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  • Summary: Built from the ground-up for next-generation consoles using Digital Illusions' Frostbite game engine, Battlefield: Bad Company drops gamers behind enemy lines with a squad of renegade soldiers who risk it all on a personal quest for gold and revenge. Featuring a deep, cinematic single-playerBuilt from the ground-up for next-generation consoles using Digital Illusions' Frostbite game engine, Battlefield: Bad Company drops gamers behind enemy lines with a squad of renegade soldiers who risk it all on a personal quest for gold and revenge. Featuring a deep, cinematic single-player experience loaded with adventure and dark humor, the game delivers the series' trademark sandbox gameplay in a universe where nearly everything is destructible. Battlefield: Bad Company also features a full suite of the franchise's trademark multiplayer options with deep gameplay modes designed to take full advantage of the game's massively destructible environments. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 61 out of 70
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  1. It looks great, has fun characters, a load of interesting weaponry, and works nicely whether you’re playing alone or with a squad. The campaign lasts long enough to feel fulfilling, and the multiplayer kept me coming back once that was complete.
  2. Bad Company represents a new direction for the Battlefield series, and it makes its debut as a console exclusive with a building-blasting bang.
  3. 90
    Dynamic action, tons of features, and highly-detailed visuals come together for the first significant step forward of console first-person shooters since "Halo: Combat Evolved." While there are a few minor quibbles, you're assured to become addicted to Bad Company's twitch gameplay.
  4. Battlefield Bad Company is a great game and continues the excellent fun found in every game in the Battlefield series that I've played so far.
  5. The levels are massive - although there are only seven of them - and the sense of being in a conflict can only currently be matched by CoD4.
  6. As a console exclusive, it delivers a great campaign with unique features that set it apart from the majority of first-person shooters on the platform.
  7. It’s got some fresh, entertaining details, and though the game experience is shallow and a little frustrating, you can hop into a mortar cannon and knock down an enemy entrenchment to make you feel better.

