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  • Summary: In this installment, the Bad Company crew again find themselves in the heart of the action, where they must use every weapon and vehicle at their disposal to survive. In Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the 'B' company fight their way through snowy mountaintops, dense jungles and dusty villages.In this installment, the Bad Company crew again find themselves in the heart of the action, where they must use every weapon and vehicle at their disposal to survive. In Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the 'B' company fight their way through snowy mountaintops, dense jungles and dusty villages. With a heavy arsenal of deadly weapons and a slew of vehicles to aid them, the crew set off on their mission and they are ready to blow up, shoot down, blast through, wipe out and utterly destroy anything that gets in their way. Total destruction is the name of the game, delivered as only the DICE next generation Frostbite engine can. [Electronic Arts] Collapse
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 59
  2. Negative: 0 out of 59
  1. 100
    Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is as complete a package as you could ever ask for. Multiplayer-heavy titles can be a fickle beast, but we’re pretty sure we’ll be playing this one for quite some time to come.
  2. Both single player and multiplayer experiences excel in Bad Company 2, and the sequel is a great step up from its first iteration. This is one of the best and most addictive on-line experiences in a shooter in years.
  3. This really is one of the best looking console shooters I've ever played.
  4. 90
    It's kind of like DICE has trained for a game development biathlon, resulting in its first game where the single-player mode is just as good as the multiplayer -- and that says DICE has what it takes to be among the best in the business.
  5. 'Battlefield: Bad Company 2' comes armed with a heavy arsenal and some bad attitudes, and delivers another solid shooting experience that will please fans of the original, and dare I say it, the “COD” clan as well.
  6. Overall Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is a sequel worthy of taking your attention away from other shooter out there.
  7. There's no denying the appeal of Bad Company 2's multiplayer. DICE is still expertly nailing down what it pioneered all the way back in 2002, and the experience remains far from stale. However, poor design in the single-player makes for a campaign that's not only lacklustre throughout, but cripplingly buggy at times as well.

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  1. Positive: 87 out of 104
  2. Negative: 9 out of 104
  1. Aug 12, 2010
    10
    An incredible game to say the least. The Single Player Campaign is the best in its class and the Multiplayer has some of those epicAn incredible game to say the least. The Single Player Campaign is the best in its class and the Multiplayer has some of those epic 'Battlefield' moments. And, the way that you can customize your 'classes' in a multiplayer game is much better than those of Call of Duty. It is definitely a better game than the first Bad Company and is worth the purchase. I could not disagree more with JohnD, as if one side has something such as a helicopter it can get frustrating getting killed over and over but it puts you into a hard situation that YOU have to deal with. Also, if you level up or unlock something in-game you get to change and use it, in-game. For a basic summary, best in it's class and I have played EVERY Battlefield game to date. This is incredible. Expand
  2. Jun 18, 2015
    10
    9.5 out of 10 (rounded up to 10)

    Battlefield is one of the most authentic shooting experiences on the market, priding itself on realistic
    9.5 out of 10 (rounded up to 10)

    Battlefield is one of the most authentic shooting experiences on the market, priding itself on realistic graphics, amazing audioscapes and heart pounding, fist pumping bouts of destructive gameplay. Bad Company removes the overtly serious tone of the series, while retaining the same great mechanics and expanding upon them when needed. The first game proved to be an excellent start for a sub series that had indomitable potential. Its follow up is even better, uniting multiple disparate elements into a whole and proving itself to be one of the most enjoyable shooters ever created.

    Multiplayer has long been the strongest pillar of the Battlefield tower and that trend continues in this entry with more enjoyable modes (better than the singular one in the first) and a larger amount of unlocks and rewards. The games remain tense and somewhat strategic, as you work your way through large maps and pay great attention to your surroundings so as not to end up with a sniper's bullet lodged in the back of your skull. Gunplay is still fast and sudden, most firefights ending quickly and the ones that are stretched out always have a habit of concluding with one opponent getting killed by someone else in the world. Conquest is still the greatest mode of all, uniting many ideas into a successful and completely epic mission as you shoot your way through the largest scale version of Domination out of any multiplayer shooter.

    Destruction proved to be one of the most solid fearures of the last game and it is only improved upon here. Whole buildings can be toppled as you attempt to kill your camping foes. With the use of various explosive devices, you have multiple options open in how you work through the environment and how you approach your objectives. This makes the combat even more exciting and never knowing whether or not your seemingly impenetrable defences can come crashing down is such a thrilling moment of despair and uncertainty and the graphical fidelity remains impressive while online with dozens of other players.

