Written by Chris Boots-Faubert for SuperCheats.com
Introduction and Synopsis
The general speculation surrounding this first and highly anticipated expansion to Battlefield: Bad Company 2 was finally given a boost with the official public unveiling of the game at the Tokyo Game Show in September, where it was confirmed that the expansion would be DLC only, and would include support for all four original multi-player modes from the original game.
The official word is that the expansion is intended to be a true-to-era experience, with all of its elements enhanced to generate the feel of the time. Specialty kits have been modified to fit into the time period, from including the weapons of the era to the removal of the defibrillator from the medic kit -- if it was not part of the TOE during the Vietnam War, it did not make it into the expansion!
While music is a primary element in placing the player in the era, the developer took that a step further; after carefully researching recordings of actual battlefield communications from both sides of the conflict, they have recreated these element and inserted them into the game as part of the natural overall experience.
In the past video games that featured the war in Vietnam were mostly over-the-top shooting-gallery games that largely focused upon the wave-killing action that has more of an arcade-like feel to it, but that is not the intention with BBC2: Vietnam. The goal for this title is to place the player in the world of the 1960's and to provide as realistic an experience as possible -- to essentially duplicate the same process that was used in earlier games in the series to make the environment part of the character of the game.
Like games that focused upon World War II, a game set in Vietnam in the 1960's presents an interpretation of events that the current generation of gamers have only heard about from parents and grandparents, or encountered in movies and on TV. It is an era that is instantly evocative and loaded with its own unique feel and elements, with a rich potential for video game plot and story development. That Dice has chosen to faithfully embrace the multi-player elements of BBC2 as the core of this expansion hints that this may not be the usual treatment experience.
The Vietnam DLC includes four new maps that feature a variety of jungle-based terrain as well as era-specific vehicles like the Bell UH-1 Huey and Russian T-54 main battle tank. Like previous games in the series music factors high in the environment, with a soundtrack that includes 49 songs that are available through the in-vehicle radios.
While the usual arsenal is present, the addition of 15 era-appropriate weapons adds to the immersion quality of this add-on, which is positioned exclusively as a testosterone-fueled multi-player firefight, and does not include a single-player story mode.
Regular series gamers will be pleased to learn that their existing stats and skills transfer into the game, which features proficiency stars for each of the new weapons and an additional 10 Achievements / Trophies to unlock.
Game play in this expansion requires that the original game, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, be present and inserted into the console/computer.
Street Date: Winter 2010
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platforms: Xbox 360 / PS3 / Windows PC
Official Content Ratings: ESRB Rating: M (for Mature) BBFC: 15 (15 and over)
Posted: 3rd Nov 2010
Tags: Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Battlefield Bad Company 2: Vietnam DLC, DLC