Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - Xbox 360

Game Description: The boys of Bad Company are back in this brand-new title that will include another singleplayer campaign along with a revamped and upgraded multiplayer experience for more of a classic Battlefield online experience. The graphics engine has also been given a boost and the destructibility is better than ever.
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Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Singleplayer Hands-On Preview

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Singleplayer Hands-On Preview

By Andrew Pfister - Posted Jan 25, 2010

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

We’re watching a high-speed jeep pursuit unfold well above the snow line. It’s a frantic escape at the almost-successful conclusion of a high-risk mission in the enemy hive -- and now the swarm is pissed. Bullets rip through the thin air and powder flies from underneath spinning tires as the vehicles careen past rock outcrops and manage hair-pin cliffside turns. We’re watching a demo of Battlefield: Bad Company 2’s singleplayer mode, and can’t help but feel the deja vu that I recently escaped a similar frosty environment on a snowmobile.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Singleplayer Trailer

The guy playing survived the chase and concluded his run through the two showcased demo levels, and we were left to tease the EA PR representative about shooter similarities and funny coincidences. Laughs were had, but he then quickly reminded us that they showed alpine action in their first multiplayer trailer, before E3 and Modern Warfare 2’s snowmobile chase debut. It was all in good fun (and he was totally right), but it’s also indicative of a brewing rivalry between Call of Duty and Battlefield that started back in the fall when Infinity Ward dropped PC dedicated server support and DICE picked up some free goodwill by reiterating that Bad Co. 2 would keep the beloved -- if admittedly hardcore -- feature.

After getting my turn to play through the jungle and the mountains, I’m convinced this is a rivalry that we need to nurture further. Infinity Ward’s reputation for grand singleplayer action setpieces has been well-earned and Call of Duty is a seemingly unstoppable multiplayer juggernaut. Battlefield, on the other hand, was born and raised on multiplayer, and now it looks like the singleplayer’s getting an equal amount of bombastic love.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

First, the jungle. My Bad Company mates and I are tracking our target, but first we need to get through a village complex held and fortified by the enemy. A machine gun nest is pinning down the squad at the entrance to the village’s main thoroughfare, but there’s a way around and a flanking opportunity -- and I’m the “volunteer” chosen to eliminate the threat. The machine gunner keeps the squad at bay, but his support team quickly gets wise to our flank-and-shank plan and opens fire. This is where the upgraded Frostbite engine kicks in. Taking cover in a wooden-walled shack quickly turns from “good idea” into “terrible, terrible idea.” My A.I. partner and I regroup, find some more reliable cover, and clean out the enemy mercs, culminating in a well-placed grenade toss at the MG operator’s feet. Problem solved.

Then a tank shows up. Problem renewed. Fortunately, there’s a rocket launcher placed conveniently nearby which turns the tide in our favor once and for all. We pick up our target’s trail once more and find him holding one of our teammates as a hostage. The game automatically switches me to my pistol, and after squeezing off a few, uh…practice rounds that narrowly miss, I hit my headshot and the scene resolves semi-peacefully with the Bad Company back at full strength.

Then it’s off to the Andes (the game takes place on the western coasts of North and South America). As we swoop in on the chopper, I’m in a turret and making sure that anyone in the vicinity of our landing zone holding what might be a rocket launcher receives the business end of my minigun. We get dropped off at a satellite subcontrol station. Our task: break in and obtain vital intel, but not before eliminating the enemy presence. The sniper rifle I pick up at the watchtower overlooking the compound should come in handy for that. We break in, get what we need and are ready to leave when we’re informed over the radio that our heli pilot is battling some nasty wind shear coming off the peaks.  Time to find a better extraction point. There’s always something wrong with the extraction, isn’t there?

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

And to get to the new LZ, I get my turn at the jeep ride through the snow. I’m in full control of the vehicle, which drives like how you’d expect a Battlefield jeep to feel. My buddy is in the back on the main turret. In addition to driving duties, I’m in charge of the front-mounted grenade launcher that helps clear out enemy jeeps and obstacles on the road. It’s definitely a thrill ride, even if every single vehicle on the screen is kicking up snow in my view and slowing me down (at least it looks pretty cool). I survive all the way to the LZ with my jeep about to explode and watch the ensuing cut-scene where…

I’ll leave that for you to watch. Like I said before, having Infinity Ward and DICE try to out-explode each other is something we really need to encourage. It’s a safe assumption that Bad Company 2’s multiplayer is going to be pretty good, but we’d be wise not to sleep on the single-player story.

Comments are Closed

  • nomader

    This game looks like it's going to be good company.

