Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is a Shooting game available on the 360. It can be played in Firstperson Competitive Cooperative modes.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is a Shooting game. Shooting games present a world in which the character must shoot their way out of dangerous situations. They provide the player with an array of weapons tailored to specific tasks. This unavoidably involves a combination of fisticuffs and gun based fighting that dictates the violent nature of these experiences. Beneath this harsh exterior though is often an intricate tactile game - and this is usually what drives the player.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 can be played in a Firstperson mode. First Person games view the world from the eyes of the in-game character. You don't see the character themselves apart from their hands, gun or possibly feet as in Mirror's Edge. Because of the imediacy of the experience and sheer volume of visual information the player is offered First Person games lend themselves to the shooting genre. The FPS view enables players to immerse themselves in the experience and react quicker to events in the game. Other games have used a first person view to deliver an unusual perspective on an old genre - Mirror's Edge for example delivers a Platforming genre through a First Person view.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 can be played in a Competitive mode. Competitive Multiplayer games provide experiences where players compete against each other and the computer. Obviously lending itself to sports and team games, these competitive engagements have also dominated the shooting and fighting genres because of the direct combat and expertise involved in each. Although these games were originally played in a split screen style, more recently they are played online via services such as PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and the Nintendo Wireless Connection.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 can be played in a Cooperative mode. Cooperative Multiplayer games provide an experience that is played symaltaneously by multiple players. Unlike the simple arena competitive multiplayer style games where players try to kill the most enemies, true co-operative games are designed to take a group of players through a campaign experience together. This will involve sections where players have to work together to proceed - either from the sheer difficulty as in Halo 3 on 360 or by the design of levels such as LittleBigPlanet on PS3.
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Battlefield: Bad Company 2 distinguishes itself from the military shooter crowd through technical prowess and good design rather than story or emotions. Its open levels, choreographed sequences and environmental destruction make it a first person game-changer.
October, 1944: Operation Aurora. A team of American Commandos infiltrate a Japanese Island to learn more about The Black Weapon, a WMD built on scalar technology. The mission still has consequences even in the present day, as Bad Company, an elite Special Operations team, get drawn into a web of corruption and betrayal as they pursue the truth behind Operation Aurora.
In direct competition with Modern Warfare 2, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 brings its destructive force into the 21st Century. In multiplayer terms, this is the grown ups shooting game, as opposed to the often juvenile infested Modern Warfare 2 experience.
I've been waiting for a real success story for my multiplayer column for some time, waiting for a game that validates my focus on just this aspect of play. I think I've found it. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 ticks all the right boxes. It's a complete, buy it on disc in a green case, AAA game. Not only does it has a full solo campaign that's garnered high score reviews all round, it has an online multiplayer that is heavily subscribed to and attracts the whole spectrum of players from expert to complete novices.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 on Xbox 360, PS3 and the PC brushes aside its competitors with an epic single-player campaign and a vastly improved multiplayer mode. Fighting through the dusty villages and dark jungles of South America the Cold War gets even hotter as you try to prevent a deadly weapon falling into Russian hands. With improved destructibility enabling you to raze entire buildings to the ground, Bad Company 2 sets a new precedent for fun with its huge multiplayer maps and satisfying vehicular combat. If you can see it, then you can destroy it.
The first Bad Company delighted in its flippant approach to war and a story of lost gold that could have been ripped straight out of the films Kelly's Heroes or Three Kings. This time, Bad Company 2 takes a far more serious approach but keeps the same humour and camaraderie that made the original unique amongst modern combat shooters.
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