2: Modern Combat is a darn good sequel to the PC version
of Battlefield 1942. It's got some new features but
it's still sporting a high octane shooter under the
the next World War as it takes place in the Middle
East where the future meets the past. High tech and
ancient weapons clash for ultimate control of the
planet. But this war must be fought one arena at a
play has been Battlefield's strongest feature up until
now. In this version the single player mode rivals
the online mode. There will be those that think they
might prefer one mode over the other but you've got
to give them both an honest try. They have some distinct
differences, offering more variety with different
single-player mode has a great story with an open-ended
style of gameplay that includes missions such as escort,
rescue, infiltrate and recon. There are more than
70 weapons including assault rifles, shotguns, machineguns
and a variety of explosives.
teammates will follow you into battle. With more than
30 different vehicles you can traverse land, sea and
air. The vehicles are relatively easy to control but
they do have some sim elements in that you can't take
on an entire army with one tank. The single-player
mode stresses teamwork, much more so than the multi-player,
free-for-all. The vehicles have a good sense of weight
to them and their aiming capabilities are all relatively
good. Expect tanks, jeeps, trucks, choppers, jets,
bombers and speedboats.
can upgrade your weapons and ranks by doing well in
the game, as it records your progress and rewards
you for jobs well done. Points can also be amassed
by performing various training exercises in the form
of mini-games. The AI is very aggressive at the expense
of being tactical so you'll find yourself in the middle
of action continuously.
of the most interesting features of the single-player
mode is the ability to switch among any characters
in your unit. This shift from a primary character
lets you feel more like a general commanding a unit
rather than just seeing the action from one character's
perspective. By jumping into various characters you
can always be assured that you are where you need
to be and as such you can shape the battle to your
advantage. It lets you see that the sum of the parts
is more important than the individual pieces.
mode accommodates 24 players online with 13 huge maps.
There are tons of weapons and vehicles but with such
limited objectives there isn't much call for teamwork.
If you manage to get in with the right bunch of online
player you might be able to experience even more intricate
teamwork than the single-player mode but that's only
if you get lucky. The kids I managed to find weren't
sophisticated or disciplined enough to understand
the need for following orders. If you experience the
same thing just keep looking, it will be worth it.
environments are vast and nicely detailed. They aren't
beautiful by any stretch but they get the job done
and aren't distracting. The gameplay mechanics are
solid with no slowdown or lag. The music is good and
fits right in with the onscreen situations. Cutscenes
are done very professionally with good voiceacting,
although some of the dialog is corny.
a lot more to war than just moving about shooting
at the enemy. Fortunately Battlefield 2 ignores that
fact and gives us action junkies just what we crave.