To the developers' credit, this is quite an easy game to get to grips with, and it positively reeks of polish. The stylised graphics and sound convey the action well, and do contribute to the nice, slow build-up of tension before the skirmishes kick off. Even though you only control one character at a time, you are left feeling part of a team fighting against a common enemy. At its maximum capacity, up to 64 humans can take part in any single game and, even with smaller numbers, the online nature of the game is completely compelling. It's an easy recommendation for those who like to fight their battles over the net, and a reasonable, if limited single challenge too.
The Road to Rome is a welcome expansion to EA's action-packed hit. And despite the fact it requires a copy of the original game to function, there's still plenty within the cellophane to justify the asking price. While it's still possible to play the game in single-player mode, even the most ardent fan would acknowledge that despite welcome improvements, the game's charms for the lone player are severely limited. This is a title that lives and breathes through its multi-player focus and when it's being played online, it really is enormous fun.
At the heart of the full game was the range of vehicles; this add-on brings some welcome new additions to the fight. The crux of it all is still a battle being fought out between opposing armies and the action is viewed from a first-person perspective. To succeed, the game requires teamwork and lots of it: a hot-headed blast-and-go approach is rarely rewarded and the game is all the better for it. Where this add-on really scores though is in the design of the extra maps it provides: these offer a better all-round balance and slightly larger playing arenas. --Simon Brew
When I installed this game I was already connected to the internet. I decided to play campaign and off I went.
I was convinced I was playing online, when I died I would have to wait a few seconds to respawn and the other soldiers had personal names.
I disconnected from the net and discovered that this was how the game was. The whole feel is that your playing online even when your not.
Huge levels and very challenging. Aggression is a must if you want to push the enemy back and secure a victory. 'Camping' will get you nowhere
You can call for reinforcements if they are available, air support, artillery support and naval support.
You can be a foot soldier, pilot, tank commander or sniper, engineer, medic or machine gunner.
The mods for this game are plentiful and many of of the highest quality thus ensuring you will never get bored with this title.
One mod in particular 'Desert Combat' downloadable off the net for free will put you in modern day Iraq.
You wont be sorry with this game but be warned, it is a heavy game and your system must meet the minimum recommended spec in order to run it. Check EA's site for supported graphic cards
It is just FANTASTIC playing against real people, and the versatility of the game means you can hold your own against seasoned players by virtue of the different classes of character, and the staggering number of vehicles, mounted weapons, aircraft and ships you can commandeer or crew during a battle. Also, because the gameplay is based around controlling waypoints rather than simply running up frags, no single player can dominate, which sharpens up teamplay no end and again adds to the equality of participating players.
Ok, so whats wrong with single player? Answer: the team AI is possibly the most frustratingly crap I have ever, ever seen. I played single-player it just to get to know the maps and I nearly threw the damn computer out of the room in frustration. Teammates kill each other (and you) with frequent gusto, spawn 100 miles from the most hotly contested and strategically important waypoints leaving you stranded and alone against several tanks and machine gunners, and anti-tank infantry honestly couldn't hit a cows arse with a banjo. Ride in a tank and your AI driver/gunner will drive unerringly towards an enemy tank without firing a shot until you are both blown up; and AI pilots on your team clearly follow the US Air Force training manual as friendly fire incidents happen with monotonous regularity. (Unsurprisingly, enemy AI is usually vastly superior by the absence of a human on their team confusing the game's strategic logic).
My verdict - BF 1942 is the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde of gaming - absolutely top of the class in multiplayer, woeful and pathetic in single player. BUY IT ANYWAY!
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