    Posted: February 21, 2010 12:17 PM
  • Trevslyguy777

    If this one is as good as the first this game is going to be like 60 times better than MW2 even one of my friends said this game had better online play than MW2 because the change in pace can effect the entire game

    Posted: February 8, 2010 2:42 PM
  • illustrick

    dude been playing the demo on 360, EPIC, my friends and i have been putting c4 on the uav and flying it by enemies and detonating it with awesome results, been taking out tanks from our base before they even have a chance. omg so jewish, so excellent.

    Posted: February 4, 2010 9:16 PM
  • toetagger07

    I hope they focus less on the singleplayer this time than last time, because online play has never held up to bf1942's golden standard.

    P.S. this looks like it will be the first M rated battlefield game... I hope they don't overdue it like the 12 year old that just learned a new insult.

    Posted: January 31, 2010 9:41 PM
  • tha504headbussa

    oh my...pure epicness...

    Posted: January 31, 2010 11:47 AM
  • blackreaper24

    have to get this awesome game as soon as it comes out.

    Posted: January 30, 2010 11:50 AM
  • Cannahuana

    this is going to be the best game ever

    Posted: January 28, 2010 10:49 PM
  • ch0ptl1ver

    Modern Warfare is great, but there are a lot of n00bs! I can't wait til Monday, March 1st, 11:59 pm!

    Posted: January 27, 2010 10:05 PM
  • baronz3r

    Does anyone know if it is going to be funny like the first one?

    Posted: January 27, 2010 5:30 PM
  • woot116

    MW2 just got dumped on

    Posted: January 26, 2010 12:41 PM
  • Gamebreaker76

    Myself being I like battlefield bad compamy and looking forward to going mid evil and flating everything. That sounds so sweet! And two being a M rating for the first time. Tell me diffent if that is not cool. So EA and Dice keep up the good work and rock on!

    Posted: January 26, 2010 11:11 AM
  • HarriS 185

    first bfbc = win
    second bfbc = epic win

    Posted: January 26, 2010 8:13 AM
  • Flynfsh

    i was waiting until more info on BC2 came out to decide between this and MW2 - and guess who wins???

    yeah the 1st one

    looks awesome!

    Posted: January 26, 2010 7:34 AM
  • Spybreak

    omg, I watched that trailer with headphones, so badass! If it wasn't for being unemployed I'd totally buy this one since I enjoyed the first immensely.

    Posted: January 25, 2010 11:02 PM
  • geodanger26

    This game looks really cool. I liked the first one a lot and the multiplayer is really fun, gold rush is an awesome plus the single player looks sweet.

    Posted: January 25, 2010 10:50 PM
  • mrhammoman

    doesnt anybody think its uncool and odd that it says the f word in a trailer?... i mean movies cant do that what makes them so special

    Posted: January 25, 2010 9:16 PM
  • onelifegamer

    I'm going to end up crying myself to sleep... There are so many good games coming out but i dont have the money to buy them all... which one should i get??

    first i was certain about heavy rain. then AvP showed its awesomely gorey face, Mass Effect 2 is just asking to get played, and Dante's Inferno gave me a hell of a demo to play over and over and over and over....

    they are all coming out so soon and so clustered up... cant forget splinter cell which got delayed a bit and omg red dead redemption. the video game industry just pwn'd us all with epicness

    Posted: January 25, 2010 8:54 PM
  • P1rate

    I played Battlefield 1942 all through high school, every day....Bad Company was cool but left me unsatisfied....BFBC2 looks AMAZING! I am so glad I preordered it. CAN'T WAIT! BTW this trailer is AWESOME!

    Posted: January 25, 2010 6:22 PM
  • Chuckupman

    I dont even care if the single player sucks balls, cause if the multi player is a fraction as good as the first bad company, I'll be completly satisfyed

    Posted: January 25, 2010 5:58 PM
  • zimmy91

    I got the first one and was sad to see only 98% destruction. I said the second better have 100%. And BOOM it did, i pre-ordered this the second it could be pre-ordered. I knew that this game was the game I have always wanted from a shooter. The single player might fall short ( hope not but based on the first one... it wasnt good. ) I mean come on the multi-player is awesome in every way. Whats not cool about running in to a montage of explosive fire, shooting like a madman while everything around you gets blown to chunks, with you (sometimes) surviving the impossible. The only thing that is missing from this game is a extreme amount of gore when you blown the crap out of someone. I pre-ordered this game on the pc just for more beta time. I cant wait till the 28th to play it again.

    Posted: January 25, 2010 5:57 PM