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.
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
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