We've recently been getting a taste for Bad Company 2's chaotic brand of action over the last few weeks, enjoying its fantastic blend of realistic shiny action with a penchant for blowing things up. PS3 owners have another reason to be excited, since ShopTo are charging £29.85 for Bad Company 2 (£27.85 if you're a ShopTo Gold Member). This is £5 cheaper than Coolshop who are currently out of stock, and £7 cheaper than Amazon! Unfortunately, X360 owners will still have to pay a premium.
The original Bad Company received great critical reviews thanks to its charming sense of humour and gleeful, unbridled destruction- and the sequel improves on its strengths whilst transplanting them into a more interesting setting. Taking place in the dense jungles of Bolivia, Bad Company 2's singleplayer campaign takes a leaf out of Modern Warfare 2's book and proves to be a far more focused and cinematic affair than the first whilst still giving players the range of tactical opportunities that the series is known for. Oh, and by 'range of tactical opportunities' I mean ways to blow stuff up.
Speaking of blowing stuff up, DICE's retooled engine now enables entire buildings to be collapsed as well as destruction on a much smaller scale. Individual bullets now chip away at cover, meaning that tactical repositioning mid-firefight is as important to battlefield success as packing an enormous rocket launcher. The beloved vehicles and air strikes will also make an appearance too: quite frankly, Bad Company 2 delivers yet more honest, uncomplicated fun with some huge explosions thrown in for good measure.
And that's just the single player. Whilst that might not quite come close to matching MW2 for blockbuster action, the multiplayer wipes the floor with every pretender. DICE has been doing this for a long time now, and it's good to have them back.
Thanks to Alena at HUKD