Battlefield 2: Modern Combat

Modern Combat
Game: Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
Platform: Xbox 360
Studio: EA
Rating: 7.5/10

GAME DESCRIPTION: This is no minor skirmish – this is all-out war.

The award-winning Battlefield franchise finally explodes onto the PlayStation 2 and Xbox, dropping players into the heat of battle with Battlefield 2: Modern Combat™. The game brings the over-the-top action and excitement of the Battlefield series into the modern era with a bleeding-edge arsenal of vehicles and weaponry allowing for the most extreme “Battlefield Moments” yet.

Battlefield 2: Modern Combat features a propaganda- fueled single player campaign where gamers see both sides of a conflict in one of the most treacherous regions in the world – Kazakhstan. Gamers will plunge headlong into the fog of war and must ultimately choose sides in a furious showdown where nothing is as it seems.

Battlefield 2: Modern Combat also delivers the Battlefield franchise’s trademark multiplayer action, delivering fierce 24 player online battles. Fighting for one of 4 sides – the US, the European Union, the Chinese, or the newly formed Middle East Coalition -players armed with the latest modern weaponry can choose to control any of the 30+ vehicles in the game.

Battlefield 2: Modern Combat also boasts advanced online community features, including full clan support, friend’s lists, voice over IP, and rankings and stat tracking.

PLAY: Having enjoyed Battlefield 2: Modern Combat on the PS2 it was hard to imagine a huge upgrade for the Xbox 360. Not because EA couldn’t do it—the fact is many of the new 360 games released so fare have been little more than quick ports. B2:MC is another one of those ports.

B2:MC plays nearly the same as the last gen release. The biggest difference is how well B2:MC plays online. Single player mode is the same game here. You can still swap characters in mid-game and work your way up from a private all the way up. One plus is that the AI has been turned up a notch.

We could rewrite the entire review—however we’ve already reviewed what is nearly an identical game.

GRAPHICS: This is where B2:MC gets the biggest overhaul. The explosions are amazing. The graphics are enhanced to the point where on HDTV you’ll get lost in the chaos. You can almost feel the shrapnel as it plunges from the sky. One of the biggest upgrades is the characters. They no longer look identical.

SOUND: See our previous review.

FRANKLY: If you already own B2:MC on the older system there is no need to own it for the Xbox 360 unless you want to play it in HD. If you didn’t buy the previous edition you could save some money and buy it cheaper for the PC or PS2 or go for the shinier version for the Xbox 360.

+ Richie Wright

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