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Gameplay 8.1
Graphics 8.0
Sound 7.9
Value 8.2
Distributor: EA Sports
Classification:
G+
Review Date:
April 2006
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

8.1

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Battlefield 2: Modern Combat

To the frontline soldier! Modern Combat see us filling the boots of various soldiers in this popular series, now coming to a 360 near you. Battlefield has always been a popular game, so it was cool to see it coming to a next gen console for gamers to take advantage of the extra grunt that a machine like the 360 can provide. 

Being dropped into Kazakhstan to help in a conflict between the UN and other parties will see you get into game mode quickly enough. Whilst in this game the storyline doesn’t really matter, the focus is on the action, there is a slight undercurrent of a tale but mainly to give you a reason for where you are and what you are doing. I found it simple enough to just get in there and start shooting. 

Something not afforded PC gamers is the XBox 360s gamerscore system, that awards you medals for your character when you play the game either online or offline, allowing you to build up a lot of experience for when you play against human combatants online. The missions throughout the game are varied, taking you to a large range of locals as well with mission design nicely implemented to keep you busy. 

Graphically the title is a sweet looking beast with some hi res textures that should make you very glad that you bought the 360. Effects in the game allow you to really feel as though you are part of the action and are an improvement (naturally) from what you might have experienced with either the PS2 or first XBox. 

As much fun, and as varied as the game is in single player mode, multiplayer is where this bad boy really comes to life. Connections on Live have thus far been good and most servers seem to be holding up really well which is great. The game really shines online and fans of the series are most likely going to be happiest when playing online. The only downside to the online experience is when you are trying to hide, a nasty red dot hovers over your head to anyone within visual distance, so campers beware! 

A feature that I liked in the game was the ability to hot swap your characters which makes sure that you can really take advantage of your team all the way through the game. By swapping into other computer controlled players through the game, you can make sure that decisions are made that you wouldn’t trust the computer controlled team mates to make.  

Don’t rely on your team mates too much in this game as you will find that often they are waiting for you to take the lead. Often slow, the AI lets them progress as you do which means that if anyone triggers an attack it will be you at the front that cops it. Once firefights are underway however, your team works pretty well, providing you are showing initiative and leadership. 

Ultimately Battlefield 2: Modern Combat is a title that should please most gamers, especially those who have never played it on PC before. Great visuals and the hotswapping ability combined with battles on foot with multiple weapons and commandeering vehicles makes for a fast paced experience. The large mission count in the single player game, along with the online game mean that you are going to be enjoying this one for quite some time. 

Recommended. 






 
 



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