Recently with the release of Battlefield 3 and to a lesser extent EA’s new Origin service I have found myself drawn back into the battlefield series. Seeing all this new amazing battlefield footage floating around and with the ability to link my old games into a service that patches and downloads them automatically and I couldn’t resist. After installing 2142, I noticed some things that made me realize this is a perfect time for people to come back to 2142.
Reasons You Should Come Back:
- - The Northern Strike Package is now free – This is a big one. You know that $15.00 Expansion that most Battlefield games get that gives you like 10 new unlockables and a few new maps? You get that for free. If you link your copy with Origin (which does require you to contact EA support Live Chat since it is such an old game but it only takes 5 - 10 minutes to do) no matter what copy of 2142 you own currently, you will receive the Digital Deluxe edition. Not bad right? So everyone playing the game has all things available to them.
- - People still play it – There are only 10 - 25 Servers currently (based on when you play it), but 4 – 6 are usually populated at any given hour. This point is less important considering what I am trying to do, which is get more people to come back to the game, but I’m just informing you that if you install the game you can start playing, you don’t have to wait for people to get a game going.
- - The graphics still hold up and run on current computers – I have a modern computer, less than a year and a half old, it’s a gamming rig and runs games like Elder Scrolls Skyrim and Dead Space 2 without issues. No workarounds, patches, or compatibility files, the game runs great. So no headaches there for anyone, just install and play.
- - Origin Service – I was highly skeptical when I heard about Origin. I’ve been a Steam guy since the service launched (only way to get CS 1.6 patches haha) and I did not want to attach myself to another digital service. But if you really think about it, having another digital service is a good thing, competition between competitors’ means fighting over a consumer’s attention and money, which means sales from Steam and Origin, more available games, Etc. Also being able to download 2142 and most old EA games so that they work perfectly on current systems (no patching or PunkBuster issues !) is pretty awesome.
So if you have an old copy of 2142, I really encourage you to give it another go and keep the community alive.
The community that is within the game now is strong and dedicated, but it is small (100 – 300 people overall), and without new people I worry about the multiplayer game lasting for another year or two. Games used to be released and played for years, and I feel like BF2142 is a game that should be played and enjoyed for many more years to come.
My in game name is “Pilecki”, add me as a friend if you wish, I’m a cool dude. Otherwise I’ll be jumping from server to server; you’re bound to see me on there sooner or later. Thanks.