|Battlefield 2 Deluxe Edition
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Battlefield 2 Deluxe takes to the bleeding edge of military technology, while putting on the front lines of modern combat. In this incredible sequel, you'll engage in battle with over 64 players in some of the largest online battles on PC, as you fight for one of the three military superpowers - the US, the Chinese or the newly formed Middle East Coalition. Survive in frenzied close-quarters combat on the enemy's home turf, in the world's most dangerous hot spots. Unleash the world's deadliest military forces, using their fury and high-tech arsenal to survive -- then complete your mission and get home alive. Features the original Battlefield 2 and the Special Forces expansion pack. In Battlefield 2 - Special Forces, you'll lead a team of Special Forces soldiers - Navy SEALs, British SAS, Russian Spetsnaz, MEC Special Forces, Rebel groups and insurgents Jump into deadly covert ops with the latest military technology, from ziplines to flashbangs and tear gas
- With Battlefield 2 you have online multiplayer action with up to 64 players on the PC
- Take control of over 30 land, sea, and air vehicles - 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, Medic, Heavy Weapons, and Anti-Tank units
- Character Persistence and Growth - With in-game success, players increase their rank from recruit all the way to General and unlock new weapons, medals, and more
- Irritating, inferior "run - die - respawn" game
Coming from years of playing games like Counter-Strike, Day of Defeat, TFC, the Dark Forces series etc., I was compelled to give this game a try because of the vehicles and squad tactics aspects of the game.
The game is hard to classify as a "game" because it seems about 80% or better of your time is spent running or driving only to be killed by an unseen artillery or air attack. Some of the problems with this game are part mechanics, part gameplay, and part are the behavior of most people who play it. Some problems are:
It takes forever to ID someone as friendly or an enemy. I've had times where I've trained my cursor on someone for 3-4 seconds without getting a red or blue indicator of side...only to be shot from behind while I'm impatiently figuring out if I can shoot without getting a teamkill.
The game is often dominated by those who get to the planes and helicopters first. The rest of the players are all just target practice on the ground, making it a "run, die, respawn" cycle for everyone else. And there are people who will hop in a tank, jeep, chopper, etc. and take off with no one on board, leaving everyone else to either go on foot or wait for the vehicles that left to get destroyed and respawn.
Game is (somewhat) choppy, expecially compared to similar hi-res, fast action games. I have a fairly new & beefy Alienware computer that eats up Doom 3 and Source games like nobody's business.
Camping or "baseraping". The enemy sits on your spawn point and continually bombards or shoots you the split second you spawn. I've seen this in other games of course, but here it seems to be much, much more common. The ability to wipe out entires waves of spawners with airstrikes or artillery makes it more seductive for people, I suppose.
The only fun map I played was Gulf of Oman which, not coincidentally, is the map you play when you download the BF2 demo. If I could have contented myself with that, I would have saved myself some money.
The sniper is weak. It's good that they nerfed it to avoid the one-shot cheapness of other games, like the AWP in Counter-Strike for instance, but it is SO weak it takes more shots to kill someone with a .50 than it does with a sidearm.
Incredibly slow loading times between games.
Nit-picky point here, but you can't use mousewheel to scroll through servers.
As far as the Special Forces add-in which makes this the "Deluxe Addition", you get hooks and jetskis. Whoopee!
So, I payed $40 for 2 days worth of pointless gameplay. Doesn't look like I can get much for it on eBay so this baby is headed straight for the garbage chute. My advice: download the demo and play it for free, because in that case the price is right....more info
- Best game ever
For a lot of years I've played first person shooters, but this game is so good It is the only one I play now, I still test others, but this one is very good, hell, excellent in every aspect. The only minus aspect is the guns locking....more info
- Top Notch
The game is a little different in comparrison to other online shooters in respect to using the vehicles and getting use to the size of the maps. I am a Counter Strike Source (CSS) player myself and it is a COMPLETELY different playing style. Now that I have gotten better at using vehicles (mainly the helicopter) I almost prefer it over CSS. If you buy and do not like it for some reason give it time to grow on you. It worked for me. I love it....more info
- Good Game: Major Balance Flaw
Battlefield 2 is a game with excellent potential.
It has great graphics. Of course you pay for these graphics by having to have a substantial game system. Check system specs carefully before purchasing and don't try to run this game on min. requirements. The map detail, the animations are all extremely well done.
You have 7 different kits you can play - each with a powerful and unique role on the modern battlefield. I've not found any one kit to be without a great deal of playability. Medic, Engineer, Anti-Tank, Assault, Special Forces, Support, Sniper - they all have fun and challenging tasks.
Unfortunately, for all the the incredible game play there is a serious balance issue with the game. Whereas nearly every thing you can do in the game from Sniper to Tanker has a series of counters (hence balance) the jets in the game have no reasonable balance. This means if you get in a game with a jet 'whore' (meaning someone who flys jets exclusively) you'll likely end up spending alot of time looking at your death screen. A couple of jets can dominate a game with 30-40 other people in it - thereby basically ruining it for everyone else -- this happens way too often an there is no cure as the anti-aircraft emplacements don't work.
