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Battlefield 2: Special Forces

aka: Battlefield 2: Forces Spéciales, Battlefield 2: Jednostki Specjalne, Battlefield 2: Lisäosa: Special Forces

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GameStar (Germany) (93 out of 100)

Die Balance stimmt bei Battlefield 2 sp√§testens seit Version 1.03 zwar ohnehin schon, in Special Forces sind die Karten aber noch etwas fairer: Manche Flaggen liegen so, dass Panzer oder APCs gar nicht rankommen. Da f√ľhle ich mich in jeder Rolle wohl, sei's als Nahk√§mpfer oder als Fahrzeugf√ľhrer.

Dec 2005 · Windows

Gamezoom (92 out of 100)

Das Addon zu Battlefield 2 ist eine ‚Äďfast- perfekte Erg√§nzung zum Hauptspiel. Neben den neuen und gut ausgedachten Maps kann man nun endlich auch Nachtmissionen spielen. Die neuen Fahrzeuge und Features wie Wurfhaken, Gasmaske, Nachtsichtger√§t, Abseilbogen und die Blendgranaten bringen noch mehr Action in das Spiel.

Dec 29th, 2005 · Windows · read review

Game Informer Magazine (9 out of 10)

Of course, veterans will be able to jump right in and start augmenting their tactics right away. And again, when you start really digging in and exploring the possible strategies, you'll realize exactly how brilliant of an expansion this is. The hottest online shooter is now better than ever. Do yourself a favor and experience it firsthand.

Feb 2006 · Windows

Game Captain (90 out of 100)

Man kann nicht meckern. Die neuen Karten machen genauso viel Spa√ü, wie die neuen Spielzeuge (Nachtsichtger√§t, Enterhaken, Jetski und Co.). Verglichen mit dem Hauptprogramm ist der Spielfluss etwas schneller, was - zusammen mit den coolen Spielzeugen - auch Neueinsteiger ansprechen d√ľrfte. Einen entsprechend dicken Rechner vorausgesetzt, bietet Special Forces wieder viel Platz zum Austoben.

Dec 14th, 2005 · Windows · read review

PC Action (Germany) (88 out of 100)

Wussten Sie, dass es von hundert Bewerbern gerade mal drei zu einem echten Navy SEAL bringen? Wahnsinn, oder? Der Gro√üteil scheitert bereits am knallharten Selektionsprogramm BUD/S, das dem Einstellungsgespr√§ch bei PC ACTION √§hnelt. Angesichts dieser Zahlen erscheint es utopisch, jemals einen Job bei der wohl h√§rtesten Truppe der Welt zu bekommen. Denkste! ank des ersten Battlefield 2-Add-ons Special Forces werden Sie spielend zu einem Kampfschwimmer der US-Marine. Und das ganz ohne den monatelangen Drill √ľber sich ergehen zu lassen. Doch damit nicht genug: Gef√§llt es Ihnen bei der Truppe nicht mehr, wechseln Sie einfach die Fronten und heuern bei einer der f√ľnf anderen internationalen Spezialeinheiten an. Dazu z√§hlen der ber√ľhmt-ber√ľchtigte britische SAS, die gef√ľrchteten russischen Speznas, Kommandosoldaten der MEC, Rebellen sowie aufst√§ndische Einheiten.

Jan 4th, 2006 · Windows · read review

4Players.de (87 out of 100)

Ein hervorragendes Add-On zu einem hervorragenden Hauptprogramm ‚Äď so einfach ist Special Forces umschrieben. Die neuen Fraktionen bieten genug Abwechslung f√ľr alle Spielertypen (sogar mehr als im Original), die Leine und vor allem der Wurfhaken erm√∂glichen g√§nzlich neue Strategien. Allerdings haben die Erweiterungen auch so ihre Macken: Das Nachtsichtger√§t ist z.B. prinzipiell eine coole Sache auf dunklen Maps ‚Äď aber dann wirkt es inkonsequent, dass man Lichter nicht ausschie√üen kann. Und mit den Granaten hat es DICE etwas zu gut gemeint, denn teilweise kommt man vor lauter Tr√§nengas und Blendgranaten kaum vorw√§rts. Und nat√ľrlich ist nach wie vor das Thema ¬ĽHardwareanforderungen¬ę aktuell, sogar mehr denn je: warum das Laden und Client-Verifizieren mehrere Minuten in Anspruch nimmt, ist mit der vorhandenen Hardware-Basis nicht zu erkl√§ren. Falls ihr Battlefield 2-Fans seid und nach neuem Futter verlangt, dann sind die Special Forces ein klares Muss.

Nov 28th, 2005 · Windows · read review

GameWatcher / Strategy Informer (8.7 out of 10)

The bottom line is, if gamers liked Battlefield 2, then they will undoubtedly like Special Forces as well. On the other hand, if players didn’t totally get all into Battlefield 2, then the changes made here and there in Special Forces will likely go unnoticed. Once you finally are ready to play and begin, don’t be surprised to find yourself totally enamored and obsess about this game, even if you get pissed waiting for things to load. It’s a small price to pay, really.

