Battlefield: Bad Company Reviews

  • Legolas 43Legolas 43455,070
    14 Aug 2009 10 Jan 2010
    33 5 3
    I'll start by saying that this is a very good game and that only a few poor choice is stoping it from having the best multiplayer on Xbox Live. The Battlefield series has allowed players to fight in World War 2, Vietnam, the future, and in the present. Bad Company takes place in the present, where a fictional war is going on between the United States and Russia.

    Unlike past Battlefield games, Bad Company has a Single Player story that doesn't end up feeling like a series of bot matches strung together with some text or video separating each one. The main character, Preston Marlowe, has just been assigned to Bad Company after doing something that could have gotten him thrown in jail. Bad Company is where all the misfits in the army are assigned and sent on almost suicidal missions. The game starts with a bang as the convoy that you are riding with is hit by an artillery strike, what follows is many, many more bangs. That is because in Battlefield Bad Company, if you see it, you can probably blow it up. Trees, walls, roofs, or enemies are all able to be blown up in many different ways. Can't find that flank on a group of enemies? Why not just switch to your grenade launcher and go right through a wall, or three.

    The story for the game is that you and the rest of your squad find out that a group of mercenaries get paid in gold. After fighting some of them and finding a gold bar on a body, they decide to go after the gold and ignore orders.Your squad is made up of some great characters that you will probably start to really like over the course of the Single Player game. Your squad leader is Sergeant Redford, a soldier that used to be proud to serve his country, also the only person to request a transfer to Bad Company. After being in Bad Company and being used like fodder by the army all he wants to do is go fishing. The other two members of your squad are the exact opposites of each other and spend most of their time fighting. There is ** (gamespot censors his name, WHAT?!), who doesn't like fighting but joined the army to get a scholarship. The last member of your squad is Haggard, he likes to blow stuff up, enough said.

    While it is nice to see that the single player games has an interesting story with good characters most of it feels like training for the multiplayer. When you die you just respawn and can continue attacking making the game very easy, and while it doesn't feel like a bot match your enemies will usually do little more than stand still and shoot at you. It doesn't help that, even though you can find silenced weapons, if you take an enemy out at long range before going into an enemy base, the entire base will likely still be alerted and any enemy with a shot at you will begin firing. Enemy AI aside the Single Player does have it's moments and the maps are huge and offer you many different ways of getting to your objective. It also helps that each mission has many objectives and that after completing each one you will get a short in game cutscene with some dialogue between the characters.

    While the Single Player is alright, it is the multiplayer that will likely sell the game for you and keep you playing. The game supports 24 players, more than most games, and I almost never have any lag. There is currently only one gametype for multiplayer, Gold Rush, in this mode one team must defend two gold crates while the other tries to destroy them. Gold crates can be destroy by planting a bomb on them or by hitting them with explosive weapons or shooting them. Once two crates are destroy the map expands and the defends have to defend a new base while the attackers must continue to push them back until they win. The attackers are given a limited amount of reinforcements and will lose if they die too much, they are given more with each base they take over. The game shipped with eight maps, although I am not a fan of all of them, the maps seem to be perfectly balanced. I don't usually see one side win more often than the other on any map, most games end with both sides being pretty close to one another.

    The game has five character classes to choose from in multiplayer games. The Assault class carries a rifle, grenade launcher, grenades, and an item to that heals themselves. Demolition carries a shotgun, rocket launcher, grenades, and mines. Recon is the sniper class and is also the only class to carry a pistol, they also have grenades that act as motion sensors and they have an item that allows them to call down an airstrike on a vehicle, the strike must be guided manually. The specialist class carries a machine gun, C4, grenades, and a tracer gun that will show the location of hit vehicles and allow rocket launchers to seek them. The last class is Support, they carry a heavy machine gun, medkits, a tool to repair vehicles, and a tool that allows them to call mortar strikes down on targets. All classes carry a knife that is an instant close range kill.

    The classes seem to be well balanced except for the specialist class, if there are no vehicles nearby to throw C4 on or if you haven't even unlocked your C4, this class seems to be almost useless. It also is very annoying when sniping at long range to see your target heal himself as an Assault or Support character before you can get off another shot. Using the Support class' mortar tool is a lot of fun, in the other Battlefield games where people used to hide in buildings for cover, you can now just blow most of the building up, as well as its occupants, with a well placed strike.

