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.

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  • Gunwing

    On the BF:BC2 blog they said it's a 10 hour long Single player game. With 20 maps across 6 game modes for the MP..........

    Just pure epic IMHO...... A nice long SP game with gripping story, and already proven graphics, and then a endless MP game with 20 maps, and 6 game modes! ZOMG!

    Posted: January 25, 2010 5:11 PM
  • badgarok725

    hostage situations FTW

    Posted: January 25, 2010 3:48 PM
  • bigbluectc

    At first I was going to wait for a price drop, but after seeing that trailer I think I might be making a bestbuy run on March 2nd. I got the first one, but a month later there was a price drop, but B-company 2 seems a lot bigger. Too bad the single player is going to be only 10 hours, but nonetheless the sold me it. (which is a bad reason to buy a game lol) same thing with #1 running wild by Airborne

    Posted: January 25, 2010 3:17 PM
  • bigboi21

    This seems like Halo and MW2 had a baby...took out the alien stuff...then the baby grew up...n kicked every1's ass

    Mainly cuz its a FPS Modern Warfare (not meaning the game) type game, with large open levels and vehicles. Destructible environments is wat separates this from the competition...kudos BFBC2, i have high hopes...and can't wait to get my copy

    Posted: January 25, 2010 3:12 PM
  • MasterNoble6

    VEHICLES! VEHICLES! VEHICLES 1943 was as fun to me as MW2 but it was just way to small. If DICE was testing the waters with 1943 then MW2 will certainly take a back seat to BC2. Tossing vehicles into the mix makes it much more submerssive than solo run n gun... Plus the levels will be MUCH BIGGER!!!

    Posted: January 25, 2010 1:15 PM
  • RedSigma677

    one phrase......BAD-ASS

    Posted: January 25, 2010 1:01 PM
  • greattom12

    The first game was SO great, cant wait to pick this one up!

    Posted: January 25, 2010 12:22 PM
  • chris0824

    game looks epic, cant wait to get it

    Posted: January 25, 2010 11:26 AM
  • Wandrecanada

    GTTV did a full episode regarding BC2 and it reveals a bit more than the trailer does plus contains a few extra campaign gameplay shots

    Here are a few things to look forward to in the game

    - full destruction buildings (to the foundation)
    - 10 hours of SP campaign
    - Set mostly in South America
    - Haggard, Sweetwater, Redford and Preston are all back plus a few new characters will join the story (not just voices on the radio)
    - Story is grittier and more serious but the characters remain jocular to break the tension
    - 4 MP modes with 16 MP maps (Rush, Conquest, 4 Squad Deathmatch, Squad Rush)
    - A Twitter announcement indicated the demo would release on Feb 4th for all three platforms (this was not reconfirmed anywhere official by DICE and may have been pushed back again)
    - The limited edition of Bad Company 2 will be the same price as the regular edition (so pre order now!)

    Hope that sheds some light.

    Posted: January 25, 2010 11:18 AM
  • SirCitadel

    "you think i ain't worth a dollar, but i feel like a millionaire" by queens of the stone age. excellent song for an excellent trailer.

    Posted: January 25, 2010 11:00 AM
  • aztecyankee

    I wast to excited about game however over the last fe months mw2 has gotten to unberable..this might be the change I'm looking for.

    Posted: January 25, 2010 10:59 AM
  • spicypooptastic

    (Bad company 2 > MW2) times a million^ 10000

    1. Way way way better graphics
    2. Sandbox
    3. Real characters not just people mumbling amongst each other about a character they didn't even introduce
    4. Better online even tho I love MW2's online i always wish I had a vehicle

    Posted: January 25, 2010 10:37 AM
  • nightsnipe

    you would write the MP is going to be "Pretty good" its going to be the best FPS released this year and leaps and bounds better than Modern Glitchfare 2

    Posted: January 25, 2010 9:01 AM
  • nightsnipe

    amazing as expected

    Posted: January 25, 2010 8:54 AM
  • MrUnstable

    hope its a good game a played the first one

    Posted: January 25, 2010 7:58 AM

    damn this is one kick ass game again cant w8 for it 2 be release.......

    Posted: January 25, 2010 7:49 AM
  • AKAslayer101

    Haha very sick I must say. I wonder how long the single player will be, but whatever the multiplayer is what I'm really excited about!!

    Posted: January 25, 2010 7:47 AM
  • jungleman67

    looks amazing. getting it later

    Posted: January 25, 2010 7:14 AM
  • OneEyedJohnny

    Did anyone with DICE give an exact date for the demo? I have heard Feb. 4th but that could just be a rumor. Either way March 2nd can't come soon enough.

    Posted: January 25, 2010 7:05 AM