Dec 2nd, 2005 · Windows · read review

PC Games (Germany) (86 out of 100)

Das Add-on bietet mehr als nur neues Zubeh√∂r und Karten. Als gut ausstaffierter Elitesoldat spielt sich der Shooter ein ganzes St√ľck anders. Ende November, rund vier Monate nach der Ver√∂ffentlichung des zweiten Battlefield-Teils, stand das Add-on in den Startl√∂chern.

Dec 26th, 2005 · Windows · read review

Game Informer Magazine (8.5 out of 10)

Special Forces delivers exactly what fans of the series want - new maps, new toys, and new forms of transportation, including a grappling hook and zipline. As you may have guessed, almost all these things are great additions to an already fantastic multiplayer game. Unfortunately, this expansion has a rushed feel to it overall, as it isn't quite as balanced or bug-free as it should have been out of the gate.

Feb 2006 · Windows

GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) (83 out of 100)

Een degelijke uitbreiding die inspeelt op de verlanglijstjes van de fans. Technisch schort er hier en daar nog wat aan, maar als je het eenmaal aan de gang gekregen hebt, krijg je weer een ongezond verslavende dosis Battlefield 2

Nov 29th, 2005 · Windows · read review

PC Powerplay (82 out of 100)

Mehr als frische Waffen, Einsatzgebiete und Fahrzeuge bringt Special Forces zwar nicht. Aber das war bei den Addons f√ľr Battlefield 1942 ja auch schon so.

Jan 2006 · Windows

Cheat Code Central (4.1 out of 5)

Don't expect much in the way of improved graphics or audio. What you can expect is that the more stuff that appears onscreen, the slower the framerate. To play this game without bugs will require some work on your part. If you're a fan of Battlefield 2 then you know it's worth the effort. The load times can be horrendous and even exiting the game can be a gut-wrenching experience since the music continues to play and you may find your PC unresponsive for a couple of minutes as the game doesn't seem to want to let you go. Could be a sign of desperation. Hopefully by the time you read this most of the bugs will be worked out.

Dec 5th, 2005 · Windows · read review

GameSpot (8.1 out of 10)

Special Forces delivers more of the intense urban combat that fans of Battlefield 2 love, and there are a lot of cool moments in the game, from the way you parachute into one level, to the intense and desperate firefights that can erupt for control of a flag. If you love Battlefield 2, then the expansion is a no-brainer. But there's plenty in here for newcomers to appreciate, as well. Just wait a while for EA to settle out all the issues first.

Nov 23rd, 2005 · Windows · read review

IGN (8 out of 10)

Basically, if you still play BF2, you'll like Special Forces. If you got a lot of mileage out of BF2 but got bored, I think the new maps and vehicles will reinvigorate your jones. If BF2 never clicked with you or you became frustrated with slow map loads, then SF isn't likely to change your mind. You can still get capped, wait to respawn, make your way back to the action, and get cut down as quickly as before (although this isn't nearly as pronounced as it was in, say, Joint Operations). Tanks will still eat infantry for breakfast, with the APC not far behind when in the hands of an experienced operator. And aerial targets are still pretty difficult to take down. What you get with Special Forces boils down to a batch of maps (albeit well-designed ones), some slightly new weapons to choose from, and a few new vehicles. There is still only Assault: Conquest mode, which is largely why I don't recommend to those of you who didn't dig BF2.

Nov 29th, 2005 · Windows · read review

UOL Jogos ( )

"Battlefield 2: Special Forces" n√£o √© necessariamente uma expans√£o com inova√ß√Ķes radicais, mas os novos acess√≥rios e a centraliza√ß√£o nos combates urbanos deram certo, sem desequilibrar a jogabilidade estrat√©gica. Ali√°s, pelo contr√°rio: a guerra est√° mais t√°tica do que nunca, principalmente em solo firme. Como "Battlefield 2" √© um game relativamente novo, ainda com vida √ļtil pela frente, a expans√£o acaba sendo mais bem-vinda, por melhorar a qualidade e a competitividade das disputas online.

Nov 30th, 2005 · Windows · read review

Gameguru Mania (80 out of 100)

Overall, this is a pretty solid follow-up to Battlefield 2 and while it could of been better (hopefully patches will fix some weak areas and bugs), I do recommend it for any Battlefield 2 player or fan of the Battlefield franchise.

Dec 29th, 2005 · Windows · read review

PC Gamer (79 out of 100)

I understand that the DICE team that worked on Special Forces isn't the same one that crafted the core game, but that's no excuse to not address issued that fans have complained about for months. This expansion delivers the goods in terms of content, but is a slap in the face to devotees hoping for bug fixes. For the next Battlefield campaign, the developers had better re-evaluate their recruitment strategy.

