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Battlefield Bad Company 2: Vietnam is a great compliment to its core game, taking all that we loved about the tactical squad based-shooter and transferring them into an entirely different setting with new guns, vehicles and massive changes to class and game balance. It comes in at a great price and is the perfect reason to take a break from Halo and Call of Duty and return to the Battlefield. This is one of the best DLC’s of 2010 and is a must-have for any Battlefield fan.
Whether you're new to Bad Company 2 or have been repairing, healing, and blowing up other players since March of this year, Bad Company 2 -Vietnam is among the best multiplayer experiences this year. The ability to contribute and succeed and unlock additional levels in ways that don't have to include shooting other players and the reliance on strategy over twitch gameplay clicks just as well in Bad Company 2 - Vietnam. Meanwhile, the re-balancing of character classes and level variety might actually trump Bad Company 2 proper. Battlefield fans will probably argue over whether to play Bad Company 2 or its expansion in the months to come. But when it comes to choosing between arguably the best multiplayer game of the year and its excellent expansion, that seems like a good problem to have.
If I was going to get a crippling psychological condition brought on by the horror of ceaseless war, I would want it to be from Vietnam. It had all the coolest music, you see. Now, thanks to the hours I spent crouched in foxholes praying for my life in DICE’s multiplayer-only expansion to their class-based online FPS, I’m as close as I’ll ever get to suffering debilitating flashbacks. In that – and many other ways – Bad Company 2: Vietnam is an unbridled success.
As everyone looks back at what developers had to offer in 2010 in this pretty rad medium called video games, it's a little shocking that Battlefield: Bad Company 2 has largely gone unmentioned. Its scale, its amazing sound design, its incredible atmosphere and its sheer moments of breathtaking chaos as the world around blew up around you was truly something to behold. With the release of Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam, a multiplayer expansion, it doesn't seem like much will change, and that's a real shame. It's a worthy addition to the core game, and at $15 you've either made up your mind already or you really should buy Vietnam if you enjoyed Bad Company 2.
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Bad Company 2 Vietnam is one of the best console expansions I’ve ever played for an FPS. The amount of maps and new vehicle weapons could have easily been sold as a retail release but instead are turned into a downloadable title for the price of most map packs for other FPSs. There are enough modes and new weapons and vehicles to play around with to keep you playing for a long time. Along with the rock-solid Bad Company 2 game play, there’s rebalancing to make it less harsh on newcomers and keep veterans on their toes. This is a master crafted expansion. Dice and EA have once again raised the FPS bar so high that other efforts look amateurish by comparison. Thanks for the good times Halo Reach; I’ll see you again Black Ops; but for now, I’d rather spend some time in Vietnam.
Mit Vietnam büßt Bad Company 2 jede Menge Abwechslung ein, weil viele meiner liebgewonnenen Ausrüstungsgegenstände wegfallen. Zunächst hat mich das nicht gestört, dafür ist die Atmosphäre zu cool, aber auf lange Sicht werde ich wohl zum Hauptspiel zurückwechseln. Aber vorher hole ich mir noch die 14 Goldmedaillen für jede neue Waffe.
Battlefield developers DICE have released their first major expansion pack for Battlefield Bad Company 2 in the form of Vietnam. It is an multiplayer-only expansion pack that contains four unlocked maps, and one locked map which will unlock when a version of the game passes 69,000,000 team play actions. Each platform's unlock map is unique to the platform and is not a collective total, so we won't be seeing the final map for several months.
Battlefield Bad Company 2 - Vietnam transports players to a whole new setting and delivers the same large scale, intense action fans expect, but yet expands the experience by emphasising team play and skill to make it a truly worthy add-on.
Yes, different. Not better, not worse, but different. Bad Company 2 Vietnam provides an experience that is, at its core, as different from regular Bad Company 2 as Battlefield 1943 is. The controls are the same, the graphics are as high-quality as they were before, and there’s little to excite those who passed on DICE’s previous efforts. For fans of the series, however, there are four new, fantastic maps to explore, new weapons to master, and, most importantly, more dog tags to collect… while listening to Flight of the Valkyries.
Since its launch, BC2 Vietnam has suffered from some problems with its stat tracking. Player ranks and statistics haven't always been accurate, though this is a mild annoyance, considering how much less important player progression and unlocks are to the overall experience when compared to the original release. Nevertheless, if you strayed from Battlefield: Bad Company 2 once you reached maximum level or are new to the game and want a good reason to show off your elite shooting skills, the Vietnam add-on is your ticket to big explosions, big shoot-outs, and big thrills. And you get it all for $15.
PC Format (UK)
The importance of great graphics in a game harks back to the days of the great single player game. It’s a storytelling device. Consider Team Fortress 2, the king of class-based online shooters. Visually stunning but far from cutting edge. It looks hectic but it’s easy to see what’s going on, and that’s down to smart design choices that allow the gamer more fun. Sometimes it’s as easy as painting everything red and blue.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam definitely feels different to what Bad Company 2 veterans are used to. And while not everything works with the new formula, it’s a refreshing change from its parent game that is, unlike a lot of DLC, worth every penny with hours of frantic gameplay on offer.
Ultimately, while it might not match some of the highs of its base game, it's a real shame that such a generous and competent addition to Bad Company 2 might fall by the wayside - especially with Black Ops' first chunk of DLC looming ominously on the horizon.
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Of je nu een groentje bent of al meer dan 500 uur op de teller hebt staan, iedereen kan zich amuseren in de hel van Vietnam. Je hoeft niet eens van napalmgeur in het ochtendgloren te houden.
Some gamers are upset that this Vietnam add-on wasn't free, but once you play it, you'll quickly realize why it wasn't. This is not just a map pack - something that Activision charges the same amount of money for - it's what we in the old days of FPS games used to call a Total Conversion. As in, the game plays basically the same, but the new maps, weapons, graphics, and sound make it feel much different. It's a solid add-on, especially if you don't care for the engineer and would just rather have solid FPS gunplay over the high-tech gadgets. It's not perfect, but the launch did go smoothly and it's a blast to play. It's also a good way to get players back in to the Bad Company way of playing, especially after you get sick of that awful map Nuketown in Black Ops.
Like its forbear, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - Vietnam offers yet more reasons to look beyond Call of Duty multiplayer and give something else a crack. There's a slickness to the combat, an intelligence to the map design, and a sense of atmosphere worth exploring, all wrapped up in a fast, fun, progressive experience that drip-feeds you goodies as you go. If you play Battlefield: Bad Company 2 multiplayer, it's well worth a tenner of your money. More of this, please.
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