Battlefield Bad Company 2 HD (iPad) Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 7.9
Graphics 7.9
Sounds 7.0
Value 8.0
Developer: EA
Distributor:
iTunes
Review Date:
June 2011
Reviewer:
James Wright

7.9


Battlefield Bad Company 2 HD

The hit PC and console game, Battlefield Bad Company 2 has arrived on the iPad in glorious HD graphics for this smart device. Originally released on the iPhone and iPod Touch, the iPad version in our opinion is far superior due to the larger screen and more importantly HD graphics that makes this quite an immersive experience.

Unlike some first person shooters, Battlefield Bad Company 2 HD is grounded by its realism as players fight human combatants as opposed to alien invasions or some other supernatural phenomenon. Like other first person shooters, the controls of this game have been mapped to the virtual controllers on the iPad touch screen which allows you to interact with the environment and engage in the enemies.

For those who have never played a first person shooter before on the iPad, it may take a little time getting use this system because as opposed to a console controller or the traditional mouse and keyboard, the touch screen is quite different. I also like the fact that the developers have included a variety of control options for the player and this is dependent on your experience on first person shooters in both the casual gaming and hardcore sense.

There is a basic tutorial mode in the game to assist in the process and after an hour or so, you'll be a lean mean killing machine or so I would hope. Thankfully the game is not as accurate as the PC or console versions which means on a lower difficulty, the AI is quite slow and the battles lean towards the player. On the hardest difficulty setting, things become very tough for the player. As you engage in the various missions of Battlefield Bad Company 2 which generally involve killing your enemies, the developers also spice up the gameplay with player controlled vehicles. This is a nice break from the gameplay and helps keep things fresh and unique.

In reference to gameplay modes, Battlefield Bad Company 2 HD supports a relatively decent single-player mode and even multiplayer through WiFi, 3G and Bluetooth, however the WiFi mode is far superior due to the fast speeds that are possible through this format. Multiplayer was quite enjoyable for Battlefield Bad Company 2 and although there are a limited number of maps to play, it's actually quite fun, especially when you have the maximum of ten players where they are trying to kill each other through Deathmatch. The only downside to the multiplayer is that the title does not support Game Centre. Although it does not effect the gameplay, it's nice to be connected to the greater community, especially to showcase your prowess at the game.

Graphically, as opposed to other EA games like Dead Space which looks amazing on the iPad, Battlefield Bad Company 2 is a little Spartan and simplistic at times. The environments do look decent, however the attention to detail is a little lacking as it is with the characters. Fortunately the gameplay mechanics work well and although it's not the nicest looking first person shooter, it's still quite acceptable. The musical score and sound effects compliment the gameplay well and sounds great through our iPad 2 speakers but even better through headphones.

In conclusion, Battlefield Bad Company 2 HD is a good first person shooter on the iPad and although it lacks some of the graphical eye candy from the PC or console versions, it is still a fun game on the iPad without it being overtly complex or too frustrating. With single player and multiplayer modes, Battlefield Bad Company 2 HD has something for everyone.

 






 
 



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