Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam - Xbox 360

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
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  • Release Date:Dec 31, 2010
  • # of Players:1 player
  • ESRB:M - Mature
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Game Description: A multiplayer expansion pack for Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
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Battlefield Bad Company 2: Vietnam Multiplayer Preview

Battlefield Bad Company 2: Vietnam Multiplayer Preview

By Tom Price - Posted Dec 06, 2010

The new Vietnam expansion for Battlefield Bad Company 2 will be bringing the same gritty warfare to the Bad Company 2 universe that the first one did for the original Bad Company when it is made available for download on December 18th. To get gamers pumped up for some 1960's anti-communist action, publisher EA had us in to play some multiplayer matches on the new maps that will be a part of the downloadable content created by developer EA DICE.

For the uninitiated, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam takes the unique military shooter gameplay of Bad Company 2 and sets it in the Vietnam war, the conflict between the U.S. and North Vietnam that defined the decade of the 1960's for millions of people around the world. Weapons, vehicles and other equipment is all modeled after the real-life counterparts employed during the era, while the gameplay sticks closely to what Bad Company fans have come to expect from the game's multiplayer mode. The same sort of individual progression is built in, with players able to unlock weapons and special player upgrades, and gains and stats will carry over from one game to the other.


The weapons and vehicles are almost all American and Russian made hardware of the period, though there are some vintage WWII firearms to be had. Like in other Bad Company games, there are slow but powerful main battle tanks and smaller, faster vehicles like jeeps and tuktuks. Air combat is mostly an air-to-ground affair, with American Hueys capable of holding passengers and door gunners to complement their fixed rocket launchers. One nice touch is the ability to listen to period music in the vehicles like Creedence Clearwater Revival or Jimi Hendrix. But for authenticity (at least in a cinematic sense) you can also listen to Ride of the Valkyries like they did in Apocalypse Now.    

Here's a breakdown of the maps we got to play:   

Operation Hastings

When EA DICE released Battlefield 1943, they included a special community-based bonus that could be unlocked not by individuals, but by the entire respective communities of PS3 and Xbox 360 gamers playing online. Once the players reached a collective 43 million kills on each platform (it ended up only taking a couple of days) the Coral Sea map was unlocked. A similar promotion is planned for  Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam. Once players reach 69 million team actions – performing support actions such as revives, heals, repairs, resupplies and so on – the Operation Hastings map will be unlocked for all players on the platform that achieves it.

The map itself, which is based on a similar map from the original Bad Company Vietnam, is quite large and features plenty of vehicle action, including helicopters. A series of islands are connected by bridges that can be blown up, potentially re-routing the flow of the action. In Rush or Conquest mode it fosters really large scale engagements fought over small objective areas that are littered with cover. The developers at EA DICE think it's one of the most balanced multiplayer maps they've ever created, according to product manager Kevin O'Leary.

Hill 137

There are two basic halves to the Hill 137 map, that you'll experience in both Rush and Conquest games. The first part is a hilly section with dug-in bunkers hidden in a lush jungle set along a waterfront. But once the attackers move on past the second objective in Rush mode, they'll find themselves working their way up a long slope of what was once jungle spotted with bunkers but is now a napalm-leveled wasteland covered in burning embers and still burning hotspots. It's a bit of a shock when you first see it, and a sober reminder of what an intense and brutal war the Vietnam conflict was.



Vantage Point

The map entitled Vantage Point is most recognizable for the prominent hill in the middle of it, which is buttressed by the high walls of a terraced rice paddy on one side. While the paddies are impossible to climb up, those coming down or finding perches along one of the multiple terraces will find clear shots at the other teams main spawn points. Tanks are a big part of this map, but the single road up and over the hill makes for a dangerous choke point for those larger vehicles to traverse. Holding that hilltop is crucial to maintaining an advantage in conquest mode, since whatever team holds it has the superior “vantage point” to observe the other sides movements and to rain down hell upon them.

Phu Bai Valley

This is a very large, and flat map, featuring wide marshy areas with little cover, pock-marked by small villages and hooches that can be easily torn apart by larger gunfire. Destroying that cover is crucial, since snipers are a major problem in the wide-open spaces.

Cao Son Temple

This is a smaller, more contained map set alongside a body of water and features an ancient ruined temple in the middle for Conquest matches. With the dense jungle foliage everywhere, there are plenty of places to hide and blend in, but the extended waterfront makes for large killing zone by any team that controls it with the well-armed river boats. Their dual 50 cals can shred the jungle with ease, making the stone temple a crucial cover point. Controlling it is once again crucial to controlling the battle on this map.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam will be available for download on December 18th for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.



