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Bad Company Vietnam

Expansion or Port?

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The concept behind Battlefield 1943 is excellent. Develop a multiplayer only game, that is a complete replica of a critically acclaimed PC classic. Battlefield 1943 had four playable maps, and was designed on the same Frostbite engine Bad Company 2 was made on. With DICE bringing such a polished game to the arcade marketplace, it gained both critical and commercial success. Its price point of only $15 made it very appealing to gamers as well. However, what made it so enticing to me, was finally having the ability to play a PC game I loved on a console.

At E3, EA announced that an expansion pack was going to be released in the winter of 2011 for Battlefield Bad Company 2, that would bring the fight to Vietnam. Not much is known about the game other then, it will be built on the Frostbite engine, have four multiplayer maps, and feature weapons and vehicles from that time period. This sounds an awful lot like Battlefield 1943 to me. An updated version of a previous Battlefield title. However, at E3 the game was called an expansion, which would mean not an independent title. This does not make any sense to me.

If the game is going to be an expansion, knowing EA this will be a download only add-on. So if that?s the case, why not make it available as a stand alone purchase? This way gamers who don?t own the game have to shell out $40 (estimated game price), and then another $15 for the expansion. Another option would be $15 for gamers who already own Bad Company 2 and $20 for people just interested in buying the expansion pack. This move would definitely widen the audience of potential buyers.

I know EA is calling Bad Company Vietnam an expansion, but really it?s a port to a new engine, just like Battlefield 1943. For those of you who played Battlefield Vietnam you know it wasn?t as good as its predecessor Battlefield 1942. While it did have a wide range of vehicles, the map designs were not as strong as the original. In my opinion, Battlefield Vietnam suffered because a lot of the elements they tried adding (helicopters, jet propelled planes, modern weapons) had already appeared in Desert Combat. Thus, the feeling among gamers was kind of like been there, done that. Plus, Desert Combat was free expansion to an already owned game. However, I am hopeful that Bad Company Vietnam adds life to an already fun multiplayer experience.


If there are people who don?t DICE and EA are using Battlefield: Vietnam as a roadmap look no further then the trailers for the two games.








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