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Battlefield Bad Company 2 Review: Typical Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts isn’t exactly the greatest developer on the App Store.  Sure, their board games are pretty nice, and their Need for Speed racing games aren’t too shabby either.  But other than that, everything else seems to be quite a bore.

Battlefield Bad Company 2 included.

What tends to be a Call of Duty rival on consoles appears on the iPhone as nothing of the sorts, as in this case its closest rival would be Modern Combat 2.  The online multiplayer doesn’t work, the controls are terrible, and the voice-acting is on par with that of Gameloft.  Dare I use the words, “This game sucks”?

Likes

It’s a start: Couldn’t really think of anything to put in the Like section, but this is at least SOMETHING.  Battlefield Bad Company 2 is a start, with a solid—albeit short and not creative—single player campaign mode.  The online multiplayer is there, it just lags too much and takes way too long of a time to load.  The graphics need some improvement but aren’t that bad.

Dislikes

Everything else: Besides the fact that Battlefield Bad Company 2 is a start, it’s horrible.  The graphics leave a lot to desire, even though they aren’t too bad, and the multiplayer needs some serious fixing.  The price has gone up to $3.99, and the rating and entire review is really based on the price.  For a $0.99 shooter this really wouldn’t be that bad, but for $3.99?  Just spend three more to get Modern Combat 2.

The controls are also quite terrible, even after fiddling around with the options.  While I’m not too up in arms about gyroscopic controls—seriously, I don’t get the point of the whole gyroscope thing—the joystick itself is a little too… close together.  All the buttons seem to be placed in awkward spots, and the swipe-to-move-camera isn’t exactly smooth.

The game also crashes almost every other time I open it, which really shouldn’t be a problem two and a half years into the App Store.  On top of THAT, the frames per second seem to lower considerably if you’re under heavy fire, almost unable to move, zoom, and shoot down your opponent.

All in all, Battlefield Bad Company 2 is far from a complete package and even farther from being competition to Modern Combat and Gameloft’s whole franchise over there.  For right now, it’s nothing more than a bad first-person shooter.

Battlefield Bad Company 2 was developed by EA Mobile, and I played through version 1.0 on my iPhone 4.  The price is $3.99.




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