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  • Summary: In Battlefield 1942, you will experience the heat of battle as you heroically storm the beaches of Normandy, drive a tank across the deserts of northern Africa, pilot a fighter plane during the Battle of Midway, command a battleship at Guadalcanal, or parachute and commandeer a jeep in operation Market Garden. It is the only first person, team-based action game that places you in the midst of a raging WWII battlefield with 35 "machines of war" under your control. You'll pick up the sidearm of your choice and get behind the wheel of a variety of vehicles, ships, and aircraft to go to war on land, sea, and air during some of the most famous and pivotal battles of the Second World War. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. 100
    It’s got anything, and EVERYTHING you would EVER want in a WWII game, actually its got pretty much everything you’d ever want in a game, period.
  2. For gamers thrilled by the action and heroes of movies based on World War II, or for any other red-blooded, meat-eating, chest-thumping, flatulating normal kinds of dudes, Battlefield 1942 will be virtual nirvana.
  3. In a team-on-team multiplayer battle on the well-designed maps, you may well find yourself kissing your monitor out of pure joy. [Dec 2002, p.126]
  4. A fantastic game - ridiculously fun, completely infectious, and one of the best massively multiplayer designs I've ever seen in an action game. [Jan 2003, p.116]
  5. What makes Battlefield 1942 so playable is because it's so subtle.
  6. It’s a tribute to the developers that Battlefield 1942 stands head and shoulders above most of its competition, after all these years of real-world shooters.
  7. There are some bugs in the gameplay that really need attention. The final strike against it is caused by the fact that the crowd of people playing this game online is one of the worst online communities I’ve ever been a part of.

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  3. Negative: 2 out of 39
  1. Feb 25, 2013
    10
    This Game is so Funny I never play Battlefield 2 or Battlefield 3 but this Game is so funny and so cool very long playtime. The Multiplayer is good to there are very great player and not so many flamer because this Kiddies are now playing Games like Battlefield 3 or Call of Duty Black Ops 2. This Game is a Have To Buy.
    You Have to Played before you are playing Battlefield 3.
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  2. Nov 14, 2012
    10
    Installed it for free from Origin, and I'm more than happy. Battlefield 1942 is a classic, a masterpiece of shooters. It revolutionize the online gaming. And I found it as the best BF game. It's simple to play and It's fun. So, all you need to do is to have Origin and get it easily with your account for free. If you don't have Origin, download it and get Battlefield 1942. What I'm trying to say, is that no one should not miss this game. (10) Expand
  3. Dec 11, 2011
    10
    Like C&C Renegade this game was mind blowing compared to any other game. It really evolved what we thought of fps games back then.

    It's a
    classic in my book. Expand
  4. May 14, 2013
    10
    More than ten years ago holding a disc box I remember thinking, that it was the first WWII first person shooter that gave opportunity to drive a car and a vehicle, allowing to enter them at any time. That was more than enough to play the game that I had never heard of. But then another picture took my attention a plane that was controlled by a player. "Is this a joke?" I thought, could there be really a game that allowed even flying? Oh, yes! "Battlefield 1942" gave multiplayer only experience that left so much unforgettable fun. There is no doubt that EA set such a high level of quality with this game that even now is difficult for many companies to achieve. Huge maps, much tactics, various combat allowed me to enjoy so many situations that rarely appear in singleplayer campaigns.
    Combat system was very different comparing to "Medal of Honor" and "Counter-Strike". But it was easy to get used to. There were some class types but somehow I remember that usually everyone played with bazooka, because entering a vehicle was the first thing each of my friends tried to do. Basically "Battlefield 1942" game system is all about capturing and holding points. At that time it was not an original regime, but with transport it seemed liked just something completely new and unique.
    Main theme of the game is still one of the best scores that were written for a game.
    I also have to say that there were some very successful modes that added not only extra maps but transport and weapons too.
    Ten out of ten for the game that took us to battles that no other gamer had been before.
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  5. Feb 8, 2013
    9
    Addictive, captivating fun. The ability to switch between toolkits (sniper, engineer, medic, etc.) and drive any vehicle found on the battlefield (tanks, airplanes, jeeps, submarines...) leaves me coming back again and again for more! It's even fun to play offline with bots, if that's your cup of tea. Expand
  6. ERB
    Dec 7, 2013
    9
    Battlefield 1942 is one of the best 1st person shooter games I have ever played.The game play is extremely fun in single player or multiplayer.The game is great you can go into tanks and aircraft.Going into those tanks feels great,you can kill those enemies by crashing them,shooting them,and even using your cannon against them.Going to the aircraft also feels good,you can fly to the air and you can kill those enemies by dropping you bomb into them.Although the game has a bad story the game play saves the game from getting a low score.This game is great but there are also some negatives in the game.The 1st one is that the game doesn't give you some you know what to press button if you are in here.I totally had some problems when I first played this game like getting stuck in where to respawn.I was so confuse and frustrated in that part.And there are many more confusing parts in here.2nd one of the most important here.You cannot customize your arsenal.WTF!There are only five sets in here.The medic,the scout,the anti tank,the assault,and the engineer.I wish I can customize what weapons and gear I will use.

    While the game has 2 big problems it won't effect the game from getting a low score.The game gets a 9/10 for its extremely fun game play experience.That is why I recommend you to play this game now.You can download this game for free by having an origin account.And once you already have an origin account go to free games and you can see the Battlefield 1942 download for free.So try downloading this game now and have fun.
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  7. Sep 25, 2013
    0
    It is hard to say, but this game is disqualification as a game due to many malfunctions. I will explain the reason below.

    This game has
    many and many faults. For instance, the error message "BF1942.exe was halted" appears frequently. It has probability of one in about one hour. My environment satisfies to required environment like communication speed and memory capacity. So this problem can concludes as an error of game side.

    When I am playing online mode, error "connection failure occurred" is displayed, and the game is halted forcibly. This malfunction occurs frequently.

    Some names of troopers are not displayed somehow. This game distinguishes friend or enemy by the color of the name. So player cannot attack the troopers. This fault is too fatal to form as a game against human.

    The manual of this game does not describe much important information. For example, it does not have instruction how to use parachute, or how to switch sitting positions of big vehicles.
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