    Traversal and navigation remains amazing on foot or in a vehicle, with incredibly realistic movement and handling in either land or air vehicles. Using tanks empowers you and gives you a sense of superiority over your rivals on the battlefield. While jets and helicopters require a little bit of skill to control, you are sure to eventually get the hang of things. Mantling and running is also excellent and it works in conjunction with the use of the gadgets and various other weapons in multiplayer. As I said before, gunplay is just great and the amount of variety within the armaments you can use is astounding and impressive. But while multiplayer may be the bread and butter of this experience, Bad Company 2 still supplies what is easily the best campaign in Battlefield history...

    Preston Marlowe and the rest of B-Company returns after the brilliant ending of the previous game and this time they're going up against a new Russian enemy. He's surprisingly memorable for a shooter antagonist (even though he's not on the level of Makarov from MW or Vaas from Far Cry) and while his grand plan is all about crippling the United States with nukes and his army, the history the game spans (starting in WWII) is fairly inspired. Travelling forwards in time and while the motives behind the return of the squad are a little mixed, I instantly loved being reacquainted with these excellent characters due to their nice sense of humour that keeps the dialogue out of the cliched and melodramatic category. That said, it does feel like this game has lost a little of its identity due to the darker tone and general lack of very funny moments.

    The level design in this game is nowhere near as open as it was in the first game and so it gains a fair amount of linearity to its objectives. However, this isn't really a bad thing. Confronting multiple objectives at once ensured the game lost some of its story structure and it removed the probability of big set piece moments. They are in abundance here, with a thrilling solo trek through the tundra, an open desert level that encourages vehicle use and the obligatory sniper level, which turns out to be fairly original in feeling. The campaign is a bit too short though and lacks the same great replay value as the first.

    Bad Company 2 is the ideal return for such an impressive sub series and with the improved campaign and standard for multiplayer shooters in the online space, it is an excellent step up from the starting experience. While it may lack in the same general sense of identity and open feeling that the first game had in abundance, it more than makes up for that with polished gameplay mechanics and a destructibility system that proves to be fairly innovative. Sure I love Battlefield 3, 4 and Hardline, but I'm still waiting for the next great sequel in this exciting sub series.
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  3. TomJ
    Apr 2, 2010
    10
    nikko!! you MORON!! MW2 runs at 600p! But anyway gave this game a 10 as it is ultimate fun! wont compare it to MW2 as ive played the hell out nikko!! you MORON!! MW2 runs at 600p! But anyway gave this game a 10 as it is ultimate fun! wont compare it to MW2 as ive played the hell out of that game and find it boring with its terrible maps. Bad company 2 has the best multiplayer experience out there, with great vehicles, game modes and weapons. Maps are very good and are suited to people who like to snipe or run and gun. If you havent played this game and are struggling for money, i suggest you trade in MW2. Expand
  4. Nov 9, 2010
    9
    Great game, great multi-player option with lots tanks, cars, helicopters, and military equipment that you can use. The only reason I didn'tGreat game, great multi-player option with lots tanks, cars, helicopters, and military equipment that you can use. The only reason I didn't give a 10 is that, unlike Modern Warfare 2, there are no special abilities or anything that you gain over time, nor custom classes that you can make. Expand
  5. lucash
    Apr 9, 2010
    9
    This is a really solid game, my favorite competitive online game since cod4. I have quite a few complaints about the single player, but since This is a really solid game, my favorite competitive online game since cod4. I have quite a few complaints about the single player, but since i am not going to finish it, i wont voice them. However, the multiplayer is a blast. It offers a nice change of pace for those who got sick of campers in MW2. I say rent it to see if you like it and then go out and buy it if you do. Expand
  6. Oct 21, 2012
    8
    Bigger and better than the original with a great campaign and an excellent multiplayer. One of my favourite multiplayer by the way. Thumbs upBigger and better than the original with a great campaign and an excellent multiplayer. One of my favourite multiplayer by the way. Thumbs up for DICE! Expand
  7. Apr 27, 2011
    0
    this game is so terrible. it focuses on realism way to much and forgets the fun. the story is shot and is way to predictable. the mutiplayerthis game is so terrible. it focuses on realism way to much and forgets the fun. the story is shot and is way to predictable. the mutiplayer is full of sever problems and is very lacking in game modes. Expand

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