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whatshot Battlefield Bad Company PS3 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.8
Graphics 8.9
Sound 8.7
Value 8.8
Distributor: EA
Classification:
MA15+
Review Date:
June 2008
Reviewer:
Tyrone Williams

8.8


Battlefield Bad Company

Battlefield Bad Company transforms gamers into Preston Marlowe, a new recruit in the 222nd Army battalion that is led by the battle scarred Sergeant Redford, the soul of the B Team Company.

Joined by Sweetwater and Haggard, the B-Company are used by the military for those covert operations and without spoiling the storyline, something changes their motives which assists in keeping the game original and entertaining as you fight your way through a plethora of vast and diverse missions in EA's latest blockbuster first person shooter with a touch of squad based mechanics.

Features:

  • Cinematic single-player experience – A deep campaign loaded with dark humor follows a wayward band of ordinary soldiers who risk it all on a quest for revenge and personal gain

  • War, your way – Battlefield: Bad Company sandbox environments are 90 percent destructible, meaning any structure can be demolished down to its foundation. Gamers can shape the battlefield to match their play style – the possibilities are literally endless.

  • New vehicles, weapons and toys – Land, air or sea, dozens of new tools are waiting for explosive experimentation. Battlefield: Bad Company gives gamers the building blocks to get creative and usher in a new era of their own “Battlefield moments”

  • Frostbite game engine – DICE’s Frostbite game engine raises the bar for next-gen gaming, with stunning HD graphics that bring characters, vehicles, and environments to life like never before.,

  • Genre-defining multiplayer – Support for 24 players online* in a world designed to take full advantage of the game’s massively destructible environments

  • True “Through the gun” experience – DICE’s attention to detail is applied to the act of firing a weapon. Dozens of subtle changes to the FPS formula add up to a vastly improved shooting experience.

Developed by DICE, Battlefield Bad Company truly up the ante of this genre which is reminiscent of Red Faction as almost anything in the game can be destroyed and does allow for some interesting gameplay.

Although in its essence, the game is your traditional first person shooter, the developers do add a few twists and turns along the way in terms of story and gameplay to keep you motivated from start to finish.

As the norm for those first person shooters at present is the auto heal function, the player does not have access to this feature in Bad Company which makes things even more challenging as the adrenaline is pumping and if you are low on health, you need to use a syringe that will restore your health, however the catch is that these limited in number.

The game also involves a healthy amount of stealth as the player attempts to complete the various missions but fortunately their is a map available which assists in this area. 

The single player mode is quite entertaining, albeit frustrating at the best of times but the engaging gameplay and story twists make this one of the better first person shooter for 2008.

Once you have completed the single player, an in-depth online mode is available that allows 24-players to compete, each with their own class that include assault, recon, demolitions and support that all must work as a team as each has their own specialised weapons and equipment to complete the tasks.

Graphically, the title is quite impressive on the PS3 with high resolution details that surpasses many games. The character models are quite detailed and are well animated that work hand-in-hand with the gaming environment.

From the Hollywood style explosions to realistic lighting effects, Battlefield Bad Company gives the gamer a truly unique and graphical experience that will keep even the most staunch gamers entertained. My favourite aspect of the title is the destructible environment and realistic weapon effects that adds a true uniqueness to the game.

The musical score is brilliant with its over the top majestic feel as is the voice acting that is quite professional and suits all the characters in the game. Add in a surround sound system and this is as close as hopefully most of us will get to experiencing a war.

In conclusion, Battlefield Bad Company is a breath of fresh for 2008 that takes the genre to the next stage and gives the gamer a truly entertaining first person shooter experience with that touch of squad based mechanics. Go out and get this baby now!

 





 

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