    The star of the game is the explosions. While the shooting usually works well the damage doesn't always seem to make much sense. You might put 10 shots into a guy with a rifle at mid range only to be killed by one blast from a shotgun. Also, due to the explosions the developers must have found it necessary to give characters much more resistance to explosives than in most games. If you hit an enemy soldiers with a grenade from a grenade launcher or with a light tank shot the soldier will still survive. Again, the shooting usually works well, but this is definitely a game where people will complain about a guy killing them when he probably should have been dead.

    On bigger maps the best way to get around is to use vehicles and the game gives you many options. Different kinds of jeeps, light tanks, heavy tanks, boats, and helicopters are used. In addition, there are also stationary guns that shoot bullets, rockets, or grenades. Some maps even have anti-air guns or big artillery guns that allow you to get a birds eye view of the enemy team's base before you shoot, and of the resulting destruction caused by your shots. The vehicles usually control well, however, I do have some problems with the tanks. That problem is that after knocking down an entire forest by driving your tank through it you are still able to get stuck on some small obstacles on the ground.

    The online mode makes use of ranks, you can be promoted up to level 25. As you are promoted you are given credits that can unlock new guns for each class, as well as the
    item that needs to be unlocked for each class in order to be used. Medals can also be earned in games for accomplishing certain tasks but those just help you to rank up faster.

    Although there are many guns in this game, each class has one for each of the three armies in the game, and four unlockable guns, almost every class has one or two guns that are obviously better than the rest. Some of the unlocked guns have the exact same stats as the default ones, accuracy, rate of fire, and damage, except that one of the three is increased. When aiming your guns only the sniper rifles and one of the heavy machine guns use scopes, for the assault and most heavy guns it is an iron site view, for the machine guns and shotguns your character gets no sight just slightly better accuracy.

    Graphics wise the game is not the best looking, but it is also not bad looking. Textures might look a little grainy but since you usually have so little time to stop and stare at a building or tree before it is violently destroyed, you probably won't care.

    The sound in this game is excellent. From the bullets slamming into the wall next you, the roar of a tank or of a snipers shot, to the sound of the roof above your head being blown away by a grenade. The sounds is great and will almost make up for the sound that you probably won't be hearing at all, voices. If Battlefield goes out to prove anything other than blowing stuff up is a lot of fun, it is that one is not the loneliest number. In Battlefield the loneliest number is, in fact, the number four.

    The developers, for whatever reason, made the horrible decision to split each team of 12 up into different squads. When you join a game you will be randomly put into a squad with one to three other people, even if you stay in the same game you will be in a new squad at the start of each new round. While this sounds like a good idea it is very poorly implemented because, for whatever reason, the game will only allow you to talk to other squad members. At its best you will just have to be careful where you call those artillery strikes since you can't warn your team not to go into that building, or you will be unable to ask them if it was your team you called it on in the first place. At its worse, which is what it will usually be at, you will go game after game not hearing anybody say a word save for the occasional, "Yay, I killed someone" or the more common, "**** this stupid game, I died".

    The good thing about squads is that you will be able to spawn in your base or on a squad members location whenever you are respawning. The bad side of this is that you are unable to choose who you want to respawn on, if the guy it gives you happens to be swimming around in the middle of the sea away from either teams base, you are out of luck and will have to spawn back at your base. If you have to spawn back in your base you might find that other people have taken all the nearby vehicles, and with no way to talk to other squads, you will have to walk.

    While the game does allow you to invite people to a party before you join a game so that friends can be in a squad together this doesn't always work right. Not many of my friends play Battlefield, and I am unable to make new ones, for obvious reasons. The one friend I have who does play this game often was able to get into a party with me, while the game did put us in the same squad most of the time, it would occasionally put us on opposite teams. This was likely done for team balance reasons but because the server you get into is completely random, the game doesn't even put you into the map you chose, you have no way of knowing how many people are in a game until you join it.

    While Battlefield is a very good game a few bad choices have stopped the game from becoming the best multiplayter game on Xbox Live. The Single Player is only decent and while the Multiplayer can be a lot of fun it makes strategy almost impossible. Even if you get into a game with three friends in your squad you are still unable to talk to the other eight members of your team. If you bought this game there is a very good chance that you don't care much for strategy and that you just want to blow things up, if that is the case, you will definitely have fun with Bad Company. Still it is odd to see a Battlefield game with so little effort put into communication.

    Note: Review was written before party system was released. If you know the people you are with the party system could make the online chat easier to use.
    4.0
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    Kid KaldiI'm curious to know what games you think have the best multiplayer on xbox live.

