- Studio: Digital Illusions CE (DICE)
- Historical period:
=> Modern Era, hypothetical conflicts in 21st century
- Official site: http://www.battlefield.ea.com/battlefield/bf2/
- Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battlefield_2
- Video trailers:
=> Battlefield 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xld8OI0nqEs
=> Special Forces: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0xFsrlUEpE
=> Gameplay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IE46AFOqrC8
As opposed to other recent FPS, heavily relying on cinematic sequences, Battlefield 2 (also known as BF2) is probably the ultimate computer simulation to date in the category of Real-Time, Skirmish scale, Modern-Conflict wargames.
Players fight in a modern battlefield, using modern weapon systems. Battlefield 2 is a first-person shooter with significant strategy and wargame elements. The single player features missions that involve clashes between US Marines, China and the fictional Middle Eastern Coalition. The multiplayer aspect of the game allows players to organize into squads that come under the leadership of a single commander to promote teamwork.
The story takes place in the early 21st century during a fictional world war between various power blocs: China, the European Union (playable as of the 1.50 patch), the fictional Middle Eastern Coalition (MEC), Russia (playable only in the Special Forces expansion) and the United States. In-game, the European Union and the United States fight China and the MEC. It is known that in the game’s story, the EU and the US are allies and the EU has negotiated a peace deal with Russia but it is unknown if China and the MEC are allies. The game takes place in different fronts, as the Middle East and China are being invaded by US and EU forces, and the United States is being invaded by Chinese and MEC forces.
Battlefield 2 is essentially a multiplayer game played via the Internet or on a local area network. A single-player mode with three difficulty levels is included. Both player modes use the same maps and use Battlefield’s conquest game mode. Single-player mode allows 16 computer controlled players while Internet mode allows up to 64 players. Players can choose to play as the United States Marine Corps, the People’s Liberation Army, or the “Middle Eastern Coalition”. Additional factions are playable through the expansion packs, such as the European Union. Progress in the game is made via promotions which allow additional weapons to be unlocked. By playing the game on ranked servers, players are able to add to their global player statistics. These statistics are used to award promotions and other achievements.
Maps/Levels/Stages (Basic BF2 release):
- Dalian Plant
- Daqin Oilfields
- Dragon Valley
- Fushe Pass
- Gulf of Oman
- Operation Clean Sweep
- Sharqi Peninsula
- Shonghua Stalemate
- Strike at Karkand
- Zatar Wetlands
- Mashtuur City
- Kubra Dam
- Battlefield 2: Special Forces
Battlefield 2’s first expansion pack, Special Forces, first began its development sometime during or shortly before the release of the original Battlefield 2 by DICE Canada: Battlefield producer, Mike Doran, commented in August 2005 that “The truth is that work on Battlefield 2: Special Forces began several months ago.”. It was officially announced on July 14, 2005 and released on November 21 of the same year. The focus of the development was infantry-based combat as opposed to vehicle-centric combat from the original. As such, most of the additional content in the expansion pack can only be used by or for infantry.Players play in eight maps (six of which can be played in singleplayer) with ten more vehicles such as the AH-64D Apache and Mi-35 Hind, though all jets have been removed. In addition to these new contents, players have access to new equipment such as night vision goggles, tear gas, gas masks, zip lines and grappling hooks which can alter gameplay. There are eight more small arms weapons available such as the G36C/E and FN SCAR L/H and several weapons from the original are replaced. The expansion offers more awards in the form of badges, ribbons, and medals that players can earn. Finally, many of the weapons from the expansion may be used in the original Battlefield 2.