Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
The single player is based around a whole conflict between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Peoples Republic of China. These two major powers are battling for key points in Kazakhstan. The Chinese are fighting for control of Kazakhstan, while NATO forces are trying to prevent them from taking it. During the game you will rise in rank from Private all the way to becoming a 5 Star General. You will be fighting on both sides of the battlefield, which means in the missions you will either be Chinese or you could be apart of the NATO forces. There are close to around 20 missions total in this game, you will be playing the single player campaign for about 8-10 hours depending on your skill level. You can control over 30 military ranging from the quick and sometimes not so quick helicopters, to the slow moving powerful tanks, or you could hope in one of the light and fast troop transports.
When I first plopped this game into my disk tray I was excited for the multiplayer, but wasn't looking forward to the single player much. My first impression of single player was that I was really confused, the game just throws you right in to the action, if it wasn’t for playing the demo that I downloaded from the Xbox Live Marketplace then I would have been easily killed time and time again. Worst part about this game is that there are no autosave points or any kind of save feature, so when you die you go back to the beginning so all the objectives you did before all your men were wiped out must be redone. The story line of this game was the real disappointment for me, Electronic Arts (EA) did not keep me wanting more from this storyline, the Chinese and NATO would give about a paragraph speech about the mission and wouldn’t even tell you why you were really doing all these things. When all's said and done the single player is not this games strongest point, so if your looking for a good single player game to keep you locked in your room for a period of time, then this is not the game for you.
Of course the multiplayer of Battlefield 2: Modern Combat is hands down the most amusing and greatest part about this game. With more then 10 different maps for multiplayer this game can feed your hunger for massive multiplayer madness with up to 24 players at one time. You can choose from 5 different kinds of classes, the first one is Assault which are essential for attack and defense and are the all around soldiers. Next there is the Sniper class this class is for finding players using the GPS and taking down vehicles with its laser targeting. Then there is the Special Ops, these guys throw flash bangs, and C4. They also have a knife which if you’re lucky enough you can slice someone open for a kill, they also use Silenced Sub-Machine guns. Also there are the Engineers they of course fix stuff, but they can also do some pretty cool things too. They have rockets to shoot at unsuspecting tanks or vehicles, they also have mines which can get some easy kills on those faster moving vehicles. Last is the Support class, they can heal themselves, call for air support, and they use a 100 clip machine gun for some good firepower.
The multiplayer modes are surprisingly limited for a mostly multiplayer game. There are two modes in which you can play, one is the standard conquest mode. This mode consists of 6 or more flags on a map, your goal is to keep as many flags as you can and drop the other teams points before the end of the game. The other mode is the classic CTF match, where the goal is to grab the other teams flag and run all the way back to your flag to score. Both of these game modes are very fun and pretty much never get old.
The multiplayer for this game is the best multiplayer game out so far. It has tons of different things to do, and it’s always a great experience every time you put this game into your disk tray. Battlefield 2: Modern Combat leaves you with many wow moments and keeps your adrenaline moving all throughout your multiplayer experience. Even though the single player is very annoying and slow most of the time, the multiplayer brings this game up to being one of the best first person games out there right now. If you’ve been looking for first person shooter that has incredible online and has never ending action then this is your game.
The sound for Battlefield 2: Modern Combat is one of its best aspects. With surround sound it really brings you into this sort of atmosphere that you are actually experiencing all of these things first hand. The sounds of the missiles from a little bird landing around you feel very realistic. As your inside a building you can hear every single tread hit the ground from a tank outside, sending chills up your spine. The soundtrack will also enhance your feelings of intense and in your face action while making you never once try and play your one music over the soundtrack. Depending on which side you are fighting for, different kinds of music will play.
There has been quite a substantial improvement over the original Xbox version of this game. There is more detail in the characters and in the vehicles, there is a great amount of detail in every part of the maps as well. The graphics for Battlefield 2: Modern Combat, is one of the games many ways of bringing you into the game and feeling like you are there. I wouldn’t say it’s the best looking game out on the market right now, it definitely has its flaws, but the game makes up for them in many different departments. This is a game that can handle 24 players on humongous maps and the graphics are still best I have seen out of a any multiplayer game so far. When it comes to the Battlefield series I think everyone knows that the graphics are not a problem for EA.
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat is hands down one of the best multiplayer games to grace the Xbox 360 and its owners. It has all a player would want, massive explosions, helicopters, and did I say explosions? Sadly this game will bore the average gamer that doesn’t have Xbox Live with its dull single player and its vein attempt to an actual storyline. Even though the single player is like a rollercoaster that never goes above 15 mph, Battlefield 2: Modern Combat excels in many different areas to bring gamers together to experience the greatness that the world of first person shooters has to offer.
Even though the single player for Battlefield 2: Modern Combat has a terrible storyline and doesn’t have much to offer, EA has yet again given us a fun and action packed game that people will be playing for quite a while just like all the other games they have made. When it comes to online multiplayer the Battlefield series does not disappoint. The graphics are fantastic, the sound of the game makes you feel apart of the game, and the multiplayer is there to keep you wanting more and more. If your tired of playing your lack luster multiplayer games, and you want a multiplayer game that will nourish your appetite for killing and flying helicopters or destroying everything with tanks then Battlefield 2: Modern Combat is the game you’ve been looking for.
Graphics: 3.5Audio: 4Story: 2
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