Review by earvcunanan

Reviewed: 06/30/08

The company isn't so bad in this game.

If you've been looking for a smooth, enjoyable squad-based shooter, then Battlefield: Bad Company is the game for you. Disappointed with Frontlines or Quake Wars? No worries! BF:BC takes what was wrong with Frontlines and Quake Wars and puts it in a blender... ON HIGH! Do you like to blow things up offline AND online?! Then what are you waiting for? Join the Bad Company!

These days, most first-person shooters offer a single-player campaign which seems like it's only an introduction to the multi-player counter-part of the game. BF:BC offers a fleshed out single-player campaign that is enjoyable to boot. During the single-player portion of the game, you follow Preston and co. to do the dirty work for the military. The cast you follow are a hilarious bunch and will give you a laugh almost every time a scene comes up. The single-player campaign follows the "Go here, do that" routing, but how you go about doing so is up to you. This is what makes BF:BC stand out from the rest of the shooters, because you have flexibility in how you go about approaching your missions. The maps are really huge (though restricted to go way out of range), and pretty much everything is destructible! The campaign offers three difficulty modes: Easy, Normal, and Hard. The AI gets pretty challenging on Normal mode, because they have accurate shots and can spot you from afar if they're sniping -- watch out! If you're the type of gamer who likes to collect things, then you'd probably want to collect some of the collectible weapons you can find during the campaign. You can also try to find some Gold bars to try and unlock some Achievements. All in all, the single-player campaign is lengthy, destructible, humorous, and enjoyable.

This wouldn't be a Battlefied game if it didn't have some sort of online mode, now would it? The multi-player featured in BF:BC is called Gold Rush -- and it's the only online mode available at this point and time. EA is supposed to put out a Conquest mode later on. Anyway, you can take part in an epic 24-player match, where you're either a defender or an attacker. It's pretty simple -- as an attacker, you're supposed to go and attack the crates at the defending team's base, and vice versa. You think this may get boring fast? Well, that's where the Classes come in!

BF:BC features different types of classes you can be: Assault (all-around soldier), Demolition (anti-vehicle, close range), Recon (long range, anti-vehicle), Specialist (sabotage and close range), and Support (healer, vehicle repair, and air strikes). Each class is very useful for certain and unique situations. There's always a lot of things going on, and there's lots of ways for you to tackle an objective however you want. The maps are so huge, so watch your heads for the snipers who are hidden up on the hills or behind bushes!

BF:BC is a prime example of a game having an amazing multi-player mode, along with a flesh out single-player campaign. The game runs very smooth both offline and online with no framerate dips or screen tearing -- very impressive considering the scale of this game! To add to that, the graphics are very smooth and crisp. If you've been looking for a great squad-based first-person shooter, then Battlefield: Bad Company is for you.

Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Product Release: Battlefield: Bad Company (US, 06/23/08)

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