    Great review :)
    Posted by Kid Kaldi on 10 Jan 10 at 14:58
    DJ KOOLAIDEthis is my second favorite multiplayer game but I guess it is probably because i am good at the game
    Posted by DJ KOOLAIDE on 05 Jul 11 at 04:33
    el tebyGood review :)
    Posted by el teby on 27 May 18 at 17:07
  • jc contractorjc contractor51,305
    13 Feb 2009
    37 12 7
    Never played any of the previous Battlefield games but fell in love with this one after playing the demo when it was released. It has become my favorite online game, with its "dedicated servers" I have not noticed any lag in the games I play. Some people have complained about it, but I don't know what thier connection is. It is a very fast paced shooter, with little time between games ( which is good in my book I hate long waits).

    You will progress really fast in the ranks, it took me a day and a half to reach rank 25 the last rank. And every rank brings new weapon unlocks, or weapon perks. Like the specialist gets C-4, the sniper gets a laser J-DAM, Support gets health packs, ETC.

    Now the only problem with online play is that there is no proximity chat, you can only talk to people that are in your "Squad". Your team is made up of 12 players and broken down to 3 , 4 player squads and those 4 are the only ones you can talk to. Even if there are on your side running next to you, but not on you "squad" you cannot talk to them.Weird. angry. So communicating to someone can be challenging and usually ends up with TK'ing.

    The biggest negative about the game is all the team killing that goes on, and all the grievers. People will kill each other over the stupid artillery gun, or just sit in your own base planting C-4 on your vehicles. Theres so much of it that sometimes you have to leave the game and keep searching for adults to play with.

    Those are are my biggest complaints about the game, and besides that I love it and addicted to it. Feel free o add to my review.
    toast
    5.0
  • DJ KroniikZDJ KroniikZ66,537
    05 Jan 2012
    9 5 4
    I can honestly say that this is my favorite out of any Battlefield game, not because it was outstanding and because the multiplayer was over the top great, because i have never had so much fun playing a first person shooter.

    Now by fun I don't mean like white knuckle moments and intense firefights because Bad Company does have those moments as well. What I mean by fun is the characters really make the game. Their quirky one liners and their actions during the cutscenes just made the experience that much better for me. I like my fair share of serious action shooters, but I also love to laugh, and the dialogue did it's fair share of that for me. I can still remember the dialogues as i look back at the achievements I won in this game (each achievement for completing a mission is titled with what a character said towards the end of the mission). And it still makes me smile thinking about it.

    Sure the campaign is average. there is a fictional war between the US and Russia and you have just been assigned to Bad Company, which is where the military sends society's rejects because they are deemed "expendable". But throughout the course of the campaign you build bonds with them and they become your buddies.

    The graphics are pretty good, they aren't amazing but they are definitely not an eyesore, so no complaints from there. The sounds is also great as you can hear sounds from the battlefield all the way through each mission.

    I'm sad to say that as much as I enjoyed playing through the campaign the first time, i hate the fact that i had to play through it again to get all the "complete the xth mission on normal difficulty" achievements. I figured that when you completed it on hard both would unlock but I was wrong. But it was okay with me because i still had to go back and get all the collectables I missed, but it is definitely an annoyance.

    The multiplayer here is not over the top and it is certainly now "Call of Duty-esque" either, but I will say one thing. Unlike Call of Duty, the multiplayer, just like all other battlefield multiplayers, are FAIR! There are no overpowered guns that i could tell from my experience playing. In fact i remember saying to myself "this game sure is a lot more fair than call of Duty" and believe me im 10th prestige in CoD 4 and MW2 so I've been down those hacked and modded rows before. I could see myself playing the Battlefield multiplayer much longer than any CoD multiplayer thats for sure.

    This game is clearly not new anymore and when I purchased my copy, i got it $5 used from EB Games. This was definitely worth the $5 so if you see a copy just lying around at an EB Games or a Gamestop, I suggest giving it a try.

    Overall i give this game a 4/5. Sure the multiplayer and campaign are both average shooter material, but if you want a memorable campaign playing with AI that will make you laugh and make you enjoy being there, this is definitely something you would want to try.
    4.0
  • LessrOf2WeevilsLessrOf2Weevils84,279
    17 Oct 2010
    5 4 0
    Although released about a year-and-a-half ago, Bad Company was a game that slipped under my radar. That changed due to the amount of fun I was having with Battlefield: 1943 and the fact that my son found it for $15, causing it to be a stocking stuffer this Christmas.

