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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 "Onslaught" Preview

By Gerald Villoria - Posted May 21, 2010

How do you make a wildly popular shooter like EA's five million unit strong Battlefield: Bad Company 2 even better? Developer DICE unleashes the Onslaught: a cooperative mode that'll test any four-player squad's ability to work as a team.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Not What You Think

If you think this is yet another contrived take on Gears of War 2's Horde mode or Call of Duty: World at War's Nazi Zombies, you'd be way off the mark. Those modes are tactically satisfying diversions, and particularly fun with friends, but they're ultimately wars of attrition where survival is the goal. Onslaught instead plays like multiplayer Rush, starting with clear mission-specific objectives and rewarding tactics over kill counts. This plays to Battlefield: Bad Company 2's strengths: Instead of being confined to an arena-sized map, BF: BC 2's sprawling exteriors allow for great flexibility in play style, encouraging flanking maneuvers and the vehicular combat that so many fans love.

When this chunk of downloadable content arrives on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, Onslaught will allow you and up to three friends to tackle unique, scripted combat scenarios on four different maps: Valparaiso, Atacama Desert, Isla Inocentes, and Nelson Bay. Onslaught introduces new vehicles to the mix and also touches up these familiar maps with redesigned lighting and other visual effects. While entirely new maps would be preferred, enhancing existing maps with a fresh coat of paint comes a close second.   

Uno, Dos, Tres, Quatro

Each map bears its own play style, as befits the tactical options presented by its terrain and layout. Valparaíso, for instance, tasks your elite squadron with repelling Russian forces from Chile, the final objective being a power station on the outskirts of the city. Dedicated tank drivers and engineers will fall in love with the Atacama Desert mission, as it's focused on vehicular combat.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

During our hands-on play session we completed the infantry-based Nelson Bay mission: On this wintry map, we had to fight past a series of brutal emplacements and eventually lay waste to a heavily guarded encampment and secure control of a submarine base.

Frontal assaults are fun, but these missions are meant to be challenging, and we came away with the feeling that you'd have to set up crossfires and flank to make steady progress. Throwing ourselves mindlessly into the line of fire was an exercise in futility, but once we designated a sniper to lay down cover fire, advancement became more of a possibility. A good mix of roles can help, but the most important thing to remember is that you always need to keep at least one squaddie alive, or it's game over.

The Art of War


We also found that you could fool the AI with some careful thinking and tactical movement. During the last portion of one mission, we were able to clean house after a stealthy approach into a heavily-guarded enemy base. Many of the Russians were holed up in a station, unaware of the incoming assault, and we were able to pick them off one-by-one from the windows. You'd be amazed at the amount of damage one soldier can deal with a rocket launcher. Sure, this alerted the nearby Soviets of our attack, but we were then able to move into the newly-cleared base and repel their counterattack from a strong defensive position.

Competitive players will appreciate the inclusion of a dedicated leaderboard for Onslaught, and all members of any given team earn rankings in unison. It'll take aggressive play, sharp reflexes, and a well-executed gameplan to post good times, though with co-op it's ultimately more important to just have a good time. Players should also appreciate how multiplayer unlocks carry over into Onslaught. The more you play, the more cool gear you'll earn, and hopefully the better you'll get.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

We found the AI to be a satisfying challenge; more than once we'd be down to our last squad member, crossing our fingers that he'd buy us enough time to respawn. It's moments like these that separate cooperative play from its competitive counterpart. There's no greater high than succeeding as the entire team cheers you on, just as there's no greater low than letting the team down when you're the last man standing, their curses echoing in your headset. Spectator mode can be fun, but it can also be humiliating.

PC Gamers: Don't Hold Your Breath

Battlefield: Bad Company 2's Onslaught mode is coming to consoles for an as-of-yet unrevealed price, but you can bet it'll be in the same ballpark as similar downloadable expansions from competing shooters. The real mystery is that there's no word as to if or when Onslaught will ever make it to PC. The problem lies with how PC servers are all dedicated with providers: each server switching from 32-player Conquest to 4-player Onslaught would cut out 28 player slots. This could have a "dramatic effect on the PC online environment," according to a statement from EA. 

That's a shame, because Onslaught makes an already great game even better.

Comments are Closed

  • RTepps

    I'm guessing this will cost between $10-$20 it looks like a lot of fun at the moment this is my favorite multiplayer game. in my opinion it's the best multiplayer on the consoles.

    Posted: June 22, 2010 9:53 AM
    RTepps
  • Christ0bell

    800 ms max.......if they start doin the COD 1200 map pack pricing im not getting it. cant see the point of having a VIP account if they are only goin to release maps for game modes that are new.........

    p.s for all you bfbc2 xbl players head on over to the marketplace 258.56mb update for multiplayer that provides some HUD enhancements (free no vip)

    Posted: June 10, 2010 6:35 AM
    Christ0bell
  • narutrunks1

    that might be something i might get. specially since me and my buddies love playing co-op on modern warfare and campaing on l4d2. anyways i might get it after schoo lis over.

    Posted: June 8, 2010 4:25 PM
    narutrunks1
  • StealthClone

    No love for the PC users... *Sigh*

    Posted: June 6, 2010 1:19 PM
    StealthClone
  • lordleonhart

    Makes me so mad... I enjoy the game very much am a rank 23 atm... me and my buddy both play and would be fantastic to do some co op missions with friends... but sadly I have PC. Bad enough punkbuster doesn't do crap for aimbotters.

    Posted: May 26, 2010 6:06 PM
    lordleonhart
  • JanMori

    Sadly, I'd bet quite highly that this will be something everyone, including VIP members, are charged for. People rage for so long on how Battlefield gave them free maps while COD charged them for it, but there is one major flaw. Battlefield's maps were already on the disc (which is why the free downloads are all so small in file size). They just gave you the keys to unlock them for free. COD simply didn't make you download keys to access all the maps on the disc. The maps they released later were made or adjusted tot he game later. Now, Coop mode is something that is not on the disc. But they said DLC would be free for VIP's, so it will be, right? To that I point to EA's other "VIP" service, the Cerberus Network for Mass Effect 2, which worked just like VIP in everything but name. When EA started releasing new, better things, they started charging thanks to fine print that allows them to (see the Firewalker pack, costume pack, and most notably, the Kasumi add-on). VIP will go the same way. The first few things were free, now everything else will be pay for everyone.

    Posted: May 23, 2010 9:04 AM
    JanMori
  • iiM_Abstrakt

    yes this seems very exciting and would add a whole new flavor to the game.
    i hope i dont have to pay =] (ahem VIP?)

    Posted: May 22, 2010 7:21 PM
  • FrozenDragon

    Looks like EA is unzipping and showering the pc bc2 owners with gold, again. Maybe because they've done sooo much for us in the past. I mean all we do is faithfully purchase and play any and all Battlefield titles that come out, bugs/exploits and all. Why should they release co-op for us, it's not like after console owners drop this game for other titles in the future. And the pc community keeps playing, faithfully. I mean c'mon it's all about... other important stuff, right?

    Posted: May 22, 2010 8:59 AM
  • linc77

    so if you had to guess, what would the price be?

    Posted: May 22, 2010 7:48 AM
    linc77
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