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Battlefield: Bad Company (Xbox 360)

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Battlefield: Bad Company is a war-themed first person shooter and the second in the series developed exclusively for the console platforms. The title refers to a a group of the 222nd Army battalion of soldiers considered hard to steer and incompetent troublemakers. As such, they do not receive much respect in battle and squad of four decides to desert to pursue their own goals. The war takes places in fictional countries in the Middle East and the US squad takes on Russians, soldiers of the Middle East coalition and Legionnaire mercenaries. The player controls protagonist Preston Marlowe. His squad members are Terrence Sweetwater, George Gordon Haggard Jr. and the leader Samuel Redford.

Marlowe has a health injector he can use as many times as he desires to restore his health. When dying, he also respawns immediately at the last location. Players can only carry a maximum of four weapons at any given time. There are many vehicles to drive, such as hummers, buggies, boats, tanks, boats and even helicopters to control. The storyline takes the characters through different fictional countries with mission where their background and motivation is gradually revealed.

The new Frostbite DX engine makes it possible to destroy many objects and buildings, almost to completely demolishing them. This changes the way the environment can be used as a cover, as everything can be destroyed. The multiplayer portion features games with a ranking system where items and weapons are gradually unlocked. The base game includes only one mode, Gold Rush, with teams of attackers and defenders.

Through five events such as describing to the newsletter, pre-ordering the game or reaching a certain rank in the demo, players could receive player codes to unlock five new weapons: F2000 assault rifle, USAS-12 semi-automatic shotgun, M60 light machine gun, QBU-88 sniper rifle and the silenced UZI submachine gun.

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Battlefield: Bad Company Xbox 360 Main menu.
Battlefield: Bad Company Xbox 360 Charging a small village.
Battlefield: Bad Company Xbox 360 Use the recharging syringe to heal yourself.
Battlefield: Bad Company Xbox 360 Levels are huge and have you driving to the next engagement.

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The Press Says

TeamXbox Jun 23, 2008 9.1 out of 10 91
Xbox World Australia (XWA) Jul 07, 2008 85 out of 100 85
GameCell UK Jul, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Daily Aug 14, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Boomtown Jul 01, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Factornews Aug 10, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Video Game Generation Aug 17, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Planet Xbox 360 Jul 29, 2008 7.8 out of 10 78
Computer Bild Spiele Jul 02, 2008 2.28 out of 6 74
Game Revolution Jul 22, 2008 C 50

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Trivia

Kelly's Heroes movie reference

This game looks a dead rip off of "Kelly's Heroes" movie from 1970. Although the setting in the movie is World War II, a group of soldiers who accidentally stumble upon a gold bar take it on their own to go behind enemy lines and steal the gold.

Even the four main characters in the game draw close analogy with some of the main characters from the movie.
  • Sergeant is reluctant to go for the gold but cares for his soldiers and other allied soldier, same as Master Sergeant Big Joe from Kelly's Heroes played by Telly Savalas.
  • Haggard plays a bit of an eccentric who does things on his own and constantly acts weird, much like Oddball from Kelly's Heroes played by Donald Sutherland.
  • Sweetwater is constantly complaining about everything just like Crapgame from Kelly's Heroes played by Don Rickles.
  • Preston, the player character, is constantly cool with everything and does most of the action, like Kelly in Kelly's Heroes played by Clint Eastwood.

    There are even some references to the movie, like when Haggard tells Sweetwater that something happened because of his negative thinking. In the movie Oddball used to tell his comrade the same think only used to say "always the negative waves" instead of "always the negative thinking".

    Trailers

    To promote the game, EA Games released a bevy of trailers, but three in particular spoofed three other gaming franchises.

    One entitled "Rainbow Sprinkles" was spoofing the Tom Clancy Rainbow Six series. In it, Sgt. Redford and Preston Marlowe are about to take an enemy stronghold through stealth tactics when Sweetwater and Haggard are heard discussing rainbow sprinkles on donuts. Redford tells them they are on a stealth mission and to breach a door in the distance, but instead of doing it quietly Haggard throws a grenade and then he and Sweetwater walk out into the open, blasting away at anything that moves.

    "Bad World" spoofs the Gears of War Mad World trailer. In it, Sweetwater can be heard singing the song as Haggard runs through a bombed out street, almost in similar fashion to the Mad World trailer. Just before the end of the song, Haggard stops and turns to see Sweetwater telling him repeatedly to shut up and comments that he doesn't understand that last part of the song.

    And last "Snake Eyes" spoofs the Metal Gear series. In it, Sweetwater is seen aiming his weapon at a barrel with the rest of the squad asking him what the problem is. He proceeds to tell them that he saw a man with a eye patch (presumably Solid Snake) in the drum barrel. The squad seems to brush it off just as the barrel moves with the trademark "!" appearing overhead. At this point Haggard grabs a grenade launcher and fires at the barrel launching the occupant (off camera) through the air. Afterwards Haggard finds an eye patch on the ground.

    The Bad World trailer can be seen here, The Snake Eyes trailer here and the Rainbow Sprinkles trailer here.

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