Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is the first true competitor actually capable of nabbing Modern Warfare's crown. And if you fancy graduating from the war-zones of Infinity Ward to the battlefields of Dice, Bad Company 2 can be bought from Zavvi for just £14.95!
Almost ten pounds cheaper than the nearest offer, the PC version of Bad Company 2 is a superior game, if you have a rig capable of running it. The minimum specifications require you run Windows XP, in conjunction with Core 2 Duo @ 2 GHz, 15GB of hard-drive space for the digital version, 10GB for the disc-based version, a 256 MB graphics-card, either NVIDIA GeForce 7800GT or ATI X1900, and a DirectX sound-card.
Averaging a score of 87 on MetaCritic, Bad Company 2 continued the true of the titular band of wayward soldiers, with protagonist Preston Marlow and co dropping into the Bolivian jungle to investigate reports relating to Project Aurora. Aurora is a mythical Weapon of Mass Destruction, and the team soon discover a Russian army colonel, Kirelenko, is attempting to rebuild Aurora and cripple the United States in a pre-eminent strike foreshadowing war.
Once you've rattled through the single-player campaign - or if you grew bored of it - you can graduate to the multiplayer arena. Battlefield is a series with a tradition of providing great multiplayer options, and Bad Company 2 is no different. Up to 32 players can join in on 8 enormous, sprawling maps, choosing from 4 character-classes, 46 weapons, 15 gadgets, 13 character specialisations and over 15000 kit variations to unlock as you progress.
What I love the most about Bad Company 2 is the destruction tech. If you're online, and you've chased an opponent to a building, where he's currently holed up, lobbing grenades and spraying bullets to halt your advance, merely equip your rifle's grenade launcher, aim squarely at the wall or door or window he's hunkered behind, and blow it apart. You can level entire buildings, eat chunks from walls, and with an air-strike can lay waste to cities.