A love letter to Bad Company 2
I have fallen in love for the second time in the space of a few months. My last love – and don’t get me wrong, I am still madly in love here – is Borderlands. But that sly little minx has taken a temporary backseat while I come to terms with my new beau – Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
I haven’t played Modern Warfare 2, so I’m going to try my best to avoid any comparisons. I will say, however, that I’ve been hearing the opinions of those I respect on the subject and it’s pretty unanimous that Battlefield is the better game. Yeah, there’s your controversial comment right there.
Anyway, what has Bad Company 2 done to drag me headfirst into the world of online shooters? Well, it’s just gone and been a Battlefield game again. The series established itself on PC and was honed into the utterly incredible experience we have today through a combination of ignoring single player mode and listening to the fans. It would be a ridiculous leap of faith to claim that DICE aren’t bothered by the money men, but there is so much soul and passion in BC2 online it’s hard to shake the feeling that the game is made with fun in mind first of all, and money (lots of money) second. Yes, I have gone mental enough about this game to claim that.
Instead of banging you into a fight and expecting you to KILL EVERYONE OR FAIL, BC2 instead offers a multitude of options and these all cater to my inner unskilled coward. Without these elements I would be able to happily ignore the game and move on, but it’s so inclusive and it caters to so many different styles of play I cannot help but crave playing it more. I am not good at online shooters. I’m just not. I had never won a round of anything on a console game until BC2 made itself known and showed us the way. But the fact that I placed top in a game the other day when I only killed about three people (medic “for” “the” “win”, as they say) tells me all I need to know. This is the game for me, and I’ll be enjoying it for a long time… longer.
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat was an early-morning pilates session, the original Bad Company was a brief test run, BF1943 was a friendly match and – yes, I’m going to stretch this poor analogy all the way – Bad Company 2 is the big game. And it’s performing incredibly well. It’s scored a hat-trick and saved a penalty in the same game, because it’s better than Andrei Kanchelskis and Barry Horne combined.
Shame the single-player is crap.