BattleField: Bad Company Review..Is It Any “Good”?

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Welcome to the 222nd Army battalion, B-company. This is where the Army rakes together all the insubordinates, hellraisers and troublemakers that won’t fit in any other unit. When the Rangers and Deltas are too expensive to waste, these guys are the first ones in.

They’re called “Bad Company”; a mismatched bunch of rejects selected to serve their country as cannon fodder. This isn’t the kind of outfit a lot of soldiers would join voluntarily. Getting transferred to “the B” is a punishment and a way for the generals to put all their rotten eggs in one basket.

You are Preston Marlowe and if you had landed that chopper just a few yards to the left nobody would even have noticed, that’s a long story that we never really find out the answer too. You very quickly find yourself in the middle of all you know what breaking loose.

Battlefield: Bad Company (BBC) is an exercise in focused chaos. There are always guns firing and things blowing up all around you. Since COD4 the bar on FPS’s has been raised and while this game is no where in that league to me it does beat out other titles that I would have thought would have been better such as Haze.  BBC does what it does really well. It is an in your face, blow everything to holy heck, kinda game. I have to admit that normally I don’t like this kinds of games with the bad jokes and crude humor but BBC pulls it off where games like Army of Two did not. This gameplay is fast and the controls are responsive and well designed. Of course the graphics and speech work is great, the cutscenes are really hilarious.

The things that I really liked about this game was that it was easy to play and had very clear objectives. You need to do these things and then you need to get this point on the map. The whole game plays that way, its simple yet effective. You have access to some major weaponry and the impact on the environment around you will NOT go unnoticed. I like the fact that you can use things like grenades to shoot out the sides of buildings and thereby destroying the enemies cover. As you play through the game, you will learn more and  more that by using the environment as a weapon you can do some really cool things. From calling in airstrikes to doing some serious damage with anti-aircraft guns the fun doesn’t end. You get to drive all kinds of vehicles from tanks to boats to helicopters and even golf carts, let’s just say that four guys in golf cart driving off a really big hill is well… not a good idea lol.

On the bad side, the autosave feature is annoying. As you try different tactics and methods of approaching objectives it will a lot of times save at ackward points and if you die before you reach another checkpoint it will spawn you from that point, no matter how ackward. I wouldn’t have even mentioned it if it didn’t happen multiple times. The fact that there are no rations and that you carry a needle with you that you can use to heal yourself immediately any time is both a blessing and a curse. It’s good because man when you are getting hammered by a 50 caliber machine rifle and only have three points left on your health it will save your butt, well at least until you get shot again by those 50 caliber rifles. I say this to say that the majority of the time you are so out gunned and out numbered that it is ridicoulous. I mean most games you are either better equipped or outnumber the enemy but not in BBC.

On the hard level, the game is challenging but not aggravating. There are no classic boss battles except for the end of the game so you kind of miss that though there are some very heavily fortified military installations that you will have to capture. I was kind of disappointed that all of the damage that you do to the environment doesn’t stay but that’s no biggie.

All in all, BBC delivers on exactly what it promises and with an online mode that is the most addictive I have seen since Call of Duty 4, this game really ends up being quite good. While it’s not particularly long, in that you can beat it in a weekend (Took me about 11 hours) it is well constructed and just long enough. The only other game that I think delivers this kind of all out kind of destructive mayhem better is Mercenaries which I can’t wait for. With the multiplayer this game gets a solid 4 out of 5 stars. If you are like me and you have already finished Grand Theft Auto  IV and Metal Gear Solid IV, this game is a nice change-up and since you have all this free time on your hands it’s not a bad title to pick up and with the addictiveness of the online gameplay if you have enough friends with the game it may be worth buying but otherwise I would just rent it. Well I guess there is just one thing left to say, let the gold rush begin.

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Lorenzo Winfrey

Lorenzo Winfrey

Editor-In-Chief at ZoKnowsGaming
I am the Co-Ceo of DLT Digital Media. We are a company that is focused on developing new and innovative web properties in addition to developing WordPress based web sites for others. But before I was all that, I was a gamer.
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