One of the best things about owning an Xbox360 is that game developers constantly throw demo versions of their big release games your way via Live, free to download and free to play. I never really took advantage of this since I run off a wired network and share it with another 5 people. But today I woke up and thought “you know what? fuck’em!” and downloaded the demo for EA’s incoming Battlefield: Bad Company.
Bad Company has been under a little media scrutiny in recent history since EA decided it was going to charge players for the privilege of exclusive pay-only weapons. Weapons that now require buying the Gold Edition or reaching Level 25. Based in a fictional war with Russia, you take control of Preston Marlowe a rookie newly assigned to the 222nd Army Battalion (or B-Company).
I’ve never really owned or played a war based game or any (Battlefield game for that matter) that wasn’t an RTS, shooters aren’t my strong point. But since I could download the demo I thought why not. And holy-mother-of-christ it was worth it. This game is probably next on my to-purchase list and very close to being in the top 5 releases of 08.
I was greeted by a soothing Jazzy music once the demo booted up, maybe everything wasn’t going to live up to it’s hype, I mean war? and jazz? But I like Jazz so I’ll bite. The demo begins with a very Apocalypse now feel, lots of helicopter shots and a skeptical voice over of your character. Pretty much from the word go it is all action.
One of the the things that makes this game so important is the introduction to fully destructable environments, and no not in the Worms kind (although I think Team 17 were on to something there). Which I think is there for you to blow holes in buildings and snipe people. Oh yes, it is that cool. Although I chose to spend my time mowing the trees down, and doing a little fence work.
My only gripe is that although enemy units are shown on the map they are often difficult to find until they hit you, and even then the on-screen feedback that you are being swiss cheese blocks your entire view of where they are coming from. But all this is forgotten about when you climb in a tank or blow some stuff up with your rocket launcher.
Oh what a joy it is to blow people up.
If FPS’ are your cup of bullet laden blood soaked tea then this is an obvious next buy, if you are aren’t a FPS fan but are looking for something different you wont be disappointed.