Despite complaints to EA about the balance issue since the game launch the company has failed to address this issue, which I've found so frustrating that after 2 months of play I'm ready to throw the dang game away.
A simple fix to the anti-aircraft, or the ability to turn the jets off would put this game in the 5 star ratings easily - unfortunately, as it stands the game is little more than a penny arcade for whoever gets the jets first.
If you are willing to play on infrantry only servers or if you are willing to play on maps that don't have jets at all (all my favorite maps have jets...so I lose there) then you can get away from this GROSS imbalance - in that case, the game would be worth your money....more info
- Fun and addicting
This game offers hours of excellent, fast-paced, and strategic gaming. One of the neat things about this game is that it tracks your stats, i.e. kills, flag captures, medic heals/revivals, etc. Your stats are easily accesible through the game and over time, as you gain experience points, your soldier is able to gain access to more advanced weaponry.
This game just offers so much that it is difficult to describe all here. My best advice is if you enjoy warfare, strategy, team-work, and fast-paced thrills, then this game is a definite must-have....more info
- Support please?
I decided to purchase the deluxe edition instead of 2142 because my friends still play BF2. Well, the original works fine. I don't think it's as good as Counter Strike, but it makes up for it being able to fly, drive and all that.
Anyways, the problem I have is updating. It will not update to the latest version. So my options on which servers I can play on are pretty limited. I've tried reinstalling, re-downloading the patch. Nothing in the KB has worked. EA won't give any further support on their game, I'm guessing because of the 2142 release. Which, even with the spyware, I'm kinda regretting not buying that instead. I just don't see this game being worth the money and effort.
I don't think I'll be purchasing many more games from EA unless I need a NFL licensed football game. ...more info
Grea game. I love the fact that you can have 64 people playing in one game. that means 32 people on 1 team. Thats unheard of. No other games i have played compare to this. But there is a price. You need a graphics card, atleast I recommend one. You will need to close every program in order to play this or else it will create lag like never before. Logging in for me takes around 2 minutes because I have not yet figured out how to turn the auto-server connect feature. Get this game if you are ready to enter a whole new dimension of online gaming. The gameplay is like you are actually there, it is truely amazing. You get ranked in the game, the higher the rank the more seniority you have over other players. Thats a good feeling. Get this game. ...more info
- Program Sucks
I've never been able to get the program to run. Try to run it and the screen goes blank. Sent EA an email to cust. support and never got a reply. I will not buy anything else from EA....more info
- Great Game
Well, I have had this game for almost a year now, and I can say that it is one of the most fun and addicting games ever.
I don't want to recap all of the previous person's points, since they are all mostly true, but here is what I love about it.
Weapons. Amazingly varied, you can absolutely beast with stock equips, but unlocks give you an edge over many players out there, not a full-blown advantage, and since there are so many hard core BF2 players, unlocks will definitely give you a better chance of winning.
Vehicles. Also, these are almost perfectly balanced and kind of sort of realistic, ranging from the jets that can rule the game unless someone gets some AA running, to the slow but powerful transport copters, to the cheap looking MEC van-and-random-gun, to the tanks and APCs that are my favorites.
Maps. Maps are, once again, varied, and the gameplay changes drastically from map to map. You have infantry and armor only maps like Strike at Karkland (my personal favorite), to Wake Island, a map that absolutely depends on the jet and chopper pilots.
Squad Play. Well, of all the memorable titles that have attempted to create a feeling of strategy within each team beyond, "Let's go kill that guy, watch out for the tank thingy," this game has probably done the best job. You have the basic squad composed of up to 6 members, reasonable in a 64 player game, with a squad leader, who can communicate with the commander, requesting vehicle drops, artillery, UAVs, etc. Commanders and Squad Leaders don't always do a good job of strategizing (is that a word?), but you just have to remember that this is a game with real people, not bots... There is a large percentage of jerks in the world lol, and that applies here too. Fortunately, you can join and leave squads as much as you would like, though doing so can be detrimental, even costing you the game sometimes, for reasons that you will learn in the game.
Graphics. Not much to say, other than that full settings require a high end (+ $200) card, but when you have it, it looks pretty good, especially considering its age. I love the scenes in Karkland where you get the tanks and APCs concentrated, support gunners laying down suppressing fire, medics madly dashing to use their shock paddles, special forces laying C4 all over the place, grenades flying like my mom's pancakes, oh yeah... Then of course the artillery comes down, and everything and everybody blows sky high,... then the near silence, except for the distant chatter of machine guns. Oh, *sigh*, it is good, the most immersive game ever.
As mentioned before, load times are a bit exessive. I really don't have the problem that those guys do though, since I have a RAID 0 setup, an OCed Opty, and 2GB of RAM, but still, they are the longest of any game I have ever seen.
