previews\ Feb 21, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - 360 - Preview 2

DICE has long been a powerful force on the shooter landscape, thanks to their long-running and popular Battlefield franchise. A couple of years ago, the developer changed up their shooter formula with Bad Company, an entry that not only featured the solid multiplayer elements that have made the series famous, but also greatly improved the single-player elements with a great campaign and an interesting story. Now, the developer is looking to take the series even further with its upcoming entry, Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

The game moves past its predecessor’s World War II setting by taking the fight to modern times, while still featuring story elements that are compelling and a host of interesting and snappy characters. GameZone was recently given the opportunity to play through the game’s early moments, and we were quite pleased with what we saw.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2's new setting places you in modern times with a new Bad Company crew in the middle of a Russian winter. The introductory sequences allow you to get comfortable with the controls and combat, which is pretty much what you’d expect from the franchise at this point.

One of the things that helped the original Bad Company stand out in the crowded field of WWII shooters was its sense of humor, and for the most part this returns, albeit in a toned down sense. Your squad’s banter is still as personal and funny as ever, and the game maintains this sense of camaraderie throughout. Your group of soldiers will constantly be riffing with each other, commenting on the action and your enemies. This was one of the highlights of the original game, so it’s good to see that it returns in this entry.

Bad Company also featured a very impressive destruction engine, and this returns in Bad Company 2 in an even more polished sense. The game not only shows off some impressive damage to buildings and more overt destruction, but there are also some subtle touches that bring a nice level of immersion to the experience. However, building destruction has also been improved, as it’s now possible to knock down the framework of a structure and level the entire thing to the ground.

Our time with the preview build of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 was definitely a positive experience, showcasing a game that does a fine job of improving on its predecessor in just about every sense. The combat was hairy and intense and the characters had a lot of personality and charm, which is definitely one of the high points of the Bad Company franchise. Keep an eye out for this one to launch next month.

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