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Platform: PC
Genre: FPS
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Digital Illusions
ETA: June 2005

 

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Battlefield 2

 

Battlefield 1942 has claimed its fair share of victims, as gamers picked up the game in swarms.  Now Digital Illusions is at it again with Battlefield 2.  Taking place in modern times, players will have a huge arsenal of hi-tech weaponry at their disposal as they take advantage of the game痴 enhanced team play over its predecessor.

 

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In terms of what countries players can choose to fight for, they値l be able to pick from the Chinese, the Americans, or the Middle East Coalition.  As players fight for their country of choice, they値l be able to slowly climb through the ranks, possibly reaching the rank of general (assuming they're skilled enough to get there).  There痴 no word as to how, or if, there値l be any sort of political goings on between these nations in game, but hopefully we値l see something interesting as the various forces clash.

 

With over 100 players able to face off at once, they値l have over 30 vehicles at their disposal, including tanks, fighter jets, helicopters, and hovercrafts among others.  There will also be a variety of soldier-types for players to choose, ranging from snipers, to engineers, to special operations, to anti tank personnel.

 

With so many options available to players, one has to wonder how Digital Illusions will ensure that the game remains balanced.  The last thing we need is for players to hop online only to get stuck with a team full of snipers, or something.  That being said, Battlefield 1942 turned out quite well, hopefully this can be repeated in this game as well.

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Game Features:

 

- Online multiplayer action with 100+ players on the PC.

- All-new gameplay engine brings the immense locations to life complete with realistic physics and dynamic lighting.

- Maps scale to the number of players engaging in battle for a unique and intense experience every time.

- Take control of over 30 land, sea, and air vehicles, including tanks, helicopters, hovercraft, fast attack vehicles, and fighter jets.

- Choose to battle as U.S., Chinese, or Middle East Coalition troops, each with their own unique arsenals.

- A variety of solider classes including Assault, Sniper, Special Ops, Combat Engineer, and Anti-Tank units.

- New state-of-the-art weapon systems, including heat seeking missiles and laser designated bombs.

- Material penetration feature makes sure players know the difference between cover and concealment.

- Character Persistence and Growth. With in-game success, players increase their rank from recruit all the way to General and unlock awards, including new weapons, vehicle decals, medals, and more.

- Join a squad or select the new Commander Mode to assume the strategic role of a battlefield commander directing his forces.

- Full in-game community support including, buddy lists, stat tracking, live chat rooms, and in-game clan creation.

- Voice-over IP supported with USB headset.