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  1. JohnS.
    Jun 27, 2008
    10
    How in the world do games like this keep getting made? Doesn't anyone playtest them first, outside of the designers that is? Dialogue is How in the world do games like this keep getting made? Doesn't anyone playtest them first, outside of the designers that is? Dialogue is horrible, the field of view seems smashed and flat, and the player's movement is not very realistic. This is no better than the previous Battlefields, although they did do their best to rip off Call of Duty. I also find it amusing that the design team and associates are posting good reviews under various aliases here. Just read the highest-rated comments, and notice the similarities in grammar and writing style. Nice try boys. And your a spastic Expand
  2. BenjaminW
    Mar 21, 2009
    10
    Having played both Call of Duty and Bad Company I only wish they could bring the best of both together. The destructability of Having played both Call of Duty and Bad Company I only wish they could bring the best of both together. The destructability of battlefield's landscapes and buildings with the unlocks available on COD. For me Bad Company wins hands down though, rather than just a death match, it has more strategy, much greater scope of vechles and better sqad play than COD. My favourite game ever! Expand
  3. Apr 12, 2011
    10
    I've owned this game for a long, long time now, but never wrote a review. Anyway, I use this game as a measuring stick for all other onlineI've owned this game for a long, long time now, but never wrote a review. Anyway, I use this game as a measuring stick for all other online FPSs. I'll compare COD and Crysis 2 to this game. Obviously, both fall WAY short of the mark. It confounds me. I've been playing online FPSs since Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. When that game came out (like 11 years ago), I thought the multiplayer was really cool. It's not so great, however, when COD releases a contemporary multiplayer FPS that mirrors those from over a decade ago. Anyway, tl;dr - Bad Company (and its successor, Bad Company 2) are far superior to all other online FPSs. Expand
  4. DesO.
    Jun 30, 2008
    9
    The single player game is fun but flawed. It tells an original enough story with likable and interesting characters. The objectives are The single player game is fun but flawed. It tells an original enough story with likable and interesting characters. The objectives are varied and there is huge scope for diversity in your approach to them (you could walk, drive, snipe, sneak, full frontal etc..). Its flaws are that it's not hugely challenging and the AI can be a bit "duh?" at times. It is worth playing however and is a great way to kick back after a hardcore multiplayer session. The multiplayer experience is where bad company really shines. It brings all the good from the single player mode and none of the bad. Gold rush is an incredible way of focusing the combat on a map that is otherwise so large that even 24 players would have a hard time finding someone to kill. Vehicles and classes are well balanced and although there are only eight maps the amount of diversity within each map is staggering - they tend to start very vehicle oriented and then slowly move to close quarters infantry battles or vise versa. they also change dynamically as players take advantage of their amazing destruction abilities. Personally I think this is better than COD4 because COD had extremely repetitive multiplayer and single player (I'm sure I'll be ridiculed for saying that). Anyway this game is well worth getting but only if you have online, because the single player is less than a third of the package in my opinion. See you on the battlefield hopefully. Expand
  5. JustinJ.
    Aug 7, 2008
    8
    I love this game! I've been a huge battlefield fan for quite some time. I have ONE MAJOR ISSUE....I've got to be able to I love this game! I've been a huge battlefield fan for quite some time. I have ONE MAJOR ISSUE....I've got to be able to communicate w/ the rest of my team somehow. I love the squad function and I think it should be where you can chat freely amongst your squad but press a button on the d-pad to talk to the rest of your teammates. Too often I feel like its 1 vs. 12 unless I have friends on then it feels like its 4 vs. 12. NOT GOOD! With conquest out now you can't get certain squads to guard certain flags but nooo, w/o communication it's terrible. This game could be s0o0o much better and probably my favorite game but w/o Full Team Chat, BF:MC was more fun to play. Just add a function on the d-pad where I can communicate w/ the rest of my team....PLEASE!!!! Expand
  6. DanielB.
    Jan 1, 2010
    6
    this game isn't perfect.. or mach up to cod 4 in any way shape or form.... the graphics are pretty good.. but not sharp and this game isn't perfect.. or mach up to cod 4 in any way shape or form.... the graphics are pretty good.. but not sharp and photorealistic.. the gameplay is ok.. the blowing up thing is okay at least.. its a nice gameplay feature but is all scripted and doesn't compare to red faction:gorilla.. the story is pretty good filled with fun and creative characters but the AI is sub-par and the missions are repetitive and subpar as well. the online maps are huge and a bit hard to find people hit detection is bad at best... while the breakable buildings are fun.. the vehicle controls are terrible and not mention the vehicle themselves are cheap. they spawn in almost completely random places... unaware that they are giving all of them to say the team that is pwning. speaking of controls.. there terrible. at least.... not to mention there is ads.. but only with a few guns.. some just zoom in and its extremely annoying..and the layout itself is just god-awful, y to knife right stick click to duck.... wtf... overall this game is just a cheap COD4 knockoff.. do not buy it Expand
  7. ChaseMurata
    Jun 24, 2008
    0
    Okay, after a few days and a lot of hours with the demo, here is my seasoned critique. A critique, as my first-impressions (of primarily theOkay, after a few days and a lot of hours with the demo, here is my seasoned critique. A critique, as my first-impressions (of primarily the single-player) were far too generous.

    I do not like how there are only two spawn points (team or base). Opponents can simply camp with tanks and kill you in succession. I was killed five times in a row switching off both spawn points. Every time I respawned at our base some asshole would immediately - before I could take a step - fire tank bursts into the spawn area. Between the tank and the machine-that-acts-like-your-own-personal-Airstrike, my entire team was decimated every time we spawned at the base spawn point during that game.

    The imbalance between classes is infuriating. Snipers have the advantage in most games as the scope covers a great deal of the map, and considering Battlefield is a large-scale game, snipers can, literally, see you coming from miles away. I will say, though, that the aiming system is so imprecise that it will take a few shots for them to kill you - but they will kill you before you can fire back.

    Damage is a bit ridiculous, and the Medic class, or what-ever-name-they-gave-it, is not useful at all. Why did they include this class into the game? No one uses it. No one. I have only seen a handful of people use this class in my hours upon hours of gameplay. When I do see them, only few of them handed out health crates. Those who did hand out health crates amidst warfare were killed alongside those who tried to get health crates.

    This brings me to my next point: the damage is ridiculously high. It takes only three shots to kill someone with a pistol, and I
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