Bad Company 2 is currently dominating the FPS headlines, but its predecessor is an excellent game in its own right. The original Battlefield: Bad Company garnered rave reviews due to its cheeky sense of humour and gleeful, uninhibited destruction of personal property; and prices have been steadily dropping since its summer 2008 release.X360 owners can pick up the DICE's tongue-in-cheek blockbuster for £12.99 from HMV, saving you a couple of quid on DVD.co.uk's best efforts.
DICE are no slouches when it comes to multiplayer shooters, and Bad Company was designed to be their next-gen console debut. Fully-destructible scenery, 28-player battles, huge maps and a massive variety of ways to blow things up are the order of the day, granting teams a huge range of different tactical options. Air strikes, tanks, rocket launchers and grenades can destroy an foe's cover as well as afflicting horrendous damage; making the action a high-octane blend of skill, tactics and loads of hilariously OTT explosions! There'll still be a few players online, but if you're planning on getting stuck into the multiplayer you'd better act fast before they defect to BC2.
The singleplayer campaign is limited in scope, but is big on character. Players take the role of Preston Marlowe, a disgraced soldier sent to serve in a suicide squad of loveable misfits. The team banter's top-notch, but players expecting a strong plot will be sorely disappointed. DICE makes up for the lack of a deep storyline by applying the go anywhere, blow everything up, blow it up again for good measure attitude that makes the multiplayer so engaging. AI issues and other problems unfortunately marrs the experience somewhat, but it's still a lot of fun in its own right.
Basically, you'll be getting an action movie experience for less than the price of a premium cinema ticket.