Review by the racer
"Superb expansion pack"
The original Battlefield 1942 was a great game, and it had plenty of potential to make it even better. It was reasonably improved with The Road to Rome expansion pack, but the game has been in need of something like the Secret Weapons of WWII pack.
Graphics (average of the five subcategories): 8.4/10
There is a bit of repetition with skies, but nothing terrible. Bots and the player are reasonably represented, but slightly blocky. Weapons and vehicles are both done nicely. Sound is the major problem of the game; guns sound far too quiet and there are only a few music tracks, two of which you'll only hear after a battle (victory/defeat music). There is no music during the actual battle, which is good.
Enjoyability (yeah, I'm making up words here): 10/10
Gameplay is where the series of Battlefield 1942 games truly shines. Controls are nothing special; they work and are easy to remember (they're the basic FPS controls). The entire game is based on interactivity; you can go from an infantry soldier riding or driving a tank to a pilot bombing enemy facilities to a sniper looking for a good position in a Jeep. Basically, if you can access a vehicle, machine gun, ship, anti-aircraft gun, guided rocket, and so on, you can use it. The sheer amount of planes, tanks, and other vehicles make this game hard to grow tired of. I do not play online, though that probably increases the replayability by a huge amount.
Additions to the original Battlefield 1942 lineup of items include a rocket pack, the Wasserfall guided rocket, motorcycle with a machine gun mounted on the sidear, the Horton HO229 plane, the swift Goblin plane, the expendable Natter Rocket Plane, the anti-aircraft Flakpanzer, throwing knives, grenade rifles, and many, many more. Eight new maps are added, from the mysterious Kbely airfield, where strange new German planes are being tested, to the all-out fight at Essen's weapons factory, and many more with excellent variation.
Average score (average of all categories): 9.2/10, rounded to 9/10
This is an above average expansion pack and better than The Road to Rome; its main strength is gameplay while its main weakness is sound. It's definitely worth buying, as is The Road to Rome. Some may argue that it is unrealistic, mainly because of things like the rocket pack, but these are more than made up for when you think of the game as a whole.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 10/14/03
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