Thursday, February 11, 2010

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 vs. Battlefield 2

In my initial impressions post for Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (BFBC2), Esoteric Articles left a comment asking me what I thought of BC2 vs BF2:
Do you think it [BFBC2] is better or worse than Battlefield 2?
I left my initial thoughts in a reply, but I wanted to note and add to those thoughts here.

As compared to BF2, BFBC2 Pros:
  • BC2 is better about vehicles. Aircraft aren't overpowered (so far) and ground vehicles aren't invincible.
  • Destructible environments.
  • The leveling and upgrade system is superior in BC2.
  • In-game friends system.
  • Squads are limited to four players in BC2 and any member can be used as a spawn point.
  • Vehicle-based upgrades.
  • Rush game-type (a game mode that doesn't stray too far from the traditional BF "capture the flag", but provides a focused objective-based progression map).
  • Collecting dog tags for melee kills
  • A move away from kills counting for the most points, allowing support players to be in the hunt for top honors each round.
As compared to BF2, BFBC2 Cons:
  • The gun play feels sloppy in the BC2 beta. 
  • Players can not go prone in BC2.
  • Ground vehicles feel overpowered until players unlock laser tags.  This is mainly because C4 in BC2 is  a pain in the rear to use.
  • Some graphic effects in BC2 are annoying (scope blur, bloom, fog/smoke, explosion bounce).  BF2 always felt very clean visually, allowing players to make sense of the madness.
Good in BOTH
  • Squads
  • Large, open maps
  • More to do than just kill enemies, but its still really all about killing enemies.
Sucks in BOTH
  • The server browser.
  • Close quarters sound effects are non-existent.  I've never heard another player approaching or running around near me in BF2 or BC2. 

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