion? Do you know any­one who has the PS3 ver­sion. When were you get­ting caught on the scaf­fold­ing?
    I would have to agree on the speed of the sol­diers. This is sort of an issues with the PC ver­sion as well. They do seem to move a lit­tle bit slow for what they are doing. But then i’ve nev­er worn 50lbs or gear either so 😛

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  10. PimpmasterF - March 19, 2010 11:38 pm

    Dan­Tay­lor, thsound­man can be a bit of a turd some­times, you kin­da have to get used to him, lol 🙂
    He was­nt try­ing to harp on you though, just giv­ing you a hard time cuz hes got an abnor­maly large head and is angry with world cuz of it 😉
    I have the PC ver­sion and its not with­out its bugs either, but every new­ly released game has issues to be put up with until they are patched, unfor­tu­nate­ly EA’s sec­ond patch was a bit bro­ken and forced me to restart a cam­paign mis­sion cuz it cor­rupt­ed my save files which seems to be a wide spread issue. oth­er than that the game is eff­ing awsome, great visu­alls with DX11, fun­ny dia­logue and superb online play. seri­ous­ly could­nt be hap­pi­er with a game.

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