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  • ShinjiEx

    when are you going to post your review?

    Posted: December 28, 2010 1:15 AM
  • gamegod375

    The Release date is actually December 18th for PC and December 21 for consoles

    Posted: December 11, 2010 6:59 PM
  • Mr.Spanky

    This game is best played on a PC with a keyboard and mouse. Thumb sticks are not meant for FPS. This is why I hope they make BF3 PC first then port it to console. In fact I wish they made it possible for PC gamers to take on console kids. I would love to own a console kid every time and make them realize PC gaming is where it's at. Plus now a days it doesn't cost that much to build a very nice PC. And with a PC you get better graphics and a much better all around experience. One other thing is you learn something when you build your own PC. Console does nothing and graphics stay the same.

    I also think BF2 and BF2142 are much better games then BC2.

    Posted: December 10, 2010 6:55 PM
  • Cannahuana

    i will buy on xbox

    Posted: December 9, 2010 5:58 PM
  • Vulcanfury

    If you wanted to deliver the best experience to your players Dice, you wouldn't be socking us PC players with crappy server providers and instead let us host our own. You say you listen and in terms of net code you did for MoH, but most of the time you show the same lack of interest for the PC community that MW2 with a slight better angel. At least we get dedicated servers but again, you turn to the worst gameserver companies, just let us host stuff from our own houses or apartments. Couldn't care less about leaderboards, competitive games reveal the good players from the bad on their own.

    Posted: December 8, 2010 9:58 PM
  • M-Theory

    Flamethrower. . . must. use. flamethrower. . .

    Posted: December 8, 2010 4:57 PM
  • Expertmark5man

    This game is just filled with content. Onslaught mode,original BC1 maps, engaging singleplayer, dramatic and exciting multiplayer, and a Vietnam expansion!? DICE has outdone itself!

    Posted: December 7, 2010 6:50 PM
  • wraptor

    medal of honor is bc2 "light". the mp is by dice too. i like playing it for the afghanistan theme. i can't wait for bc2 vietnam. i'm buying a used bc2 game to download the vietnam mp!

    Posted: December 7, 2010 6:05 PM
  • KoV HK6

    Black Ops Fanboys:

    Have fun paying $15 for 2 maps you already bought and played as well as 3 new ones that are just as crappy as the current ones just like you did with MW2. Hopefully one day you will realize for that same price you could have gotten 5 maps, numerous new weapons, AND new vehicles.

    Common Sense

    Posted: December 7, 2010 9:58 AM
  • kilCanvas

    Anyone else pass up Black Ops or Medal of honor and continued playing Bad Company 2? This is my game! I can't wait to see what the developers do in BF3.

    Posted: December 6, 2010 8:44 PM
  • StayPuft

    seems like a totally hardcore and gritty version of 1943! i'm so pumped for this expansion!!

    Posted: December 6, 2010 7:02 PM
  • OneEyedJohnny

    Everybody that buys this on the 360 better play as a TEAM so we can unlock that super awesome 5th map first or so help me... >:O

    Posted: December 6, 2010 4:38 PM
  • Kill_Force

    Battlefield Bad Company 2 is an amazing game, the developers at EA have made the best War style FPS, BC2 makes CoD a joke, CoD will NEVER amount to the game play of BC2, or future Battlefield games. The Best part is no kill streaks, it takes real skill to play BC2 and its more then running into someone and knifing them, I look forward to playing Vietnam, hopefully people realize that CoD is a joke and not a war simulator, there are no perks in BC2, adding a silencer to shotguns is ridiculous and not right. Battlefield Bad Company 2 is thee Best FPS to this date and will continue to be the best

    Posted: December 6, 2010 4:04 PM
  • JOKERNJ732

    nice preview except for the release date on ps3 and 360 is the 21st, while the 18th is thay day where it will be released on steam. in closing i can't wait for these maps after the fail of vip pack 7 i hope these maps are as good as the original rush maps of bad company 2.

    Posted: December 6, 2010 3:54 PM
  • Traveler29

    I am very excited for this game. I am playing the h*() out of BC2 and love it. I use to play Modern Warfare a lot but MW2, I thought sucked. In COD if you have someone shooting from a window you need a HS to take him out or multiple body shots. IN BC2 if there is a shooter in the window I take out the whole F$#!ing wall!

    Posted: December 6, 2010 3:48 PM
  • TheChampine


    Posted: December 6, 2010 1:52 PM
  • kev04

    You Have to have skills to play this game yes i said it right with out the Aim-bots or wall hacks

    Posted: December 6, 2010 12:05 PM