Battlefield Bad Company 2 was a shock to play for me, someone who loves shooters. As I never really played PC games that offered online multiplayers (outside MMORPGs) I never really knew what to expect, but 10 minutes into playing the demo of this game I was absolutely hooked, so much so that I had ascended up the unlock tree to the very highest height that the demo offered. When I eventually pried myself away from my PS3, I pre-ordered this wonderful game.
A lot of people compare this game to Modern Warfare 2, an obvious comparison, if you feel that all shooters are the same. To me, they're as different as Deus Ex and Doom. DICE really put their all into this piece of work and it shows. The graphics are very impressive, the actual mechanics to the shooting are fluid and easy to pick up, and the story is actually interesting.
I feel Bad Company 2 has been given a bad rap due to the distinction between the single and multiplayer modes. I've read people saying that the single player campaign (quite possibly the main event for most games) just isn't worth it in Bad Company 2, but this isn't true! The fact is that BC2 actually has a very impressive, engrossing single player campaign, but the problem here is that the multiplayer is just so damn addictive that it completely overshadows its offline component. It wouldn't matter if the single player campaign won an Academy Award, the multiplayer would still dominate the average player's time. This game might literally have the perfect multiplayer component, in my opinion.
DICE have streamlined the multiplayer to really put an honest to god emphasis on teamwork. The two sides to the battles are divided up into 4-man squads that can communicate via headset etc, and you will rack up the points a whole lot faster if you work together and go after the objectives rather than sit in a corner and kill people. Granted, it is fun to sprint around collecting opportunistic kills but I find it much more rewarding to help my teammates, be it repairing their vehicle, re-supplying them or healing their wounds. Turn your concentration to more of a support role and you will fly through the ranks and unlock more guns than you could get to grips with.
Also the sound deserves a mention here, it really is brilliant. Obviously the graphics are great but the sound really stands out, it probably COULD win an Academy Award. Play the game and you'll see what I mean!
Anyway, stop reading this review and buy this game! I'll see you in Arica Harbour!