    On the surface, Bad Company can get lost in the glut of all the other war based shooters, but there are a number of things that separate it from the pack, the biggest being the strength of its multiplayer. Twenty-four players on huge maps, great weapon variety, and wonderful vehicle fun. Bad Company sets the standard for destructible environments. Besides just looking really good, destruction is incorporated well into gameplay without overwhelming it. Some folks might feel only two game types - conquest (territories) & gold rush (siege) - but I would rather play these objective based games, polished and balanced to a tee, than endless varieties of slayer, populated by trash talking thirteen year-olds.

    I was also pleasantly surprised by the single player experience. The plot is a simple one: the four team B-company fall upon a trail that appears to be leading them to a fortune in gold bullion - think of the film Three Kings without the political or moral overtones. In an age where every game is determined to be as epic and convoluted as possible, playing Bad Company was surprisingly refreshing. Instead of a silly plot, you get very well constructed levels and well paced gaming. Refreshing indeed.

    Story: 3
    Interface: 4
    Game Play: 4
    Challenge: 4
    Fun: 4

    Overall: 8.5/10
    4.0
  • CHRI5T0PH5RCHRI5T0PH5R202,108
    19 Apr 2009
    12 11 3
    When my list of "Greatest First Person Shooters" is thought of, tthis is always at the top of the pack. The game is based on an amusing storyline of a small 4 man squad in the army wanting to snatch crates of gold for themselves and cart it away to retire in a hot climate somewhere far away from the ongoing war.
    The game has many large scaled maps for each level with different objectives, from kidnapping the Russian President to blowing up the legionnaire's helicopter and saving your captured squad from a monastarey in the a mountainous range.
    The game has many vehicles and weapons and three difficulities each with achievements to get, but unfortunately they are not stackable and so to claim them all the game must be played through three times, but apart from that the game detail is great and the weapons are of a big selection, ranging from pistols to light machine guns to mortars and tanks. Boats, helicopters,trucks, jeeps etc are also used as key elements as a form of escape and it's great to cross the countryside in a jeep with your team while almost been blown up by rockets from a pursuing helicopter.
    The multiplayer game has only one game mode with two sides and up to 24 players, which offers great chances to meet with friends and play, but the game only allows communications with members of the same squad of up to 4 players and so if you want to talk to friends, a party is the only way to. The game online has the same great vehicles, but some weapons can only be unlocked by using credits, which are given by reaching particluar ranks, which is a key element to highlight the experience of each individual player, ranging from rank 1 to 25. Killing enemies, blown up crates and healing squad members and repairing vehicles help to gain points to rank up and not to mention winning the round.
    Overall, there is many multiplayer maps and a great selection of ways to play out each game match and plenty of fun to be had with little lagging and little load times and it would only be fair to give this game five stars.compute
    5.0
  • AcidSTARHUNTERAcidSTARHUNTER344,419
    02 Nov 2011
    1 4 2
    battlefield bad company

    I own both the 1st and the 2nd game

    but this one sets of a level of realism that goes beyond what Call of Duty does blowing up walls tree damage even crates

    graphically sound like all FPS games it has it flaws the squad play is at the best of times a real drag and it can feel like bullets go wild and even a short burst with a sub machine gun could kill a sniper for a mile away which can be very annoying

    but up close is the real problem some damage seems unlikley in real warfare and can cause a lot of problems

    plus u have in fighting with other players over big guns and helicopters etc which can cause a lot of problems with team killing but this happens in most FPS games i have played

    all in all a classic which sets a bar that it's sequel in my mind does live up to and achivement wise its a very very hard to complete and boosting can be damn near impossable to do even new games out

    a good choice for FPS players even tho you can find it in the bargin bin and even then its like gold and shouldn't be overlooked as one of the greats
    4.0
  • easyleneasylen33,978
    13 Dec 2009
    1 4 0
    In my opinion, i believe this game is A* quality. The mission mode is briliant with gold bars, and mystery items gaining achievements. The sniper rifle scope is very excellent. The different range of guns is incredible and the actual accuracy of the gun's names (e.g M16, M416 (these are real guns)) is brilliant as they were used in WW2.

    The online is 100 percent brilliance. The range of map packs is quality. The fact that you can change job roles (e.g. Assault, Recon etc.) is a brilliant feature in the game.

    In my opinion, i believe that this may be edging Call of Duty in the rankings.

    I would certainly recommend this to fellow gamers. That is why i gave this game 5 stars
    5.0