Is Modern Warfare 2 starting to look a little bit familiar? If so you probably need a tiny break from it. Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait just one minute, I hear you cry, I don't think I want to leave the FPS genre just yet though. Well then in that case why not check out Battlefield Bad Company 2 for a bit of variety.
You can pick up a copy of the game on the PC for £12.99 at the moment, courtesy of Amazon (HMV still OOS unfortunately), saving you a quid or so on the nearest competition.
I like Bad Company 2. There's something satisfying about knowing that with enough firepower you can take down most of the structures on the map. Of course, the game never really gives you that firepower - appart from one highly satisfying bit with a minigun and a chopper...mmmmm - which proves a little frustrating in a way. DICE have created something wonderful with the Frostbite 2.0 engine but you do get the feeling that you're not allowed to play around with it as much as you'd like in the Campaign mode, streamlined and ModWarfed as it is.
That all changes once you leap online, though, with the tried and tested DICE magic shining through once more. This'll be a personal preference thing more than anything else when it comes to comparisons with MW2, but if you've ever played a DICE game you know what to expect: multiplayer brilliance in all of the right places. One thing that might attract people is this game's emphasis on teamwork. You're much more likely to reap higher rewards by working together, and the game acknowledges that gunning things down isn't the only thing that deserves XP, which is great for class-based combat.
Highly recommended. Check out Matt's review if you don't believe me.