Also, keeping in tradition of EA gaming, the game came out pretty much in beta form, with so many bugs, not just having to do with gameplay, but also installation and other junk like that. But, BUT, the good news is that after more than a year of patching, the game is in pretty good condition, so you won't have problems with that much at all.
Finally, the whole serial number issue. I'm going to SAVE a couple of you some MONEY, so PLEASE READ. When you get your game, the serial number is on the back of the manual... I know, horrible place to put it, as manuals are easily lost. Before you do anything, write it down, put it someplace safe. Now, when you install, DO NOT IMMEDIATELY PATCH. Before you patch, you can register and retrieve your key in the case that you lose it. But after just a single patch, you cannot register or view the key in the registry, so EA cannot look up your key, and if you lose your manual... like me... you have to shell out another $** for it.
Basically, this game is one of the best games ever, I really don't think that it will be surpassed by BF2142, which is coming out later this year (2006). So, hope that this helped :)...more info
- 1st Person Shooter
This game is a first person shooter game with little plot line. But hey, there are some days where all you want to do is just fly planes and drive vehicles while shooting stuff....more info
- Run, Spray, Respawn - a lot.
While Battlefield 2 has great graphics and is easy to play, the game suffers from the 'run, spray, respawn' mindset that ruins almost all of today's FPS games. When are game developers going to realise that this playstyle is inherently frustrating? If the developers made the weapons truly realistic the game would be much better. Because of the player's ability to hold the weapons rock steady they are about ten times as accurate as their real life counterparts. This makes a game in which firefights are won by player who has the fastest reflexes, and not the player who uses the best team play tactics or who has the better cover. Basically, although the game developers go to great pains to claim that they encourage team play that's really not the case, and as for cover, because of the hyper-accuracy you're as exposed and visible behind a brick wall and with your head 99% shielded by a plant as you are standing in open ground.
If you want to see a bunch of players running into hails of gunfire like total idiots buy this game. I mean when will these game developers realise that games are more fun if they challenge us to play carefully and rationally? Any idiot can spawn and run at the enemy with guns blazing. The problem with BF2 is that it rewards such silliness. I'll play these sorts games again when they start to punish such nonsensical play and reward players who actually behave like real soldiers and try to stay alive....more info
- A great shooter. Highly Addictive fun
Battlefield 2 is by far the best shooter of 2005-2006. The online gameplay is second to none. The graphics are excellent. I recommened checking your the system requirements to make sure your system can handle playing it, as it requires a good video card and quite a bit of memory, and a cable or dsl connection.
Overall, gameplay wise, whether you like to kill with a gun, a tank, a jet, a helicopter, you can do it all here. Great maps and gameplay to boot.
The Deluxe Edition gives you the Special Forces expansion pack which allows you to use more weapons and play on 10 more maps. Over 20 maps for 40 bucks...that is quite the bargain!
This game converted me from a console gamer to a PC gamer. Its really that good. Don't hesitate to pick this up!...more info
- Battle 2
It is fun, but short. They need a richer environment that you can exlpore and play longer....more info
- A Great game, but with Great demands!
Battlefield 2 is a great game, as long as your computer can handle it. I just got a Compaq Presario SR2038X for Christmas, and it can barely handle this game. And this is a decent computer. It had an AMD Athlon 64 dual-core processor, a 256 NVIDIA graphics card, 1 GB of Ram; I mean this computer handles all my other games fine. But this game is demanding! Don't get me wrong, it's a great game, but just make sure your computer can handle it before you go out and buy it. With my computer I can run it on the lowest settings, with textures set to medium. Anything higher than that and my computer will crash! So beware, you need a super computer to run this thing stably. The game is actually very fun though. If you have played any other previous Battlefield games, then you'll definitely want to buy this one, you won't be disappointed. The graphics are good; there are a bunch of new weapons, and some sweet new vehicles. The online play has also been improved, now allowing you to chat with your squad members in real time through a headset. I recommend this package over BF2 itself, because if you buy Battlefield 2, like it (which you probably will), and then buy Special Forces separately, you're looking at spending $50. Here, if you buy them both together, you save yourself 10 bucks. The expansion is also pretty cool, giving you new armies to fight as, new maps, and some new weapons and gadgets like grappling hooks and night vision goggles. So overall, this is a great game, just as long as your computer can handle it....more info
- Addicting to play with friends
If you enjoy teaming up with friends online to play battle games then there is really no better FPS then Battlefield 2. The map, vehicle and kit variations are a ton of fun to use in strategic ways. From C4 explosives, to MiG fighter jets to Abrams Tanks, there is simply alot to like about BF2. Yes, there are some balance problems. The chinese J-10 jet, for instance, has always been much more powerful and stealthy than all the other planes. But something like this is simply one small flaw in an otherwise blast of a game to play. I've been playing since June 2005 and I still love it. ...more info