Jan 2006 · Windows

Deaf Gamers (7.8 out of 10)

Battlefield 2: Special Forces is a solid expansion pack that really can't fail to appeal to Battlefield 2 players. The concentration on urban warfare was a smart move and the expansion as a whole (with its weapons, vehicles, and maps) is very enjoyable. However there have been no performance increases and the need to patch Battlefield 2 before installing the expansion and then having to download and install a 280MB patch to play online is disappointing. The expansion isn't any more deaf gamer friendly than Battlefield 2, which is disappointing if not entirely unexpected.

2005 · Windows · read review

Gameplay (Benelux) (75 out of 100)

Special Forces is een degelijke uitbreiding die naar ons gevoel gewoon te vroeg op de markt is gebracht. Shame on you EA!

Dec 23rd, 2005 · Windows

Jeuxvideo.com (15 out of 20)

Loin d'être une révolution, Special Forces n'en reste pas moins un complément intéressant à Battlefield 2. Une fois leur usage modéré, certains ajouts tels que les grenades flashes ou lacrymogènes prouvent leur intérêt. Globalement, Special Forces pourrait se montrer indispensable aux amateurs de teamplay forcené, ou simplement désireux de renouveler un peu l'expérience Battlefield 2.

Nov 30th, 2005 · Windows · read review

Eurogamer.net (UK) (7 out of 10)

Still, this disrespect of the customer aside, there's little to object to in the mission pack. Effective, brutal and full of hard-as nails military posture, it's a decent expansion pack to one of the best games of the year. It solves some of its problems - the lack of maps being a main bugbear - and adds a few more new toys to keep the militar-o-philes happy. Career soldiers won't be disappointed and those considering a second tour of duty have enough incentives to head back into the field.

Nov 30th, 2005 · Windows · read review

JeuxVideoPC.com (14 out of 20)

EA r√©ussit ici √† faire avec l'extension Special Forces un jeu diff√©rent de Battlefield 2 tout en conservant l'esprit m√™me du jeu d'origine. On retrouvera en effet dans cette extension tout ce qui a fait le succ√®s de Battlefield 2, mais report√© √† l'√©chelle de l'infanterie, ou ici en l'occurrence, des forces sp√©ciales. Et comme la pr√©dominance des v√©hicules dans le jeu avait fait l'objet de critiques par de nombreux joueurs apr√®s la sortie du jeu l'√©t√© dernier, il appara√ģt clairement que Electronic Arts se positionne en terrain presque conquis d'avance et surtout avait bien planifi√© sa strat√©gie pour le jeu et son extension (pour m√©moire, le d√©veloppement de l'extension aurait commenc√© avant la commercialisation du jeu, de mani√®re √† permettre une sortie √† moins de six mois d'intervalle du jeu et de son add-on).

Dec 12th, 2005 · Windows · read review

Game Revolution (B-)

The best thing about Special Forces is the fact that it's an excuse to revisit a great game with a couple new toys on some new maps. Still, we expect more for thirty dollars. We want loads of maps, more meaningful lighting, more classes, more new vehicles and maybe a play mode other than Conquest. It's probably worth another tour of duty, but we wouldn't rush to enlist

Dec 12th, 2005 · Windows · read review

Gamekult (6 out of 10)

Un peu press√©s par le temps, les d√©veloppeurs de Battlefield nous livrent avec ces Forces Sp√©ciales une extension correcte, mais qui manque sacr√©ment d'ambition. Sans faire vraiment √©voluer le gameplay, elle se contente de compl√©ter l'√©quipement des soldats, en y int√©grant une demi-douzaine d'outils sympathiques mais pas forc√©ment indispensables, et de mettre en sc√®ne des combats nocturnes certes originaux pour la s√©rie, mais pas inoubliables pour autant. Le tr√®s bon travail effectu√© sur les cartes app√Ętera certainement les fans de l'original et ils n'auront pas forc√©ment tort de craquer, mais on pouvait l√©gitimement s'attendre avec cet add-on √† un peu plus d'ambition et de contenu, surtout avec un th√®me pareil.

Dec 16th, 2005 · Windows · read review

GameSpy ( )

The most astute comment I've heard about Battlefield 2 still applies to Special Forces: everything about it sucks except for the actual game. And that part -- the core gameplay that holds it all together and drives it forward for hours on end once you've finally got it up and running and reasonably stable -- remains as great as ever. But if EA's expansion packs are going to continue consisting of content that doesn't expand so much as prolong, then the least they can do is give them more forthright titles. For Special Forces, might we suggest Battlefield 2: New Maps, New Toys and Some Bugs for Thirty Bucks?

Dec 2nd, 2005 · Windows · read review

Computer Gaming World (CGW) ( )

And that’s just it: If you live by the long-range shot, this is the one you’ve been waiting for. With go-anywhere grappling hooks and zip lines, lone wolves (in this case, sniper and assault classes) can set up camp among the many cranes, towers, and rooftops and will pack the tent only to relocate or restock. Finding someone with an ammo-supplying support kit, however, is another story...and engineers, who get none of the new goodies, are almost nonexistent. We say: more reason to have added an objective mode (à la the stellar Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII expansion) that puts a premium on all kits.

Feb 2006 · Windows

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