Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Beta Hands-On ImpressionsBy Brian Leahy - Posted Nov 20, 2009
DICE and EA have begun the beta test for Battlefield: Bad Company 2, which will drop on the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC on March 2, 2010. The PS3 exclusive beta features one gametype and one map: Rush on Arica Harbor. If you haven’t gotten an access code to the beta yet, you could always enter our Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Beta Code Sweepstakes.
Let me preface this entire preview with the following: I couldn’t stand Battlefield: Bad Company. The entire multiplayer experience, to me, felt sluggish and unsatisfying. I’ve always loved the Battlefield games, but I just couldn’t get into BF:BC. This is not the case with the sequel. After a few hours in the beta, I’m putting this on my watch list for 2010. The feel of the game has been improved immensely and the netcode seems solid.
Arica Harbor is a great map. It’s no wonder this one was chosen to run during the beta. In the Rush gametype, one team is tasked with attacking and planting charges at two laptops while the defenders hold them off as long as possible. The attackers have a limited number of total respawns. The defenders win if these tickets reach zero. If the attackers manage to blow up both laptops the team will get extra tickets and the field of battle will push back to the next set of laptops. Arica Harbor features five sets of laptops and each set changes the terrain offering a great mix of open and close-quarters combat all within the same match.
As in Bad Company and previous Battlefield titles, players will gain experience to unlock new weapons, gear, and buffs. It’s not quite as in-depth as the system found in Modern Warfare 2, but it’s enough to add variety and allow for each player to customize their loadouts to their liking. The game has only four classes to kit out, but each has a very important use in the game. It was a smart decision to cut it down from five.
I enjoyed my playtime in the beta a lot. I was able to top the scoreboard during most of my matches and even though games last around 40 minutes, the ever-changing battlefield keeps it fresh. I just wish I had a squad of friends to play with as teamwork is essential in this game. The game’s release date of March 2, 2010 should allow the MW2 hype to die down and offer a different FPS experience for those gamers that want their warfare a little bigger. I just wish BF:BC2 ran at 60 frames-per-second.